Campbeltown man recognised in Queen’s Birthday Honours

Robin Watson, who has been appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire. Photograph: Wood.
Robin Watson, who has been appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire. Photograph: Wood.

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Campbeltown man Robin Watson has been appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2020.

The awards were announced on October 9, having been delayed from the Queen’s birthday in June as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Mr Watson, who is chief executive of Wood Plc, a multinational energy services company, received the honour for services to international trade.

The 53-year-old is credited with spearheading Wood’s global expansion and success since he joined the Aberdeen-headquartered company in 2010, achieving record earnings and broadening the company’s portfolio into new geographies and markets.

During this period, Wood has significantly broadened its vision and repositioned to address the global challenges of sustainability and the energy transition.

Taking the helm as chief executive in 2016, Mr Watson led the transformational $3 billion acquisition of Amec Foster Wheeler the following year, delivering the integration of two international businesses ahead of plan to create a global engineering and consulting leader, with operations in more than 60 countries and employing around 60,000 people.

With more than three decades of engineering and industry experience, Mr Watson has held a variety of executive leadership positions, taking an active role in trade, industry, and governmental bodies.

A Fellow of both the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and the Energy Institute, and a visiting professor at Robert Gordon University, he has previously been recognised by the Institute of Directors with four accolades, including Director of the Year in 2019.

Of his CBE award, Mr Watson said: ‘I am delighted and humbled to receive this honour. My family, friends and colleagues have provided great support throughout my career and have helped me realise my ambitions over the years. For this, I am truly grateful.

‘It is a privilege to lead an innovative, future-focused and dynamic business like Wood and work with a passionate team of people, focused on engineering solutions to some of the world’s most pressing challenges.’

Roy Franklin, chairman of Wood’s board, said: ‘On behalf of Wood’s board, executive leadership team and our community of colleagues around the world, I’d like to congratulate Robin on this honour which recognises his significant contribution to the UK’s engineering industry over a distinguished career.

‘His work ethic, vision and commitment to equality in education and development for all, has been the driving force behind the transformation of the Wood business as well as the continued success of its people.’

Mr Watson was educated at Campbeltown Grammar School where he was said to have been inspired by maths teacher, Mr Stankey. In a previous interview with the Courier, he advised the school’s pupils to ‘be determined, have dreams and work hard to achieve them’.