New ACSEF manager appointed

Aileen Edwards, appointed  ACSEF development manager.
Aileen Edwards, appointed ACSEF development manager.

Aberdeen City and Shire Economic Future (ACSEF) has appointed a new development manager.

Aileen Edwards is mainly responsible for managing engagement with the wider business community and for co-ordinating the delivery of the ACSEF economic action plan, which supports economic growth and quality of life in the region.

Originally from Northern Ireland, Aileen has worked in local government, as a consultant and a university lecturer.

Latterly, Aileen worked in an economic development capacity for Scottish Enterprise before a new role took her to New Zealand. It was the ACSEF post which attracted her to the North-east.

She said: “I was looking for something that was going to be new and challenging and had a bit of excitement about it.

“This role includes some new industry areas for me and plays to my strength, which is partnership working.”

With the rapid development of the oil, gas and renewables industries in the region, Aileen is keen to encourage the business community and public sectors to work together and plan for the future.

ACSEF chairman Tom Smith said: “Aileen’s broad experience in a variety of strategic economic development roles made her the ideal candidate to become our new development manager.

“She joins us at a time of great activity and potential for the region and we look forward to working with Aileen in the delivery of our ambitious action plan.”