MacKay Hannah

Placemaking in Scotland: What is it and how will it be funded and delivered?


Steve Turner

Director, Connected Places Catapult (Webinar Chair)

Steve is Director for Devolved Authorities at the Connected Places Catapult. As a recognised leader in innovation and sustainability he has over 25 years of experience working in both the public and private sector. As Director at the Connected Places Catapult he works at the interface between local government and business, using his extensive knowledge and experience to help harness technology to deliver wider economic, social and environmental objectives. Prior to joining the Connected Places Catapult he was Digital Cities Leader for Arup where he delivered Smart City strategies for some of the largest developments in the UK, Europe and the Middle East, representing £billions of investment. As Head of Future Cities at Manchester City Council he set up Manchester’s widely admired Smart City innovation programmes, Triangulum and CityVerve securing over £50m of inward investment for the city, as well as establishing it as the UK’s first Low Carbon Economic Area.


Diarmaid Lawlor

Associate Director, Place, Scottish Futures Trust

Diarmaid is the Associate Director for place at the Scottish Futures Trust.

He was previously Head of Urbanism with Architecture and Design Scotland. An urbanist, with a multi disciplinary background, he has worked on projects involving the shaping and implementation of change for clients in Ireland, the UK and Europe, for the public, private and tertiary sectors. He has almost 20 years' experience of helping clients make well informed decisions about complex, connected urban policy and investment challenges. He is an educator, communicator and collaborator who writes and speaks on creative approaches to making better places.

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Sam Cassels

Place Principal Adviser, Scottish Government

Sam is a strategic designer and facilitator with a focus on collaboration and place. He has worked on significant programmes involving the implementation of change for over 100 clients internationally in both the public and private sectors, helping them make well informed decisions about fundamental strategic investments. He has over 30 years of experience and has qualifications in architecture and economics.


David Welsh

Director, MainStreet Consulting

David is an experienced management consultant. After many years working as a senior manager and Director in big advisory firms like Deloitte, Turner & Townsend and iMPOWER, he set up MainStreet Consulting in 2013. With colleagues there, he has now supported 50+ organisations in Scotland and the UK to make important decisions about their priorities, services, people and budgets – across IT & business support, Public Realm & Place, and in social care.

In 2010, he helped establish a charity providing feeding programmes and other health and counselling services for school children living in poverty in Kenya ( and continues to contribute as a trustee. He is also a voluntary board member of Port Of Leith Housing Association.

He is a Glaswegian-in-exile, living now in Leith with his wife and daughter. Any spare time he has is wasted watching hapless football or buying obscure and often unlistenable records from the 1960s and 70s.

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Really helpful accessible child centered input. Very thought provoking and could see when i could put some information / ideas into practice in terms of service development / delivery. The fast short presentation model was a good one I thought.

Chris Lewis - Children 1st,
Delegate Closing Scotland's Education Poverty and Attainment Gap