MacKay Hannah

Smarter Greener Urban Places for Scotland: Ways to improve and modernise the infrastructure of our places


Councillor Susan Aitken

Leader, Glasgow City Council

Susan Aitken became Leader of Glasgow City Council when the SNP became the largest party on the Council and formed a minority administration in May 2017. She was elected as a councillor for the Langside ward, where she lives, in 2012 and has been leader of the SNP group since 2014, having previously served as the group spokesperson on health and social care. She is the SNP’s national Local Government Convener.

Before being elected, Susan worked in a variety of policy and research roles in the Scottish Parliament and the third sector, and as a freelance writer and editor specialising in health and social care policy. She grew up in Biggar in South Lanarkshire, moved to Glasgow aged 17 and is a graduate of both Glasgow and Strathclyde Universities.


Anna Day

Partnership Manager, Urban Foresight

Anna Day is Partnerships Manager for Urban Foresight, based in Dundee. Urban Foresight are a smart city consultancy, working to make cities better places to live.  Together with Dundee City Council they run The MILL, an international innovation centre which creates space in Dundee for companies to come and test exciting new transport and technology services. These innovations will connect people, places, services and data to each other. Anna has a background in communications and was recently the Manager of the UNESCO City of Design designation for Dundee. 

David Hytch

Director, Park Gate Consultants

David has been active in transport technology and innovation for more than 20 years. David is currently Director of Parkgate Consultants working on a wide range of projects and assignments in the Transport and Technology arena, including Autonomous vehicle development and deployment, Electric vehicle charging infrastructure, Franchise Bids, Supplier assessments and assurance for programs and Program delivery. He has developed the Smart Ticketing and reservations proposition for Calmac Ferries and managed the program through Gateways and set up the procurement.

He successfully managed the CIO function for Transport for Greater Manchester and was a key part of the creation of TfGM to include the strategic Highways activity for Greater Manchester. David led the programs for High Speed Broadband rollout across Greater Manchester, Wi-Fi on the tram fleet, the development of the Environmental strategy for the authority, installation of Electric Vehicle charging points across GM, new Traffic Signals and controllers across the Highways network, Smart Ticketing and the development of Passenger and operational information systems.

David has served on the Automotive Council Technology group, the European and International Program Committees for the ITS World Congress, DfT expert panel for Strategic road development and as an assessor for Innovation UK on Intelligent mobility and Connected and Autonomous Vehicles. David is a moderator and speaker at international conferences on a wide range of subjects including Autonomous and Connected vehicles, Air quality management for Transport and Smart ticketing and customer information.



Graham Ross

Partner, Austin-Smith:Lord

Graham joined Austin-Smith:Lord in 1998 having studied at Edinburgh College of Art and the Technische Universität Berlin, graduating with Masters in both Architecture and Urban Design. He is a Partner and the Office Principal of the Glasgow studio. He is an architect, urban designer and planner and has been involved in a wide range of projects throughout the UK and Ireland.

Graham is a Fellow of the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland, a member of the Royal Institute of British Architects, a member of the Royal Town Planning Institute, an Academician of the Academy of Urbanism, a Recognised Practitioner of the Urban Design Group and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He is the current Deputy Chair of Architecture & Design Scotland.

Graham has contributed to several published pieces of research undertaken for the Scottish Government. Graham’s work has received numerous awards, including four Scottish Design Awards.


Nicholas Gubbins

Chief Executive, Community Energy Scotland

Nicholas Gubbins is founding chief executive of Community Energy Scotland, a Registered Scottish Charity established in 2008, dedicated to supporting communities on sustainable energy development. He was Chief Executive of the Highlands and Islands Community Energy Company, CES’ predecessor. Before that he was Head of Community Regeneration at Highlands and Islands Enterprise, focused on supporting community-based development, the voluntary sector and social enterprise. Between 1982-2000 he worked for the Nature Conservancy Council and Scottish Natural Heritage. He is a Trustee of The Highland Hospice in Inverness and the Pebble Trust, a small charitable trust working for a more sustainable and equal society.


Andrew Langlands

Account Manager, Flexitricity

Andrew works closely with Flexitricity’s Energy Partners (EPs). He seeks to maximise commercial value from demand side response services while keeping EPs abreast of industry and regulatory change. In addition, he consults on emerging opportunities and tender strategies.

Prior to joining Flexitricity in October 2017, Andrew spent eight years in account management and business development roles at NewsBase, which provides market intelligence and bespoke research on global oil, gas and power markets.

Ben Miller

Policy and Public Affairs Manager, Smart Energy GB

Smart Energy GB is the voice of the smart meter rollout. It’s our task to help everyone in Great Britain understand smart meters, the national rollout and how to use their new meters to get gas and electricity under control.

Ben has worked on Scottish stakeholder activity for Smart Energy GB for two and a half years, and has led on a national research project around the potential of smart energy data in the health and care sector. In previous roles, Ben has worked at the Scottish Parliament and the University of Edinburgh in the areas of energy and sustainability.


Jonathan Shaw

Product Analyst, Yotta

Jonathan has nearly 15 years of experience in the Technology Sector working across a wide range of industries, including Local Government, Healthcare, Automotive, Retail, Finance and Manufacturing. In October 2017, he joined Yotta and has since been at the forefront of Connected Asset Management development. He owns the maintains the development roadmap for many of Yotta's software products giving him a holistic view of innovations in not just technology but practices within the Asset Management space.

Dave Black

Digital Consultant, Sparck

Dave Black is a leading digital media consultant based in Edinburgh.

In a rapidly changing digital world, Dave specializes in helping organizations to understand the new opportunities that have appeared, to find their own distinctive voices and to talk in new and innovative ways with their audiences.

He has been a professional creative for nearly twenty years and has worked with clients of every size from multi-national oil companies to new startups. Dave finds being a designer very exciting and likes to work with companies who are open to change and who want to nurture deep relationships with their customers through experience and service design.


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Good range of speakers & commentary on various aspects of Planning Review. Encouraged by optimism of speakers.

Peter Bain, Argyll & Bute Council,
Planning in Scotland Conference, October 2017

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