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5th Annual Scottish Transport Conference: Powering up Transport, Growing the Economy, Strengthening Communities


Michael Matheson MSP

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.


Michelle Francis

Director, Eracura Consulting

Michelle has worked as an environment and sustainability professional for 24 years in consultancy and the public and private sectors, setting up her first business in 2004. She specialises in advising a range of clients on sustainability best practice and environmental management, helping companies and organisations develop their approach to sustainability. She has acted in a variety of roles: heading up in-house teams; as an interim and through consultancy support. Michelle is passionate about helping to improve clients’ performance and working with them to engender the culture change needed to become more sustainable.

She helped on all sides of the procurement journey, developing specifications and evaluating proposals on one hand and writing and mobilising successful bids on the other (not on the same job!) As a board member of both the natural environment regulator and the pollution regulator in Scotland Michelle has gained an insight into stakeholder expectations and how boards operate and think. She is a solutions oriented person and thrives on helping find the win – win approach. This is a long way from the undergraduate research Michele carried out in the rainforests of what was then called Zaire!

Eleanor Lane

Partner, CMS

Eleanor Lane is a partner in CMS UK’s Infrastructure & Projects Team. She has particular expertise in the transport and maritime sectors, often advising on projects of unusual complexity and/or national importance. This includes public service concessions and strategic outsourcing projects as well as PFI and NPD.

Eleanor has considerable experience of public procurement processes and has advised the Scottish Government on some of the biggest and most high-profile roads, rail and ferries projects to come to the market in recent years, often working within multi-disciplinary teams.

Eleanor also advises on a range of shipping and aviation matters including sale and purchase, charterparties and leases, financing, port access arrangements, airport operating agreements, shipbuilding and FPSO contracts. Highlights include advising on the transfer of the steamship SS Sir Walter Scott from Scottish Water to a newly established charitable trust, and (on a pro bono basis) the transfer of the MV Balmoral, registered as part of the National Historic Fleet, to her current owner.

She has also advised on a significant number of fuel supply contracts and energy projects including the Steven’s Croft Biomass Power Station near Lockerbie, a 44 MW biomass power station and the biggest of its kind in the UK at the time (this won the best renewable project award at Scotland’s Green Energy Awards in December 2007) as well as various off-shore acquisitions and refinancings such as the Seven Heads Gas Field.


Steve Wakeland

Chief Executive Officer, ITSO

Steve Wakeland has worked in technology risk management and information security at various industrial and financial services organisations for over 30 years. He originally joined ITSO Limited in 2011 as Governance Manager to lead compliance through the implementation of policies and procedures across the ITSO membership.


Karen McGregor

Business Development Director, David MacBrayne

Karen is a commercial and entrepreneurial business leader who excels at relationship marketing, strategic route to market development and the negotiation, management and profit maximisation of contracts. Rigorously customer focused, she is an adept manager of stakeholders, from local communities to national governments.

Appointed Business Development Director at David MacBrayne Ltd in Oct 2017.

Previously the CEO of First Port, a business incubator, delivering the Scottish Government’s objectives for new companies focussed on social and economic objectives. Karen's achievements have included:

• Creating a funding network of decision makers to fuel First Port’s strategy, including the “Business Angel” community.

• Delivering a business culture change that emphasised commercial decision making and the cold, rigorous analysis of quantitative data to manage performance and identify opportunities.

• Rebranding First Port so its “look” reflected its ambitions, delivering significant coverage in both traditional and social media, resulting in raised staff and stakeholder expectations.

• As a Non-Executive Director, planning the recruitment of a new Chief Executive as a member of the Human Resources Committee.

Sylvain Delion

Managing Director, Macquarie Capital

Sylvain is a seasoned professional with experience of developing, financing and investing in greenfield infrastructure assets with an especially deep experience in project finance debt raising. He is in particular responsible for Macquarie Capital greenfield project finance debt raising activities in Europe.

Sylvain has worked in PPPs and infrastructure development and financing for over fifteen years.

