Speakers

  • Simon Haston

    Head of IT & Transformation, Aberdeen City Council Aberdeen City Council

    Simon Haston

    Sessions with Simon Haston:

    • Our City and region

      Aberdeen City Council and Aberdeenshire Council are working to provide solutions needed to boost the digital environment and in turn our regional and national economies.

  • Jackie Doyle

    Director Oil and Gas, and Digital Opportunity North East Ltd

    Jackie is a Director with Opportunity North East Ltd (ONE). ONE is the North-East of Scotland’s private sector led and funded response to the challenge of maximising the oil and gas opportunity for the region long-term and rebalancing the region’s economy to achieve sustainable prosperity. Working with public and private sector partners, including the two Aberdeen Universities and NESCol, the life sciences and tourism sectors, ONE aims to deliver projects that enable businesses of all sizes to realise their full potential.

    ONE sees the increased use of digital technology as an integral part of the North-East’s economic sustainability. Aberdeen and the North-East has a substantial IT service sector. The aim going forward is to turn the region into a global hub for people and businesses that want to engage in the digital economy; with an increased focus on building digital capability and capacity, and on enhancing the competitiveness of the North-East supply chain through the application of digital solutions.

     

    Jackie Doyle

    Sessions with Jackie Doyle:

    • ONE Digital

      Private sector economic development body Opportunity North East (ONE) looks to accelerate the development of the digital economy in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire with the establishment of ONE Digital

    • 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 key challenges of of connectivity and skills?
      The debate will be chaired by Michael Glackin - Business Editor of The Sunday Times, Scotland

  • Stephen Archer

    Director of Infrastructure Services Aberdeenshire Council

    Stephen was born in Montrose and moved to Glasgow, aged 3. 

    Stephen studied Environmental Health at Liverpool University.  Once qualified he worked for various English local authorities, Ipswich, Cotswolds, Bracknell Forest Unitary and North Kesteven.  He became a Director in Suffolk in 2002, and moved to Aberdeenshire as Director of Infrastructure in 2011.  In this role Stephen has led on Broadband, Economic Development, Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route, City Regional Deal, Roads and Transportation, Development Planning, Environment and Housing, with a fair bit in between.  This includes issues of flooding, coastal and fluvial.  Married with two children, interests include music, photography and the great outdoors, which fits what Aberdeenshire has to offer.
     

     

    Stephen Archer

    Sessions with Stephen Archer:

    • Our City and region

      Aberdeen City Council and Aberdeenshire Council are working to provide solutions needed to boost the digital environment and in turn our regional and national economies.

  • Catherine Ward

    North East Scotland Development Manager Federation of Small Businesses

    Catherine is the Development Manager for the Federation of Small Businesses in the North East of Scotland region, representing 6,000 self-employed and business owners across all sectors across Perth & Kinross, Dundee, Angus, Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire and Moray.

     

    Catherine Ward

    Sessions with Catherine Ward:

    • 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 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

  • Russell Borthwick

    Chief Executive, Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce

    He was previously managing partner of a global marketing agency network based in Newcastle, regional managing director for Trinity Mirror North East and also founded his own marketing & communications consultancy Press Ahead, which he ran for nearly a decade. 

    A self-described “Aberdeen boy” and a dedicated/long-suffering (delete as applicable) fan of the Dons, Russell returned to the city after an absence of more than 20 years, having started his career with Aberdeen Journals.

    During his time in the "other" North East, he was involved with many initiatives and campaigns around the themes of inward investment, economic development, place marketing, major event bids and the skills agenda.

    As part of his role, he represents the Chamber and its stakeholders on various boards and committees as well as ongoing engagement with the British and Scottish Chambers of Commerce.

    He is passionate about the success of the area and sees AGCC as having a key role to play in helping to position our city and shire as even better places to live, work, study, invest and do business.

    Russell Borthwick

    Sessions with Russell Borthwick:

    • Welcome and Introduction

      The big economic and digital themes in Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire - 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 key challenges of of connectivity and skills?
      The debate will be chaired by Michael Glackin - Business Editor of The Sunday Times, Scotland

  • Katie Lyne

    Pilot Manager, CivTech®

    Katie is currently one of the CivTech® Pilot Managers within the Digital Public Services and Business Transformation Division of the Digital Directorate. She’s been with the pilot from the start and still loving every second. Katie comes with a background in marketing, events and leadership and is enthusiastic about the power of digital transformation and the benefits it can bring to the public sector. As with most of the team she can’t wait to see what fruits the CivTech® pilot will yield!

    Katie Lyne

    Sessions with Katie Lyne:

    • Technology and People

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

  • Chrisina Jayne

    Head of the School of Computing and Digital Media, Robert Gordon University

    Chrisina received her Ph.D. degree in applied mathematics from Sofia University, Sofia, Bulgaria in 1998. She is currently Head of the School of Computing and Digital Media at Robert Gordon University, Scotland. Her research includes developing and applying neural network methods to a number of applications. Professor Jayne is a Fellow of the British Computer Society and UK Higher Education Academy. She is a coordinator of the International Neural Network Society's Special Interest Group on Engineering Applications of Neural Networks. She chaired the Engineering Applications of Neural Network Conference in 2012 and 2014 and she has been involved in numerous program committees of neural network related conferences.

    Chrisina Jayne

    Sessions with Chrisina Jayne:

    • 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 key challenges of of connectivity and skills?
      The debate will be chaired by Michael Glackin - Business Editor of The Sunday Times, Scotland

  • John Patric. Edwards

    Security Engineer Check Point Software

    John Patric.  Edwards

    Sessions with John Patric. Edwards:

    • Smart city living - The marriage of safety and security (Digital Showcase B)

      Outstanding example of how the region is tackling digital challenges.

  • Elaine Walls

    Regional Planning Delivery Manager North East (SDS FA lead) Skills Development Scotland

    Elaine Walls

    Sessions with Elaine Walls:

    • Developing Tomorrow’s Digital Workforce (Digital Showcase A)

      Outstanding example of how the region is tackling digital challenges.

Join Us

12 September 2017 The Rox Hotel 17-23 Market Street Aberdeen - AB11 5PY United Kingdom

FutureScot Digital Cities - Aberdeen

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