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 a joint owner of the business. Day to day, he 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.
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 £175m, with Tracy having a strategic role in this transformational change. As a Group board member, she continues to play a key role in developing and supporting the businesses’ future, ambitious growth strategy.
Alan led our pallet business - Scott Pallets Manufacturing and Reconditioned Business Units, as Managing Director from 2008 - 2020, including overseeing a number of strategic acquisitions and exceptional organic growth. Alan started his career with the General Electric Company as a management trainee and subsequently held senior management positions in the packaging sector prior to joining the pallet industry in 2003.
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.
Scott has over 20 years of Operations, Commercial and Managing Director experience within the manufacturing and services sectors. Today, Scott is responsible for the operational delivery and growth of our new pallet manufacturing business unit of over £120M in size.
Robert Blaikie joined Scott Pallets as Sales Director, 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 chain solutions provider.
Robert is responsible for enabling the Account Management team to deliver exceptional customer service and support, ensuring that Scott Pallets remain the supplier of choice for all of our customers.
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 business unit, including individual site performances, sales team, compliance, strategy and our £55m turnover.
Gary has an extensive career in leading operational field and unit teams within customer focused businesses and has spent time working for the Co-op, Travis Perkins and most recently Euro Car Parts.
He joined the business on the 1st of February 2021, and this new role will take accountability for driving the business operations forward, as well as leading, coaching & developing the regional and business unit teams across the Reconditioned Business Unit
Rob has more than 30 years of experience in the industrial and MRO supplies industry. As operations director with a large multinational organisation, he successfully led a UK-wide team of more than 500. He was critical to the success of the business, helping to grow a strategic national network of sites, driving operational efficiency, and improving profitability.
In 2016 he joined Scott Group, as Managing Director of the industrial distributor, Scott Direct, and specialist protective garment manufacturer, Seahawk Apparel. In five years, Rob has led a transformational business improvement strategy. His natural collaborative leadership style has been key to his success in delivering positive cultural and operational changes that are driving sustainable financial improvement.
Having established the necessary solid foundations, Rob is now focussed on future-proofing the business through the development and implementation of a robust B2B digital strategy.
Des is an experienced sales professional with more than 30 years of operating in the business supplies and safety equipment industry. He is a key member of Scott Direct’s senior leadership team. As Sales Director, he is responsible for leading a national sales team to deliver ambitious, strategic sales growth and customer value. He is a highly personable, professional individual with exemplary sales and collaborative leadership skills, including negotiation, business planning and development, lead generation, and team building.
Marie has responsibility for the internal operations of Scott Direct. She has been with the business for 30 years and has built up an unrivalled wealth of knowledge in systems and procedures, working or assisting in every department. She is passionate about continuous improvement, root cause analysis and people development. She leads the Integrated Management System, which is accredited to ISO9001 and ISO14001. Striving for excellence in the quality of both products and procedures, Marie works as part of a high achieving, cross-functional management team that works collaboratively with all personnel to promote the principles of hard work, integrity and teamwork. Her leadership ensures that together they provide customers with a first-class service and strive to achieve the company vision to be - the market’s safety and industrial supplies partner of choice.
John has over 34 years of experience in the industrial supplies industry for hand tools, power tools and workwear. Previously, as Sales Director in a traditional B2B environment, he successfully drove the expansion and diversification of that business into the UK & European wholesale and ecommerce markets. In 2010, he joined Scott Direct as a Business Development Manager. He has successfully managed a power tools business unit, developing an additional sales channel strategy through eBay and an online B2B offering. His vision for modernisation with a "change and adapt" attitude while improving sales and increasing productivity through automated systems is key to his success. As Ecommerce Director he is leading the development and implementation of a new B2B and B2C ecommerce site as part of the businesses' omnichannel sales strategy.
Karen joined Scott Pallets as Sales Director in 2003 following a successful career in the NHS. For 13 years she was responsible for 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, 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.
Gill has more than 25 years of HR experience gained across a diverse range of sectors. After completing post-graduate studies in HR Management, Gill advanced her knowledge and expertise across several senior roles in large scale, multi-location, organisations including Scotbeef, Royal Mail and the Co-op.
Gill has also worked as a consultant providing HR support to a portfolio of businesses. She is also a trustee of the Donaldson Trust which is a charitable organisation supporting the education of neurodivergent young people.
Gill leads our HR teams, and as part of the senior management team, she is responsible for defining and driving forward our people strategy, enabling the company vision and values to be brought to life.
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.
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.
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 the UK at Interpal events.
Stuart has over 20 years’ experience in managing a wide range of supply chains from Aerospace to Construction machinery manufacturing. He joined the company in 2019 with a focus on coordinating the power of the whole company to ensure a robust, sustainable and effective supply chain.
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.
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.