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Engineering group head honoured for work in leading company's global expansion



Robin Watson, chief executive of energy group Wood, has been awarded a CBE in the Honours List.

The award for services to British engineering, industry and international trade marked his spearheading of Wood’s global expansion since joining the Aberdeen-headquartered company in 2010.

During the period the company achieved record earnings and broadened the company’s portfolio into new geographies and markets.

The group has also repositioned over the period to address the global challenges of sustainability and the energy transition.

Taking the helm as chief executive in 2016, Watson led the transformational $3bn acquisition of Amec Foster Wheeler the following year, delivering the integration of two international businesses.

His ambition was to create a global engineering industry leader with operations in more than 60 countries and employing around 60,000 people.

With more than 30 of engineering and industry experience, Watson has held a variety of executive leadership positions, taking an active role in trade, industry, and governmental bodies.

A Fellow of both the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and the Energy Institute, and a visiting professor at Robert Gordon University, he has previously been recognised by the Institute of Directors with four accolades, including Director of the Year in 2019.

Wood chairman Roy Franklin said “On behalf of Wood’s board, executive leadership team and our community of colleagues around the world, I’d like to congratulate Robin on this honour which recognises his significant contribution to the UK’s engineering industry over a distinguished career.

“His work ethic, vision and commitment to equality in education and development for all, has been the driving force behind the transformation of the Wood business as well as the continued success of its people.”
Robin Watson aid: “I am delighted and humbled to receive this honour.

“My family, friends and colleagues have provided great support throughout my career and have helped me realise my ambitions over the years. For this, I am truly grateful.

“It is a privilege to lead an innovative, future-focused and dynamic business like Wood and work with a passionate team of people, focused on engineering solutions to the some of the world’s most pressing challenges.”

Charles Hammond, the chief executive of Forth Ports was awarded an OBE for services to the ports industry and business in Scotland.

Also receiving an OBE was Charles Armstrong, chief executive of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation for services to the Scottish fishing industry.

The smaller businesses sector was also recognised with the awarding of an OBE to Lisa Lawson, founder of the Dear Green Place coffee company for services to business and the community in Glasgow.

Professor Muffy Calder, vice principal and head of the College of Science and Engineering at the University of Glasgow, became a Dame for services to research and education.



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