The Scottish Council for Development and Industry (SCDI) has appointed Sara Thiam as its new chief executive. Thiam is currently the Scotland director of the Institution of Civil Engineers.
The experienced director, who is a member of the Scottish Government’s newly-formed Infrastructure Commission, believes that skills, technology and tackling climate change are key to the country’s economic future.
“In common with other countries around the world Scotland faces unprecedented environmental, demographic, mobility, educational and technological challenges,” Thiam says.
“Ensuring our people have the right skills and knowledge, embracing digital technology and tackling climate change hold the key to driving a much-needed surge in productivity and sustainable economic prosperity.
“With change comes opportunity and I’m passionate about Scotland’s ability to innovate. Directing our talent for innovation to delivering improved economic, social and environmental outcomes will help us compete internationally.
“With continued uncertainty around Brexit affecting inward investment and business confidence, I believe the need for the SCDI and its members to drive forward a new agenda which delivers economic prosperity and supports all our people, businesses and communities to thrive is greater than ever.”
Thiam, who takes up her post in June, believes that the not-for-profit SCDI is uniquely placed to contribute to the debate.
“SCDI has a unique and diverse range of members across private, public and the third sector spanning the length and breadth of Scotland. It is to that membership where I will look for inspiration and fresh ideas on building a more competitive and inclusive economy,” Thiam says.
The new CEO states that infrastructure and inward investment will be major themes and has pledged to work with members to ensure the organisation reflects fully the diversity of Scotland’s economy and society.
Her appointment has been welcomed by SCDI Chair Ian Wall who said:
“Sara stands out as a natural communicator with a passion to increase and share knowledge on things that matter to the people of Scotland. Her track record spans the public, private and third sectors at local, national and EU level and demonstrates an ability to bring people and ideas together. These skills will help SCDI and its members to continue to lead the debate on, and contribute to, Scotland’s economy and society for the benefit of all.”