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Michael Russell MSP

Cabinet Secretary for Government Business and Constitutional Relations, Scottish Government

Brought up in Troon in Ayrshire and educated at Edinburgh University, he has lived in Argyll for over 20 years.

Mr Russell was previously Minister for Environment from 2007 until 2009 and then served as Minister for Culture, External Affairs and the Constitution before moving to the role of Cabinet Secretary for Education which he held until 2014.

He is the Constituency Member of the Scottish Parliament for Argyll & Bute.

He is the author of seven books including one novel, has one son and lives with his wife in rural Argyll.

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Charlotte Barbour

Director of Taxation, ICAS - The Institute of Chartered Accountants in Scotland

Charlotte has worked for ICAS for many years in a range of policy and regulatory roles and for the last five years has supported the ICAS Tax Board, which has overall responsibility for all tax matters affecting ICAS members and oversight of five technical committees responsible for Scottish taxes, private client taxes, international taxes, indirect taxes, and small business taxes. She has extensive experience in dealing with tax issues, has represented ICAS at both the Scottish Parliament and the House of Lords, and regularly speaks on both radio and TV.

Charlotte is the author of the Bloomsbury book entitled ‘The Management of Taxes in Scotland’.


Lynda Towers

Director of Public Law, Morton Fraser

Lynda's specialisms include Government, Public & Administrative Law, Public Procurement and State Aid, Litigation, Planning & Environmental and Public Sector Partners.

Lynda is the Director of Public Law in the Public Law Team at Morton Fraser which she joined in 2016 from the Scottish Government and specialises in public and administrative law.

She previously held senior positions at the Scottish Executive (now Scottish Government) and the Scottish Parliament and advised the Parliament (from an independent legal perspective) up to, through and beyond the 2014 Scottish Independence Referendum.

Lynda's background includes drafting, interpreting and advising on primary and secondary legislation at both Westminster and Holyrood, advising Government Ministers, the Presiding Officer and Committee Convenors.

She advised Parliament on data protection and minimum alcohol pricing matters and has litigation experience in the CJEU, the Supreme Court and the Court of Session on issues such as mental health, benefits legislation, fox hunting, planning and state aid.

Lynda's previous experience includes:

  • Scottish Public Law Group - issues arising out of Parliamentary legislation
  • Strathclyde University 2015 - 30 Years of Judicial Review
  • Law Society Conference on Independence
  • In House Lawyers Group - on various topics including the Parliament/Purdah/Common Good
  • The WS Society - PCC competency course
  • Developed the Edinburgh and Dundee Diploma classes on Public Law
  • Hosted international delegations to the Scottish Parliament and explaining its context and jurisdiction

Professor David Bell

Professor of Economics, University of Stirling

David Bell was educated at Dornoch Academy, the University of Aberdeen and the London School of Economics. He was awarded a PhD at the University of Strathclyde in 1984 and has worked at the Universities of St Andrews, Strathclyde, Warwick and Glasgow. He has been Professor of Economics at the University of Stirling since 1990 specialising in labour economics and fiscal federalism. He was adviser to the Finance Committee of the Scottish Parliament from 2007 to 2013 and has provided advice to the ILO, OECD, the Scottish, Westminster and Irish Governments. In 2015, he was specialist adviser to the House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee for its investigation into the Financing of Devolution. He has appeared numerous times in the Scottish Parliament as a witness to the Economy Committee, the Health and Sport Committee, the Welfare Committee, the Devolution Committee, and the Finance Committee. He has also appeared several times as a witness at the House of Commons Scottish Affairs Committee. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, the IZA, Bonn and an Honorary Fellow of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries. He is a member of the Centre on Constitutional Change and the Centre for Population Change and a special adviser to the David Hume Institute. He is also Principal Investigator of the Healthy AGeing In Scotland (HAGIS) survey, a longitudinal survey of older people in Scotland, which is funded by the US National Institute of Aging and the Nuffield Foundation. He has extensive media experience in Scotland and the UK as a whole.

