Region celebrates its rising stars

Stuart Common, Julita Stachowiak and Mathew Pirie
Stuart Common, Julita Stachowiak and Mathew Pirie

The future for North-east business is shining brightly, if the dynamism and talent of the next generation is anything to go by.

The three finalists in the Rising Star category of this year’s Northern Star Business Awards were chosen as representing the skills and abilities of tomorrow’s leaders.

Julita Stachowiak of Hutcheon Mearns, Stuart Common of Mackie’s of Scotland, and Mathew Pirie of Sureclean have all had a direct positive impact on their respective companies, highlighted in their particular achievements.

Julita works as a senior consultant at Hutcheon Mearns, an accountancy consulting and recruitment firm. She trained at KPMG in audit where she obtained first time passes in her ICAS exams after receiving a first class honours from Heriott Watt University.

Julita relocated to Scotland from Poland when she was 18 without being able to speak a word of English.

Stuart Common is commercial director and the youngest member of the management team at Mackie’s, having first worked for the business as a student.

Stuart plays an active role in Grampian Food Forum and he was recently appointed – again as the youngest member – to the ONE (Opportunity North East) food, drink and agriculture advisory board.

Mathew Pirie, 25, is a project engineer with industrial cleaning and waste management company Sureclean at Oldmeldrum, having first worked for the company while at university.

He has been involved in various large-scale projects internationally, with his most recent project managing Sureclean’s work as part of the integrated team on decommissioning of CNRI’s Murchison platform.

Mathew also mentors and assists the current trainee project engineers within the company, using his knowledge of the process to help the rest of the team, and his experience in collaboration and innovation on the Murchison project means he is heavily involved in the development of Sureclean’s new services.

The Rising Star award is sponsored by Wood Group, and Julita, Stuart and Mathew will find out which of them is named as Rising Star 2016 on September 22.