WGM Renewables – Electric Vehicle Association Scotland

Mark Walker is appointed as Non-Executive Director of Electric Vehicle Association Scotland.

Mark Walker leads our WGM Engineering Renewables business unit and has been driving fully electric since 2018.  He’s covered the length and breadth of the UK in a Renault Zoe, Kia e-Niro and Volkswagen ID.3.  That’s around 40,000 electric miles driven, including commuting, business trips and family holidays (with a roof box and dog).  All of Mark’s journeys in his electric vehicles have been fuelled using only public charging infrastructure – no private driveway or home charging!

Mark has been actively involved in smart mobility for over 15 years.  Previously, he was an NED of Streetcar and General Manager of Zipcar UK, where – in 2016 – he introduced the Volkswagen Golf GTE to London.

Acting in a personal capacity, Mark is continuing his mobility and EV journey and has been appointed as a Non-Executive Director of EVA Scotland. The Electric Vehicle Association represents the interests of EV users in Scotland, supporting the electrification of all forms of transport, at the heart of the decision making processes that involve and progress policies. Mark is excited to now be playing a part in supporting Scotland’s transition to EV, engaging with Government, the media, and EVA Scotland.

WGM Renewables – Scotland Excel Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure Framework

WGM Renewables become a supplier on Scotland Excel’s Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure Framework

WGM Renewables is a business unit within WGM Engineering – a family-owned business, based in Glasgow, employing 360 people.  We are a self-delivery company, offering the complete range of engineering services in-house, right from Consultancy and Solution Design through Technical Design, Civil/Electrical works, Bay Markings, Signage and Certification.

All of us at WGM Renewables are thrilled to announce we are one of 18 suppliers on Scotland Excel’s new Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure framework. The framework will enable councils and other public bodies to source, install, and maintain EV charging points in Scotland. The national electric charging point contract will support the phasing out of diesel and petrol vehicles, contributing to achieving zero emissions by 2045.

Scotland Excel is a non-profit organisation funded by Scotland’s 32 local authorities and are the Centre of Procurement Expertise for the local government sector. Contracts are designed to maximise the value of council spending through savings, efficiency and innovation.

Julie Welsh, Chief Executive of Scotland Excel, commented on the EV Charging Framework:

“I welcome the launch of this new contract that will give councils and other public organisations the support they need to efficiently source the range of products and services needed for the supply, installation and maintenance of electric vehicle charging infrastructure.

With sustainability at its core, this framework will underpin the Scottish Government’s drive for net zero by 2045. It will support councils in their efforts to reduce emissions from council fleets by phasing out new petrol and diesel cars in the coming years.

It will also bring significant opportunities for the businesses that have secured a place on the framework, which includes 18 Scottish suppliers – 12 of which are Scottish SMEs.”

WGM Renewables are delighted to be part of this innovative framework supporting Scotland’s transition to zero emission road transport. We have begun deploying EV charging infrastructure for several of the Scotland Excel participants and are looking forward to working with more Local Authorities and other public sector organisations to deploy EV charging across Scotland.

Read more about the Scotland Excel £80 million charging point contract.

Procurement Skills Accord Award Winner 2022

WGM Engineering wins at the Procurement Skills Accord Awards 2022 

 

WGM Engineering was recognised at an awards ceremony, hosted by the Energy & Utilities Skills Partnership. We are delighted to be one of 41 energy and utilities and supply chain companies that successfully passed their audits to win the coveted Procurement Skills Accord Awards for 2021/22. 

The Procurement Skills Accord (PSA) is a national initiative from the Energy & Utilities Skills Partnership to encourage increased investment in targeted training and skills across the supply chain. In its fifth year, the initiative is supported by 50 signatories, and WGM Engineering are proud to be a signatory organisation, working collaboratively with the sector to drive investment in skills and make changes in procurement practises.  

The awards were hosted by Phil Beach CBE, CEO of Energy & Utility Skills, and featured speaker Tim Balcon, Chief Executive of CITB. 41 companies were presented with an award for their pioneering efforts to transform investment in technical and operational skills. 

Ian Mathieson, WGM’s Managing Director said: 

“We are delighted to have won a coveted Procurement Skills Accord Award for 2021/2022. This significant recognition underpins WGM’s skills solutions to help attract, develop, and retain a sustainable, skilled workforce to ensure the seamless delivery of our essential services in Scotland.  

We know how important it is to invest and develop the technical and operational skills that our sector needs and have an unrelenting focus on the development of our team, creating a real learning environment where our people can grow and achieve their full potential.”

Jim Fingland, our Learning & Development Business Partner, collected our award at the face to face event yesterday. Jim is pictured below beside Tim Balcon (Chief Exec of CITB) on the left, and Phil Beach (Chief Exec of EU Skills) on the right.

Again, we are thrilled with this achievement and would like to congratulate the other 41 companies who received their award beside us!