THE Scottish Council for Development and Industry (SCDI) has announced a number of key appointments to its board which it says are designed to bring a new dynamism and focus to the organisation, and to create a practical blueprint for Scotland’s economic future.

The new board members include Clyde Blowers CEO Jim McColl; Scotch Whisky Association chief executive Karen Betts; Royal Bank of Scotland chief economist Stephen Boyle; former Scotland Office minister Lord Andrew Dunlop; Cornerstone chief executive Edel Harris; Ray Riddoch, UK managing director and VP Europe, of Nexen Petroleum UK; and VisitScotland chief executive Malcolm Roughead.

The SCDI says the appointments are among a raft of changes that reflect to its members ambition and an investment in people and technology. These have followed the appointment of its new CEO, Mark Bevan, in May.

President Lady Susan Rice said: “The SCDI holsd a unique place in Scottish life looking at how businesses, the public sector and government can all work together to secure sustainable economic growth.

These new appointments, and the decision of these leaders from across Scotland to help guide the organisation, shows the strength we have in convening those who want to shape this country’s future.”

Bevan added: “SCDI’s board has demonstrated exceptional strength in identifying the need for change in Scotland, for a need for all of the actors in our economy to become architects of our economic future and to put our economy to work for everyone who lives here.

“Following my appointment in May, we undertook a thorough review with the assistance of our members and supported by McKinsey and Company. The conclusion of that review, is that the SCDI has a unique role to play as Scotland’s economic and social forum and that there is an urgent need to act.

“This means drawing from our near 90-year heritage and setting a level of future ambition commensurate with Scotland’s leading lights across the private, public and not for profit sectors.

“I am delighted to announce a number of high level appointments from across civic Scotland to complement our existing board.”