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8 . Glasgow Business September/October 2013


With Alan Thomson, Head of Corporate Relations of Glasgow Chamber member Scottish Water

BUSINESS Describe your role/job? As Head of Corporate Relations with Scottish Water, the main aspects of my role are corporate communications and public affairs.

What skills do you bring to the table/are required in your role? Listening, anticipation, customer focus and common sense.

What has been your career highpoint? Starting a partnership apprenticeship model with our supply chain to create employment opportunities for young people.

What’s the best thing about Glasgow Chamber? Learning about the range of organisations in the city and how we all play a part in making Glasgow a great place to live and work.

What one thing would you wish for Glasgow between now and 2014? That Glasgow cements its reputation as a top vibrant city to stay, visit and be part of.

PERSONAL What do you do to relax at the weekend? Football (I will let you guess which Glasgow team I support) and golf.

Airport going on honeymoon, my wife and I were asked the usual security questions: did you pack your cases yourself; could anyone have interfered with your cases; any heavy or sharp objects etc – to which we confidently replied “no” to everything. We were then asked to leave the queue to answer why we were carrying house bricks and dumb bells in our suitcases. The learning from this experience is don’t give your friends your house keys.

What is your favourite city outside the UK and why? Venice – it is an incredible place and I love to watch all the activity on the water.

What is your most embarrassing experience? When checking in at Glasgow

Name your favourite book/ album/film? The Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela, Blondie – Parallel Lines and The Great Escape.

If you could host a dinner party with four guests, who would you choose (two living, two dead)? Marilyn Monroe, Princess Diana, Billy Connolly and President Obama.


ScotGap Employability & Skills is a unique programme that aims to get individuals up-skilled or re-skilled to enter the security industry. Te programme is funded by Skills Development Scotland under the College Learning Programme and involves Colleges across Scotland. Te ScotGap programme

will train individuals to work in the security industry by offering a nationally recognised qualification. Te programme

will provide training, employment and work experience. Once completed, all applicants will be able to apply for the SIA licence which allows you to work across a variety of sectors including sporting and entertainment events. Te first cohort started in

July 2013, is fully funded and is

for unemployed people in Glasgow. Te second cohort will start in October. Successful candidates will

have the opportunity to work as security personnel at Glasgow 2014 and other sports or entertainment events in the City. Te Principal of City of

Glasgow College Paul Litle said: “We are delighted to be part of Scotgap and the lasting legacy it will have as part of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. “Te successful

candidates have a fantastic opportunity to be part of a global event.”


INFORMATION Visit for details on the ScotGap programme.

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