Delivering Scotland's New Infrastructure and Increased Capital Investment: 10th Annual Conference
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.
Director, ICE Scotland
Hannah leads the work of the Institution of Civil Engineers in Scotland.
The ICE is the independent voice on infrastructure and the leading source of expertise in infrastructure and engineering policy. ICE Scotland represents around 9,000 members drawn from across the public, private and academic centres, who design, build and maintain Scotland’s critical transport, water, flooding, energy and waste infrastructure.
Hannah’s background is in public policy, holding a degree in International Relations from The University of St Andrews, and a Masters’ from The University of British Columbia, in Vancouver.
Her early career was in International Development, working with various Think Tanks and the UN. Prior to joining ICE, she worked in the renewable energy industry.
Hannah is a non-executive Director of the Economic Development Association Scotland.
Chief Executive, Scottish Futures Trust
Peter Reekie took over as Chief Executive of the Scottish Futures Trust in January 2018 having been with the organisation since its inception. He leads the Scottish Government owned infrastructure company’s work with the public and private sectors to improve infrastructure planning, enable additional investment through financing innovation, deliver investment programmes effectively and make best use of the assets we have.
He has two previous careers as a civil engineer and as a management consultant and financier at PwC. Peter is a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers and was one of the first members (now emeritus) of the Royal Society of Edinburgh’s Young Academy of Scotland.
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.
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.
Senior Associate, Brodies
Stuart is a Senior Associate in Brodies’ Infrastructure team. He has extensive experience advising project sponsors, authorities, contractors, and funders on a wide range of social and economic infrastructure PPP programmes in the UK and Ireland in the education, health, student accommodation, waste water, municipal waste and transport sectors and advises on the full suite of project documentation. In addition to providing advice on new build projects, Stuart advises on a broad spectrum of issues affecting operational projects and secondary market transactions.
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
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.
Head of Strategic Transport Planning, Transport Scotland
Fiona has sixteen years experience in the transport sector. She is a Chartered Engineer and is passionate about transport due to the impact it has on everyday lives, socially and economically. She studied Civil Engineering (undergraduate) and then Transport Planning and Engineering (post-graduate). Initially working in consultancy and now within Transport Scotland, the national transport agency of the Scottish Government. Fiona is currently Head of Strategic Transport Planning at Transport Scotland, her team provides the transport planning and analytical expertise which underpin investment decision making in transport in Scotland. Fiona is originally from south Ayrshire, she works and lives in Glasgow with her young son and partner.
Programme Manager, Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Region Deal/Edinburgh 2050 City Vision, City of Edinburgh Council
Andy is Programme Manager (PMO), Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Region Deal/Edinburgh 2050 City Vision within the Strategy & Communications Division of the Chief Executive's office in City of Edinburgh Council.
He was previously the Strategic Business Manager for the Chief Executive of the City of Edinburgh Council. Andy also headed up support for the political groups and councillors. Andy was Business Manager to the Leader of The City of Edinburgh Council between 2003 and 2012, serving Council Leaders from different political parties and in both majority and coalition Administrations. In this role Andy helped: to promote the importance Edinburgh’s role as Scotland’s Capital City; to support a pro-business, wealth creating agenda; and, to improve the Council’s engagement with partner agencies, businesses and Edinburgh residents.
Andy has also worked within central government both on policy matters and in directly supporting Cabinet Ministers having held the posts of Assistant Private Secretary to the First Minister (Donald Dewar and Jim Wallace during his period as Acting First Minister) and Private Secretary to the Minister for Social Justice (Margaret Curran, Iain Gray and Jackie Baillie).
Andy also worked in the private sector as Senior Policy Adviser within Saltire Public Law and Policy, advising clients on how best to engage with government and to influence and enhance legislation and guidance.
Andy is married with three daughters and lives in Edinburgh.
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This was in interesting topic supplemented by excellent panel. Great event.