Speakers

  • Angela Scott

    Chief Executive, Aberdeen City Council Aberdeen City Council

    Angela Scott is the Chief Executive of Aberdeen City Council. She joined the local authority in November 2013 as Director of Corporate Governance and has been in her current role since July 2014.
    Mrs Scott was Head of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales for the two years prior to joining the Council, having been promoted through various roles within the organisation since 1999.
    In addition, Mrs Scott was Expert Advisor to both the Finance Committee of the Scottish Parliament and the Welsh Assembly.
    Since 2008, she has also been a Non-Executive Director with NHS Tayside, holding the position of vice-chair of the board as well as chairing a number of board committees which have contributed to improvement and quality in the delivery of NHS Services.

     

     

    Angela Scott

    Sessions with Angela Scott:

    • Our City and region

      Aberdeen City Council and Aberdeenshire Council are working to provide solutions needed to boost the digital environment and in turn our regional and national economies.

  • Alan Johnston

    Deputy Director for Connectivity, Economy & Data, Digital Directorate, The Scottish Government

    Alan Johnston is Deputy Director for Connectivity, Economy and Participation in the Digital Directorate.  A graduate in Applied Mathematics, Alan entered the civil service in 1994 after completing a Doctorate in Solar Theory.  In Government, Alan has worked in a wide range of roles, most recently in the Learning Directorate overseeing the introduction of a new curriculum into Scotland’s schools.  Before that Alan worked in Public Service Reform, and was Secretary to the Christie Commission on the Future Delivery of Public Services.  He has also served as Private Secretary to 3 different Ministers, including the Devolution Minister Henry McLeish MP at the time of the Scottish Parliament referendum in 1997.

     

     

    Alan Johnston

    Sessions with Alan Johnston:

    • National Strategy

      The Scottish Government’s recently refreshed 'A digital Strategy for Scotland' has a clear focus on catalysing communities of talent in Aberdeen and wider region. Hear how the national strategy will assist grow our regional digital assets.

  • Jackie Doyle

    Director Oil & Gas, Opportunity North East Ltd

    Jackie Doyle

    Sessions with Jackie Doyle:

    • The Business Debate

      How do we harness the potential of technology to its fullest extent to support business, create new opportunities for young people and overcome the key challenges of of connectivity and skills?

  • Stephen Archer

    Director of Infrastructure Services Aberdeenshire Council

    Stephen was born in Montrose and moved to Glasgow, aged 3. 

    Stephen studied Environmental Health at Liverpool University.  Once qualified he worked for various English local authorities, Ipswich, Cotswolds, Bracknell Forest Unitary and North Kesteven.  He became a Director in Suffolk in 2002, and moved to Aberdeenshire as Director of Infrastructure in 2011.  In this role Stephen has led on Broadband, Economic Development, Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route, City Regional Deal, Roads and Transportation, Development Planning, Environment and Housing, with a fair bit in between.  This includes issues of flooding, coastal and fluvial.  Married with two children, interests include music, photography and the great outdoors, which fits what Aberdeenshire has to offer.
     

     

    Stephen Archer

    Sessions with Stephen Archer:

    • Our City and region

      Aberdeen City Council and Aberdeenshire Council are working to provide solutions needed to boost the digital environment and in turn our regional and national economies.

  • Russell Borthwick

    Chief Executive, Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce

    He was previously managing partner of a global marketing agency network based in Newcastle, regional managing director for Trinity Mirror North East and also founded his own marketing & communications consultancy Press Ahead, which he ran for nearly a decade. 

    A self-described “Aberdeen boy” and a dedicated/long-suffering (delete as applicable) fan of the Dons, Russell returned to the city after an absence of more than 20 years, having started his career with Aberdeen Journals.

    During his time in the "other" North East, he was involved with many initiatives and campaigns around the themes of inward investment, economic development, place marketing, major event bids and the skills agenda.

    As part of his role, he represents the Chamber and its stakeholders on various boards and committees as well as ongoing engagement with the British and Scottish Chambers of Commerce.

    He is passionate about the success of the area and sees AGCC as having a key role to play in helping to position our city and shire as even better places to live, work, study, invest and do business.

    Russell Borthwick

    Sessions with Russell Borthwick:

    • Welcome and Introduction

      The big economic and digital themes in Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire - our challenges and solutions.

    • The Business Debate

      How do we harness the potential of technology to its fullest extent to support business, create new opportunities for young people and overcome the key challenges of of connectivity and skills?

  • Peter McColl

    Head of Policy, Scotland, Nesta

    Peter McColl leads Nesta's policy and research work in Scotland. His work focuses on the opportunities to integrate and adapt Nesta's work for Scotland. He has particular interests in intergenerational politics, higher education, health, citizens' income and participatory democracy.

    Before joining Nesta, Peter was Director of the Policy Unit at Common Weal - a think and do tank committed to transforming Scotland. He has worked for the Royal Voluntary Service, Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations and in the Scottish Parliament. He was Rector of the University of Edinburgh from 2012 to 2015. He chaired Transition Scotland Support, the infrastructure organisation for Transition Initiatives in Scotland from 2008-11. He holds an MA (Hons) and MSc both in Geography from the University of Edinburgh.
     

    Peter McColl

    Sessions with Peter McColl:

    • Policy and Technology

      We will reflect on NESTA’s City Initiatives for Technology, Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CITIE), The Scotland Analysis report as part of a wider discussion about the fast-moving digital policy landscape.

  • Katie Lyne

    Pilot Manager, CivTech®

    Katie is currently one of the CivTech® Pilot Managers within the Digital Public Services and Business Transformation Division of the Digital Directorate. She’s been with the pilot from the start and still loving every second. Katie comes with a background in marketing, events and leadership and is enthusiastic about the power of digital transformation and the benefits it can bring to the public sector. As with most of the team she can’t wait to see what fruits the CivTech® pilot will yield!

    Katie Lyne

    Sessions with Katie Lyne:

    • Technology and People

      The CivTech® Challenge is a huge opportunity to ensure that public sector organisations are given the tools and skills they need.

  • Chrisina Jayne

    Head of the School of Computing and Digital Media, Robert Gordon University

    Chrisina received her Ph.D. degree in applied mathematics from Sofia University, Sofia, Bulgaria in 1998. She is currently Head of the School of Computing and Digital Media at Robert Gordon University, Scotland. Her research includes developing and applying neural network methods to a number of applications. Professor Jayne is a Fellow of the British Computer Society and UK Higher Education Academy. She is a coordinator of the International Neural Network Society's Special Interest Group on Engineering Applications of Neural Networks. She chaired the Engineering Applications of Neural Network Conference in 2012 and 2014 and she has been involved in numerous program committees of neural network related conferences.

    Chrisina Jayne

    Sessions with Chrisina Jayne:

    • The Business Debate

      How do we harness the potential of technology to its fullest extent to support business, create new opportunities for young people and overcome the key challenges of of connectivity and skills?

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12 September 2017 The Aberdeen Altens Hotel Souterhead Road Aberdeen - AB12 3LF United Kingdom

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