MacKay Hannah

5th Annual Conference and Award for Executive Secretaries and PAs in Scotland: ACES 2012


Bailie Liz Cameron

Voted Evening Times Scotswoman of the Year 2007-08

Bailie Cameron assumed her current role as Executive Member of Development and Regeneration Services in June 2010.  Her remit in Development and Regeneration Services is extremely wide, encompassing Housing Regeneration, City Planning, Sustainability, Creative Industries and, crucially Economic Regeneration and Social Initiatives.

She is currently serving as vice chair to the Principal of Strathclyde University on the Glasgow Joint Economic Commission.  She serves on many cultural and artistic Boards, including Chair of Glasgow Film Theatre and the Scottish International Piano Competition. She is Chair of the Scottish Baroque Ensemble and she is the first woman Patron of the Glasgow Celtic Society for the promotion of Gaelic language and culture.

Interests include literature, classical music, opera, languages and shinty (her husband is President of the Camanachd Association).  She speaks French, Italian and enough German to get by!!  When time permits she sings first soprano with the University of Glasgow Choral Society.  She was also voted Evening Times Scotswoman of the Year 2007-2008.


Isobel McEwan

Business Innovation Consultant

Isobel is a business innovation consultant.  Her role is to provide strategic innovation consultancy, creative thinking training, coaching and mentoring and she also speaks at global events on the subject of creativity and innovation.

Isobel’s passion is bringing out the best in organisations through their people – unlocking their potential and enabling them to achieve great things. She loves thinking differently, collaborating and paying it forward.

Isobel divides her time between her home in a loch side village in Scotland and her second home in southern Spain. She loves people, reading, film, travel and stepping out of her comfort zone! She is an active fundraiser and completed a jungle trek in Thailand raising £11,000 for two children’s charities close to her heart.

Isobel is on the Board of the West of Scotland Institute of Directors, a panel member of Prince’s Scottish Youth Business Trust and an ambassador for various philanthropic enterprises including the Ardoch Foundation and Columba 1400.

Angus MacKay

Conference Chair and Director at MacKay Hannah

Angus MacKay is one of the Directors and Founders of MacKay Hannah, the organisers of today’s event.  Angus is a former Scottish Cabinet Minister and member of the Scottish Parliament.  He previously worked as a policy advisor to Mo Mowlam MP and George Robertson MP and as a housing campaigner with Shelter (Scotland). He served as Convener of Finance in the City of Edinburgh Council, as Minister for Finance and Local Government in the Scottish Cabinet and was a member of the Scottish Parliament from 1999 to 2003.

Angus has extensive public policy understanding in a wide range of areas. His specialist areas include finance, transport, housing, planning, local government, legislative process and the Scottish Government.

He is the Director responsible for overseeing development of new events, partnerships and products. He has a particular focus on helping other organisations to match their policy and practice objectives with the best ways to contact and network with the appropriate audience they wish to reach.

Angus is also Chair of the newly founded Scottish Events and Festivals Association, the official trade body in Scotland providing leadership and representation for organisers, promoters and suppliers involved in the festivals, events and tourism industry throughout Scotland and the UK

David Scott

Chief Executive, GTG Training

With a background in family business and volunteer reserve service, David was recruited to Arnold Clark Automobiles in 1999 to create an internal training and development team in order to support the medium to long term expansion plans of the Group.  Arnold Clark is now Scotland’s largest privately owned company and the largest privately owned automotive dealer group in Europe; it is no coincidence that the Group invests more on staff training and development than any other comparable business.

David’s current role is Chief Executive of GTG Training Ltd., the training company which the Group purchased outright in 2004 as a means to channel training investment to maximum effect and to grow the overall provision of business essential training.  He is responsible for the operation and development of Arnold Clark’s apprenticeship programme for c.650 apprentices, supervision of training for the Group’s c. 8,900 employees and for the continuous development of GTG Training’s external commercial sales to over 2,500 private and public sector organisations.

Previous roles with Arnold Clark include Direct Marketing Manager and Sales Development Manager.  Immediately prior to assuming his appointment at GTG Training he headed the project team responsible for the Arnold Clark Management Development Programme and has subsequently championed the introduction of their highly successful Sales Academy in his capacity as head of Group Training & Development.

Some within the Scottish Business Community may also recognise him as Lieutenant-Colonel (Retired) David Scott where his final appointment was as a Staff Officer at Brigade Headquarters prior to which he had been Commanding Officer of 51 (Scottish) Brigade’s Regional Training Centre, a Territorial Army post working to standards set and audited by the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. 

David is a very active Council Director of Glasgow Chamber of Commerce where he heads the Youth Employment Policy Group and is a member of both the Trades House of Glasgow and the Merchants House of Glasgow.

David is a UK Charity Trustee for the marine protection organisation, the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society.

Martin Jordan

Marketing Director, Equator

Equator’s Marketing Director and head of a team of 18 expert digital marketers. Martin has been online for almost 20 years and started using social networks back in 1992 – albeit in a much different form to what we’re used to today. In his career, Martin has worked in FMCG, financial services, B2B and Gaming and has spent the last 5 years building a strong and successful digital team in what is Scotland’s largest full service digital agency.

