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 summary

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

  • Liz McAreavey

    Chief Executive, Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce

    Liz McAreavey enjoyed an entrepreneurial career spanning 16 years, founding Le Bistro Hospitality, Scotland’s largest independent hospitality company, which she led to a successful exit in 2001. This was followed by a period of business consultancy

    In 2005 Liz joined Deloitte to lead their Brand and Business Development for Scotland. In 2007 she became a Director at Ernst & Young, heading up their Market Leadership Strategy as Business Development Leader UK&I.

    In 2010 Liz joined Edinburgh Chamber becoming Group Commercial Director in 2012 and has project managed the ‘Scottish Low Carbon Investment Conference’ in conjunction with Scottish Enterprise and Scottish Government. In 2011 she was seconded to Essential Edinburgh as interim Chief Executive. She took over as CEO of Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce in October 2016.

    Liz McAreavey

    Sessions with Liz McAreavey:

    • The Business Debate

      Edinburgh is a leading digital city, the birth place of the tech unicorns Skyscanner and FanDuel, and home to the UK's largest tech incubator Codebase. Hear from some of the city's leading business leaders & innovators on the future opportunities and challenges facing the region.

  • Angela Leitch

    Chief Executive, East Lothian Council

    Angela Leitch was appointed Chief Executive of East Lothian Council in 2011, having previously held that role in Clackmannanshire Council.  Prior to this, she was Head of Service with The City of Edinburgh Council, responsible for city-wide services and the development of the neighbourhood management and governance arrangements. Before that, Angela headed up West Lothian Council’s Corporate Support Services and Change Management Programmes. 

    Angela is a past Chair of the Society for Local Authority Chief Executives (SOLACE) and is their strategic lead for Children & Young People.  She represents the Branch on a number of national groups and has been working with other professional organisations and the Scottish Government on reforms within education services.

    Angela sits on the Edinburgh & South East Scotland City Region Deal Executive Board and Leaders Group and has been Chair of the ESESCRD Skills & Innovation Workstream Group, which is focused on providing opportunities for local people to become skilled or upskilled to take advantage of the additional investment coming to the region.  

    This work fits well with Angela’s broader leadership role in an area of fast population growth, with digital innovation supporting the transformation of services.  
     

    Angela  Leitch

    Sessions with Angela Leitch:

    • City Region Update

      The Edinburgh and South-East Scotland City Region Deal worth over £1.1bn will be spread across 6 local authorities and will accelerate growth by investing in innovation, skills and infrastructure. This session will provide an overview and update on the City Region Deal.

  • Stephen Ingledew

    CEO, FinTech Scotland

    Stephen Ingledew is the Chief Executive of FinTech Scotland, the enterprise established by the Scottish Government, Univerity of Edinburgh and the private sector to drive economic growth in financial services through innovation, collaboration and inclusion.

    Fintech Scotland’s ambition is to create an integrated and thriving economic enviornment through the provision of funding, connections, infrastructure and talent that recognises and responds to the needs of all stakeholders and connects Scotland to other global Fintech centres.

    A focus for FinTech Scotland is bringing together a number of key drivers for the sector, including: the ideas and creativity of entrepreneurs and innovators; the resources and experience of the established financial sector; the capabilities of technology firms, the economic and social objectives of the public sector; the innovation environments of accelerators and incubators; the capital of investors; the expertise of professional services firms; the people development by skills agencies; and the research and development from the universities.

    Stephen has a track record and reputation for implementing customer focused, technology enabled profitable initiatives in a wide range of financial services organisations. This has included senior executive roles with large institutions such as Standard Life and Barclays as well as small innovative enterprises.

    Throughout his career, Stephen has been an influential advocate of making financial services more open, creative and inclusive to all through new innovative technologies, encouraging diversity and progressive ways of working as well as improved collaboration across stakeholders and participants.
    His financial services leadership career has also included a number of non-executive director roles including with Scottish Financial Enterprise; The Institute of Financial Services; The Chartered Insurance Institute and The Financial Services Authority.

    Stephen is currently a non executive director of Marketing Edinburgh, the commercial organization
    tasked with promoting the City as a leading leisure, learning and commercial destination for residents, visitors and business as well as enhancing the international reputation and promoting sustainable economic development and growth.

    Stephen  Ingledew

    Sessions with Stephen Ingledew:

    • Developing the Fintech opportunities in Scotland & globally

    • The Business Debate

      Edinburgh is a leading digital city, the birth place of the tech unicorns Skyscanner and FanDuel, and home to the UK's largest tech incubator Codebase. Hear from some of the city's leading business leaders & innovators on the future opportunities and challenges facing the region.

