Baird of Bute Society presents 2014 awards

Baird of Bute Society founder Chris Markwell with Craig Clark of Clydespace and Glasgow Airport managing director Amanda McMillan - winners of the society's 2014 award for innovation and aviation respectively.
Baird of Bute Society founder Chris Markwell with Craig Clark of Clydespace and Glasgow Airport managing director Amanda McMillan - winners of the society's 2014 award for innovation and aviation respectively.

The managing director of Glasgow Airport and the founder of the company which designed and built Scotland’s first satellite were honoured by the Baird of Bute Society in Rothesay on Friday.

Amanda McMillan and Clyde Space’s Craig Clark were presented with the society’s 2014 awards for aviation and innovation respectively at a dinner at the Victoria Hotel in Rothesay.

The society was founded to honour the achievements of Bute blacksmith Andrew Blain Baird, who undertook Scotland’s first ever powered flight in an aircraft of his own design and construction at Ettrick Bay in September 1910, and to ‘inspire to aspire’ today’s young people to follow in Baird’s footsteps.

“I’m hugely grateful for the recognition,” Ms McMillan said, “but Glasgow Airport’s success is the result of a team effort, and this award is for everyone who works there.”

“I’m really humbled,” Mr Clark added. “I believe strongly in the objectives of the Baird of Bute Society and making Clyde Space successful is the most important thing I can do for those objectives.”

* More from the Baird of Bute Society’s awards, and its annual Festival of Flight on Saturday, September 20, to follow on this website and in the next issue of The Buteman - on sale from Thursday, September 25.