Liam brings extensive operational, marketing and commercial experience to the team. He is well networked across the North-east of Scotland and further afield through the International Chamber Network.
Rachel ElliottView my LinkedIn
Rachel Elliott joined in September 2016 as Manager of the DYWNES team. Rachel has day-to-day responsibility for delivery of the initiatives and programmes being devised by the team. She brings strong stakeholder engagement and management skills to the role. Rachel previously was Policy Executive at the Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce, and was responsible for delivery of the Chamber’s policy work which included engagement with politicians and civil servants and policy development with Chamber members. She also spent four years working in the world of politics, supporting a North East MSP on local campaigns, research and media relations. She has a first class honours degree in journalism from the Robert Gordon University. In her spare time Rachel is a leader in a local Girls’ Brigade company and is also part of the Scotland-wide training team, supporting trainee Girls’ Brigade leaders through their leadership programme. She continues to have a keen interest in politics and current affairs.
Martin JohnstonView my LinkedIn
Martin joined the DYWNES team in March 2016 after 4 years as a Senior Recruitment Advisor for a large oil services company, supporting the recruitment of Engineering/Technical requirements. Prior to this, Martin worked for various recruitment agencies in the Aberdeen area and has over 17 years proven recruitment delivery experience. His main duties as School & Business Co-ordinator include engaging with employers and schools to facilitate and create lasting meaningful relationships in order to educate and prepare young people for the world of work. Martin is a thorough, process driven, delivery focused individual, with good communication skills, capable of building strong long lasting relationships. Outside of work Martin has a keen interest in football (armchair fan), technology, cooking and food. Partial to trying new restaurants and eating out, he can also be found in his own kitchen cooking up culinary delights for his family and friends.
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Steve started his career as an apprentice Gas Engineer with British Gas. He then worked across the UK in Scotland, Manchester, London and Belfast in senior positions with British Gas. Following this, he was responsible for Work Winning and Service Delivery within Scotland for Balfour Beatty and is currently steering a group of leading employers within the Construction Industry in Scotland to rethink how we develop and train the next generation of talent He is now one of the Directors of the AWPR Construction Joint Venture with responsibility for Health & Safety, Environment, Communication and Community Engagement. Steve has been involved with Developing the Young Workforce in the North East since its formation. He is passionate about making sure that we give young people the best possible opportunities.
Having been born and educated in Scotland, Liz began her career in HR within the retail industry before changing direction to follow a career in education. Liz has worked in both the English and the Scottish Further Education Sector, holding posts as Vice Principal in Kent and as Principal at an FE College in Bath, before returning to Scotland to take up a post as Principal at Borders College. After 10 very happy years in the Borders Liz has now moved to take up a new role as Principal of North East Scotland College. Liz was a member of the Board of Scotland’s Colleges from 2011 until 2013 and is now a member of the Board of Colleges Scotland and currently holds a role as Chair of the Colleges Principals Group.
Jackie Mann has over 20 years’ experience in the oil and gas industry. She joined Proserv in May 2012 as Senior Vice President of Human Resources. She is responsible for the Human Resources function across all Proserv locations, setting the HR and L&D strategy to support the Proserv 5-year business plan and support the regional HR and L&D teams in delivering the operational business objectives. Prior to joining Proserv, Jackie was HR Director at Subsea 7 and she has also held senior HR positions with Weatherford and Marathon Oil. Jackie has worked in a variety of locations including USA, Europe, Middle East and Asia Pacific regions. Jackie has been involved with DYW since its launch in 2015 as a board member and Chairing the Career Pathways working group and remuneration panel.
Andrew RitchieView my LinkedIn
Andrew joined Shell in 1993 as a Graduate Engineer and early in his career became very involved in communications and stakeholder engagement. He decided that External Affairs was more fun and of more interest than engineering and switched career paths. From 1998 through 2003 Andrew supported Shell’s North Sea operations, before 10 years overseas with Shell in The Netherlands, US and Canada, latterly as Communications Manager supporting all of Shell’s oil sands operations in Canada. In 2013 he moved back to Aberdeen but travelled most weeks in his role as Head of Downstream Communications. In 2015 Andrew returned to Aberdeen as External Relations Manager Brent Decommissioning and U.K. Upstream. Andrew joined the Developing the Young Workforce Board in 2016. He is married to Jeanne and his son, Jack (15) and daughter, Emma (12), are both at Banchory Academy.
Bob MacDonaldView my LinkedIn
Bob MacDonald is the chief executive officer for Wood Group’s global business unit focused on specialist technical solutions (STS) and a member of the Wood Group Executive Leadership team. Bob has over 23-years’ experience in the oil and gas industry – primarily in the subsea sector. He joined Wood Group in 2003 having previously held various roles for offshore installation companies including engineering manager and contracts manager. He has extensive North Sea experience and has also worked in Europe, the Middle East and North/South America. Bob is a Chartered Engineer, Fellow of the IMarEST and holds two Masters Degrees – one in Offshore Engineering and the other in Construction Law & Arbitration. In addition, he is a council member and Fellow of the Society of Underwater Technology [SUT] – as well as being presented with the SUT Award of Merit in 2011. Bob is also on the Board of the government led ‘Developing the Young Workforce’ initiative. Bob is married with two young children.
Judith ThorpeView my LinkedIn
In 1997 Judith Thorpe founded Thorpe Molloy Recruitment with her business partner, Karen Molloy, aged 24. Since start up, the business has extended its services from Accountancy and Financial recruitment to include 8 other specialist divisions Executive, HR, Office Personnel, Commercial Contracts, Business Development and Marketing, QHSE, Supply Chain and Professional Trades. Thorpe Molloy has celebrated its 18th anniversary and now employs 25 people. Originally from Yorkshire and a graduate of Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, Judith is passionate about promoting and supporting entrepreneurialism and young enterprise. She is the local chair of Entrepreneurial Scotland, an ambassador for the Prince’s Trust Youth Business Scotland and The Sandpiper Trust, and is on the board of North East of Scotland’s Developing the Young Workforce initiative.
Richard SweetnamView my LinkedIn
Richard’s remit includes inward investment, international trade, business support & development, employability and funding & partnerships. He currently supports the delivery of a number of transformational projects highlighted in “Securing the Future of the North East Economy”, approved by the Council in 2015. Richard has had a key role in the developing Aberdeen City Region Deal working with private sector investors, public sector partners, and the UK and Scottish Governments. He represents the Council on a number of local, national and international networks, including the regional Economic Strategy Group, City Centre Masterplan Board, Scottish Cities Alliance and the World Energy Cities Partnership. He previously led development of the Borders Railway Economic Blueprint to secure major investment to the south east of Scotland; and Developing the Young Workforce Programme Board with Scottish Borders Council's Community Planning partners. He studied at Trinity College Dublin, University College Cork and the University of Texas.
Since graduating 10 years ago from the Robert Gordon University, Stuart has spent much of his time working for Mackie’s of Scotland, in various roles. Now, as Commercial Director, Stuart is the youngest member of the company’s Senior Management Team and is responsible for looking after many of the business’ major customers, as well as helping it expand into new markets. Mackie’s is one of Scotland’s leading food brands, making products such as ice cream and chocolate. In 2016, Stuart was named ‘Rising Star’ at the Northern Star Business Awards. Stuart is also on the Food, Drink & Agriculture Board of Opportunity North East.