Speakers

  • Kevin Rush

    Director, Regional Economic Growth, Glasgow City Region

    A graduate of the University of Glasgow, Kevin worked as a political adviser at Westminster and Holyrood before joining Glasgow City Council in 2008 to provide policy advice to the Leader of the Council. In this role, he was responsible for the establishment of the Glasgow Living Wage and employment initiatives such as the Commonwealth Jobs Fund and Commonwealth Graduate Fund.

    He became Senior Adviser to the Leader early in 2012, where he managed the Leader's Office. In January 2014, after a period as Assistant Head of Economic Development, he was appointed Head of Economic Development at Glasgow City Council, in which he had responsibility for employment, inward investment and business support in Glasgow. He was also responsible for the development and implementation of the Glasgow Economic Strategy 2016-23.

    He was appointed to his current role in August 2017 where he is responsible for driving forward the implementation of the Glasgow City Region Economic Strategy and overseeing the delivery of the Glasgow City Deal.

    Kevin lives in Glasgow with his wife and three young children.
     

    Kevin  Rush

    Sessions with Kevin Rush :

    • City Region Update

      The Glasgow City Region Deal is one of the largest in the UK worth over £1bn of investment, which will be dedicated to improving infrastructure, growing the life sciences industry, supporting innovation & reducing unemployment. This session will provide an update and overview of the deal.

  • Steve Turner

    Head of Cities, Arup

    Steve recently joined Arup’s Digital Group where he works in the cities team. Providing support to global cities, he advises senior personnel on strategy and vision as well as providing design support for implementation programmes. His clients include both UK and international cities as well as a number of private sector and academic organisations.

    Previously, he was Head of Future Cities at Manchester City Council where he led the   co-ordination and delivery of the ‘Manchester Future Cities’ programme. He was responsible for design and securing the city’s successful €24m EU Lighthouse submission -Triangulum, and the £10m UK Internet of Things City Demonstrator – CityVerve. Prior to this he was Head of Low Carbon Economy for Greater Manchester, establishing the city region as the UK’s first Low Carbon Economic Area for the Built Environment as well as a joint venture with the Green Investment Bank. He has also worked on a range of economic development projects for a broad global client base and managed sustainable regeneration projects in Bankside and Peckham whilst at the London Borough of Southwark.

    He studied Geography at the University of Sheffield and holds a Masters Degree in Environmental Technology from Imperial College, London. He has held a number of external positions, advising both UK Government and the European Commission on their respective smart city initiatives. He is a Knowledge Research Fellow at the University of Manchester and a member of the UK City Standards Institute Board.

    He lives in Manchester.
     

    Steve  Turner

    Sessions with Steve Turner :

    • Digital Masterplanning

      Digital masterplanning is an evolving tool within the development process which enables architects, developers and local authorities to actively direct the availability and impact of digital technologies, harnessing their potential to the benefit of communities.

  • Anne Dhir

    Project Director, Snook

    Anne is a project director and strategist at Snook. With a background in business and data analysis, Anne uses sharp analysis skills to build insights and direction for companies to better their bottom line. Her aim is to get to the bottom of problems, unearth the impact throughout the organisation, design innovative solutions and follow them through until implementation. She has directed on projects including Aye Mind for the NHS and with clients from City & Guilds to Renfrewshire Council.

    Anne is also certified in PRINCE2 and Agile Certified Practitioner (ACP). On a more serious note, Anne loves travelling and is highly appreciative of homemade bread. When she sees the first rays of sunshine, she heads out camping in Scotland. (Hmm, though maybe this doesn’t happen very often…) 

    Anne Dhir

    Sessions with Anne Dhir:

    • Digital Update

  • Helen Allison

    Regional Partnership and Delivery Manager for South West region, Skills Development Scotland

    Helen has been at SDS since it was formed in 2008, previously having worked with the Skills and Training arm of Scottish Enterprise. During this time she has gained a wide variety of experience in National/Government Policy and programmes to local employability provision and apprenticeship delivery.

    Helen Allison

    Sessions with Helen Allison:

    • Plenary: Closing the digital skills gap

    • Panel Discussion: Closing the digital skills gap

      55% of local start ups in Glasgow say one of the biggest challenges is finding highly skilled workers. With Glasgow's tech industry growing how can we work together to close the digital skills gap?

  • Martin Little

    Area Leader for the West of Scotland and Regional Chair, FSB Scotland

    A skilled telecoms solution sales professional with many years’ experience in both personal sales and account management. Martin also has extensive people management experience in the Corporate and SME marketplaces looking after teams of up to 18 field based sales and business development managers.

    He has an in depth knowledge and understanding of the full range of mobile services to include pricing models, bespoke tariffs, hardware, mobile applications, field force management, lone worker security, asset tracking, m2m and bulk SMS solutions.

    As FSB West of Scotland’s Area Leader, he represents FSB West of Scotland at various partnerships and forums including the Glasgow Partnership for Economic Growth, the Glasgow Employer Board and the Developing the Young Workforce Glasgow Group Board. As FSB Scotland’s Regional Chair, he chairs FSB Scotland Regional Committee and takes a lead role in steering and coordinating FSB’s business and lobbying activities across Scotland.

    Martin  Little

    Sessions with Martin Little :

    • The Business Debate

      Once an industrial powerhouse, Scotland’s largest city is now a digital tech heavyweight where business, trade and investment flourish. Hear from some of the cities leading business and digital innovators on the future opportunities and challenges facing Glasgow's thriving tech sector.

