Scottish Open Government: Delivering on the Scottish Government's Programme of Reforms
Audit Director, Audit Scotland
Stephen Boyle is an audit director with Audit Scotland and leads their central government external audit work. He is the engagement lead on the audits of the Scottish Government, the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body and the European Agricultural Funds Account. Stephen is also the appointed auditor of the Scottish Police Authority, the Scottish Public Pension Agency and Registers of Scotland. He has wide experience of auditing the public sector, including local authorities and the NHS.
Before joining Audit Scotland in 2013, Stephen was the assistant director of finance at Glasgow Housing Association and before that, the head of finance and corporate services at Cube Housing Association, both now part of the Wheatley Group. He previously worked for the Scottish Housing Regulator, where oversaw the financial viability assessments of all housing associations in Scotland. Stephen is a qualified accountant and a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy.
Global Steering Committee civil society member, Open Government Partnership
Lucy is a civil society member of the Global Open Government Partnership Steering Committee, and also of the Scottish and UK-level OGP multi-stakeholder fora. She is currently doing PhD research on global civil society movements with the University of York. She has a 25 year career in the Scottish voluntary sector, most recently as acting Chief Executive of the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations, and previously as CEO of Citizens Advice Scotland. She has also worked as an adviser to the Scottish Government, and as a consultant on governance matters. She served on the grant giving committees of the Big Lottery Fund for seven years, as trustee for human rights and childcare organisations, and was a founder of the Scottish Voluntary Sector Credit Union.
Digital Engagement Manager, Scottish Government
Niamh leads on public engagement using digital technology in her role as Digital Engagement manager at the Scottish Government. She joined in 2018 to coordinate the government’s role in the international Open Government Partnership.
Previously, as Scotland manager at the non-profit Democratic Society, she worked internationally with governments, the EU, and organisations including UN Development Programme.
Her past experience includes communications at the Scottish Parliament supporting elected representatives. She has a degree in Law and Politics from Glasgow University and Uppsala University, Sweden. Spending a number of years with the European Youth Parliament initially sparked her enthusiasm for getting people involved in politics.
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Very good sessions with excellent speakers. Content of sessions delivered practical applications of the themes discussed during the day.