Scottish Government, Scottish Parliament and MSPs: How they work and how to influence them
Thu 21st Feb 2019
Edinburgh, Royal Scots Club
OVERVIEW View Conference Agenda
This conference examines how the Scottish Government, Scottish Parliament, Ministers and MSPs work and explains the policy and media context within which decision making in those organisations takes place. The conference is aimed at people and organisations who need to be heard in high places in order to influence policy and decision making.
The conference will examine how policy is made and how decisions are taken, what influences those decisions, the importance of the wider media and the political context in which government operates and the regulatory and political context within which influencing takes place.
This conference is aimed at providing you with a step-by-step guide to making your voice heard in the corridors of power. It will offer an insight into the relationship between Government, Parliament, politicians and media and give an understanding of the various stages and ways in which policy is developed and how decision making can be influenced.
Whether your interest is in legislation, policy, ongoing constitutional change or spending, the importance of understanding how and why decisions are taken - and the background context - is critical. The conference will look at the institutions that matter, the ways in which their decisions have effect, the influence of public debate and what you need to know about campaigning to be heard at the highest level.
If you want to be a policy weather maker then understanding how the system really works - and how to influence it - is essential.
Benefits of Attending
- Hear from experts on issues affecting influencing, including Brexit, GDPR data compliance and the requirements of the Lobbying (Scotland) Act
- Understand the policy ojectives of the Scottish Government, what minority government means and the influence of other parties
- Learn how the Scottish Parliament and Scottish Government work - and who to influence them
- Examine the interests and motivations of each parliamentary party
- Find out the role of the media in making and reporting the news - and influencing the decision makers
- Discuss how to build an effective campaign
- Discover what the instruments of influence are and how to operate effectively
Who Should Attend
The conference is aimed at any public, private or third sector organisation with an interest in who shapes policy, what legislation is passed, why budgets are changed, when you can act to be heard and where you can have impact so that people listen.
- Senior management including Chief Executives, Directors, Managers and Policy Officers
- Public affairs specialists including staff working in marketing, communications, engagement and public relations
- Advisory and representative groups including policy makers, lawyers, professional representative organisations and trade unions
- Campaigning groups including third sector organisations, lobbying groups, sectoral and industry groups, single issue campaigning organisations
- Private sector including companies, industry bodies and specialist advisors
- Public sector bodies including local government, quangos/NDPBs, health, further education and emergency services
KEYNOTE SPEAKER View All Speakers
Sir Paul Grice
Clerk and Chief Executive, Scottish Parliament
Policy and Public Affairs Manager, Scotland, Marie Curie
Lobbying Registrar, Scottish Parliament
Director of Public Policy, Pinsent Masons
Regional Manager - Scotland, Information Commissioner's Office
Account Director, Indigo
Angela Constance MSP
Member for Almond Valley, Scottish Parliament
Director, Message Matters
Director, Orbit Communications
Director, Baccus Consulting
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This was an excellent event - speakers were well informed and each brought something different.