MacKay Hannah

Managing Scottish Public Sector Budgets: Ideas for challenging times


Fiona Kordiak

Director of Audit Services, Audit Scotland

Fiona Kordiak was appointed as director of Audit Services at Audit Scotland in 2010. She joined the Accounts Commission as a trainee in 1987, having previously worked as a finance trainee in the Scottish health service. She is a chartered public finance accountant and has an MA in history and sociology.

John McLaren

Independent Economist, Researcher and Honorary Professor of Public Policy at the University of Glasgow Business School

John is a political economist whose published work covers a wide range of macro and micro economic issues. He has written extensively in the Scottish and UK press and and appeared regularly on radio and TV outlets. John has worked as an economist at both H.M. Treasury and at the Scottish Office and previously worked at the Centre for Public Policy for Regions at the University of Glasgow and as a Director of the Fiscal Affairs Scotland think tank. He now runs the Scottish Trends website.


Kenny Dick

Head of Finance and Corporate Governance, Care Inspectorate

Kenny was a clerical assistant in 1989 with Tayside Regional Council and quickly developed an interest in payroll and payroll systems development. By 1995 he was broadening his interest in finance and started in accounting roles whilst undertaking the CIPFA accounting qualification.  He worked for Perth & Kinross Council for a short while before undertaking  a time limited role of Systems/Payroll Controller with Dundee City Council to manage the process of moving the Council to a single payroll system.  He then moved into an accountancy role within Dundee City Council's Education Department qualifying with CIPFA in 1998.  In 2000 he became the Financial Controller for Tayside Fire Brigade and in 2003 was appointed to the post of Finance and Procurement Manager with the Care Commission and through a shared service arrangement undertook the same role for the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC).  The Care Commission merged with the Social Work Inspection Agency and took on child protection responsibilities from Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Education in 2011 to become the Care Inspectorate.  Following this organisational restructure Kenny is  now the Head of Finance and Corporate Governance for the Care Inspectorate and the shared service arrangements with the SSSC.

Colin Ferguson

Chief Executive, Route Monkey

With a background in the fleet and logistics markets for the last 25 years, Colin has accumulated a wealth of knowledge and experience few ever achieve. He is passionate about transport and mobility solutions and has demonstrated strong leadership and created innovative ideas that have led to tangible, successful and profitable businesses. Colin has a proven track record in delivering projects and his tenacity and effort ensures successful outcomes.

With a background as a transport clerk, fleet manager and subsequently running his own transport business, provided Colin with a solid background and intimate understanding of the fleet market from the bottom up. Now a CEO of an award-winning clean technology company, he believes he has the skill set to deliver any project, task or outcome asked of him.

Recent work in the low carbon and electric vehicle sector has strengthened his knowledge of the fleet market and has seen Colin gain a wider understanding of the challenges faced in this sector; it has allowed him to identify solutions to existing problems and anticipate solutions which may be required in the future.

Iain Gulland

Director, Zero Waste Scotland

Iain Gulland has been Director of Zero Waste Scotland since it was formed in 2010 and prior to that headed up its predecessor programme, WRAP Scotland.

Zero Waste Scotland leads on the delivery of the Scottish Government’s Zero Waste Plan and other low carbon policy priorities, and is at the forefront of efforts to create a resource efficient, circular economy.

Iain has more than 20 years’ experience in sustainable resource management, including initiating recycling systems in the public and third sectors and leading the Community Recycling Network Scotland from 2004-2008. 

Iain sits on the main board of the 2020 Climate Group and the Public Sector Climate Leaders Forum and he is a member of the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM).

Eira Hammond

HR and Payroll Expert, BT

Eira has nearly 30 years’ experience delivering HR and Payroll Services across the UK and Ireland in a variety of roles specialising in Payroll and HR service delivery and transformation.  Since joining BT Global Services in 2010 she’s been integral in setting up a brand new HR, Payroll and Finance Shared Service Centre in the North East of England.
Previously in 2006 Eira worked for Mouchel (formerly HBS) as Head of Payroll and HR Administration.  Prior to that Eira worked for Cyborg Systems, a payroll and HR software supplier and held a variety of roles over 16 years including Payroll & HR Consultant where she worked with customers across the UK and Ireland.  Customers were in a variety of sectors including retail, Local Government, Education, Police & Fire, Healthcare, Manufacturing, Aerospace, Oil and Gas, Railways, Financial Services and Water. 
In 2007 Eira was presented with the accolade of 'Manager of the Year' from the Chartered Institute of Payroll Professionals.
Eira is a Non-Executive Director of the CIPP (Chartered Institute of Payroll Professionals) and has worked as a Tutor for the Foundation Degree in Payroll Management since 2002. This ensures that she understands the trends and strategy of the payroll/HR market.

Gregor Paterson-Jones

Managing Director - Energy Efficiency, UK Green Investment Bank

Greg was previously CEO of Sterling Waterford Securities (SWS), a South African asset management and advisory firm, where he was involved in a number of financial innovations in the renewable energy market and carbon emissions trading market. At SWS, he initiated the listed trading market for carbon credits on the JSE Securities Exchange and played a key role in creating new financing structures in the formative stages of the biofuels and voluntary offset markets.

Allan Doyle

Managing Director, APS Group Scotland

Allan Doyle has over twenty years’ experience within the Scottish print and marketing sectors. Having started his career in the public sector, he later joined an East Lothian based SME where he was ultimately responsible for delivering innovative solutions for its paid-for weekly publications and a customer centric sheet-fed printing operation.

Allan is currently Managing Director of APS Group Scotland. He oversees the strategic direction of the company, as well as ensuring the smooth operational delivery of each of the key accounts in Scotland. He maintains direct responsibility for the overall business performance of the company.

Johanna Dow

Financial Director, Business Stream

Jo started her career in a small firm of accountants before taking up a role in a larger practice as a fully qualified accountant and then making a move into industry by joining Scottish and Southern Energy in 1998.

Following a range of roles within SSE’s Telecoms, Transmission and Distribution businesses, Jo joined Scottish Water in 2002. Having been heavily involved in the separation of retail and wholesale activities within Scottish Water and in the preparation of the first business plan for Scottish Water’s new retail subsidiary, Jo was approached to take on the role of Financial Controller for Business Stream, Scotland’s first and largest licensed water provider.

She was quickly promoted to Finance Director, a role she has held for over eight years. During that time Jo has helped to transform the business from a public sector monopoly into a commercial, dynamic retail business with a real passion for providing customer choice, savings and service.

Jo has played a key role in helping to influence the design of the English non-domestic retail water market and is a member of the Open Water Programme Delivery Board which will establish the market’s operating framework from 2017.

Jo  is also a member of the Customer Forum, an initiative designed to positively shape the future of water and sewerage services in Scotland and has been recognised as one of the UK's top women in business by The First Women Awards.

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This was a very informative seminar with enforced with personal examples.

Pauline McWalter, Enable and District Branch,
Delegate at Understanding and Delivering Children's Rights Seminar