We believe we have grown one of the most experienced and entrepreneurial teams in the industry. We share a commitment to respecting others and operating professionally, with integrity and loyalty.
Our business leaders inspire us to operate to the highest standards, within a legal, environmental, health and safety framework which will protect our employees, our customers and our society now and in the future.
Norman is involved in the operational side of all parts of the Group, with a particular focus on timber purchasing and supplies, as well as the commercial property division.
Alan has led our pallet business as managing director since 2008, including overseeing a number of strategic acquisitions and exceptional organic growth. He started his career with the General Electric Company, initially as a management trainee then held senior commercial management positions over a number of years.
Robert is a solicitor qualified in both Scotland and England/Wales and joined the Group in 2011 from law firm Anderson Strathern. Robert deals with corporate, legal and commercial matters across the Group including acquisitions, disposals and corporate finance arrangements. He also has responsibility for the Property Division
Tracy is a Chartered Management Accountant (ACMA). She has responsibility for leading the Group finance and IT functions. Since she joined the business in 2000 she has grown the finance team from four employees to twenty. Over the same period Group annual sales turnover has grown organically and through multiple diverse acquisitions, from £7m to over £140m, with Tracy having a strategic role in this transformational change. As a Group board member she continues to plays a key role in developing and supporting the businesses’ future, ambitious growth strategy.
Jim joined the board of Scott Group Investments during 2015 following 20 years as a partner with big four accountancy firm EY.
His focus as chairman of Scott Group is to chair the regular meetings of the board ensuring the group develops and executes a strategic plan , effectively manages risk and actively seeks opportunities for future growth and development.
Kevin has been with our business for almost 25 years, having worked his way around numerous pallet manufacturing sites throughout our Scottish and English operations. Today, he is responsible for both the operational and financial budget for the reconditioned pallet division, including individual site performances, sales team, compliance, strategy and our £40m turnover.
Rob joined our business at the start of 2016 to lead the strategy and development for our Scott Direct business. His ambition, hard work and experience in the industry complements our vision for success.
Karen joined Scott Pallets as Sales Director in 2003 following a successful career in the NHS. For 13 years she has been responsible for developing and implementing our new pallet sales growth strategy, through a period of multiple acquisitions and year on year organic growth. In 2017 she took on responsibility for the Group’s marketing activities which are focussed on supporting all parts of the business to deliver growth. As a member of the senior management team, she is also committed to delivering continuous improvement across the business and has a particular interest in developing collaborative business relationships across organisations and diverse functional areas.
Alistair has worked in the timber industry since 1977 carrying out various roles from sales and customer service through to operations and purchasing. He has been with the Group since 2007 when he joined us through the acquisition of Marlaw Pallet Services. Today, he is responsible for procurement within our pallet business, and his main focus is on timber supply chain and security of supply.
John joined our business ten years ago from Cummins Power Generation. At Scott Pallets he is responsible for transport operation and compliance, quality, engineering, facilities, key development projects, and capex budget.
Responsible for all Group IT, business systems, IT security and communications systems, David provides technical leadership throughout the business and ensures business continuity. As well as managing the day to day operations of the IT team, he is also responsible for the strategic planning and direction of this area in the business.
Lesley Patterson joined as our Group HR Manager from a specialist software company, and prior to that, she was with papermaker Tullis Russell. She is a vastly experienced HR professional and leads our HR team to proactively advise, maintain and enhance our group-wide human resources including our employee relations, policies and practices.
Robert Blaikie joins Scott Pallets as Head of Sales – Manufacturing, following 11 years of experience in pallets including 5 years as Sales Director with CHEP, and more recently as Sales & Marketing Director with a supply chains solutions provider.
Robert will be responsible for enabling the sales team to “make it happen” by providing certainty, focus and support to achieve the best possible outcome for the business
John provides technical and design expertise across our pallet business, and represents our business at several trade associations and committees. He is President of the UK Timber Pallet and Packaging Confederation (TIMCON), represents the UK at the European Association FEFPEB – Technical and Policy Committee meetings, he is a member of the UK Wood Marking Advisory Council (ISPM 15), represents the industry on the GB and NI Tree Health Advisory Committee, and is the International Director for the National Wooden Pallet and Container Association (USA). He is also a member of the PDS Advisory Committee, represents the UK at the World Global Forum meetings, and represents UK at Interpal events.
Gavin is our Operations Manager, and is responsible for all operations at our new pallet manufacturing sites in Barry, Burntisland, Burton, Ellesmere Port, Glenrothes, Manchester and York. He joined Scott Group in 1987 as part of the Precision Pallets acquisition, and held various roles during his career with us including manufacturing, site management and quality.
Having around 15 years of both domestic and international experience within the pallet industry, Chris’ primary function is to ensure successful management of the developing reconditioned pallet sales team, to meet growing business requirements.