  • Morag Millar

    Strategic Growth & City Deals Programme Manager, Fife Council

    Morag is the Strategic Growth & City Deals Manager for Fife Council. Morag joined Fife Council in 2009, having previously worked for Scottish Enterprise in a range of economic development roles including investment, account management and business transformation.  She is an experienced project and programme manager. 

    Morag is the lead within the Council for the Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband project, dealing with community broadband proposals and also coordinates cross-council working with all Telecoms providers. She has played a key role in the development of the City Deals for Edinburgh and South East Scotland and Tay Cities. 

    Morag was educated at Dundee University graduating with a LLB and going on to practice law in Edinburgh.  Her economic development career began in Argyll after studying Rural Resource Management at Edinburgh Napier University.  

    Fife Council is the third largest authority in Scotland serving more than 370,000 residents and just over 9,500 businesses.
     

    Morag Millar

    Sessions with Morag Millar:

    • City Region Update

      The Edinburgh and South-East Scotland City Region Deal worth over £1.1bn will be spread across 6 local authorities and will accelerate growth by investing in innovation, skills and infrastructure. This session will provide an overview and update on the City Region Deal.

  • Professor Judy Robertson

    Professor Digital Learning, University of Edinburgh

    Judy Robertson is professor of Digital Learning at the University of Edinburgh. She is a computer scientist, with sixteen years of experience in designing and evaluating children’s technology in the classroom. She has particular interests in game based learning and innovative methods for teaching computational thinking to children. She leads the Schools programme for data driven innovation skills in the Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Region Deal.

    Professor Judy Robertson

    Sessions with Professor Judy Robertson:

    • Panel Discussion: Closing the digital skills gap

      Edinburgh and the South East have a thriving digital economy but do we have the skills to support its potential? Hear from the University of Edinburgh's world renowned School of Informatics and CodeClan, Scotland's first accredited digital skills academy, on how we can close the skills gap.

  • Colin Macleay

    Head of Customer Relationship Management, Standard Life Aberdeen

    Colin is an experienced marketer, with over 20 years’ experience of building successful communication strategies. Working with well-known UK brands including Lloyds and Barclays, Colin has held various communication roles in Standard Life before becoming Head of CRM. He’s passionate about how digital innovation, data and insight drives better engagement and experiences for customers and clients.

    Colin has also worked with the financial services industry in Scotland to support its promotion, including the development of Fintech Scotland’s brand. He is currently supporting the promotion of Scotland’s financial services expertise, which showcases our strength in innovation.
     

    Colin  Macleay

    Sessions with Colin Macleay:

    • The Business Debate

      Edinburgh is a leading digital city, the birth place of the tech unicorns Skyscanner and FanDuel, and home to the UK's largest tech incubator Codebase. Hear from some of the city's leading business leaders & innovators on the future opportunities and challenges facing the region.

  • Councillor Adam McVey

    Leader, The City of Edinburgh Council

    Adam is the Leader of the SNP Group and represents Leith Ward.

    Adam has a background in Economics and International Law and has worked for an accountancy firm, social investment charity, the Fringe Festival and for a leading human rights charity.

    He first got elected in 2012 and served as the City’s transport Vice Convenor for 3 years prior to the Council elections in 2017.

    Adam sits on various boards across the city, Transport For Edinburgh, Changeworks, Citadel Youth Centre, and he is the Chair of Edinburgh’s first Council owned energy company, Energy for Edinburgh. 

    Councillor Adam  McVey

    Sessions with Councillor Adam McVey :

    • Introduction: Councillor Adam McVey, Leader of The City of Edinburgh Council

    • City Region Update

      The Edinburgh and South-East Scotland City Region Deal worth over £1.1bn will be spread across 6 local authorities and will accelerate growth by investing in innovation, skills and infrastructure. This session will provide an overview and update on the City Region Deal.

  • Garry Clark

    Development Manager, East of Scotland, FSB

    Garry is Development Manager for the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) in the East of Scotland, covering Edinburgh and the Lothians, Fife and the Borders.  As experts in business, FSB offers members a wide range of vital business services, including advice, financial expertise, support and a powerful voice in Government. Its aim is to help smaller businesses achieve their ambitions.

    Garry graduated in Scots Law from the University of Edinburgh and practised as a solicitor before commencing a career in policy in 1999.  He worked as a researcher in the Scottish Parliament during its early years before joining the Scottish Chambers of Commerce in 2005 as Policy and Campaigns Executive, rising through the ranks to become Head of Policy and Research.  Garry joined FSB in 2018 and is passionate about creating a landscape where small businesses can thrive.
     

    Garry  Clark

    Sessions with Garry Clark :

    • The Business Debate

      Edinburgh is a leading digital city, the birth place of the tech unicorns Skyscanner and FanDuel, and home to the UK's largest tech incubator Codebase. Hear from some of the city's leading business leaders & innovators on the future opportunities and challenges facing the region.

