Speakers

  • Stuart Black

    Director of Development & Infrastructure: Digital and Economic Development, Highland Council

    Stuart is a graduate of Edinburgh University (MA Geography Hons, 1986), and Glasgow University (PhD Town and Regional Planning 1990).

    He started his career with Hillier Parker Chartered Surveyors in London (1989-90), and then was a lecturer in Land Economy at Aberdeen University (1990-96).  He was appointed Head of Economics with Highland and Islands Enterprise (1996-2000), and then Director of Strengthening Communities (2000-2002). In 2002 he was appointed Chief Executive of Inverness and Nairn Enterprise, and in 2007 Director of Global Connections with HIE.

    He joined the Highland Council as Director of Planning and Development in February 2008, and has been Director of Development and Infrastructure since April 2014.


     

     

    Stuart Black

    Sessions with Stuart Black:

    • Our City Region

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

  • 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:

    • Digital Skills for Scotland's City Regions

  • Carroll Buxton

    Regional Development Director Highlands and Islands Enterprise

    Carroll Buxton is HIE's Regional Development Director and has responsibility for managing a diverse directorate, leading on a range of issues including the Inverness Campus, broadband, property, UHI, policy, research and economics, communications and strategy. She also manages HIE's area offices in Moray and Shetland.

    She has worked for HIE since 1992 primarily within the Operations Group most recently as a Regional Director and prior to that as Area Manager for Caithness and Sutherland.

    Carroll Buxton

    Sessions with Carroll Buxton :

    • The Business Debate

      How do we harness the potential of technology to its fullest extent to support business, create opportunities for young people and overcome the key challenges of of connectivity and skills?
      The debate will be chaired by Michael Glackin - Business Editor of The Sunday Times, Scotland

  • Fraser Grieve

    Regional Director Scottish Council for Development & Industry, SCDI

    Fraser has headed up the Scottish Council for Development & Industry (SCDI) operations in the Highlands & Islands since January 2012, and is responsible for ensuring the economic opportunities and challenges of the area are recognised both within SCDI and by policy makers across Scotland and the UK.

    Fraser sits on the Inverness & Highland City-Region Deal Programme Board, the Highlands & Islands Regional Skills Investment Board, and is an adviser to the regional transport partnership Hitrans. He is also chair of SSE’s Beatrice Partnership Fund Panel.
     

     

    Fraser Grieve

    Sessions with Fraser Grieve:

    • Welcome and Introduction

      The big economic and digital themes in Inverness and Region - our challenges and solutions.

    • The Business Debate

      How do we harness the potential of technology to its fullest extent to support business, create opportunities for young people and overcome the key challenges of of connectivity and skills?
      The debate will be chaired by Michael Glackin - Business Editor of The Sunday Times, Scotland

  • Dr Gary Campbell

    Dean of Science, Health and Engineering and Assistant Principal for Curriculum Enhancement, University of the Highlands and Islands

    Dr Gary Campbell is the Dean of Science, Health and Engineering with an overall responsibility for ensuring that the university is able to deliver its programmes in the best possible manner. This means working with faculty and technical colleagues to make sure that our teaching models are fully supported.

    Previous experience includes teaching at Inverness and Moray Colleges, management of undergraduate programmes, academic middle management and subject network leading.  External experience includes lecturing and research at Aberdeen and Sheffield Universities, as well as working at Newton Rigg College and teaching the long-term unemployed.

    Previously an environmental scientist specialising in climate change his current focus is working with university partners, programmes and the faculties to enhance the student learning experience. He leads the university Educational Development Unit and the Learning and Teaching Academy.

    Dr Gary Campbell

    Sessions with Dr Gary Campbell:

    • The Business Debate

      How do we harness the potential of technology to its fullest extent to support business, create opportunities for young people and overcome the key challenges of of connectivity and skills?
      The debate will be chaired by Michael Glackin - Business Editor of The Sunday Times, Scotland

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