Curriculum Vitae

  • 1964 – 1975 Consulting Engineers and Contractors and Higher Education
    • Blyth & Blyth, Crudens, Wimpey and Heriot Watt University
  • 1975 – 2011 Forestry Commission
    • Head of Design for buildings and bridges
  • 2011 – Present – RURAL BRIDGES
    • Consultant
  • Past President of the Institution of Agricultural Engineers (IAgrE) – 2000-2002
  • Founder member and past Chairman of Forestry Engineering Group UK – 1988
    • Committee member for 27 years
  • Chairman of Innovative Timber Engineering Structures in the Countryside (InTeC)
  • Department of Trade and Industry International Technology Mission leader – Norway/Sweden
  • Represented the Royal Academy of Engineering at a Global Convocation – Finland
  • Principal organiser First International Forestry Engineering Conference – Edinburgh 1999
  • Co- sponsored the Second International Conference – Sweden 2003
  • Keynote Speaker on Green Energy at Third International Conference – Quebec 2007
  • Organiser of more than 20 major conferences in the UK
  • Project Manager, Designer and Researcher
  • Fellow of all three of my Professional Institutions
  • Chartered in Civil Engineering and Environmental Engineering
  • Applied and Academic researcher
    • PhD Timber Engineering – Edinburgh Napier University – 2006
  • Published more than 50 papers and contributor to many publications.
  • Winner of 22 major awards.
    • Industry, Academia and Professional Institutions including a Saltire Award in 2014.
  • Designed, prepared contract documents, tendered, supervised and certified the construction of many hundreds of rural structures.
  • Specialisms include bridges, walkways, viewing platforms, mountain bike structures, wind farm infrastructure.
  • Assessed load capacity of hundreds of rural bridges.
  • Established a new approach to legally binding Principal Inspections for structures in the countryside.
  • Professional agenda – developing rural engineering infrastructure solutions to open up the countryside.
  • Personal aim – to pass on my experience to young Engineers through courses and guest lectures.