  • Professor Charlie Jeffery

    Senior Vice Principal, University of Edinburgh

    Charlie Jeffery is Professor of Politics and Senior Vice Principal at the University of Edinburgh, having earlier been Vice Principal Public Policy and Impact and Head of School of Social and Political Science. He has led a number of research initiatives on Scottish and UK politics for the UK Economic and Social Research Council and was a member of ESRC's governing Council from 2005-11. He has been special adviser to parliamentary committees in Scotland and at Westminster. 

    Most recently, he has been working with the City of Edinburgh Council and other councils in south east Scotland to develop the City Region Deal, to drive the economic growth of Edinburgh and the surrounding region.
     

    Professor Charlie  Jeffery

    Sessions with Professor Charlie Jeffery :

    • Introducing the City Region Update

    • City Region Update

      The Edinburgh and South-East Scotland City Region Deal worth over £1.1bn will be spread across 6 local authorities and will accelerate growth by investing in innovation, skills and infrastructure. This session will provide an overview and update on the City Region Deal.

  • Jon Buglass

    Assistant Principal, Curriculum Design & Development, Edinburgh College

    Jon Buglass is the Assistant Principal for Curriculum Design and Development at Edinburgh College, having previously been the Head of Faculty for Creative Industries & Computing at Edinburgh College and formerly Jewel & Esk Valley College. As AP he leads on mapping regional skills demand to the curriculum, as well as driving improvements in quality and innovation in learning and teaching.

    Jon is currently a strategic lead for the Digital Skills Partnership, and an Associate Assessor for Education Scotland. Jon has worked on numerous curriculum developments with the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) and has an extensive background teaching in Scotland, France and Germany.

    Most recently, Jon has been working as a strategic lead within the Edinburgh City Region Deal, developing the regional Colleges skills curriculum for Data Driven Innovation. Jon is working alongside the Universities, Schools and Councils in South East Scotland, to drive the economic growth of Edinburgh and the surrounding region.

    Jon  Buglass

    Sessions with Jon Buglass:

    • Panel Discussion: Closing the digital skills gap

      Edinburgh and the South East have a thriving digital economy but do we have the skills to support its potential? Hear from the University of Edinburgh's world renowned School of Informatics and CodeClan, Scotland's first accredited digital skills academy, on how we can close the skills gap.

  • 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

      Edinburgh and the South East have a thriving digital economy but do we have the skills to support its potential? Hear from the University of Edinburgh's world renowned School of Informatics and CodeClan, Scotland's first accredited digital skills academy, on how we can close the skills gap.

  • Allan Lloyds

    Founder & Managing Director, Product Forge

    Allan is the founder and managing director of Product Forge. Product Forge run hackathons with a twist - focused on developing teams of entrepreneurial designers, developers and industry specialists to prototype new products that tackle society's hardest challenges.

    Allan Lloyds

    Sessions with Allan Lloyds:

    • A Digital Update

      Throughout its history, Edinburgh has been a city of innovation and change. This session will provide delegates with a 'digital update' showcasing Edinburgh & the South East's vision for the future.

  • Dylan White

    Regional Partnership Manager for Foundation Apprenticeships, Skills Development Scotland

    Dylan has worked at SDS since 2015, as Regional Partnership Manager for Foundation Apprenticeships. Prior to this he had a background in qualifications development and skills policy, with an emphasis on work-based learning.

    Dylan White

    Sessions with Dylan White :

    • Plenary: Closing the digital skills gap

    • Panel Discussion: Closing the digital skills gap

      Edinburgh and the South East have a thriving digital economy but do we have the skills to support its potential? Hear from the University of Edinburgh's world renowned School of Informatics and CodeClan, Scotland's first accredited digital skills academy, on how we can close the skills gap.

  • Phil Timoney

    Head of Digital, Midlothian Council

    Phil Timoney

    Sessions with Phil Timoney:

    • A Digital Update

      Throughout its history, Edinburgh has been a city of innovation and change. This session will provide delegates with a 'digital update' showcasing Edinburgh & the South East's vision for the future.

  • Ritchie Somerville

    Data Innovation Director, Data Driven Innovation Programme, University of Edinburgh

    Ritchie Somerville

    Sessions with Ritchie Somerville:

    • A Digital Update

      Throughout its history, Edinburgh has been a city of innovation and change. This session will provide delegates with a 'digital update' showcasing Edinburgh & the South East's vision for the future.

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16 May 2018 COSLA, Edinburgh COSLA 19 Haymarket Yards - EH12 5BH United Kingdom

Digital Cities 2018 - Edinburgh & South East Scotland

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