Public Sector Effective Governance: Leadership, raising standards and managing risk
Cabinet Secretary for Social Justice, Communities & Pensioners, Scottish Government
Alex Neil, MSP for Airdrie and Shotts, was born in Patna, Ayrshire in 1951. He attended Dundee University, where he graduated with a degree in economics.
After graduating, he became the senior researcher for the Labour Party in Scotland, until 1976 when he left Labour to help form the Scottish Labour Party. After the 1979 general election he worked in America before returning to Scotland and forming his own economic consultancy business. In 1985 he joined the SNP and stood as their candidate in the 1989 Glasgow Central by-election.
After election to the Scottish Parliament in 1999 he became firstly SNP spokesperson for social justice before chairing the Parliament’s Enterprise and Lifelong Learning Committee from 2000-2003 and again 2004 till 2007. From 2007 Alex was vice-Convenor of the European and External Relations Committee and member of the Finance Committee. He was also co-Convenor of the Cross-Party Group on the Scottish Economy and on the Council of Europe’s Local and Regional Authorities Association. In February 2009 he became the Scottish Government Minister for Housing and Communities. In May 2011, Alex was appointed Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure and Capital Investment. In September 2012 he became Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing and he was appointed as Cabinet Secretary for Social Justice, Communities and Pensioners’ Rights in November 2014 and served in that post until May 2016.
Alex is married with one son, and lives in Ayr.
Principal, Edinburgh College
Annette, originally from East Lothian, has had a highly distinguished career in public service as well as extensive experience and expertise in education.
She originally trained and worked as a geography teacher, and later moved into learning support and special educational needs. She joined HM Inspectorate of Education in 2001 and was one of six chief inspectors of education. In 2009, she took up the role of director of Education, Culture and Sport at Aberdeen City Council, where she worked until joining the Care Inspectorate in 2012.
As chief executive of the Care Inspectorate, Annette oversaw the successful merger of three organisations into a single body. As a former teacher and someone who has dedicated most of her career to education at all levels, she has great empathy for the needs of students and staff, and the importance of ensuring they are all supported to succeed throughout their education and professional lives.
Director, Boardroom Development
Margaret Williamson is Director of Boardroom Development Limited, the business she established in 1993. She is an experienced strategy and organisation development consultant specialising in working with business and community leaders. She is skilled in a number of different approaches including consulting, coaching, leadership and team development, large group facilitation, multi-cultural/multi-lingual facilitation and appreciative inquiry. Her main area of interest is in the link between strategic outcomes and leadership behaviours.
Margaret helps people at the top of organisations make the connection between their own beliefs, attitudes and behaviours and the outcomes they achieve for staff and customers. She combines a clear understanding and skill in strategic thinking with an ability to design and facilitate innovative learning opportunities that sensitively raise the self-awareness and capability of her clients. She began her consulting career in 1987 with PA Consulting Group where she was a Senior Strategy Consultant in their International Financial Service Group and a key account manager for the public sector in Scotland. She is an experienced non-executive director in the public and not for profit sectors and has executive level experience in the private sector.
Chief Executive, Investors in People Scotland
Peter is the Chief Executive of Investors in People Scotland, and has overall responsibility for the long-term growth of Investors in People in Scotland.
Since his appointment in 2003, Peter has led a major programme of change which has impacted on how IIP is used to support change and employee engagement.
On a day to day basis Peter works directly with organisations of all types and size which provides an excellent insight and understanding of leadership and management issues across Scotland. He is responsible for a team of 55, with 20 full time employees based at Ocean Point in Leith and 35 associates.
He is a non executive Director of the Centre for Enterprise, the UK’s leading skills and enterprise think tank, and a former Trustee of Social Investment Scotland. He is a Trustee of Aspire for Africa a venture philanthropy charity, and a founding Board member of the Public Sector Improvement Framework. He represented Scotland on the UK Advisory Panel on Leadership and Management and is a former member of the CBI Council for Scotland, and National Training Award Judge.
In 2012 he was awarded the HR Network Award for “Outstanding Contribution to HR in Scotland”.
Previously Peter was Director of Development at Investors in People UK. He led the review of the Investors in People Standard in April 2000.
He joined IIPUK in 1997 from the Management Charter Initiative where he was responsible for a number of programmes aimed at raising awareness and commitment to management development in the UK.
A Public Administration graduate from Sheffield Polytechnic, Peter has also worked for Westminster City Council and London Underground.
He lives in Dunblane, and is married to Nicola; they have a son Louis and a daughter Lottie who arrived in May 2011.
His interests include cooking, skiing, tennis and the occasional game of cricket.
Director, Scottish Mediation Network
Graham is responsible for developing the Network’s strategic direction and delivering its plans. He is accountable to the Board and manages the Network staff team.
Prior to joining the Network Graham has worked in a number of third sector organisations. Having no experience in mediation prior to joining the Network, he has now successfully undertaken training in mediation.
Clerk and Chief Executive, Scottish Parliament
Current position: Clerk and Chief Executive of the Scottish Parliament. Leads the Scottish Parliamentary Service which is responsible for delivering all services to the Parliament and its Members. The Parliament employs around 450 staff and has an annual budget of around £75m.
