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Leading academic to chair Weir's Technology Advisory Board

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Weir Group has appointed has appointed Professor Sir Jim McDonald, a leading engineering academic, to chair its newly-created Technology Advisory Board. The board aims to ensure that Weir “continues to be at the leading edge of technology development in its chosen industry,” according to a company press release. It comprises a number of experts from a variety of disciplines.

“The Weir Group was founded in 1871, at the height of the last industrial revolution, by pioneering engineers who invented new ways to make their customers more efficient,” said Weir Group CEO, Keith Cochrane, as the board held its first meeting. “Today, the rapid pace of technology development brings significant opportunities for a global engineering group which has innovation at its core.”

Cochrane continued: “Our technology board, under Sir Jim’s leadership, has been specifically chosen to ensure Weir benefits from expertise from a range of backgrounds, both academic and industrial, and uses that knowledge to continue to succeed in an increasingly complex and connected world.”

McDonald has been Principal and Vice Chancellor of the University of Strathclyde since March 2009 and has held to Rolls-Royse Chair in Electrical Power Systems since 1993. Since January 2015, he has also been a non-executive director of the Weir Group.

“I am delighted to be leading Weir’s advisory board at such an exciting period of technological development and innovation,” said McDonald.” Throughout my career I have seen the benefits of different disciplines and industries working together and sharing insights. The most successful technology and engineering companies are always looking to learn and that will be the main focus of the board’s work: ensuring the best ideas, wherever they are from, are available to Weir’s engineers and its customers.”

McDonald is joined on the Technology Advisory Board by Jackie Mutschler, formerly Senior Vice President and Head of Upstream Technology for BP, Professor Bill Drury, Royal Academy of Engineering Visiting Professor of Engineering of Innovation at the University of Bristol and Chair of the department’s Industrial Advisory Board, Dr Tony Hooley, a scientist and entrepreneur who has founded several technology companies, including Cambridge Mechatronics, which develops innovative smart phone technologies, and Dr Laura James, a consultant in technology, engineering and innovation working with commercial and non-profit organisations encouraging collaboration and the use of new technologies.

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