Dave Pearson Appointed Chairman of Centre for Engineering Education and Development (CeeD)

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The Centre for Engineering Education and Development (CeeD) has announced changes in its leadership

Dave Pearson and Jo Pacitti at Star Refrigeration's manufacturing facility in Glasgow

Dave Pearson and Jo Pacitti at Star Refrigeration's manufacturing facility in Glasgow

Continuous improvement takes lots of effort for any business and it was an ability to learn from our peers that first attracted Star Refrigeration to join CeeD.

The Centre for Engineering Education and Development (CeeD) announced changes in its leadership team to accelerate the ambitious plans set out by the Board and provide a unique offering in Scotland to support peer to peer learning and development opportunities across engineering and manufacturing businesses.

The organisational changes announced yesterday include the appointment of Dave Pearson, Director of Star Renewable Energy as Chair of the Board and Joe Pacitti, previously Assistant Principal Strategic Projects at Heriot Watt University who has now taken up the post of Managing Director.

Dave Pearson has been a Board member of CeeD since January 2011 and has been involved in CeeD through many of the growth and step change activities and in particular the roll out from a west coast focused organisation to the Scottish wide organisation it has developed into. In the last 6 years, CeeD has increased membership from 75 members in the West of Scotland to over 200 with hubs in Edinburgh, Tayside and Inverness.

Pearson said: "I welcome Joe's appointment as Managing Director which will ensure CeeD provides enhanced opportunities for the collective and individual growth of our business community. Any sensible economy is based on employment and this obviously rises with better levels of business activity which in turn is directly underpinned by each business' knowledge and capability to grow."

"Continuous improvement takes lots of effort for any business and it was an ability to learn from our peers that first attracted Star Refrigeration to join CeeD. "

"CeeD was key to our business expanding from UK refrigeration to UK and Internationally deployed water sourced heat pumps and I’m determined to support other Scottish businesses fulfill their ambitions.”

With a wealth of leadership expertise, Joe Pacitti is set to take CeeD's business community forward . During his time at Herriot Watt University he led on a number of innovative and growth projects requiring high level engagement with a wide variety of stakeholders both in the UK and internationally.

Pacitti stated: “I am delighted to take on this role at an exciting and challenging time in CeeD’s development with the challenges facing businesses to diversify and innovate.”

CeeD was formed in 2004 and was originally spun out from University of the West of Scotland (UWS) to provide a unique offering in Scotland to support peer to peer learning and development opportunities across engineering and manufacturing businesses. The recognition that the need for Scotland to develop more cross sector and knowledge transfer opportunities to support economic growth is a belief strongly held by the senior team at UWS.

Professor Ian Allison, Dean Engineering & Computing at UWS and Director of CeeD echoes the thoughts of the Board in supporting the CeeD appointments adding: “UWS has always had a strong link to industry partners for education and research. As well as the formal education and knowledge transfer UWS offers, CeeD brings a unique opportunity for businesses to share knowledge peer to peer, expert to expert. Our members know that collective growth is advantageous and I'm delighted to represent UWS in supporting the team as it continues to evolve.”

CeeD is supported by board representatives from Michelin, Leonardo, Texas Instruments, Robertson FM, Babcock Rail as well as UWS and Star Refrigeration and currently has over 200 members across four key hubs in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Tayside and Inverness-shire. Activities include group clinics, factory tours, academic insights and the pioneering “Growth 500” which aims to share key growth knowledge over 24 key modules across 500 small companies to better equipment them to add staff sustainably.

To learn more about CeeD visit https://ceed-scotland.com/

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