Speakers

  • Alisdair Gunn

    Director, Framewire & BIMA Scotland Council Member

    A highly respected and trusted leader, Alisdair is recognised as one of Scotland’s prominent professional advisers amongst Scotland’s technology sector and is passionate about commercialising innovation.

    Alisdair now heads up Framewire, Scotland’s leading professional services firm which specialises in Strategy, Business Design, Investment and Market Analysis as well as growing emerging technology, digital and creative start-ups/SME’s focused on Mobile, Data, FinTech, AI/ML, SaaS and IoT.

    Combined experience in private and public sectors, Alisdair previously held senior positions at PA Consulting within their Digital Business and Government practices as well as heading up the Interactive Scotland tech accelerator, focused on growing Scotland’s Digital Economy.

    Alisdair focuses on delivering trusted, independent advice and is recognised as having one of the most extensive networks of connections amongst the international digital and technology industries where he accelerates the revenue and equity investment of the organisations he supports.

    Prior to Framewire, Alisdair was responsible for leading product design, development and management at Philips, Hewlett-Packard and Agilent Technologies as well as founding the Turing Festival, Edinburgh’s International Technology Festival. 

    Alisdair is an active board member of the UK’s digital industry association BIMA in Scotland and is the strategic adviser to the Seed Haus tech accelerator and Legal Tech startup Amiqus. 

    Alisdair  Gunn

    Sessions with Alisdair Gunn :

    • Chair's opening remarks

    • Chair's closing remarks

      The Chair will summarise the mornings discussion that will be fed into the Digital Scotland 2018 Conference which will take place on 21st June in Glasgow.

  • Councillor Jenny Laing

    Co - Leader, Aberdeen City Council & Aberdeen City Region Deal Joint Committee, Convener

    Jenny Laing is a Co-Leader of Aberdeen City Council.

    She was elected to Aberdeen City Council in 2007 and became the Convener of the Education, Culture and Sport Committee in 2012, the Council Leader in May 2014 and Co-Leader in 2017.  Jenny is the Chair of Aberdeen City Region Deal Joint Committee, a member of VisitAberdeenshire Board and Aberdeen Inspired Board and was named the Scottish Local Politician of the Year 2017.

    Jenny was born in Aberdeen, is married and has a grown up son.  She graduated from Aberdeen University with an honours degree in Economic History.

    Jenny spent 25 years as Customs Officer with HM Customs and Excise; at Aberdeen Airport and Dundee Port; and throughout the North East as a VAT Inspector and Compliance Officer; latterly Jenny was a Business Education Support Officer throughout Scotland with HM Revenue and Customs.
     

    Councillor Jenny  Laing

    Sessions with Councillor Jenny Laing:

    • A City Region Update

      Valued at £826.2 million, the Aberdeen City Region Deal is an opportunity to overcome key challenges and unlock further investment in the region.This session will provide delegates with an overview of the City Region Deal as it moves forward.

  • Jackie Doyle

    Director, Digital Development, Opportunity North East

    Jackie is a Director with Opportunity North East Ltd (ONE). ONE is the North-East of Scotland’s private sector led and funded response to the challenge of maximising the oil and gas opportunity for the region long-term and rebalancing the region’s economy to achieve sustainable prosperity. Working with public and private sector partners, including the two Aberdeen Universities and NESCol, the life sciences and tourism sectors, ONE aims to deliver projects that enable businesses of all sizes to realise their full potential.

    ONE sees the increased use of digital technology as an integral part of the North-East’s economic sustainability. Aberdeen and the North-East has a substantial IT service sector. The aim going forward is to turn the region into a global hub for people and businesses that want to engage in the digital economy; with an increased focus on building digital capability and capacity, and on enhancing the competitiveness of the North-East supply chain through the application of digital solutions.

     

    Jackie Doyle

    Sessions with Jackie Doyle:

    • Maximising the international business potential of the North East

    • The Business Debate

      Recovering from the economic down turn there is a commitment to diversify the economy, ensuring the North East remains an attractive region to start and build business. Hear from key business leaders & innovators on creating future opportunities in the region.

  • Stephen Ingledew

    Chief Executive, FinTech Scotland

    Stephen  Ingledew

    Sessions with Stephen Ingledew:

    • Developing the Fintech opportunities in Scotland & globally.

    • The Business Debate

      Recovering from the economic down turn there is a commitment to diversify the economy, ensuring the North East remains an attractive region to start and build business. Hear from key business leaders & innovators on creating future opportunities in the region.

  • Nicola Graham

    Head of ICT Aberdeenshire and SOCITM National President

    Nicola Graham

    Sessions with Nicola Graham:

    • Digital Update

      In this session hear from the key organisations driving forward Aberdeen's digital transformation journey.

  • Ian Watt

    Director, Code The City & ODI Aberdeen

    Ian is a director and co-founder of ODI Aberdeen. He is a non-exec Director of Democracy Club, and a Trustee of the charity, Code The City. He recently launched a monthly Data Meet-up for Aberdeen.  In 2017, he left Aberdeen City Council where he had led numerous programmes, at city-region, Scotland-wide and EU scale, including their participation in Code For Europe, and other NESTA-funded projects. He is a long-term open data advocate, contributed to the Scottish Government’s 2015 Open Data Strategy, and recently led the Data programme for the 7 Cities of Scotland.  In 2013 Ian was voted both DL50’s first UK Local Government digital leader of the year, and SOCITM’s member of the year.

