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 :

    • Chairs Opening Remarks

  • Gillian Easson

    Director, Creative Dundee

    Gillian Easson is co-founding Director of Creative Dundee, which started life as a side project and has always been about connecting people with better opportunities. Gillian’s background is working with creative business start-ups, design innovation processes, and developing open source ways of working. Gillian was Development Manager with Nesta from 2006 – 2013 managing projects including: Starter for 6, Peer Mentoring, the Creative Enterprise Toolkit, an international train the trainer programme, a social enterprise programme for people leaving the workforce, and a Digital R&D Fund for the arts and culture sector. Gillian has worked with a number of national/international organisations to develop and share collective thinking on the value and role of clusters, hubs and networks.

     

    Gillian  Easson

    Sessions with Gillian Easson :

    • Introductory Keynote

  • David Littlejohn

    Head of Tay Cities Deal

    David Littlejohn is Head of Tay Cities Deal, a partnership of Angus, Dundee City, Fife and Perth & Kinross Councils set up to deliver smarter, fairer economic growth across the region.  He is on secondment from Perth & Kinross Council, where is Head of Planning & Development.

    Prior to joining the Council in 2011 David was a Director at Scottish Enterprise with responsibility for supporting growth in the tourism, food & drink and energy sectors across Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire.  He also has extensive private sector experience having worked in Glasgow and London for international development consultants EDAW/AECOM.

    David is a graduate of the University of Aberdeen where he studied Geography, and the University of Glasgow where he studied Urban & Regional Planning. He is currently Vice Chair of the Board of Management of Perth College, part of the University of the Highlands & Islands, and is an external examiner at the School of Architecture & Urban Planning at the University of Dundee. 

    David  Littlejohn

    Sessions with David Littlejohn:

    • City Region Update

      The Tay Cities Region Deal represent an opportunity to unlock investment in the region, boost economic growth and invest in infrastructure. This session will provide delegates with an overview of the City Region Deal as it moves forward.

  • Steven Kyle

    Programme for the Future Manager, Dundee City Council

    Steven currently manages Dundee City Council's transformation programme and corporate improvement team. He is also the programme lead for the Council’s digital transformation project, leading in developing their digital strategy and engaging with other local authorities throughout Scotland on digital collaboration.

    Passionate about culture change and developing ways to engage organisations in new ways of thinking, Steven is leading a new initiative to use service design techniques throughout the council to better design new and existing services.

     

    Steven Kyle

    Sessions with Steven Kyle:

    • Panel Discussion: A Digital Update

      The Tay City Region is undergoing a rapid period of digital-powered economic growth. Hear from those leading the local digital revolution and public sector digital transformation.

  • Steve Roud

    Associate Director Architecture and Solutions - ‎NHS Scotland National Shared Services & Secretary, SOCITM

    Steve Roud is an Associate Director with NHS National Services Scotland (NSS) where he delivers digital solutions to enable transformation within NSS and to support similar work across the NHS in Scotland in technical areas including web services, business intelligence and integration.

    Before joining NSS Steve worked for 18 years with Angus Council, supporting digital service and business transformation in a variety of roles. Steve is an experienced professional who has a degree in Information Management and a Post Graduate Diploma in Information Technology, he is currently studying towards an MSc in Public Services Leadership.

    Steve is enthusiastic about developing the next generation of digital leadership through his role as a STEM ambassador and his professional role as Secretary for SOCITM Scotland.

    Steve  Roud

    Sessions with Steve Roud:

    • Panel Discussion: A Digital Update

      The Tay City Region is undergoing a rapid period of digital-powered economic growth. Hear from those leading the local digital revolution and public sector digital transformation.

  • Douglas Young

    Smart Perth Project Co-ordinator, Perth & Kinross Council

    Douglas Young is the Smart Perth Project Coordinator at Perth & Kinross Council, responsible for administering a range of Smart City projects under the 8th City ERDF Strategic Intervention. These projects, carried out in collaboration with the Scottish Cities Alliance, range from an intelligent street lighting pilot, to the installation of smart waste technology and the publication of open data.

    Douglas  Young

    Sessions with Douglas Young :

    • Panel Discussion: A Digital Update

      The Tay City Region is undergoing a rapid period of digital-powered economic growth. Hear from those leading the local digital revolution and public sector digital transformation.

  • Alison Henderson

    Chief Executive Officer, Dundee & Angus Chamber of Commerce

    Alison joined the team at the Chamber on 1st November 2014 as Chief Executive Officer, and owns businesses within Dundee.

