Speakers

  • Colin Cook

    Acting Director Digital, The Scottish Government

    Colin Cook has been appointed as Acting Director Digital at Scottish Government.   This follows previous roles as Head of the Digital Public Services and Business Transformation Division which included responsibility for 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 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:

    • A Pivotal Time: The Digital City Challenge

      Colin Cook
      Scottish Government

      Claire Mack
      SCDI

      Sally Dyson
      SCVO

  • Kevin Rush

    Head of Economic Development, Glasgow City Council

    Kevin started his career with Glasgow City Council in 2008 when he was appointed to the role of Principal Policy Officer. Having also held the post of Adviser to the Leader, Kevin was appointed Head of Economic Development  in 2014.

    He graduated from The University of Glasgow in 1999 with a Master of Arts.

    Kevin Rush

    Sessions with Kevin Rush:

    • Glasgow and region: 'The local landscape'

      Richard Brown
      Glasgow City Council (TBC)

      Kevin Rush
      Glasgow City Council

      Colin Birchenall
      Glasgow City Council

  • Neil Logan

    Chief Executive, Incremental Group and Chairman of DataLab

    Neil is an experienced business executive and technology thought leader with almost 20 years’ experience. He has supported organisations in the Public, Finance and Energy sectors to embrace change and leverage new technology for business success.

    His responsibilities have covered technology and business strategy and leadership as well as leading new technology implementations. He has worked in both high growth technology SMEs and in large international corporate organisations.

    Neil is currently Chief Executive Officer of Incremental Group, a new technology helping organisations reach their potential. He is also a Board Member of Scotland's Technology Advisory Group and a member of the Scottish Government's Data Management Board. 

    Neil Logan

    Sessions with Neil Logan:

    • Vision for the Future

      Neil Logan
      CEO, Incremental Group // Chairman, DataLab

  • 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®

  • 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®

  • 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, Scotland on Sunday, and Holyrood Magazine.  He currently writes a weekly column, now in its 17th year, in the Scottish Daily Express, for which he also compiles a weekly prize crossword and reviews opera.  Keith is Scotland Correspondent for Public Finance magazine, author of a critically acclaimed history of the Scottish labour movement, and has worked extensively as a BBC radio presenter. He is a visiting lecturer at Edinburgh Napier University, and a Trustee of the National Mining Museum of Scotland.

    Keith Aitken

    Sessions with Keith Aitken:

    • Chair's Opening Remarks

      Keith Aitken
      Journalist & Broadcaster

  • Sally Dyson

    Head of Digital Participation, SCVO

    Sally is Head of Digital Participation at SCVO. She supports the co-ordination of public, private and third sectors across Scotland so the third sector in particular can support people to make the most of digital technologies. An experienced programme manager she has a background in developing and delivering large-scale social inclusion and change management programmes.

    Sally Dyson

    Sessions with Sally Dyson:

    • A Pivotal Time: The Digital City Challenge

      Colin Cook
      Scottish Government

      Claire Mack
      SCDI

      Sally Dyson
      SCVO

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