Sir Ian Robinson

Chartered Engineer and CEO of Scottish Power

Sir Ian Robinson (57) has been Chief Executive of ScottishPower from March 1995 and has overseen the transformation of the Scottish-based electricity company into one of the world's leading utilities. As Chief Executive, he is responsible for the operational management of Scotland's largest industrial company. In 1997 he was invited by the Government to chair the Scottish Advisory Task Force for Welfare to Work. He received a knighthood in December 1999 for his services to the electricity industry. Previously Ian was Chairman and Managing Director of the Engineering Division of Trafalgar House Public Limited Company where the principal companies within the division were John Brown, Davy and Trafalgar House Offshore, employing over 25,000 people, working in over 80 countries, with an annual turnover of 2.5 bn. Sir Ian is a member of the Scottish Business Forum and served for two years as a Board Director of Scottish Enterprise. He was a member of the CBI's Scottish Business Council (1995-98) and in 1996 was named Scottish Businessman of the Year in Business Insider's Corporate Elite Awards in recognition of his outstanding achievement in growing the Company and his contribution to Scottish industry. He also chairs the Strathclyde Business School Council which provides an important link between Academia and Business in Scotland. He has served on both the Department of Trade and Industry Overseas Project Board (1993-97) and Offshore Industry Advisory Board (1993-95) and is on the CBI's President's Committee. He was elected by the Privy Council as a Senator on the Engineering Council in 1996. He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering (FEng) and a Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers (FIChemE) and in 1998 was awarded the prestigious George E Davis Medal for Outstanding Contribution to Chemical Engineering.