Speakers

  • Claire Mack

    Director of Policy & Place SCDI, The Scottish Government

    Claire is Director of Policy and Place working across all sectors and all geographies in line with SCDI’s remit. Claire focuses on strategic engagement and policy to deliver the ambitions and recommendations of SCDI’s Blueprint document designed to meet the challenges in Scotland with regard to Productivity, Innovation and Internationalisation to deliver strong future growth. She previously led on telecoms, spectrum and postal issues for Ofcom in Scotland looking at regulation and coverage of those industries while also looking at developing digital participation of individuals and businesses. Prior to this Claire spent time working in retail and the construction industry as well as on regulation of regional broadcasting in the Borders and North East of England.

     

     

    Claire Mack

    Sessions with Claire Mack:

    • 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 connectivity and skills?

  • Colin Birchenall

    Digital Transformation Manager, Glasgow City Council

     

     

     

    Colin Birchenall

    Sessions with Colin Birchenall:

    • Our City Region

      Glasgow City Council and the wider region are working together to provide solutions needed to boost the digital environment and in turn our regional and national economies.

  • David McNeill

    Director of Digital & Connect, SCVO

    David leads SCVO’s ambitious digital strategy for Scotland’s third sector. This includes work to tackle inequality by increasing digital participation and basic digital skills; maximise the impact of the third sector by encouraging digital transformation and evolution; and support digital innovation to improve lives and communities.

    Before joining SCVO David was Depute Chief Executive at Young Scot, where he led the development of services provided through the Young Scot National Entitlement Card. David is currently a Trustee of the Digital Xtra Fund, the Voluntary Action Fund and Recharge, an East Lothian youth work charity.
     

     

    David McNeill

    Sessions with David McNeill:

    • 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 connectivity and skills?

  • Kevin Rush

    Head of Economic Development, Glasgow City Council

    Kevin started his career with Glasgow City Council in 2008 when he was appointed to the role of Principal Policy Officer. Having also held the post of Adviser to the Leader, Kevin was appointed Head of Economic Development  in 2014.

    He graduated from The University of Glasgow in 1999 with a Master of Arts.

    Kevin Rush

    Sessions with Kevin Rush:

    • Our City Region

      Glasgow City Council and the wider region are working together to provide solutions needed to boost the digital environment and in turn our regional and national economies.

  • David Robb

    Deputy Director, Digital Directorate, Scottish Government

    David took up his appointment as the Scottish Charity Regulator's second Chief Executive in October 2011.

    He joined the Scottish Office as a trainee in 1990. Since then David has worked in a number of roles including planning, local government reorganization, housing policy, social inclusion, NHS workforce to name but a few. He also represented the Scottish Government on the Board of Quality Scotland, and is currently Chair of the Scottish Government Delivery Bodies Group.

    In December 16 David was seconded to take on the role of deputy director of the Scottish Government’s digital directorate.

    David Robb

    Sessions with David Robb:

    • National Strategy

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

  • Alexander Holt

    Head of CivTech®

    Alexander has worked in the Digital Directorate of the Scottish Government for the past three years. His current role is as architect and Head of CivTech® - a groundbreaking programme whose mission is to drive daring, ingenuity and innovation within the public sector, delivering better public services, and providing economic development opportunities. Previous roles included running a number of government tech procurements. Before moving back up to Edinburgh he spent eight years in London, six of which were spent growing his own digital creative agency delivering 'super shiny' web apps for Google, PayPal, Sony Ericsson, McDonald's, Adobe and other leading brands. He is massively passionate about the benefits of digital transformation in the public sector which leads to better value services that make our lives better.

    Alexander  Holt

    Sessions with Alexander Holt:

    • Technology and People

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

  • Keith Aitken

    Journalist and broadcaster

    Keith Aitken is an award-winning journalist, author, broadcaster and one of Scotland’s busiest conference facilitators.  In 1995, after more than 15 years’ on The Scotsman in senior editorial roles (notably Parliamentary Correspondent, Industrial Editor, Chief Leader Writer) he launched a successful freelance business and has since written for numerous UK and overseas publications, not least as a columnist for The Herald, Scotsman, Scotland on Sunday, and Holyrood Magazine.  He currently writes a weekly column, now in its 17th year, in the Scottish Daily Express, for which he also compiles a weekly prize crossword and reviews opera.  Keith is Scotland Correspondent for Public Finance magazine, author of a critically acclaimed history of the Scottish labour movement, and has worked extensively as a BBC radio presenter. He is a visiting lecturer at Edinburgh Napier University, and a Trustee of the National Mining Museum of Scotland.

    Keith Aitken

    Sessions with Keith Aitken:

    • Welcome and Introduction

      The big economic and digital themes in Glasgow and surrounding region - our challenges and solutions.

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