Speakers

  • 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:

    • Vision for the Future

      Gillian Docherty
      Chief Executive Officer, The Data Lab

  • 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:

    • The CivTech® Challenge: bringing digital innovation to the public sector

      Alexander Holt
      Head of CivTech®

      Mark Elliott
      Engine Room Guru, CivTech®

  • David Robb

    Deputy Director, Digital Directorate, Scottish Government

    David took up his appointment as the Scottish Charity Regulator's second Chief Executive in October 2011.

    He joined the Scottish Office as a trainee in 1990. Since then David has worked in a number of roles including planning, local government reorganization, housing policy, social inclusion, NHS workforce to name but a few. He also represented the Scottish Government on the Board of Quality Scotland, and is currently Chair of the Scottish Government Delivery Bodies Group.

    In December 16 David was seconded to take on the role of deputy director of the Scottish Government’s digital directorate.

    David Robb

    Sessions with David Robb:

    • A Pivotal Time: The Digital City Challenge

      David Robb
      The Scottish Government

      Peter McColl
      NESTA

      Claire Mack
      SCDI

  • 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:

    • A Pivotal Time: The Digital City Challenge

      David Robb
      The Scottish Government

      Peter McColl
      NESTA

      Claire Mack
      SCDI

  • Mark Elliott

    Engine Room Guru, CivTech®

    Mark has a long and successful track record working in both the creative and the business sides of the digital and creative industries. Having been heavily involved in the earliest days of digital in the creative industries, he took over DigitalCity, North East England in 2003: in the ten years under his leadership it became a successful cluster initiative, acknowledged as one of the best projects of its type in Europe. He’s helped hundreds of companies start and develop as fast and effectively as possible, and was heavily involved in the creation of Europe’s first genuine tech accelerator, The Difference Engine. Moving to Edinburgh in 2013 he helped set up the UP Accelerator - designing its programme.

     

    Mark  Elliott

    Sessions with Mark Elliott:

    • The CivTech® Challenge: bringing digital innovation to the public sector

      Alexander Holt
      Head of CivTech®

      Mark Elliott
      Engine Room Guru, CivTech®

  • Frank Ross

    Councillor, City of Edinburgh Council

    As an experienced Management Professional with experience in business development, operations and change management, Frank has headed up The EDI Group Ltd and Essential Edinburgh, prior to taking up his current role as Director of Marketing Edinburgh Ltd.

    Frank became an SNP Councillor within the City of Edinburgh Council in May 2012 and is currently the depute leader.

    He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.

    Frank  Ross

    Sessions with Frank Ross:

    • Welcome and Introduction

      Frank Ross
      Councillor

  • 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:

    • Edinburgh and region: 'The local landscape'

      Ritchie Somerville
      City of Edinburgh Council

      Sally Kerr
      City of Edinburgh Council

      Kevin Collins
      University of Edinburgh (TBC)

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