Pioneering US-Scottish combat veteran joins Scots construction board  

QUICKBLOCK is delighted to announce that a retired US Army colonel has joined the board of Scottish construction firm which makes unique flat-packed construction blocks from recycled plastic as it powers into international markets. 

Yvette Hopkins brings a wealth of experience in the defence and security industry to Stirling-based QUICKBLOCK and a record of success in leading complex organisations and expertise in strategic planning.

With 25+ years in the US Army, she held several executive leadership positions throughout her career including the Director of Intelligence for Special Operations Command, Africa (in Germany), and Brigade Commander, Fort Meade, Maryland.

She more recently served as Director of Innovation and Partnerships at the SaxaVord Spaceport in Shetland, where she lives. She has played an instrumental role in the development of the UK’s first vertical launch spaceport.

Hopkins expertise and track record in leadership will be invaluable to the QUICKBLOCK board and its efforts to expand and diversify into international markets.

“We are delighted to welcome Yvette Hopkins to the QUICKBLOCK board,” said chairman Tom Thomson. “Her extensive experience, impressive track record, entrepreneurial spirit, and deep understanding of the defence Industry make her an invaluable addition to our board. We look forward to her insights, counsel, and contributions to our company’s continued success.”

Hopkins said: “I am honoured to join the company and hope to contribute to the company’s mission of enabling people to build structures in the most challenging environments. I look forward to working with my fellow board members and the company leadership team.”

CEO Andrew Vincent added: “We have a novel product that can be used in temporary or semi-permanent scenarios, it will create safe spaces and ultimately save lives. We have our sights set on international markets and value the contribution Yvette will bring.”.

The board also includes directors John Lidderdale and Dennis MacPhail and observers Strathclyde University investment manager Anne Henderson, Equity Gap senior investment and portfolio manager Rhona Bree and a representative of Scottish Enterprise.

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