ON Thursday 28 May at a reception hosted by SCDI – to celebrate 50 years of SCDI’s North East office, held at Drum Castle, Aberdeenshire in partnership with the National Trust for Scotland – SCDI’s North East Committee chair, Colin Parker, was awarded an SCDI Fellowship in recognition of his contribution and service to the organisation.
SCDI’s North East Committee chair, and chief executive of Aberdeen Harbour, Colin Parker was presented with a Fellowship medal on behalf of SCDI’s president, Lady Susan Rice CBE, by his committee vice-chair, Dr James S Milne CBE.
Such awards are made to individuals in recognition of their significant service to SCDI and contribution to economic development in Scotland and internationally.
Upon presentation of the award, SCDI’s chief executive, Ross Martin said: “SCDI Fellowships are awarded in recognition of those who have made a substantial contribution to the work of SCDI and, given 2015 marks such a significant milestone for SCDI in the North East of Scotland, it is the right time for Colin Parker to be recognised in this way.
“In his role as head of Aberdeen Harbour, Colin is at the very heart of the regional economy and this gives him the broad perspective which SCDI also seeks to bring to the wider economic debate.”
Colin Parker commented: “The award of the Fellowship of SCDI is a great honour for which I am truly grateful. I chair a very engaged and well-connected committee, with representatives from the many different sectors that represent a region that is the economic powerhouse of the Scottish economy.
“I would like to express my appreciation for all the support received from the North East Committee and other SCDI members throughout the year that ensures the many and varied events we hold are so well attended. We also have a great local team who work tirelessly for the benefit of all our members.”
2015 marks 50 years of SCDI (Scottish Council for Development & Industry) having offices in both Aberdeen and Inverness, which were opened in 1965 to help strengthen the local economies and champion the economic opportunities in the north of Scotland.
SCDI’s move to establish regional operations in the North East and Highlands & Islands areas was in recognition of the unique circumstances faced by both areas and the benefits that could be derived from having permanent presences there.
Notes to Editors
SCDI honorary Fellowships are awarded to Individuals in recognition of their significant service to SCDI and contribution to economic development in Scotland and internationally.
There can be only 50 fellows at any time and the current list can be seen at: http://www.scdi.org.uk/about-us/scdi-people/scdi-fellows
2015 marks 50 years of SCDI (Scottish Council for Development & Industry) having offices in both Aberdeen and Inverness. Further information can be accessed here:
Colin Parker (biog)
Colin Parker has been a member of SCDI’s regional North East Committee for the past seven years and he has served as the Committee chair for the past three years.
Colin is currently chief executive of Aberdeen Harbour.
He has been employed by the board since 1987, and was appointed chief executive in 2006.
He served as chair of the British Ports Association from 2012 to 2014 and remains a member of their Council.
Colin is chair of the North East Committee of SCDI, which he joined in 2008.
SCDI (Scottish Council for Development & Industry) is Scotland’s leading independent economic development organisation working across the public, private and social sectors, representing 1,200 organisations including global companies, SMEs, public sector bodies and educational institutions, professional associations and trade unions, faith groups, charitable and third sector organisations.
Pictures of the Fellowship award being presented to Colin Parker are available on request.
For further information, please contact:
Ian Armstrong, SCDI North East Regional Director on T: 07824 619328.
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