    Ian  Watt

    Sessions with Ian Watt :

    • Digital Update

      In this session hear from the key organisations driving forward Aberdeen's digital transformation journey.

  • Professor Richard Laing

    Professor of Built Environment Visualisation, Robert Gordon University

    Professor Richard Laing

    Sessions with Professor Richard Laing:

    • The Business Debate

      Recovering from the economic down turn there is a commitment to diversify the economy, ensuring the North East remains an attractive region to start and build business. Hear from key business leaders & innovators on creating future opportunities in the region.

  • Claire Hamilton

    Marketing Director, Wired Studio

    Claire Hamilton is the Marketing Director of Wired Studio.  Wired Studio is a Growth Agency with offices in Aberdeen and London.  Wired Studio manage marketing channels inside a scientific process, with the aim of showing that a clear understanding of the marketing investment required, and the predicted return, can be illustrated using mathematical formula.

    With accurate data and the application of effort in the correct areas, Claire and her team at Wired Studio work to show how marketing can produce a predictable outcome from a measured input, allowing them to show organisations a blueprint for digital success.  Wired Studio believe that an improved understanding of the data behind the marketing is key to long term business growth. 
     

    Claire  Hamilton

    Sessions with Claire Hamilton:

    • The Business Debate

      Recovering from the economic down turn there is a commitment to diversify the economy, ensuring the North East remains an attractive region to start and build business. Hear from key business leaders & innovators on creating future opportunities in the region.

  • Belinda Miller

    Head of Economic Development & Protective Services, Aberdeenshire Council

    Belinda Miller

    Sessions with Belinda Miller:

    • Digital Update

      In this session hear from the key organisations driving forward Aberdeen's digital transformation journey.

  • Claire Gillespie

    ICT and Digital Technologies Sector Skills Manager, Skills Development Scotland

    Claire is Technologies Sector Skills Manager at Skills Development Scotland, and with her team has responsibility for delivering the Skills Investment Plan for the digital workforce. Claire works closely with Scottish Government and industry to deliver this plan, which aims to develop the digital skills pathways which employers need now, and in the future.  Supporting young people at school to develop skills for the digital economy is a key theme.  Claire has been at Skills Development Scotland for over 15 years and has held a number of roles within skills, learning and enterprise. Claire holds a degree in Business and Entrepreneurship, and most recently completed a LLB at Strathclyde University where she developed an interest in Internet Law and Cyber Security.

    Claire  Gillespie

    Sessions with Claire Gillespie :

    • Plenary: Closing the digital skills gap

    • Panel Discussion: Closing the digital skills gap

      Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire have big plans to drive forward the regions digital economy but do we have the skills to support its potential? Hear from the Aberdeen's world class educational institutions and key stakeholders in how they are working to close the digital skills gap.

  • Robin McGregor

    Director of Learning Enhancement, North East Scotland College

    As Director of Learning Enhancement at North East Scotland College, Robin is responsible for ensuring the growth of transformational activity aimed at enhancing the learner experience, both inside and outside of the classroom via the adoption of creative and innovate approaches to learning, teaching and assessment.

    With a background in Sport Science, Robin has worked at NESCol for over 12 years in a variety of academic and support posts including Lecturer, Curriculum Manger and Head of Learning Resources. In addition to his current post, Robin also sits on the College’s Regional Board.

    With responsibility for strategic leadership of the College’s Learning Technologies, Central Timetabling, Library, Digital Skills Development and Learning Development teams, Robin has a broad range of knowledge and experience  in supporting learners to develop the skills necessary to be successful in learning, life and work.

    Most recently Robin has been leading the College’s “BYOD” project, which has successfully embedded the use of mobile devices and relevant digital technologies within the curriculum of over 4000 students, and the new “Digital Futures” project, which aims to help staff and students to develop their digital capabilities.
     

    Robin McGregor

    Sessions with Robin McGregor:

    • Panel Discussion: Closing the digital skills gap

      Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire have big plans to drive forward the regions digital economy but do we have the skills to support its potential? Hear from the Aberdeen's world class educational institutions and key stakeholders in how they are working to close the digital skills gap.

  • Elaine Walls

    Regional Planning Delivery Manager North East, Skills Development Scotland

    Elaine Walls

    Sessions with Elaine Walls:

    • Plenary: Closing the digital skills gap

    • Panel Discussion: Closing the digital skills gap

      Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire have big plans to drive forward the regions digital economy but do we have the skills to support its potential? Hear from the Aberdeen's world class educational institutions and key stakeholders in how they are working to close the digital skills gap.

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29 May 2018 Marcliffe, Aberdeen The Marcliffe Hotel N Deeside Rd - AB15 9YA United Kingdom

Digital Cities 2018 - Aberdeen and the North East

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