MacKay Hannah

The New Deposit Return Scheme for Scotland: Who's included, what's covered, how will it work?


Jill Farrell

Chief Operating Officer, Zero Waste Scotland

Jill Farrell is Chief Operating Officer of Zero Waste Scotland and is an economic and business development professional.

She has over 20 years’ experience of developing Scotland’s economy, working with companies from multinationals to start-ups to develop and deliver their strategic priorities and promoting Scotland’s capabilities internationally.

She has a track record of delivering results through partnership working, including complex and strategic projects such as securing the location of the Green Investment Bank HQ in Edinburgh; delivering the Scottish Enterprise investment for the Dundee Waterfront redevelopment (£33m investment in a £90m project); and developing the concept and business case for the V&A @ Dundee.

James Mackenzie

Policy and Communications Advisor, Have You Got the Bottle?

James Mackenzie is the policy and communications adviser to the Have You Got The Bottle? campaign, which was launched by the Association for the Protection of Rural Scotland to campaign for deposit return in 2015. His experience in PR and politics has included work with both the private and third sectors, and two periods working in the Scottish Parliament.


Claudia Beamish

Spokesperson for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform, Scottish Labour Party

Claudia Beamish was born in August 1952 in London and brought up in the South East of England. She studied at the University of London gaining a degree in History and French before obtaining a post-graduate qualification in primary teaching from Oxford.

Following her studies, Claudia ran a community video and theatre project working with local groups firstly in London and then, following a move to Scotland in the late 1980s, the Douglas Valley area and Kilmarnock.

Claudia taught in two rural South Lanarkshire primary schools and served as the Eco-Schools coordinator at Abington Primary School. She was a Scottish Labour MSP from 2011-2016 for South Scotland, and was re-elected in the 2016 Holyrood elections.

Claudia lives in Pettinain with her partner Michael who works for the Scottish Society for Autism. Her daughter Freya is living in Beijing and son Francis is at Edinburgh University.


Maurice Golden MSP

Scottish Conservative Party Low Carbon Economy Spokesperson and Chief Whip

A member of the Scottish Parliament for the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party since May 2016, Maurice is the Scottish Conservative Chief Whip and Spokesman for the Low Carbon Economy. Previously, Maurice held the positions of Shadow Cabinet Secretary for the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform; Deputy Chief Whip and Deputy Convenor of the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee.

Prior to being elected, Maurice led the Circular Economy Programme for Zero Waste Scotland having joined the organisation in 2011. Maurice has considerable experience working in the waste and energy sectors, and is a Chartered Waste Manager and approved CIWM Waste Smart Trainer for the UK.

Maurice is a fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce in recognition of a number of studies he has led to promote design in Scotland.
Maurice’s recent portfolio paper sets out the Scottish Conservative vision to provide local leadership for our global challenge:


Liam McArthur MSP

Spokesperson for Justice and Energy, Scottish Liberal Democrats

Liam grew up in Orkney and attended Kirkwall Grammar School, before graduating from the University of Edinburgh with a degree in Politics.
He was elected as Orkney’s MSP in 2007, following a period as a Special Advisor to the then Deputy First Minister, Jim Wallace. He has also worked as a researcher at Westminster and in the European Commission, before embarking on a career in consultancy. Since being elected, Liam has been a member of various Committees, including Finance, Rural Affairs & Environment, Education & Culture and now Justice. He is currently the Scottish Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Justice and Energy, and leads for the party on the environment in parliament.


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Very good to see several high profile and interesting female speakers.

Eleanor Lane, CMS,
4th Annual Scottish Transport Conference 2017

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