• Naomi Eisenstadt

    Independent Poverty Advisor to the Scottish Government

    Naomi is currently a Senior Research Fellow at University of Oxford and Trustee at Save the Children.
    After spending several years working first in nurseries and then in management positions in children’s charities, in 1999 Naomi became the first director of the Sure Start Unit (UK Government). She then spent one year as the Secretary of State’s Chief Adviser on Children’s Services. Her last three years before leaving the civil service were as Director of the Social Exclusion Task Force. Naomi’s key interests are in children’s services, poverty and its impact on children, and family policy.

    Naomi Eisenstadt

    Sessions with Naomi Eisenstadt:

    • Chairs opening remarks

    • Chairs closing remarks

  • Ewan Aitken

    CEO Cyrenians

    Ewan is CEO of Cyrenians. He’s a former Education Convener and Leader of City of Edinburgh Council and CoSLA Education spokesperson.. He is a member of Midlothian Integrated Joint Board and a Council member of the Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce, chairing its Inspiring Communities Network. He’s Chair of BBC Children in Need Scotland, a member of Edinburgh University’s Academy of Government In/equality Reference Group, founded the National Prison Visitor Centre Steering group, a board member of the Ripple Project and Social Bite Communities Ltd., an advisor to Circle and a member of the CoSLA Commission on Strengthening Local Democracy.


    Ewan Aitken

    Sessions with Ewan Aitken:

    • Creating social change through digital innovation

  • Maggie Morrison

    Public Sector Director, Scotland CGI

    Maggie joined CGI in January 2014 and is Vice President, Public Sector CGI Scotland. Prior to this she was Account General Manager for Hewlett Packard, Scotland and previously held senior leadership positions at home and abroad for Cisco, 3Com and Cabletron.

    In 2008, after seven years working in The Netherlands and the USA, Maggie returned to her native Scotland and spent 18 months on secondment from Cisco to Skills Development Scotland where she subsequently served as a Non Exec Director from 2012 – 2014.  

    She has rich international experience and in addition to The Netherlands and the USA has lived and worked in France, Switzerland and Germany.

    Born in Easterhouse, she is married to Dougie (no children, two dogs) and lives in Glasgow. Maggie is passionate about the digital divide, education and skills, gender in the workplace and undertakes Public Speaking engagements on these topics. She is a graduate of Aberdeen University (MA Hons French and German). Maggie is a Fellow of the Institute of Directors as well as a member of the Scottish Apprenticeship Advisory Board. She Chairs the Scottish Government Cyber Security Skills Group and serves as a Non-Executive Director at Scottish Chambers of Commerce and at The Wise Group.

    Maggie  Morrison

    Sessions with Maggie Morrison :

    • Up - skilling the nation's workforce: addressing in work poverty and long term unemployment

  • Douglas White

    Head of Advocacy Carnegie Trust UK

    Douglas leads the Carnegie UK Trust’s Digital Futures and Fulfilling Work programmes and oversees the Trust’s communications functions. .

    Douglas has written extensively on digital inclusion in Scotland, examining the barriers and opportunities for supporting more people to become digitally engaged. He has supported the Cabinet Office to create a new Digital Inclusion Dashboard for the UK and has worked with the UK and Scottish Governments in the development of their digital inclusion strategies. He is a member of various expert groups and panels, working with organisations including Department for Culture Media and Sport, the BBC and the Scottish Government. Prior to joining the Trust Douglas  held senior positions at Consumer Focus Scotland, where he led on telecommunications policy, and Blake Stevenson Ltd.,

    Douglas has an MA (Hons) in Politics from the University of Edinburgh. He is a Committee Member at Shelter Scotland, a graduate of the ACEVO Emerging Leaders Programme and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

    Douglas  White

    Sessions with Douglas White :

    • Mind the gap! Widening digital participation in Scotland

  • Gillian Docherty

    Chief Executive Officer, The Data Lab

    Gillian has over 22 years’ experience working in the IT sector.  Gillian is responsible for delivering the strategic vision set out by The Data Lab Board, the aim of which is to create over 250 new jobs and to generate more than £100 million to Scotland’s economy.

    Prior to this Gillian held a range of Senior Leadership roles at IBM UK including Leader for Software Business in Scotland, Systems and Technology Sales Leader and Territory Leader for General Business Scotland.

    Gillian is on the Board of Tech Partnership Scotland and is also a Board member of the Glasgow Chamber of Commerce. Gillian has a degree in Computing Science from Glasgow University.

    Gillian Docherty

    Sessions with Gillian Docherty:

    • Talking Big Data

  • David McNeill

    Digital Director Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations

    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 :

    • Mind the gap! Widening digital participation in Scotland

  • Nilufar Anwar

    Non - Executive Director #techmums

    Nilufar  Anwar

    Sessions with Nilufar Anwar:

    • Up - skilling the nation's workforce: addressing in work poverty and long term unemployment

  • 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:

    • Creating social change through digital innovation

  • Bella Combest

    Head of Community & COO Street Change UK

    Bella is the Content Lead and COO of StreetChange, a digital fundraising platform for homeless and vulnerable people in the UK. Bella focuses on maintaining the integrity of core values while ensuring the highest, positive community impact. She heads community engagement efforts and raises awareness of our mission in the digital world. Prior to StreetChange, Bella worked on a variety of social justice projects, including immigrant defense, human rights advocacy, and food sustainability. She culminated her efforts with a published research dissertation titled “The Dark Side of Compassion: How We Hurt Those We Help”. Bella graduated with honors from the University of CO Boulder with a B.A. in The Philosophy of Values and Social Policy.

    Bella  Combest

    Sessions with Bella Combest :

    • Creating social change through digital innovation

  • Craig Steele

    Digital Skills Specialist & Leader CoderDojo, Scotland

    Craig Steele is a digital making expert and creative technologist with a background in helping people develop digital skills (making apps, games, wearable technology, virtual reality) in a fun and creative environment. Craig is a Raspberry Pi Certified Educator and leads CoderDojo Scotland, a network of free coding clubs for young people across the country. Craig has been working on the Digital Unions project, helping workers from non-technical backgrounds across Scotland develop their digital skills. In 2017 he was nominated as Digital Leader of the Year.  

    Craig  Steele

    Sessions with Craig Steele :

    • Up - skilling the nation's workforce: addressing in work poverty and long term unemployment

  • Elaine Melrose

    Group Director of Resources Wheatley Group

    Elaine is one of Scotland’s most experienced public sector executives, having undertaken a range of senior roles since beginning her local authority career in 1984. She joined Wheatley in 2013, having previously been Executive Director for Housing, Environmental and Economic Development at West Dunbartonshire Council and continues to serve on the UK National Council of the Association for Public Sector Excellence. Her previous executive roles and responsibilities have ranged from developing organisational culture to creating sustainable business models for key services and establishing a framework with partners to facilitate effective long-term financial, investment and resource planning. Through the Wheatley Solutions subsidiary, she is responsible for providing a range of business-critical support services, including ICT, legal, procurement, business solutions and the customer service centre, that create a solid platform for the group to deliver outstanding customer service.

    Elaine  Melrose

    Sessions with Elaine Melrose:

    • Mind the gap! Widening digital participation in Scotland

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