Speakers

  • Stewart Carruth

    Chief Executive, Stirling Council

    Stewart Carruth was appointed Chief Executive at Stirling Council in July 2014.  Simultaneously Stewart held the role of Strategic Director of the Scottish Cities Alliance and played a prominent role in developing government policy which has resulted in city investment plans equating to £10bn worth of investment in Scotland and empowering city/city regions.   Stewart has a breadth of experience in the public sector and is fiercely ambitious for local government at a time of enormous challenges.

    Prior to these appointments, Stewart was Depute Chief Executive at Stirling Council and also held the post of Director of Corporate Governance at Aberdeen City Council.
    Stewart is currently a board member for the Scottish Council for Development and Industry and a board member for Social Investment Scotland and Chair of the Audit & Risk Committee for this organisation and is working closely with Entrepreneurial Scotland to devise a new approach to entrepreneurism across different sectors.
     

     

    Stewart Carruth

    Sessions with Stewart Carruth:

    • Our City Region

      Stirling Council and regional authorities are working together to provide solutions needed to boost the digital environment and in turn our regional and national economies.

  • Ross Tufffee

    Co-Founder DOGFI.SH Mobile Ltd / Forth Valley Chamber of Commerce

    Ross  Tufffee

    Sessions with Ross Tufffee:

    • 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?

  • Dr Ken Thomson

    Principal and Chief Executive Forth Valley College

    Dr Ken Thomson took up his role as Principal of Forth Valley College in August 2013.  He has a Degree in Zoology from Nottingham University and a PhD in Veterinary Entomology from Edinburgh University.

    As a Senior Lecturer in Life Sciences he led a four college consortium in developing a £1.5 million technical training project for bio-technology. He became Head of Science (2001), then Director of Learning Services (2003) before becoming Associate Principal (2005) at Forth Valley College and Depute Principal from 2007 with strategic responsibility for the College’s future curriculum, school/college partnership, quality assurance and learning innovation.

    Ken is a member of the Colleges Scotland Principals Group, a member of the Community Planning Leadership Group in Stirling and Falkirk and Chair of the Stirling Local Employability Partnership.

    In December 2014 Ken was appointed a Trustee and non-executive Director of Jisc. Ken is also a Fellow of the Institute of Directors.  In November 2014, Forth Valley College were awarded the prestigious Association of Colleges Beacon Award for Innovation in FE as a result of their whole college approach to an exciting vision to “Making Learning Work”. 

    Dr Ken  Thomson

    Sessions with Dr Ken Thomson :

    • 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?

  • Darran Gardner

    Business Development Executive, The Data Lab

    Based in The Data Lab’s hub at the University of Glasgow, Darran Gardner is an experienced business development manager and management consultant whose most recent role was with the Energy Technology Partnership, where he developed and managed a wide range of collaborative academia/industry projects focused on the energy and renewables sector. Darran has experience in the technology transfer and intellectual property commercialisation domains, previously serving as a director of the specialist IP firm, Metis Partners. He also has an MBA from the Strathclyde Graduate School of Business.

     

     

    Darran Gardner

    Sessions with Darran Gardner:

    • 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?

  • Claire Mack

    Director of Policy & Place, SCDI

    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 of connectivity and skills?

  • Alan Johnston

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

    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 Stirling. Hear how the national strategy will help grow our regional digital assets.

  • Chris Bergin

    Policy Advisor, CivTech®

    Chris Bergin is policy adviser to CivTech®. He has 15 years of public sector experience, having previously worked as a journalist in Scotland. Over the course of his Scottish Government career, he has fulfilled a number of front-line communications roles, from media relations to corporate communications and emergency planning and response. Prior to joining CivTech®, Chris provided strategic and policy input to national digital public service programmes, supporting colleagues and stakeholders delivering the Scottish Government’s wide-ranging digital ambitions.

    Chris Bergin

    Sessions with Chris Bergin:

    • Technology and People

      The CivTech® Challenge is a huge opportunity to ensure that public sector organisations in Stirling, 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:

    • Chair's Opening Remarks

      The big economic and digital themes in Stirling and Region - challenges and solutions

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