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Re-imagining Scottish Local Government: Councils and the Future of Scotland

Tue 19th Nov 2013

Edinburgh, COSLA Conference Centre

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for Scottish Local Government, CoSLA & Improvement Service
7 delegate places for just £500 (£71.43 per delegate)

This offer applies to Scottish Local Authorities, COSLA and the Improvement Service and is intended to allow each Council to be represented at the conference by a range of senior officers and representatives from all political groups.

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This conference invites those in local government and beyond to rethink how councils could act, partner and engage in order to re-imagine how they deploy their range of powers to play an enhanced role in meeting the challenges faced by Scotland’s communities and economy.

The three pillars of public expenditure, statutory obligations and discretionary powers which sit with local government make Scotland’s Councils uniquely powerful bodies. The breadth of competencies across almost every policy and service delivery area, taken together with the localised fit of the 32 councils to their communities and local circumstances give them a scope and flexibility unmatched by any other institution.

How do we unleash the dynamism, experience and capacity for innovation that resides within our councils to play an enhanced role in Scotland’s civic, economic, cultural and community life? Is it possible to rethink where we are so that the budgets and powers already in place can be made to add up to much more than the sum of their parts?

Core themes to be covered include:

  • Economic growth, regeneration and sustainability
  • Scrutiny, accountability, democracy and openness
  • Health, wellbeing and sport
  • Crime, justice and community safety
  • Public services excellence, modernising and innovation
  • Education, skills and training
  • Carbon reduction, energy and sustainability
  • Tourism and hospitality, the Scottish brand and the world stage
  • Digital frontier, citizen engagement and smart services

The conference is a platform for discussion based upon existing structures, examining how the organisations we already have can explore new ways of working and partnership to transform public service delivery.

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Derek Mackay MSP

Minister for Local Government and Planning, Scottish Government

Councillor David O'Neill

President, COSLA


Elma Murray Chair, Society of Local Authority Chief Executives & Senior Managers Scotland and Chief Executive, North Ayrshire Council

Rosemary Agnew Scottish Information Commissioner

George Black Chief Executive, Glasgow City Council

Colin Cook Deputy Director - Digital Strategy and Programmes, Scottish Government

Councillor David Fagan Convener of Regeneration and Infrastructure, North Lanrakshire Council

Robin Fallas Associate, MacRoberts

Richard Grieveson Head of Resource Planning and Community Srevices, Dumfries and Galloway Council

Bob Jack Chief Executive, Stirling Council

Professor Richard Kerley Queen Margaret University and SRK Consultancy

Fraser McKinlay Director of Performance Audit and Best Value, Audit Scotland

Michael O'Neill Director, Craighall Energy

Duncan Osler Partner, MacRoberts

Robert Pollock Head of Economic Development and Strategic Transportation at Argyll and Bute Council and Board Member of EDAS

Caroline Stuart Director, Oracle Scotland

Peter Williamson Lead for Health and Innovation, Scottish Government Health And Social Care Directorates

Leanne Rinning Head of Marketing, Storm ID

Dorothy Cowie Director, Scotland Excel

Ritchie Somerville Planning, Strategy & Relationship Manager, ICT Solutions, The City of Edinburgh Council

Martyn Wallace Head of Digital Sales, 02 Telefonica UK

Jim Rafferty Chief Executive, Capital City Partnership

David McNeill Entitlements & Rewards Director, Young Scot

Fiona Young Director - Public Sector Advisory, Ernst & Young

Ken Massie Head of Partnership Relations, VisitScotland

Jacqueline Norwood Neighbourhood Services Leader, Wheatley Group

Alastair McGowan Head of Strategic IT, NCC Group

John Smith Managing Director and Planning Director, EnviroPlan Consulting

Assistant Chief Constable Mike McCormick Police Scotland

Martha Halbert Sustainable Development Officer, Keep Scotland Beautiful - Sustainable Scotland Network

Gordon Laing Assistant Business Manager (Development Plans), Planning & Regeneration, North Lanarkshire Council

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