Scottish Engineering appoints its first female president


For the first time in over 150 years, Scottish Engineering has appointed its first female president.

Aine Finlayson, director of manufacturing at Aggreko, was appointed by the industry association’s board of directors at its annual executive meeting.

She will retain the title for two years, with Bernie O’Neil, head of operations at Thales UK, assuming the post of vice-president.

The heritage of Scottish Engineering dates back to 1865. Its members account for around a third of all engineering and manufacturing jobs in Scotland.

Finlayson said: “I am delighted to have been elected Chair of Scottish Engineering, having served on the Executive Committee for over 10 years.

“As the first female President in the 150 year history of Scottish engineering, I look forward to continuing the good work that has been done, to meeting the challenges of today’s world and the transition to a low-carbon, as well as acting as a model to encourage greater diversity in the Scottish engineering industry.

Scottish Engineering Managing Director Paul Sheerin added: “I look forward to working with Aine and Bernie, who are ensuring that Scottish Engineering’s enviable record of industry-leading quality in its President and Vice-President continues.

“Aine takes the helm at a time when the pace of change of challenges and opportunities has never been faster, and I don’t think we could be better supported than by someone with his experience, knowledge and skills. balance.”

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