Development body SCDI announces new chief

The economic development agency, SCDI, has announced Ross Martin as its new chief executive.

Mr Martin will join the SCDI in October from the Centre for Scottish Public Policy (CSPP), where he is policy director.

He replaces Dr Lesley Sawers, who left in June to work at Glasgow Caledonian University.

Bill Drummond, chair of SCDI, said: "Ross's track record in the field of Scottish public policy is outstanding."

He added: "The board was especially impressed by his sharp focus on public service reform and the important role of city regions and towns in Scotland's future economic success."

Mr Martin joined CSPP in 2004, from Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen, where he was director of the Scottish Forum for Modern Government.

A physics graduate and teacher from Wester Hailes in Edinburgh, Mr Martin has been involved in local government politics.

He is also the joint owner of TPS, a planning consultancy, although he will step down from that.

Mr Martin said: "I am delighted to have secured one of the most exciting jobs in Scotland, at arguably the most exciting time.

"I look forward to engaging with our members across the board, at the earliest opportunity, to better understand how we can collectively shape an economy from which all of Scotland benefits."

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