Director of Enterprise, Planning and Infrastructure, Aberdeen City Council.
Brought up in Speyside, the son of a Scotch whisky Distillery Manager, who worked for the Company that makes Johnny Walker.
Gained a BSc Honours Degree in Geography from the University of Glasgow followed by a Post Graduate Degree in Accountancy Studies at the University of Aberdeen.
First worked as an Accountant with KPMG, a firm of International Chartered Accountants, becoming an Insolvency Manager. He ran Oil and Gas Service Companies in receivership whilst also auditing major Oil Companies including The British National Oil Corporation and had a period of secondment to Sovereign Oil and Gas.
In 1984 he moved to the North East of Scotland Development Authority (NESDA) which had responsibility for the start up and development of businesses in Aberdeen and the North East of Scotland, including Skills Development, Inward Investment and Trade Development in particular for the developing Oil and Gas Industry. He was an Assistant Director of NESDA and then Grampian Regional Council from 1989 to 1995. In 1996 he became Director of Economic Development for Aberdeen and has been a Director since then. He is currently Director of Enterprise, Planning and Infrastructure for Aberdeen City Council.
Gordon’s responsibilities include the development of both physical structure and development plans for the City and the North-East of Scotland as well as Economic Development strategies both currently and over the past 25 years including the infrastructure required for its vitally important Oil and Gas industry.
Amongst the positions he has held in the past, includes:-
Being a Director of Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre
Director of Univation Ltd
Director of Soft World Canada
Secretary General of the World Energy Cities Partnership
Chairman of Scottish Local Economic Development Association
He has also served a Ministerial appointment on the Scottish Export Forum.
Gordon has held various Directorships in outside organisations including Non Executive Directorships of Univation Limited, Grampian Venture Capital Fund Limited, Softworld Canada Limited, Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre Limited and Community Business Grampian Limited.