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Richard Cairns

Director | IED

Executive Director of Infrastructure and Regeneration | West Dunbartonshire Council


Richard is Executive Director of Infrastructure and Regeneration at West Dunbartonshire Council. He manages over 1800 staff and a budget of c £90m with responsibility for: Housing, Economic Development & Regeneration, Business Support, Roads, Transport, Waste Services, Tourism, Leisure & Recreation. He has over 30 years of experience in economic development in the public and private sectors, having previously held posts as Head of Economic Development for a global audit practice, for the Audit Commission in London, and at the City of Glasgow.

He is a former Chief Executive of Glasgow Chamber of Commerce, and a former Chairperson of the Scottish Local Authorities Economic Development Forum, and a former member of the Scottish First Minister’s economic consultants panel. He has also been a Director of a successful private sector economic development consultancy and has worked all over the UK, across Europe on commissions for the EU and European Investment Bank and in Western Australia.

In his spare time he is a Director, and Chair of the Finance Committee, of the Glasgow Film Theatre, Glasgow’s art house cinema and hosts of the annual Glasgow International Film Festival. Richard is also a Director of the Clydebank Property Company since October 2014.

Richard has been a member of the IED since February 2011 and a Board member since November 2011.

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