  • Michael Burns

    Business Development Manager, Research and Innovation Services, University of Glasgow

    Michael  Burns

    Sessions with Michael Burns:

    • The Business Debate

      Once an industrial powerhouse, Scotland’s largest city is now a digital tech heavyweight where business, trade and investment flourish. Hear from some of the cities leading business and digital innovators on the future opportunities and challenges facing Glasgow's thriving tech sector.

  • Josie Saunders

    Head of Corporate Affairs, Scottish Canals

    Josie is responsible for developing and delivering marketing, communications, digital, website, events and corporate reputation solutions at Scottish Canals and for raising the organisation’s profile among customers, users, stakeholders and partners.

    Since joining Scottish Canals in 2012, Josie has changed the way the organisation engages new and existing customers, introduced consumer-focused marketing which supports income generation and established new activity, such as Red Bull Neptune Steps, to attract new audiences to Scotland’s canals.

    A former national and regional newspaper journalist, prior to joining Scottish Canals Josie was a senior account director at The BIG Partnership, the largest full service communications agency in the UK outside London. During her 10 years with them, she delivered UK-wide and international campaigns for First Direct bank, Scottish Power, the Scottish Government, NHS24, EMAP and Gladedale housebuilder.

    Josie  Saunders

    Sessions with Josie Saunders:

    • Un-locking a digital future for Scotland’s canals

  • Liz McGettigan

    Director, Digital Library and Cultural Experiences SOLUS UK

    Director of Digital Library and Cultural Experiences SOLUS UK and Past President of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals in Scotland.

    An award-winning Library and Information Specialist, named as one of Scotland’s Top Tech 100 2017 driving the digital agenda in Scotland - putting libraries, information and innovative technology on the map Recognized as one of the Scotsman’s top 10 Digital Disruptors 2016.

    Previously as Head of Libraries and Information Service for the City of Edinburgh, Liz led a team to transform Edinburgh’s library, electronic information and web services taking the service from very poor to best in the UK.

    Liz is proud to have been named as a finalist in Scottish Women in Technology 2017 and this year on International Women’s Day Liz was honoured to be named as one of Scotland’s Women of Inspiration. 

    Liz is an Advisory Board member for Internet Librarian International and a former Member of the Institute of Informatics and Digital Innovation Advisory Board at Edinburgh Napier University.

     

    Liz  McGettigan

    Sessions with Liz McGettigan:

    • Panel Discussion: Closing the digital skills gap

      55% of local start ups in Glasgow say one of the biggest challenges is finding highly skilled workers. With Glasgow's tech industry growing how can we work together to close the digital skills gap?

  • Jenny O'Hagan

    Head of Service Development, Development and Regeneration Services, Glasgow City Council

    I qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Price Waterhouse in 1992 and have undertaken a variety of roles within Local Government since 1994, having worked in Glasgow City Council since 1996 working within a number of different departments. I have a vast experience in managing large change programmes, implementing LEAN methodologies, leading organisational development programmes and extensive experience in financial management. I also contribute to the continuous improvement agenda through leading strategic delivery of service reform and more recently performing a key role within the Transformation Programme for Glasgow.


    I have successfully delivered a range of projects contributing to Glasgow’s financial challenges over the years including implementation of different working patterns within front line operations, maximising funding opportunities and introduction of auto entitlement and I currently lead the Glasgow City Council Centre of Excellence for Data Analytics and Visualisation which I set up last year to take forward a number of pilots testing a range of analytical capabilities. These pilots have informed an approach to develop an evidence based data driven culture to deliver positive outcomes for citizens, at reduced cost and will continue to support transformational change for the City.

    Jenny  O'Hagan

    Sessions with Jenny O'Hagan:

    • Digital Update

  • 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.

  • Peter Tolland

    CIO, North Lanarkshire Council

    Peter is responsible for providing information, processes and technologies to deliver on-line services and transformation at North Lanarkshire Council. He is chair of the NLC Information Management Group and a member of the Digital Office Strategy & Performance Board, the Lanarkshire Data Sharing Partnership and the Lanarkshire Heath & Social Care Strategic Leadership team.

    Using an innovative combination of technologies underpinned by accurate and high quality data, North Lanarkshire Council has implemented a fully transactional, integrated digital service capability across multiple contact channels to meet the needs of their customers.

    Peter Tolland

    Sessions with Peter Tolland:

    • Digital Update

  • Paul Zealey

    Skills Planning Lead, Skills Development Scotland

    Paul is Skills Planning Lead at Skills Development Scotland, and has lead responsibility for the national skills agency’s strategic relationships within his city region and for oversight of key sectors including digital/ICT. Paul has worked in economic development in Scotland for 25 years, both as an independent consultant and with leadership roles in Scottish Enterprise, CSV and the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. His non-executive directorships include Digital Xtra, Scotland’s pioneering digital skills charity.

    Paul  Zealey

    Sessions with Paul Zealey:

    • Plenary: Closing the digital skills gap

    • Panel Discussion: Closing the digital skills gap

      55% of local start ups in Glasgow say one of the biggest challenges is finding highly skilled workers. With Glasgow's tech industry growing how can we work together to close the digital skills gap?

  • Sally Dyson

    Head of Digital Participation, SCVO

    Sally is Head of Digital Participation at SCVO. She supports the co-ordination of public, private and third sectors across Scotland so the third sector in particular can support people to make the most of digital technologies. An experienced programme manager she has a background in developing and delivering large-scale social inclusion and change management programmes.

    Sally Dyson

    Sessions with Sally Dyson:

    • Panel Discussion: Closing the digital skills gap

      55% of local start ups in Glasgow say one of the biggest challenges is finding highly skilled workers. With Glasgow's tech industry growing how can we work together to close the digital skills gap?

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