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Michael Matheson MSP

Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity, Scottish Government

Michael Matheson was born in Glasgow in 1970 and educated at St John Bosco Secondary School. He went on to study at Queen Margaret College, Edinburgh, where he obtained a BSc in Occupational Therapy. He also holds a BA and a Diploma in Applied Social Sciences from the Open University.

Prior to becoming an MSP, Mr Matheson practised as a Community Occupational Therapist with Stirling Council, Central Regional Council, and Highland Regional Council.

He was elected as the MSP for Falkirk West following the May 2007 elections. Previous to that he was a Regional MSP for Central Scotland from 1999 to 2007. Before being appointed Minister for Public Health and Sport, Mr Matheson was Vice Convenor of the European and External Relations Committee. He also sat on the Scottish Parliament's Health and Sport Committee, and previously served on the Justice and Enterprise and Culture Committees. He was re-elected in May 2011 and thereafter appointed as Minister for Public Health.

Michael Matheson was appointed Cabinet Secretary for Justice in November 2014 and reappointed in May 2016. In 2018 he was appointed as Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity.


Tony Rose

Secretariat, Infrastructure Commission for Scotland

Tony joined the ICS Secretariat on secondment from Scottish Futures Trust, where he was Infrastructure Strategy Director.  Tony is an MBA and has worked for 30 years in Infrastructure in both the public and private sectors, with a wide range of experience in infrastructure planning, economics, development and financing.  At SFT he was responsible for its activity in the transport, regeneration and digital sectors as well as establishing the Low Carbon team.  Before joining SFT he was a Director in the Infrastructure Finance team at PricewaterhouseCoopers where he advised on a range of major infrastructure projects in Scotland as well as the rest of the UK and overseas.  Prior to that, Tony was Business Analyst with Dalkia plc focused on energy management and utilities services to both public and private sector clients and prior to that a Senior Consultant in the Transport Economics and Planning team at what is now Capita.

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Mark Taylor

Audit Director, Audit Scotland

Mark leads Audit Scotland’s thinking about the implications the new powers of the Scottish Parliament have for its work. This includes independent reporting on progress and supporting the Parliament in the scrutiny and oversight of implementation. He also leads Audit Scotland’s work on the Scottish budget and infrastructure investment.

He is a member of Audit Scotland’s leadership group and has over 20 years experience of public audit in Scotland. He is a qualified accountant member of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy.

Mark previously led the financial audit of the Scottish Government for six years on behalf of the Auditor General. He is the appointed external auditor of Transport Scotland, NHS National Services Scotland, the Forestry Commission in Scotland, Revenue Scotland and the Scottish Fiscal Commission.


Duncan Sutherland

Group Regeneration Director, Sigma Capital Group and Board Member, Homes England

Duncan is Group Regeneration Director of Sigma Capital Group and has been key in developing their overall Partnership model, working with local government partners, and has been at the forefront in setting up the successful partnerships currently on the company’s books. Duncan works closely with the government promoting these innovative and long term investment approaches to achieving sustainable regeneration. Duncan served as a Non-Executive Director of the British Waterways Board and Scottish Canals and has recently completed a six year term on the board of HS2 Ltd, the new high speed railway to be built between London and the north. He also serves on the Capital Investment Advisory Board in the Government’s Department of International Trade (DIT).

On 25 October 2018, Duncan was appointed by the Secretary of State, Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, to the Board of Homes England, the government’s agency spearheading the accelerated delivery of housing

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Dr Fiona Simpson

Assistant Chief Planner, Scottish Government

Dr Fiona Simpson is Assistant Chief Planner in the Scottish Government. Fiona led the preparation of National Planning Framework 3 (NPF3) and heads the Spatial Planning and Environment Team covering delivery of NPF3 and the Scottish Planning Policy, development planning, renewable energy, climate change and environmental assessment.

Dr Simpson has also undertaken the strategic environmental assessments of a number of wider Scottish Government policies, including ‘Blue Seas, Green Energy, the Plan for Offshore Wind’, the High Level Radioactive Waste Policy, and the Electricity Generation Policy Statement. She has over twenty years’ experience in planning, having worked in both the public and private sectors prior to joining the Scottish Government in 2006. 


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This was in interesting topic supplemented by excellent panel. Great event.

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