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  • Nicole Paterson

Nicole Paterson

Chief Executive Officer

Nicole is an award-winning local government Chief Officer, with nearly three decades of experience across five local authorities, consultancy and environmental non-executive roles.

With more than twenty-five years of experience in local government specifically, Nicole joins us from North Lanarkshire Council, Scotland's fourth largest local authority, where her role as Head of Environmental Assets saw her drive a strategic vision of community focused, inclusive growth and prosperity. Nicole led systemic change on climate change adaption, biodiversity, flood risk management transport policy, policy and green spaces.

Nicole previously spent over a decade at Stirling Council leading strategic environmental and infrastructure programmes and has worked across West Lothian, East Dunbartonshire and Argyll & Bute Councils.

She is a Board member of Climate Ready Clyde, working with industry and government, and Chair of the Glasgow City Region Transport Portfolio leading strategic transport visioning. A chartered civil engineer and University of Strathclyde graduate, Nicole is a member of 7 Lochs Wetland Park and previously the Inner Forth Landscape Initiative.

Register of interest

  • Date of completion: 24 April 2024
  • Board member: Nicole Paterson
  • Signature: Signed by Nicole Paterson on 24 April 2024


Employment or self-employment (include registered name of the company, nature of the company, nature of business and nature of post held):

  • None

Holding an office (include office held, name of organisation, nature, and regularity of business):

  • None

As a director of an undertaking (include the registered name of the undertaking in which the directorship is held and the nature of the applicable business):

  • None

As a partner in a firm (include registered name of the company and nature of business):

  • None

Undertaking a trade, profession or vocation or any other work:

  • Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers.
  • Chartered Engineer registered with the Engineering Council.
  • Fellow of the Institution of Highways and Transportation.
  • Fellow of the Society of the Arts (FRSA).

Any allowance received through memberships of an organisation

All payments such as honoraria and including a statement of whether expenses are paid or not:

  • None

Related undertakings

A description of a directorship that is not remunerated but is of a company which is a parent or subsidiary of a company or undertaking which pays remuneration (include name of subsidiary or parent company or other undertaking and the nature of its business):

  • None


A description of any contract (including its duration but excluding the consideration) which is made between the public body of which you are a member and a firm in which you are a partner, or an undertaking in which you are a director or in which you have shares:

  • None

Houses, land, and buildings

A description of any rights of ownership or other interests that may be significant to, of relevance to , or bear upon, the work or operation of the devolved public body:

  • None

Shares and securities

A description, but not value, of shares or securities in a company, undertaking or organisation that may be significant to, of relevance to, or bear upon, the work or operation of the devolved public body (including the registered name of the company in which you hold shares):

  • None

Gifts and hospitality

Details of any gifts and hospitality received within your current term of appointment of office:

  • None

Non-financial interests

A description of such interests as may be significant to, of relevance to, or bear upon, the work or operation of the devolved public body, including without prejudice to that generality membership of an office in:

  • Other public bodies: None
  • Clubs, societies, and organisations: None
  • Trade unions: None
  • Voluntary organisations: None

Close family members

A description of the interests of any close family member who has transactions with the devolved public body or is likely to have transactions or do business with it:

  • Husband CEO of Scottish Canals - post commencing on 22 May 2023 - appropriate arrangements made internally within public body to avoid any potential or perceived conflicts of interest.