Former boss of Scotland Food and Drink Association has been announced as the new chief executive of heating and cooling body the Building and Engineering Services Association
The new chief executive of the Building and Engineering Services Association is Paul McLaughlin, a consultant specialising in helping SMEs deliver on their innovations, and a former chief executive of the trade body Scotland Food and Drink.
Mr McLaughlin, 45, a first-class honours graduate in electronics and electrical engineering from the University of Glasgowis an engineering graduateand has 25 years’ experience in the food and drink industry, including time at Mars rising to be manufacturing manager at the company’s confectionery production facility in Slough, Berkshire.
He went on to spend 12 years with soft drinks manufacturer Coca-Cola, with which he held senior positions in operations, innovation and quality assurance, before being appointed the company’s commercialisation director for North West Europe.
Among his achievements while at Scotland Food and Drink, were the creation of both an Innovation Service and a Skills Academy, and attracting more than 200 corporate members, delivering an industry-wide strategy for growth.
He has also been a member of a Scottish Enterprise regional advisory board, and a trustee of a national charity.
Commenting on Mr McLaughlin’s appointment, B&ES president Jim Marner said that the Council of the Association had been impressed by his “strategic and operational ability, business know-how and stakeholder engagement”.
“I believe that Paul has the skills and talents required to address the challenges currently faced by B&ES and the sector it represents, and I look forward to working with him in the months and years to come,” said the president.
Mr McLaughlin confirmed that he was delighted to have the opportunity to bring to B&ES his first-hand knowledge and experience in both a business and member organisation environment.
“B&ES has a long and distinguished history, and I am determined to work with its members and staff to ensure that it remains entirely relevant to needs of the membership and the building engineering services sector,” he said.
Paul McLaughlin, who is married with one daughter, will take up his post on Tuesday 25 August.