Norman McLennan
First Name: Norman
Surname: McLennan
Position: Visiting Professor

Background and External Roles

Norman is an industry practitioner who has been providing ad-hoc lecturing and course design support to the University since 1992. In January, 2016 he was awarded an Honorary Visiting Professorship by the Robert Gordon University in recognition of his contribution to the Scott Sutherland School, the Engineering School and Aberdeen Business School.

He is a Chartered Surveyor and Commercial project manager by training and holds a Masters Postgraduate Degree in Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Commercial Management and Surveying, together with Fellowship of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (FRICS), the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (FCIPS), the International Institute for Advanced Purchasing & Supply (FIIAPS), the International Association for Project Management (APM), the Association of Cost Engineers (A. Cost E.) and the Petroleum Exploration Society of Great Britain (PESGB). He is also a member of the Institute of Directors (MIOD) and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and fully accredited practitioner for the Institute for Learning & Teaching (ILT). Additionally, Norman is the Chairman of the RICS (Scotland) Professional Energy Group Forum. He is also a fully licensed RICS Chairman and Assessor for the Institution's "Assessment of Professional Competence" for UK & Overseas candidates and a Senior Assessor for the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply.

Norman's professional industry experience spans over thirty years split between the 'Oil & Gas/Energy', 'Engineering' and 'Traditional Construction' sectors working in the UK, Europe and internationally with extensive supply chain management and commercial project management experience. Specific organisations include: multi-national energy (oil & gas) operators, small to medium sized independent (oil & gas) operators, international contractor/service companies, engineering commercial project management consultancies and local government. He has gained exposure to working practices in both operational and project type environments in the UKCS and internationally, and has a proven track record of success on a wide variety of traditional and non-traditional styles of contracting in different industry sectors.

He has held a variety of senior industry positions across the Energy sector, more recently as the Vice President of Supply Chain for Sasol Exploration and Petroleum International which develops and manages the Sasol group's upstream interests in oil and gas exploration and production in Mozambique, South Africa, Canada, Gabon, Papua New Guinea, Botswana, Australia and Nigeria. Positions prior to that included UK / European Head of Commercial Supply Chain for BG Group International Ltd and an executive role within the Oil & UK Supply Chain Directorate which involves stewardship of commercial and supply chain pan-industry initiatives with his time being split between Aberdeen, London and Brussels. He is a past Chairman of the Competition & Supply Committee of the United Kingdom Offshore Operators Association and Upstream Oil & Gas Sector Supply Chain Management Network with responsibilities for planning & directing their project activities.

Norman is regularly invited to present/speak at related industry events and conferences and also for professional bodies.

External Links

Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)
The Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply (CIPS)
The Association for Project Management (APM)
The Petroleum Exploration Society of Great Britain
Oil and Gas UK website
The Higher Education Academy
The International Institute for Advanced Purchasing and Supply

Duties and Responsibilities

Managing and delivering graduate and post graduate learning programmes in commercial project management, quantity surveying, construction management/engineering, supply chain management and contractual/negotiation related topics.

Development of distance on-line/distance learning packages.

Research Interests

Pan-industry initiatives relating to commercial and business improvement strategies and supply chain management issues.