Speakers

  • Colin Cook

    Director Digital, The Scottish Government

    Colin Cook has been appointed as Director Digital at the Scottish Government. This follows previous roles as Head of the Digital Public Services and Business Transformation Division which included responsibility for the Scottish Government’s Civtech incubator, Digital Transformation Service and National Ecosystem Unit and Head of the Digital Strategy and Programmes Division where he was responsible for the delivery of Superfast broadband, promoting digital skills and tackling digital exclusion.  

    Outside of the Scottish Government, Colin’s experience includes spells as Marketing Director, British Army and both Marketing Director and Service Specification Director of Royal Mail’s core Letters Business. Colin is a trustee of The Poppy Factory, a charity dedicated to helping wounded, sick and disabled ex-service people back into work and a regular speaker on digital, marketing and IT issues.

    Colin  Cook

    Sessions with Colin Cook:

    • National Strategy

      The Scottish Government’s recently refreshed 'A Digital Strategy for Scotland' has a clear focus on catalysing communities of talent in Edinburgh. Hear how the national strategy will assist and grow our regional digital assets.

  • Cllr Gavin Barrie

    Convener of the Economy Committee City of Edinburgh Council

    Cllr Gavin Barrie

    Sessions with Cllr Gavin Barrie :

    • Welcome and Introduction

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

  • Sally Kerr

    Digital Innovation Manager, City of Edinburgh Council

    Sally Kerr is the Digital Innovation Manager for the City of Edinburgh Council where she has delivered a wide range of award winning digital solutions. She has been the lead for Open Data in the City of Edinburgh Council over a number of years, delivering a number of innovative and open products demonstrating the power of open data. She created EdinburghApps, a civic challenge approach to solving city issues and is a co-founder of the Edinburgh Living Lab, a joint development with the University of Edinburgh. She has specific interests in emerging digital technologies, innovation methodologies and data value opportunities.

     

     

    Sally  Kerr

    Sessions with Sally Kerr:

    • Our City Region

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

  • Liz McAreavey

    Chief Executive Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce

    Liz McAreavey

    Sessions with Liz McAreavey:

    • 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

  • Gordon Henderson

    Senior Development Manager Federation of Small Businesses

    Gordon is FSB’s member contact for Fife, the Lothians, Edinburgh and the Borders. He works with FSB’s national policy colleagues to press the case for small businesses locally, and with local members on issues affecting them at a very local level using whatever routes are most applicable.

    Gordon Henderson

    Sessions with Gordon Henderson :

    • 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

  • 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 and Scotland on Sunday.

    Keith Aitken

    Sessions with Keith Aitken :

    • Chair's Opening Remarks

  • Dr Sally Smith FBCS PFHEA

    Dean of Computing Edinburgh Napier University

    Sally is the Dean of Computing at Edinburgh Napier University. Working with ScotlandIS, she is also the Project Director of e-Placement Scotland, a Scottish Funding Council project designed to create 2300 new paid placements for computing students across Scotland. She is Immediate Past Chair of the Council of Professors and Heads of Computing and a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

    Sally leads the Centre for Computing Education Research at Edinburgh Napier researching computing pedagogy, placement outcomes, experiences and impact of graduate level apprenticeships, student transitions, professional identity and ICT leadership.

    Sally studied Maths at Aberdeen University, Computer Science at City University and a DBA at Edinburgh Napier University.

    Dr Sally  Smith FBCS PFHEA

    Sessions with Dr Sally Smith FBCS PFHEA:

    • 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

  • 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:

    • 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

  • Alexander Holt

    Head of CivTech®

    Alexander has worked in the Digital Directorate of the Scottish Government for the past three years. His current role is as architect and Head of CivTech® - a groundbreaking programme whose mission is to drive daring, ingenuity and innovation within the public sector, delivering better public services, and providing economic development opportunities. Previous roles included running a number of government tech procurements. Before moving back up to Edinburgh he spent eight years in London, six of which were spent growing his own digital creative agency delivering 'super shiny' web apps for Google, PayPal, Sony Ericsson, McDonald's, Adobe and other leading brands. He is massively passionate about the benefits of digital transformation in the public sector which leads to better value services that make our lives better.

    Alexander  Holt

    Sessions with Alexander Holt:

    • Technology and People

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

  • 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:

    • Policy and Technology

      We will reflect on NESTA’s City Initiatives for Technology, Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CITIE), The Scotland Analysis report as part of a wider discussion about the fast-moving digital policy landscape.

  • Ritchie Somerville

    Innovation and Futures Manager, ICT Solutions, City of Edinburgh Council

    Ritchie is currently the Innovation and futures Manager, ICT Solutions within the City of Edinburgh Council. The role involves developing the ICT and Digital Strategy, the case for investment and the use of ICT and Digital, to drive transformational change and bring a culture of innovation to the Council.

    He has been with the Council in various strategic planning, organisational design and project management roles since then.  He is currently a Board Member of the Cities Standards Institute.

    Ritchie Somerville

    Sessions with Ritchie Somerville:

    • Our City Region

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

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