He joined Macquarie Capital in 2004 in the Infrastructure Projects and Principal (IPP) team which acts for Macquarie as financial investor in greenfield projects (using Macquarie own balance sheet) but also provides third party financial advisory services to external clients. The IPP team can provide full development life cycle funding, from early development funding to construction equity.

During this time, he closed infrastructure project finance transactions representing more than €10bn of investments, in many different European countries and covering a wide variety of sectors: transport, renewable, electricity transmission, telecom infrastructure, accommodation, healthcare, street lighting….etc

Through his leadership of the Macquarie Capital greenfield project finance practice, Sylvain is responsible for:

  • Client relationship for financial advisory services;
  • Relationship with all key funders active in the market;
  • Market intelligence;
  • Value-add structuring;
  • Best execution of debt raising processes;
  • Sharing of best practice and ideas across different transactions.

Sylvain core expertise lies in the structuring and optimisation of complex debt financial including:

  • Assessing different funding sources to select and compete most suitable ones;
  • Creating debt structures to maximise bankability and value for money;
  • Negotiating all detailed terms, conditions and covenants including leverage and pricing for multiple debt structures;
  • Leading the negotiation of an extensive range of credit documentation including loan facility, agreements, intercreditor agreements, ISDA agreements, bank account, security and collateral documents;
  • Assessing and implementing interest rate, inflation and FX hedging; and
  • Conducting complete ratings agency processes through from inception to obtaining final credit ratings.

His debt structuring experience covers the whole spectrum of products available, from bank debt to bond, including institutional investors’ private placements, mezzanine, structured products and guarantees. He is also deeply experienced in managing all aspects of the due diligence process, including legal, technical, tax & accounting, insurance, market and operational matters. Sylvain is also an accomplished equity investor with extensive knowledge of related approval processes.

He also previously worked for the French Infrastructure Project Finance team of Societe Generale and for the Structured Finance department of Vinci, where he was involved in water, airport, road and bridge projects.

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Ed Rees

Policy and Public Affairs Officer, Smart Energy GB

Ed Rees is an experienced policy advisor who supports Smart Energy GB’s engagement with stakeholders around the smart meter rollout. He leads projects into the implications of smart meters for energy saving and sustainability. Ed has led on Smart Energy GB’s recent research and policy work on electric vehicles which saw the publication of the report “The smart route to electric vehicles” br Dr Stephen Hall of the University of Leeds. Ed will outline the findings of this research at the conference.

Prior to his current role, Ed has worked for a range of media and policy organisations. These include leading the production of the Westminster eForum and Media Forum policy events programme.

He is a Politics Masters graduate from the University of Exeter.

Kieran Harte

Head of Cities - Midlands, South West UK, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, Uber

Kieran joined Uber in 2015 as GM for Ireland and now manages cities across Scotland, Wales, Ireland and England. Previously, Kieran has worked across the globe with digital companies focusing on media, classifieds and commerce.

Uber is evolving the way the world moves. By seamlessly connecting riders to drivers through their apps, Uber makes cities more accessible, opening up more possibilities for riders and more business for drivers. From the first ride in 2010 to launches in hundreds of cities today, Uber's rapidly expanding global presence continues to bring people and their cities closer.

Helen Wylde

Chief Engagement Officer, TS Catapult

Helen joined the TSC from her position as Managing Director UK & Ireland for Benelux company BringMe. During her career, Helen has specialised in shaping and delivering high-yield transformation, start-up, turnaround and growth strategies in both smaller companies and FTSE 100 players across the Telecommunications, Technology, Financial Services, Retail and Logistics arenas.
Prior to BringMe Helen was Sales & Marketing Director for Parcelforce Worldwide. Helen has also worked as a Non-Executive Director and independent consultant, both in the UK and internationally.

In addition, Helen has worked in a number of senior commercial positions at Lloyds TSB, ADT Tyco, O2 and Vodafone.

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Very good to see several high profile and interesting female speakers.

Eleanor Lane, CMS,
4th Annual Scottish Transport Conference 2017

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