11th Annual Scottish Rail Conference: What's next for rail in Scotland?
Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity, Scottish Government
Michael Matheson was born in Glasgow in 1970 and educated at St John Bosco Secondary School. He went on to study at Queen Margaret College, Edinburgh, where he obtained a BSc in Occupational Therapy. He also holds a BA and a Diploma in Applied Social Sciences from the Open University.
Prior to becoming an MSP, Mr Matheson practised as a Community Occupational Therapist with Stirling Council, Central Regional Council, and Highland Regional Council.
He was elected as the MSP for Falkirk West following the May 2007 elections. Previous to that he was a Regional MSP for Central Scotland from 1999 to 2007. Before being appointed Minister for Public Health and Sport, Mr Matheson was Vice Convenor of the European and External Relations Committee. He also sat on the Scottish Parliament's Health and Sport Committee, and previously served on the Justice and Enterprise and Culture Committees. He was re-elected in May 2011 and thereafter appointed as Minister for Public Health.
Michael Matheson was appointed Cabinet Secretary for Justice in November 2014 and reappointed in May 2016. In 2018 he was appointed as Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity.
Deputy Director - Consumers, Office of Rail and Road
Stephanie joined the ORR in 2014 as Deputy Director, Consumers following a long career in the energy sector specifically managing the interface between retail energy businesses and the energy regulator Ofgem. This led her to work with Scottish and Southern Energy, ScottishPower and also Logica and encompassed the opening of the energy market to competition, the development of regulation in the retail energy environment and the substantially increased focus on compliance and enforcement in the areas of competition and consumer law and also regulation. Immediately prior to joining ORR Stephanie was Head of Consumer Policy with the energy regulator Ofgem. Previously she also held the voluntary role of Deputy Chair of the Water Industry Consultative Committee, which was established to advise the Water Industry Commissioner on the promotion of the interests of customers in the North of Scotland. Stephanie has a background in biological sciences and also health and safety.
Strategic Business Development Director - Rail, Transport Systems Catapult
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Good range of speakers & commentary on various aspects of Planning Review. Encouraged by optimism of speakers.