Business Development Manager
Based at Scottish Engineering’s offices in Glasgow, Sandra guides engineers in the region through the process of gaining registration, covering the length and breadth of the country, from Dumfries to Wick and everywhere in between! Working as the Institution’s primary link with industry and academia in Scotland, she spends most of her time visiting visits companies, universities and training establishments to explain the benefits of working with the Institution. She regularly arranges ‘open’ events in the region which members, potential members and industry contacts from SMEs can attend.
Sandra introduced new member events to Scotland about 5 years ago, as an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of new registrants at all levels. Having worked in the region for a long time, Sandra has a wide network of personal contacts and has close links with the volunteer committees. Feedback confirms that she carries out her business development duties with a high level of professionalism and good humour, which is much appreciated by the engineers in her region.
She particularly enjoys visiting companies and seeing the exciting careers that exist in engineering today. She is fortunate to meet a variety of engineers from all different backgrounds, and finds it rewarding to help engineers progress from student membership of the Institution up to Fellowship.
Sandra graduated from Trinity College Dublin, and went on to hold a variety of sales and marketing roles in the corporate hospitality sector, working with Virgin Hotels and Sodexho before joining the Institution in 2000.
When not working and looking after her two daughters, Sandra enjoys baking and cooking, and particularly catching up with friends over a glass of wine and some good food.
Sandra's top three
Favourite engineering innovation: ATM.
Person I most admire: Tim Berners-Lee (and Owen Maclaren!).
Greatest challenge facing engineering: Cheap zero carbon energy.