Previous career history: Graduated in 1984 from Stirling University. Joined the Civil Service through the “Fast Stream” in 1985. Worked for the Department of Transport and, subsequently, the Department of the Environment on Bus De-regulation, Railways Policy and Local Government Finance. Subsequently Private Secretary to Virginia Bottomley MP.
Joined the Scottish Office in 1992 working on Housing and Urban Regeneration Policy, then headed up the Management of Change Unit. Joined the Constitution Group in May 1997 with responsibility for the Referendum on establishing the Scottish Parliament: subsequently managed the Scotland Act which laid the new constitutional framework. Appointed Director of Implementation for the Scottish Parliament in 1999 – set up parliamentary organisation and associated support systems. Appointed Clerk and Chief Executive of the Parliament in summer 1999.
Appointed a member of the University Court at Stirling 2005-13 and chair of the Finance and Research Committee from 2008-2012. Hon Fellow RIAS. Appointed to Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) in 2009 (chair of Audit Committee since 2010), appointed to the Bank of Scotland Foundation in 2011 and the Edinburgh International Festival Council in 2013.
Chair in Accounting, Governance and Social Innovation and Co-Director, Centre for Accounting and Society, University of Edinbur
Paolo Quattrone is Professor and Chair of Accounting, Governance and Social innovation at the University of Edinburgh Business School. Before joining Edinburgh, he was Professor of Accounting and Management Control at IE Business School, Madrid and Reader in Accounting at the Saïd Business School, and Official Student (i.e. Fellow) of Christ Church. A truly international scholar, he has conducted research and taught at the Universities of Catania, Kyoto, Madrid Carlos III, Manchester, Oxford, Palermo, Siena, Stanford and Luigi Bocconi of Milan. His work addresses questions related to the emergence and diffusion of accounting and managerial practices in historical and contemporary settings. He is particularly interested in researching the relationships between material accounting visualizations and decision making, strategizing, and governance.
Professor Quattrone has published widely on the interface between management control and information technologies (especially ERPs), the history of accounting and management practices and thinking, and the managerialisation of higher education institutions and his works have appeared in he has published in journals such as Accounting, Organizations and Society, Contemporary Accounting Research and Administrative Science Quarterly. His research on the Jesuit administrative and accounting practices has recently been featured in the Financial Times.
As Fulbright New Century Scholar at the University of Stanford, he conducted research on changes in business models and education. Professor Quattrone also served on the Standing Scientific Committee of the European Accounting Association for several years, and is the associate editor of The British Accounting Review, and of Critical Perspectives of Accounting. He sits on the editorial boards of major academic journals such as Accounting Organizations and Society, Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal, the Accounting Historians Journal and Organization.
More recently, he teaches, consults, and researches in the area of Major Programme Management, where he is developing a series of case studies on reporting, governance and leadership practices to address issues of risk and uncertainty in complex organizations for the courses that he teaches for the MSc in Major Programme management at the Saïd Business School, Oxford, where he is currently an Associate Fellow, and for the Major Programme Leadership Academy of the UK Cabinet. His research on Major Programmes has received funding from the Chartered Institute of Management Accounting (CIMA).
Director of Strategic Communications. The BIG Partnership
Andrew Baird joined BIG in November 2012 from the Scottish Government, where he was Head of Communications. At BIG, Andrew heads up the Edinburgh office and leads on strategic counsel and public affairs for a range of clients. With experience of Whitehall and Holyrood, Andrew has a strong track record of achievement in government and public sector communications. He was the first official spokesperson to the First Minister of Scotland and in that role fronted daily on-the-record briefings to political journalists. As the Scottish Government's Head of News he led projects across the full span of devolved policy and was in charge of major crisis communications work, including the response to pandemic flu and the Glasgow Airport terrorism incident. As Head of Communications from 2010 he promoted greater integration between communications specialisms, underpinned by strong planning, evaluation and direct public engagement. Andrew is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute for Public Relations and holds an MSc (distinction) in Public Relations.
Director, Computer Law Training
After many years’ experience as a lecturer in diverse areas of computing in the Scottish university sector and completing a programme of study for Master of Laws degree (LLM) in IT and Telecoms Law, Tim founded Computer Law Training Ltd. He has been supporting businesses, charities and institutions in areas of information security and data protection (GDPR) as well as providing Data Protection training and CPD for lawyers, accountants and similar professions.
Currently Tim is Convener of the Law Society of Scotland’s Privacy Law Committee, which deals with issues around data protection and other aspects of privacy, responding to consultations on new legislation proposed by the Scottish Parliament, the UK Parliament, the European Parliament and other bodies. He is also a member of the Law Society of Scotland’s Technology Law and Practice Committee. He is also a Certified Information Privacy Professional/Europe (CIPP/E) and is certified by APMG International to deliver the ‘Certified GDPR Practitioner‘ course.
Tim can be contacted: email@example.com
Public Policy and Human Rights Consultant, Ewart Communications
Carole Ewart is Convener of the Campaign for Freedom of Information in Scotland and works to ensure that the enforceable right to access information in Scotland is strong and accessible. Carole is a member of the Advisory Board of ‘Uncovering the Environment: The Use of Public Access for Environmental Information’ which is a research project at Dundee University and serves on the Project Board of the Jimmy Reid Foundation, an independent ‘think tank’ for progressive policy in Scotland. Carole is a public policy and human rights consultant working primarily for the ‘not for profit’ sector
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