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ONLINE CONFERENCE Making Scotland's public services fit for post-pandemic purpose: getting from safety nets to prevention and wellbeing


Professor James Mitchell

Professor of Public Policy, University of Edinburgh

Completed undergraduate degree at Aberdeen University and doctoral thesis at Nuffield College, Oxford University.  Holds the Chair in Public Policy having previously held Chair in Public Policy in the University of Sheffield (1998-2000) and Chair in Politics in the University of Strathclyde (2000-2013).  Joined the School in April 2013. Interests primarily in territorial politics, public policy and government, political behaviour:

  • multi-level governance and the territorial dimensions of public policy;
  • regionalism and nationalism;
  • and political behaviour with special reference to sub-state levels of government.

Currently working on publications drawn from studies of Scottish independence referendum, Scottish elections, surge in SNP and Green Party membership and public service reform with focus on prevention in public policy and reform of local governance.

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Dr Stephen Moir

Executive Director of Resources, The City of Edinburgh Council

With an annual operating budget of more than £1.3 billion and employing 18,500 people, the City of Edinburgh Council delivers over 700 public services to the people who live in, work in, study in or visit Scotland’s Capital City. As the Council’s Executive Director of Resources since July 2017, Stephen is responsible for the strategic leadership of the Council’s diverse corporate and customer services portfolio covering a direct budget of £170 million and 2,800 people, including: Human Resources (HR); Finance; Procurement; Digital Services; Legal, Audit and Risk; Health and Safety; Strategic Asset Management; Commercial Property; Facilities Management; Customer Contact; Council Tax and Business Rates collection; Welfare Reform and Benefits administration. In addition, Stephen is the Chairman of LPFE Ltd, one of the key governing bodies for the £8 Billion Lothian Pension Fund, for which the Council is the Administering Authority.

In his last role before joining Edinburgh, Stephen was the Chief People Officer for NHS England and head of profession for HR in the NHS, the 5th largest employer in the world. Before NHS England, Stephen was the Deputy Chief Executive of the Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust and has worked as an executive director for more than 15 years. A HR professional by background, Stephen has worked in a range of roles both within and beyond HR in the NHS, Local Government and the Police Service, at local, regional and national levels in England and Scotland. Stephen has also held a range of non-executive roles, including serving for 6 years as a Board member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). He has also been a Non-Executive Director for the national improvement agencies for both Local Government and the Police Service in England. Stephen is currently the Vice Chair of the University Court at Edinburgh Napier University and is a member of both the Remuneration and Finance and Property Committees of the Institution.

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Lynn Bradley

Board Member, Revenue Scotland; & Lecturer in Public Sector Finance, Adam Smith Business School, University of Glasgow

Lynn Bradley is an accountant with more than 30 years’ experience of working in the Scottish public and private sectors. She was formerly the Head of Finance for West Dunbartonshire Council, where her responsibilities included local tax collection. More recently, she was Director of Corporate Programmes & Performance with Audit Scotland. She is a former chair of CIPFA in Scotland and a former chair of the Local Authority Accounts Scotland Advisory Committee. She is currently a University teacher in the Adam Smith Business School at Glasgow University, where she specialises in audit, risk and control.

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