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David Watson

David is a graduate of the University of Strathclyde in Electrical Power Engineering and served his Graduate Traineeship with Balfour Kilpatrick of Paisley, the international electrical contractor, gaining experience on the installation and commissioning of major new industrial projects in newspaper printing, paper mills and chipboard manufacturing, becoming a Chartered Engineer at the age of 28. His only other employer has been Foster Wheeler Energy Ltd, one of the world's largest design and construction management companies in the fields of power equipment supply, power station design, petrochemical, biotechnology and pharmaceutical engineering and which, in the heyday of steamship propulsion, could lay claim to providing boilers for 75% of the world's commercial shipping.

Always Glasgow based, David's career took him into the project management of multi million pound energy and pharmaceutical related projects for international clients and household names across the world including in Russia, Dubai, Iran and many EU nations. He was also a member of the International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering and has published in "Pharmaceutical Engineering".

He retired in 2004 having been the Manager of Projects and the Senior Project Manager in the Glasgow operations of Foster Wheeler.

Today David continues to have articles published widely in the technical press, magazines and leading newspapers on the development of the UK power supply network and its supporting technologies.

Iain MacLeod

Iain MacLeod graduated BSc in Civil Engineering from the University of Glasgow. He worked in practice on the design of heavy engineering structures and later in Vancouver Canada on the design of pulp and paper mills. He also held a design research post with the Portland Cement Association in Illinois, USA. He held the post of Lecturer at the University of Glasgow and in the 1970s was Head of Department of Civil Engineering at Paisley College of Technology (now the University of West of Scotland) Up to his retirement in 2004, he was Professor of Structural Engineering at the University of Strathclyde. His research interests include design of buildings, use of information technology in design, analysis modelling process, design process and learning strategies. He was President of IES 2012-2014.

Ashley Gold

Ashley Gold wrote the document on software engineering. A graduate in Technology and Business Studies from Strathclyde University, he was a programmer at General Motors in late 1978 where he also spent 6 months working on projects (non-IT) in Industrial Engineering (his claim to fame was re-laying out a windscreen wiper washer motor assembly line). He then went on to work with BOC and Motorola on IT projects covering logistics, manufacturing, finance and engineering. His role advanced to cover not only software engineering, but also system management, project and programme management covering pan-European and worldwide business requirements.

After some 20 years in software engineering roles he headed up a pan European Information Security role as part of Motorola’s worldwide Information Assurance team, driving policy formation and compliance programmes. In recent years he has focused on Information Security and Business Continuity as a professional service consultant working for BT where he supports delivery of solutions to worldwide customers.