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Jon Pickstone

Director | IED

Deputy Director for Regional Economic Development | Scottish Government


Jon has over 20 years’ experience in economic development and related place-shaping fields.

He is currently Deputy Director for Regional Economic Development at the Scottish Government.

Jon previously headed the Scottish Government’s economic engagement in London.

Prior to joining the Scottish Government, Jon was the Deputy Director, Capital Investment at the Department for International Trade and the COO of UKTI’s Regeneration Investment Organisation, helping to attract institutional investment into large-scale property and infrastructure developments.

Previously, Jon led the 2014 UK Assisted Areas Review for BIS and was the Homes and Communities Agency’s strategic lead for the Thames Gateway, Europe’s largest regeneration project.

Jon began his career in consultancy, working at Halcrow Group, Cushman and Wakefield, and Colin Buchanan.

In addition to being a Fellow of the IED, Jon is a Chartered Economic Geographer and a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society; he read geography at the Universities of Bristol and Manchester.

Jon is an avid Manchester City fan and his interests include urban histories, cycling and walking.

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