Scottish Engineering appoints first female president

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

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

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

Scottish Engineering’s heritage dating back to 1865. Its membership accounts for around a third of all employment in engineering and manufacturing in Scotland.

Finlayson said: “I am delighted to be elected as the Scottish Engineering President, having been part of the executive committee for over 10 years.

“As the first female president in the 150-year history of Scottish Engineering, I’m looking forward to continuing the good work that has been achieved, embracing the challenges of today’s world and the transition to a low carbon economy, moreover, acting as a role model to encourage more diversity across the Scottish engineering industry.”

Scottish Engineering’s chief executive Paul Sheerin added: “I’m looking forward to working with Aine and Bernie, who are ensuring that Scottish Engineering’s enviable record of such quality from industry in its President and Vice President positions continues.

“Aine takes the helm at a time where the pace of change of both challenge and opportunity has never been more rapid, and I don’t think we could be better supported than by someone with her experience, knowledge and balance.”

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