He is regularly consulted by the media for expert views in relation to: youth unemployment, constitutional change, education policy and long-term care. Broadcast media appearances include BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio 5 Live, BBC Scotland News, BBC Scotland Newsnight, STV News and Channel 4. He is also a regular contributor to The Scotsman newspaper and has appeared in a number of other print publications. Other Positions and Honours: 1998-2000 Member of the Care Development Group, Scottish Government 2003-2004 Member of the Range and Capacity Review Group 2003-2007 Member of the ESRC Training and Development Board 2004-2006 Member of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation Advisory Group on the Funding of Long-Term Care 2002- Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh 2007-2008 Member of Lord Sutherland's Independent Review into free personal & nursing care in Scotland 2007 - Budget Adviser, Finance Committee, Scottish Parliament 2007- Fellow of the World Demographic Association 2008- Research Associate, IZA, Bonn 2008-2010 Member of Commission on Scottish Devolution Expert Group 2003-2007 Member of ESRC Training and Development Board 2011- Member of Scottish Doctoral Training Centre Board 2011- Director of Scottish Institute for Research in Economics (SIRE) Work and Well- being Programme 2011- Member of CemMap Advisory Committee (Centre for Micro-econometric Methods and Practice, Institute for Fiscal Studies) 2012 ESRC Research Fellow on Constitutional Change Awards RATE (Recognising Achievement in Teaching Excellence) awards 2012, ‘For Excellence in Postgraduate Education’ and ‘Excellence in Teaching’, in the Stirling Management School.

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Professor Drew Scott

Professor of European Union Studies, School of Law, Edinburgh University

Drew Scott is an economist by training, and has for many years researched and taught European economic integration. He has published widely in the area, most recently on subsidiarity, economic and monetary union and economic and social cohesion. He has acted as expert to various EC agencies, including the European Commission and the Statistical Office of the EU.

Prior to joining the University of Edinburgh, Drew Scott was Lecturer in Economics at Heriot-Watt University. His current research includes the impact of devolution on the UK's European policy-process, and problems of economic policy coordination in a devolved UK. From 1991-98 Drew was joint editor of the Journal of Common Market Studies.

Drew delivered his inaugural lecture on 13 April, 2004, on the topic "Regions and European Union Governance: Lessons from Scotland".

Drew Scott is Co-Director (with Professor Jo Shaw) of the Europa Institute.


Dr Rebecca Zahn

Senior Lecturer - Law, University of Strathclyde

My main research interests and specialisation lie in the fields of European Law and Labour Law (particularly European, national, and comparative labour law). I am particularly interested in the interaction between the EU and national level, and between different EU Member States' legal systems in the field of labour law.

I am currently working on an historical labour law project which examines the interactions between exiled German trade unionists and British trade unions during World War Two. I have published widely in the field of (European) labour law including a monograph entitled New Labour Laws in Old Member States (CUP, 2017). The book was reviewed in the Industrial Law Journal (2018) 47:2 and (2018) 43(3) European Law Review where it was described as ‘socio-legal EU scholarship of the very best sort […] a rich and theoretically informed novel account of the law in practice; and inspiration for future legal developments. Beautifully produced and exquisitely written, it is a joy to read and a model for all to emulate.’

My contribution to the field of labour and employment relations research was acknowledged in 2018 when I was a runner up of the International Labor and Employment Relations Associations’ (ILERA) Luis Aparicio Prize for emerging scholars. I have also published doctrinal work on the contract of employment which was cited with approval in the Supreme Court decision Société Générale v Geys [2012] UKSC 63. I am currently (together with David Cabrelli) examining the relationship between domination-based conceptions of social justice and labour law.

I am a case and comment editor for the Juridical Review (the Law Journal of the Scottish Universities) and an editor of Green's Employment Law Bulletin. I am on the management board of the Scottish Universities Legal Network on Europe (SULNE) and am one of the lead academics in the Civil Society Brexit Project, funded by the Legal Education Foundat.

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Kevin Shakespear

Director of Stakeholder Engagement, Institute of Export and International Trade

Kevin is Director of Stakeholder Engagement at the Institute and an energetic and self-motivated individual with a strong knowledge of education, trade and finance and international trade, built up over many years in senior management positions.

He has managed top 100 banking connections in HBOS covering International Trade strategy and procedures, including Sports Direct, Alexander Dennis and innocent Drinks. Supported complex International Trade structures.

Kevin has been instrumental in winning large financial services and trade finance business with connections such as Arcadia, innocent Drinks and Towergate Insurance, and supported international trade growth in a number of SME exporting businesses.

Kevin was a member of the Bank of Scotland Management Development Programme supporting top talent in the business leading large teams in diverse locations with different skills sets.
Kevin has developed trade and customs qualification programmes and delivered specific learning programmes to large organisations including Scottish Enterprise, UK Export Finance, Invest Northern Ireland, Barclays Bank, Bolero and Coface. Kevin has also led overseas trade initiatives in Estonia, Saudi Arabia and Tajikistan.

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