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Alister Coutts DQS BA(Hons) MBA(Dist) MSc PhD FRICS FCIOB

Alister qualified as a Chartered Quantity Surveyor in 1976 and he worked in Aberdeen, with Armour & Partners and Anderson Morgan Associates, before moving to Hong Kong to join the Government’s Public Works Department.

He moved to the Hong Kong Mass Transit Railway Corporation in 1981 as their Project Co-ordinator and was responsible for the Project Management of the Public Private Partnership (PPP) Agreements which the Corporation used as the vehicle for the commercial and residential developments that helped fund the construction of the railway system.

Alister returned to the UK in 1989 and joined Developments, Commercial & Industrial (Holdings) Ltd. as their Project Management & Development Director. The DCI Group developed and managed commercial and residential property and also operated as Facilities Management contractors.

He joined the NHS in 1993 when he was appointed by Fife Health Board as their Director of Operations, responsible for a wide range of functions including capital project management, facilities management, transportation and the procurement of supplies & services.

He joined The Highland Council in 1998 as Director of Property & Architectural Services and was responsible for the management of 200 professional and technical staff providing property and construction-related services over an area of 10,000 square miles. He also served as the Council’s PPP Projects Director and worked on a range of municipal projects including schools, care homes, fire stations, office accommodation and waste management initiatives.

Alister joined Robinson Low Francis LLP as a Partner & Head of Public Sector Services, in 2007, where he utilised his experience to secure a variety of public sector commissions. This led to the establishment of his own practice in 2011 to provide a range of construction and management consultancy services.

Alister went to Robert Gordon’s College in Aberdeen and then studied for a Diploma in Quantity Surveying at Dundee College of Technology (now the University of Abertay Dundee). He continued his studies by obtaining a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Degree in Economics & Sociology from the Open University.

Whilst in Hong Kong, Alister undertook post-graduate research into the Modelling of Construction Cash Flow and obtained a Master of Science Degree from Edinburgh’s Heriot-Watt University. He also studied for an MBA with the University of Hong Kong and graduated with Distinction. Upon returning to Scotland Alister undertook research into Change Control & Configuration Management Systems and obtained a Doctor of Philosophy Degree from Heriot-Watt University.

Alister can be contacted by e-mail at alister.coutts@awcp.co.uk


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