Professor Richard Kerley, Queen Margaret University
Richard Kerley is honorary Professor of Management at Queen Margaret University, and Chair of the Centre for Scottish Public Policy.
He was previously at the University of Edinburgh and the Scottish Local Authorities Management Centre, University of Strathclyde. He has also been a visiting scholar at Yale University. He is a visiting professor at ITM Mumbai and EASB Singapore. Before entering academic life, Richard worked in advertising; hospitality and in prison education. Richard was a councillor in the City of Edinburgh for 8 years and chaired two major committees.
In 2000 he chaired a government committee on 'Renewing Local Democracy'; the recommendations of which were legislated for in the Local Governance Act of 2004. He is currently the academic advisor to the CoSLA Strengthening Local Democracy Commission.
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Amy Dalrymple, Vice Chair, CSPP & Head of Policy, Alzheimer Scotland
As Alzheimer Scotland’s head of policy, Amy is responsible for driving the strategic development of Alzheimer Scotland’s public policy activities. She has fifteen years' experience in policy development and implementation, project management and public affairs in the public, private and voluntary sectors.
She is an experienced and successful senior public policy professional, with a record of leading diverse teams to achieve demanding organisational and policy goals. She has wide ranging political expertise, great communications knowledge and a history of taking on complex strategic and managerial responsibilities in challenging political environments in the public, voluntary and private sectors.
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Stephen Sweeney (Finance Manager), President, Scottish League of Credit Unions
Stephen graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 1985 with a degree in English and History. He qualified as an accountant with Cargill plc in London and returned to Scotland in 1992 when his oldest daughter was born (he now has two – one undergraduate and one postgraduate!). He has been Finance Director of Campbells Prime Meat Ltd, Scotland’s leading supplier of fresh meat, fresh fish and delicatessen products to the foodservice sector (www.campbellsmeat.com) since 2002.
Stephen became involved with his local credit union in 1995 and since 2008 has been President of the national trade association, the Scottish League of Credit Unions. He sits on the board of Adopt an Intern Ltd, a very successful spin-out from the CSPP. He joined the CSPP board in 2008 to assist with its financial management. His specific policy interests, such as financial exclusion and the role of co-operatives, have not yet been the subject of any policy programmes by CSPP, but one can always hope...
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Gordon Dalyell, Partner, Digby Brown & Co, Solicitors
Gordon Dalyell joined Digby Brown in 1998, and heads up the Correspondent Department. Gordon qualified as a Solicitor-Advocate in 2003. He has qualified as a specialist in Personal Injury Law by the Law Society of Scotland. He is a senior litigator member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) and in 2010 was elected as the Executive Committee member for Scotland.
He has wide experience in dealing with many areas of personal injury, including accidents at work, road traffic accidents, fatal claims, and public liability claims, as well as claims for miscarriages of justice. He also is one of the key contacts for the Compensate Personal Injury Network, which provides personal injury services to firms across Scotland and the rest of the UK.
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Melvyn Ingleson, Chief Executive, MJI Business Solutions
Melvyn Ingleson founded MJI Business Solutions twenty years ago, and is known within Scotland for having exceptional knowledge of the changing political landscape post devolution. He is still responsible for the day to day development of the firm, having founded MJI almost 20 years ago. He works closely with senior Scottish politicians of all parties, senior civil servants, local authority Chief Executives, private and third sector, passionate about improving Scotland’s place in the world.
Melvyn has delivered a wide range of consulting interventions over the last twenty years after a period developing major, advertised consumer brands. He has built a particular reputation along with his MJI colleagues for facilitating effective working between public, private and third sectors, and between public sector organisations. He has developed a range of supporting tools including Strategic Dialogue as a means of ensuring structured interventions.
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Professor Iain Docherty, Professor of Public Policy and Governance (Management), University of Glasgow
Iain Docherty BSc PhD CMILT is Professor of Public Policy and Governance and Head of Management at the University of Glasgow Adam Smith Business School. Iain’s research and teaching addresses the interconnecting issues of public administration, institutional change and city and regional competitiveness, with particular emphasis on the structures and processes of local and regional governance.
He is currently Co-Director of the Scottish Cities Knowledge Centre. Iain has worked with and advised a range of private sector, governmental and other organisations including governments and public agencies in the UK, US, Australia, Canada and Sweden, and the OECD. He served as Non-Executive director of Transport Scotland, the national transport agency for Scotland, from 2006 – 2010. Iain was appointed as one of the inaugural members of the Royal Society of Edinburgh's Young Academy of Scotland in 2011, and to the Expert Panel advising the North East Independent Economic Review in 2012.
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Richard Norris, Director, Scottish Health Council
Richard Norris is the Director of the Scottish Health Council, which was established in 2005 to help improve the way that people are involved in decisions about health services and care and treatment. As well as being a champion for patient and public involvement in NHS Scotland, the Scottish Health Council monitors local NHS Boards to ensure they are working with, and listening to, people in their community.
Richard was previously Director of Policy at the Scottish Association for Mental Health (SAMH), where he was in charge of policy analysis, campaigns, information, and research. Prior to that he was Chief Executive at the Centre for Scottish Public Policy (it was previously titled the John Wheatley Centre). Earlier to that he worked in the printing and insurance industries.
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Rajiv Joshi, Managing Director, The B Team
Rajiv Joshi is the Managing Director for The B Team based in New York. He formerly served as Acting Executive Director and Head of Programs for the Global Call to Action against Poverty (GCAP), the world’s largest civil society alliance working to end poverty and inequality. During this time he led global action towards achievement of the Millennium Development Goals, supported ‘The Elders’ with their Every Human Has Rights initiative and helped spearhead citizen participation in the establishment of a Post 2015 Sustainable Development Framework as a co-founder of ‘The World We Want 2015’ initiative.
Rajiv also currently serves as a Trustee of Oxfam where he advises on policy, campaigns and global programs and served as an elected Board Member and Corporate Secretary of CIVICUS: The World Alliance for Citizen Participation based in Johannesburg, where he represents civil society organizations in more than 100 countries and is the youngest director in the organization’s history. He also serves on the Board of the Centre for Scottish Public Policy and has previously worked as a Senior Public Sector Consultant with CapGemini.
After 13 years at the Scottish Further and Higher Education Funding Council, Lesley retired as Assistant Director, Learning, Governance & Sustainability in December 2013. Her earlier career included teaching English in Italy, working as a Research Officer for National Union of Students (Scotland), Education Officer for the Scottish Vocational Education Council, and Education & Equalities Officer for Transport & General Workers’ Union (Scotland). In the past, she served on the boards of Scotvec and Langside College, as a lay tribunal member, and on various steering groups and committees. Lesley played a leading role in the establishment of the European Women’s Lobby as a founding Board member, representing the UK for six years, including two years as its Treasurer.
Lesley joined the board of the Centre in 2002, having earlier contributed to some of its activities on education and employment. Following Ken Munro’s retirement, she also served as its convenor for several years. She is a long-standing member of the board of Engender and is deeply committed to promoting equality and diversity. Lesley was elected as a General Council Assessor to the Court of the University of Glasgow in July 2014.