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.

  • 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 :

    • Chair's Opening Remarks

      The big economic and digital themes in Stirling and Region - 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

  • 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

  • John MacNeil

    Head of Policy and Communications Scotland Smart Energy GB

    John leads on all policy and communications in Scotland for Smart Energy GB including engagement with all Scottish political representatives and key stakeholder, advocacy bodies and media.

    John has many years of experience working in media relations and public affairs for a variety of organisations such as Historic Scotland, Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, VisitScotland, and Digital UK. He is a fluent Gaelic speaker.

    John  MacNeil

    Sessions with John MacNeil:

    • Digital Showcase

      Outstanding examples of how the region is tackling digital challenges.

  • Hilary Brownlie

    ScotLIS Service Designer Registers of Scotland

    Hilary has worked in user research and design in the public sector for over a decade, specialising in improving the user experience of difficult transactions. Since joining Registers of Scotland she realised her love for digital maps and how we can use them in our daily lives. 

    Hilary  Brownlie

    Sessions with Hilary Brownlie:

    • Introducing ScotLIS (Digital Showcase A)

      ScotLIS is an online land and information service that will ultimately allow citizens, communities, professionals and business users to find out comprehensive information about any piece of land or property in Scotland with a single enquiry. This session will offer a preview of ScotLIS.

  • Ross Tuffee

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

    Ross  Tuffee

    Sessions with Ross Tuffee:

    • 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

  • 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 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

  • 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 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

  • 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.

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