    She is passionate about business and the local community, and is working with partners to lead the development of the Regional Invest in Young People Group in Dundee & Angus. This employer-led group is being set up in response to the Wood Commission for Developing Scotland’s Young Workforce, and will see the co-ordination and strengthening of engagement of employers in the agenda, to enable our region’s young people to move into sustainable employment.

    Alison is also President of the Association of Scottish Businesswomen, and works with partners to support Scottish Government on their Women in Enterprise Framework Agenda and Action Plan.

    Alison sits on the Dundee Partnership Management Group, the Enterprise Advisory Committee for Dundee & Angus College and leads the Chamber engagement with Angus Council. She has just spent the last year as a member of the Fairness Commission in Dundee and believes passionately in equality and fairness for all.

    Alison Henderson

    Sessions with Alison Henderson:

    • The Business Debate

      In 2017, Dundee's digital GVA stood at 97 million with more than 3,500 people working in the digital tech industries. But what are the key challenges facing the growth of Dundee's tech sector and how as a community can we overcome them?

  • Phil Prentice

    Chief Executive, Scotland's Towns Partnerships

    Phil Prentice

    Sessions with Phil Prentice :

    • The Business Debate

      In 2017, Dundee's digital GVA stood at 97 million with more than 3,500 people working in the digital tech industries. But what are the key challenges facing the growth of Dundee's tech sector and how as a community can we overcome them?

  • David Groundwater

    Development Manager, North East Scotland, FSB

    David Groundwater is the North East Scotland Development Manager for the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) in Scotland – the country’s largest direct-member business organisation, representing around 20,000 members.  The FSB Scotland campaigns for an economic and social environment which allows small businesses to grow and prosper.

    David has responsibility for working alongside and supporting members in campaigns, research and raising the profile of the FSB across, Moray, Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Angus, Dundee and Perth & Kinross.

    Before taking up his post with the FSB earlier this year, David worked as an official in a national political party for 8 years running a variety of election campaigns, supporting candidates and elected members. Previous to that post, he worked for a North East MSP based in Aberdeen and also an oil and gas sourcing and procurement company.

    These posts have given him a comprehensive knowledge of government and public policy at both a local and national level along with skills required to campaign and deliver change for a membership organisation.

    David  Groundwater

    Sessions with David Groundwater:

    • The Business Debate

      In 2017, Dundee's digital GVA stood at 97 million with more than 3,500 people working in the digital tech industries. But what are the key challenges facing the growth of Dundee's tech sector and how as a community can we overcome them?

  • 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 :

    • Closing the Digital Skills Gap: Developing a Talent Pipeline

    • Panel Discussion: Closing the digital skills gap

      The Tay Cities region is home to three world renowned universities, yet 60% of local startups report that a lack of supply of highly skilled workers is a challenge for the region. How can we close the digital skills gap to improve both the regional and national economy?

  • 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 :

    • Closing the Digital Skills Gap: Developing a Talent Pipeline

    • Panel Discussion: Closing the digital skills gap

      The Tay Cities region is home to three world renowned universities, yet 60% of local startups report that a lack of supply of highly skilled workers is a challenge for the region. How can we close the digital skills gap to improve both the regional and national economy?

  • Mark Armstrong

    Strategic Director – People, Angus Council

    Mark is Strategic Director – People and has lead responsibility for the council’s digital enablement and transformation activity as well as schools and learning, human resources and the children, families and justice services. Mark chairs the Angus Integrated Children Services Group and the Scottish Local Government Digital Office Strategy and Performance Board. Mark has held senior leadership roles in three Scottish local authorities and prior to that worked in the third sector providing services for vulnerable children and young people.

    Mark  Armstrong

    Sessions with Mark Armstrong:

    • Panel Discussion: Closing the digital skills gap

      The Tay Cities region is home to three world renowned universities, yet 60% of local startups report that a lack of supply of highly skilled workers is a challenge for the region. How can we close the digital skills gap to improve both the regional and national economy?

  • Laurie O'Donnell

    Digital Skills Specialist & Chief Executive, Future Skills College

    Laurie is Chief Executive of Future Skills College, a collaboration between education providers and employers in Dundee and Angus. He is also Development Director (Future Learning) and a visiting professor, within the School of Informatics and Design at Abertay University.  Laurie is passionate about improving outcomes for young people and brings over 30 years of successfully leading change in education. He was Director of Learning and Technology at Learning and Teaching Scotland until 2009. Since then he has worked in various roles across the public, private and third sectors, in the UK and beyond.

    Laurie O'Donnell

    Sessions with Laurie O'Donnell :

    • Panel Discussion: Closing the digital skills gap

      The Tay Cities region is home to three world renowned universities, yet 60% of local startups report that a lack of supply of highly skilled workers is a challenge for the region. How can we close the digital skills gap to improve both the regional and national economy?

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