Dundee City Council has poached a Fife Council top dog as its new executive director of city development.
Robin Presswood will leave his role as head of economy, planning and employability at the local authority to take up the post previously held by Mike Galloway.
He started his career at Tayside Regional Council and has since held various elected, voluntary and non-executive posts with Dundee District Council, NHS Tayside and the Scottish Arts Council as well as Angus Council. He joined Fife Council in 2004.
Mr Presswood said: “It is a privilege to be joining Dundee at such an exciting time for the city. The waterfront project is one of the most important regeneration projects in Europe, and the city’s reputation has been transformed.
“I look forward to working with our partners in public, private and third sectors and the two universities to continue to grow the city’s economy and support the creation of new jobs.”
Councillor John Alexander, leader of Dundee City Council and chairman of the appointments sub-committee, said: “I am delighted that the standard of applicant for this post was at a very high level, even though that made our job selecting a successful candidate all the more difficult.
“Dundee is an ambitious and aspiring city at an important time in its development and the post of executive director of city development is pivotal in helping to deliver the positive outcomes we all want.”
Mr Presswood will be paid a salary of between £106,091 and £112,593.
Mr Galloway announced his resignation in May after spending two decades masterminding Dundee’s waterfront regeneration project.
He joined the council in 1997 and helped to draw up the master plan for the project, which is now halfway towards completion.