David is Regional Head of Innovation and Technology for Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE), responsible for all HIE activities on innovation, technology and advanced engineering.
David joined HIE in June after five years with the Scottish Manufacturing Advisory Service (SMAS), where he led a team of manufacturing practitioners delivering around 60 projects a year with businesses across the north of Scotland.
He trained as a scientist, gaining a BSc in Chemistry from the University of Stirling and a Graduateship of the Royal Society of Chemistry from Napier University, Edinburgh.
Mr Howie began his career in the paper industry, working in product development with Tullis Russell in Fife before moving into management. In 2003, he joined Inverness Medical (which became LifeScan Scotland), initially leading the engineering team before focusing on technology transfer and new products.