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Lesley Sloan

Economic Development Officer Future Skills

Lesley joined the team in June 2024 as line manager to the AIMS Project Officers and brings to the team 20+ years’ experience working in Education and Employability and Skills. As the AIMS project becomes more skills focused, Lesley will be working with local businesses, public sector bodies, training and skills providers to forge pathways towards skills development in a range of sectors.

Lesley’s role is focused on the development of skills towards regional net zero targets and to help demystify the notion of ‘green skills’ reframing these as Future Skills: New & Emerging; Enhanced Competencies and Increased Demand skills.

Joanne Johnstone

Joanne is the Business and Facilities Coordinator for the AIMS Project and has been with the project since June 2022.

Assisting businesses and individuals to access our state-of-the-art machinery and technical expertise, Joanne advises businesses and individuals on how to develop innovative projects and new business assistance opportunities. Joanne is highly organised with strict attention to detail; she has strengths in written and verbal communication, advanced IT skills, and good interpersonal skills including persuasion and motivation.

Joanne’s role with the AIMS Project is to facilitate, plan, monitor, advise and support businesses and individuals within Dumfries and Galloway with new innovative ideas and projects. Providing one-to-one and group support, signposting to our experienced technical team where required.

Anmol Kumar

Anmol is the Technical Officer and he joined the team in January 2024

“It’s been a whirlwind month since joining the amazing team at AIMS Project as their Technical Officer, and I’m thrilled to share my experience so far! As someone passionate about robots, automation, AI, and mixed realities, I couldn’t have found a better fit.

Every day brings new challenges and opportunities to apply my expertise to projects with a real-world impact. Collaborating with such talented colleagues who share my enthusiasm for technology and its potential to positively transform industries is incredibly inspiring.”

Amy Rust

Amy is the Graduate Trainee Technician, she just graduated from the University of Strathclyde with a degree in product design engineering and joined our team at the beginning of January 2024.

Amy’s main skills lie in CAD, with two official certifications in SolidWorks, and she is currently finding her way around the other equipment in the workshop. By the end of the AIMS Project, she hopes to have worked on a variety of exciting projects from which she has gained new skills and experiences.

Graham Anderson

Graham is a Technical Officer and joined the team in April 2024.

Graham Anderson is a seasoned machinist with a wealth of experience in the field of engineering and manufacturing. Having honed his craft over years of dedicated service, Graham possesses a deep understanding of precision machining techniques and industry best practices.

Driven by a passion for innovation and entrepreneurship, Graham took the leap to establish his own engineering and manufacturing business, where he thrived as both a skilled practitioner and a savvy business owner. His commitment to quality and attention to detail quickly earned him a reputation for delivering exceptional results to clients across various industries.

In addition to his entrepreneurial pursuits, Graham has also embraced the role of educator, sharing his knowledge and expertise as a mechanical engineering lecturer. His engaging teaching style and real-world experience make him a valuable asset to aspiring engineers eager to learn the intricacies of the field.

Graham’s dedication to advancing the field of engineering extends beyond the classroom and the workshop. He is now a proud contributor to the AIMS project, a ground-breaking initiative aimed at pushing the boundaries of mechanical engineering through collaborative research and development efforts. As part of the AIMS team, Graham brings his unique blend of practical skills, theoretical knowledge, and entrepreneurial spirit to the forefront, helping to shape the future of the industry.