Scottish Engineering appoints first female president

For the first time in over 150 years, Scottish Engineering has appointed its first female President.

Scottish Engineering appoints first female president

Aine Finlayson

Aine Finlayson, director of manufacturing at Aggreko has been appointed by the executive board as the new president of Scottish Engineering at its annual executive meeting.

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

Scottish Engineering is the industry membership association for engineering and manufacturing in Scotland, with a heritage dating back to 1865. It connects and supports member organisations across a diverse, modern, and forward-looking sector, and its membership accounts for over one third of all employment in engineering and manufacturing in Scotland. From the largest international names in engineering through to medium sized and small businesses, it covers every region of Scotland.

Scottish Engineering appoints first female president

Bernie O’Neil

Commenting on her appointment as president Aine Finlayson said: “I am delighted to be elected as the Scottish Engineering President, having been part of the executive committee for over ten years. Scottish Engineering is integral to the success of Scottish Industry, and at Aggreko we are proud of our contribution. 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.”

Commenting on her appointment as vice president Bernie O’Neil said: “I am delighted to be appointed as the Vice President of Scottish Engineering. I am really looking forward to working with Aine to support the Scottish Engineering team and all the member companies. I am grateful for the opportunity to give more back to the Engineering profession which has given me so much.”

Scottish Engineering’s chief executive 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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