Liz Brown

Lecturer in Admin, IT and Tourism, Stevenson College Edinburgh

Liz has worked in Further Education for a total of 20 years, the last 17 years at Stevenson College Edinburgh.   Liz teaches a wide range of programmes including Administration, Events and Human Resource Management.  She spent 3 years prior to that at Carnegie College in Dunfermline. 

Liz is enthusiastic about further education and was a mature student herself.  She studied HND Organisational Administration at Adam Smith College of Further and Higher Education then went on to study Human Resource Management at Post Graduate level graduating from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development in 1995.

Liz also graduated from Stirling University with a Post Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Education with Teaching Qualification (Further Education) in 2004.

Linsey Cox

Managing Director, LpC Events Ltd

Linsey Cox, MD of LpC Events started off her career as a Nursery Nurse, moving on to receptionist in Estate Agency and worked her way up from there.  She sold Rolls Royce Motor Cars (and won best sales person), was sales executive at Celtic Football Club,

Director of Development with Scottish Ballet, Business Development Manager at Hampden the National Stadium and set up LpC Events in 2008.

Award Winning LpC Events is one of Scotland's most experienced event companies having worked with a variety of big name brands including Scottish Ballet, Tennents, Celtic Football Club, Coca-Cola, Hampden Park, Shell, BP, McDonalds, Royal Bank of Scotland, Cable & Wireless, United Distillers and BT.

LpC Events has 30 years experience ranging from organising Royal Galas, Charity Balls, Opening Ceremonies, Golf Tournaments, Seminars, Conferences …..and basically anything which needs organised!

LpC Events was the Events Company tasked with organising Scotland’s 1st “green carpet” event in 2008, 2009 and 2010, which subsequently won an award for Best Charity Event at the Scottish Events Awards in 2009.

Pulling together her wealth of knowledge, contacts and skills, Linsey Cox, Managing Director of LpC Events and her team  deliver  a 1st class event and project management service.

Linsey lives in Glasgow and is a very proud granny of Finley, Robbie and Freya.

Anna Davis

Certified Coach adn NLP Practitioner, Achieve Balance

Anna Davis specialises in helping people become balanced, fulfilled and successful in their lives and careers/business. Anna owns Achieve Balance which helps motivate people and companies to become more productive and achieve a better work-life balance. Using a mix of coaching, training, consultancy and NLP techniques, Anna’s skills and experience give her approach a special blend of logic, practical advice, powerful insights and motivation to change coupled with keen listening and empathy.

Building on a Masters Degree in Operational Research and Operations Management at Lancaster University, Anna worked across the world as a management consultant for 15 years using Business Modelling and performance management to improve major organisations such as Home Office Board, Inland Revenue Board, Defra, Shell, Air New Zealand, Deutsche Telekom, Energy Australia, RaboBank and Parcel Force. She was a project manager and staff manager for many employees, helping to motivate, stretch and develop them.

Over the last 4 years Anna has coached and mentored individuals and groups in business to help them boost their performance, clarify their goals and plans, overcome obstacles, improve their confidence and enhance their quality of life. She has provided career coaching to individuals to help them discover their ideal career and maximise their potential through a practical, structured approach. She has coached employees from large organisations such as RBS, the Home Office and IBM, medium sized companies such as Baillie Gifford, Abbott and Edinburgh University and many individuals who are self employed or setting up a new business.

In addition, she has delivered many time management courses (which she calls focus management) to companies and individuals. Anna has also delivered talks and facilitated workshops for teams from large companies, such as Lloyds TSB, to teams from SME’s and smaller networking groups.

Valerie MacLennan

Managing Director, Valmac Associates Ltd

Valerie Maclennan, Corporate Trainer, Respected Broadcaster, has recently also produced and hosted her own live theatre shows called In Conversation with, Valerie interviewed many High Profile Personalities from the world of Business, Sport, Politics and also Entertainment. 

Valerie Maclennan, originally from Stornoway on the Island of Lewis, now living in the Glasgow area, has a warm relaxed friendly manner, and good sense of humour which has helped create the atmosphere required for her highly popular  interview chat shows.

Valerie Maclennan has always been interested in the power of the mind.  She has always been aware of the mindset that High Achievers utilise whether consciously or otherwise, to create the lives that they want, while others, fail, stumble and hit every negative opportunity along the way. Please visit her web site for more information.

Max Gordon

Afternoon Guest Speaker

Max uses his skills as a master manipulator of thoughts and ideas to influence members of the audience to make choices and decisions seemingly out with their control.

With demonstrations of subliminal advertising, body language, suppressed memories and the odd snap decision, Max leaves guests wondering if the choices they make every day really are their own.

Max has taken his Mindgames show to venues as diverse as Segovia in Spain for a major European banking group to the British Ambassador’s residence in Dublin for the business tourism arm of Visit Scotland.  Max performed to much acclaim at The Edinburgh Corn Exchange for over 600 delegates, with nothing but a pad of paper and a few envelopes!

His new show still contains his popular gameshow “The last remaining contestant” with prizes sponsored by The Famous Grouse Experience, now in it’s 8th year.

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