ENTERPRIZE; `Reluctant' Sir Ian wins top job.A self-made Scots tycoon is to be given the vital task of winning jobs for Scotland.
Sir Ian Wood Sir Ian Wood is the Scottish billionaire and chairman of the UK-based engineering company, Wood Group. He was born in Aberdeen where he was educated at Robert Gordon's College and graduated from Aberdeen University in 1964. , head of the huge, Aberdeen-based Wood Group oil empire, will be named as the new pounds 50,000-a-year head of Scottish Enterprise Scottish Enterprise is the main national economic development agency of Scotland, the other being Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) carries out similar functions of economic development in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland. .
His appointment will be a big surprise because only a few weeks ago, the craggy crag·gy
adj. crag·gi·er, crag·gi·est
1. Having crags: craggy terrain.
2. Rugged and uneven: a craggy face. Sir Ian appeared to rule himself out of the race.
He said he was too busy with his own business commitments to take on the high-powered job.
Sir Ian - whose teenage son Gareth nearly died two years ago after being hit by meningitis - told journalists : "I am not a candidate."
And observers had also ruled him out because he was believed to have Tory sympathies.
His predecessor, Professor Sir Donald Mackay Donald Mackay (13 September 1933 - 15 July 1977), was an Australian anti-drugs campaigner who came to fame in 1977 through the circumstances of his presumed murder.
Mackay was born in Griffith and raised in Sydney. , was ousted in May after Labour won power. He resigned amid claims that he was being forced to go because he had been too close to senior Tories.
Sir Donald had attracted wide criticism after handing back pounds 30 million of Scottish Enterprise training cash - allegedly to help former Tory Scots Secretary Michael Forsyth meet Treasury cut-back targets.
Sir Ian, who used to sport mutton mutton, flesh of mature sheep prepared as food (as opposed to the flesh of young sheep, which is known as lamb). Mutton is deep red with firm, white fat. In Middle Eastern countries it is a staple meat, but in the West, with the exception of Great Britain, Australia, chop sideburns side·burns
Growths of hair down the sides of a man's face in front of the ears, especially when worn with the rest of the beard shaved off.
[Alteration of burnsides. and loud checked ties, will be in charge of the pounds 500 million Scottish Enterprise budget.
He will oversee the crucial task of winning inward investment Inward investment is the injection of money from an external source into a region, in order to purchase capital goods for a branch of a corporation to locate or develop its presence in the region. jobs for Scotland as well as encouraging Scots-based business through the network of local enterprise companies.
Last night, Government insiders admitted that Sir Ian "had to be persuaded" to take on the job.
But they stressed that he was already on the Enterprise board and had served as acting chairman following Sir Donald's departure.
Other names mentioned for the job included James Gordon, chairman of Radio Clyde, BT chairman Sir Ian Vallance and trade union leader Sir Gavin Laird.
Sir Ian, 53, last year won the business section of the Sunday Mail Great Scots award.
He has built up his oil services group from small-time small·time or small-time
Insignificant or unimportant; minor: a smalltime actor.
small family ship-repairing business beginnings to a world leader, with an annual turnover of more than pounds 200 million.
Married, with three sons, Sir Ian is also a director of the Royal Bank of Scotland
The Royal Bank of Scotland Plc (Scottish Gaelic: Banca Rìoghail na h-Alba . Educated at Robert Gordon's and Aberdeen University, he was knighted in 1994.
He is known as a workaholic work·a·hol·ic
One who has a compulsive and unrelenting need to work. , often putting in 14-hour days.
He once bemoaned his jet-setting lifestyle, saying that on some days he ate all his meals on board an aircraft.
In 1995, he was voted ideal Scots businessman in a survey carried out among directors of 500 Scots companies.
His hobbies - when he has time - include tennis and hill-walking.
HE'S GOT pounds 400m TO SPEND
Scottish Enterprise was set up in 1990 - the brainchild of Scots businessman Bill Hughes and Margaret Thatcher.
Scottish Enterprise has a budget of over pounds 400 million.
Its main role is to run the network of local enterprise companies throughout Scotland.
Its job-hunting arm is Locate in Scotland - a body that has attracted inward investment and thousands of jobs, including Motorola, Chungwa and Hyundai.
But it has also had its share of bad publicity, especially following revelations that firms run by members of Forth Valley Enterprise Board had received more than pounds 800,000 of taxpayers money from the the organisation.
And there was more criticism of the amount of cash the local companies were spending on outside consultancies.
In 1992, Scottish Enterprise was embarrassed when it had to make big cuts in its staff.
A year later, the Scottish select committee launched a probe after claims that the enterprise company network wasn't working well.