Countdown to 2020

The remit for the Group is to:

To help ensure that Scotland is taking action to prepare for the impacts and realise the opportunities that a changing climate will bring and to contribute to building resilience and adaptive capacity. To achieve this, the group will work collaboratively across sectors sharing information, insight and expertise.

Michael Alexander

Head of Environment | Diageo

Michael is global head of environment for Diageo with a focus on strategy and communications. His principle responsibility is to drive the company’s environmental strategy and associated communications and reputational programme. Key to this is understanding the evolving and complex environmental policy debates and industry best practice – and sharing this across the business. He joined Diageo in 2007 prior to which he was with Ericsson. A graduate of the universities of Edinburgh and London, Michael is a member of the Institute of Economic Development and the Chartered Institute for Public Relations.

Samantha Barber (Vice-Chair)

Portfolio NED | Independent Member

Samantha has worked at CEO and Board Level in both domestic and international companies and has extensive strategic business experience. With particular focus on multi-stakeholder, complex organisations she has worked across sectors for nearly 20 years, delivering tangible growth & results to effect change.

Samantha qualified with a BAHons in Applied Foreign Languages & European Politics. She also studied at three French Universities resulting in a Post Graduate degree in EC Law from the University of Nancy. Samantha started her career as a Policy Advisor in the European Parliament where she worked for four years, focusing on the Economic & Monetary Affairs Committee. She then became the Director of Business for Scotland, followed by nine years as CEO of Scottish Business in the Community led by HRH the Prince of Wales as President.

She was appointed to the Advisory Board of Scottish Power in 2007, post acquisition by Iberdrola, and was subsequently appointed to the Board of Iberdrola in July 2008 where she is also Chairman of the Board CSR Committee. Samantha is also an Advisory Board member for Breakthrough Breast Cancer, sits on the 2020 Group on Climate Change & undertakes consultancy & business coaching.

Watch Samantha Barber discuss key aspect of collaborative working

Victoria Barby

Project Director | Scotland's 2020 Climate Group

Watch Victoria Barby discuss making change happen from within

Donna Brodie

Corporate Officer | SEPA / Scotland's 2020 Climate Group

Sue Bruce

Chief Executive | Edinburgh City Council

Sue Bruce took up the post of Chief Executive of the City of Edinburgh Council on 1 January 2011 having previously been Chief Executive at Aberdeen City Council and East Dunbartonshire Council.

Sue began her local government career with Strathclyde Regional Council in 1976 spending the early part of her career in social and economic regeneration and then in the wider education field.

Sue has held a number of senior positions, serving in the Strathclyde Regional Education Directorate until local government re-organisation in 1996 after which she held the post of Depute Director of Education with East Ayrshire Council. In 2000 she joined East Dunbartonshire Council initially as Strategic Director responsible for Education, Housing, Social Work and Cultural Services and had a corporate lead role in social inclusion and equalities.

She has wide ranging interests, has served on a number of external boards and has worked on several national and international initiatives.

In May 2010 Sue received the Prince’s Business Ambassador award for 2010 from HRH The Prince of Wales and in October 2010 was recognised as the Scottish Public Sector Leader of the Year Award at the Scottish Leadership Awards.

Academic background:
M. Phil. Politics/Government – University of Strathclyde;
LL.B Scots Law – University of Strathclyde;
Diploma in Youth & Community Studies -Jordanhill College of Education;
Cert. Strategic Public Sector Negotiation – JFK School of Government, Harvard University;
Elected Fellow of the RSA (FRSA).

She is 55 and married. Her interests include the arts, reading and gardening, and is a Fellow of the RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce).

David Cameron

Business Development Executive – Scotland | Hewlett-Packard

James Curran

Chief Executive | SEPA

Professor Curran is the Chief Executive of SEPA. He has worked in environmental science and regulation for 30 years. He has undertaken studies in hydrometeorology, numerical modelling of dispersion in marine waters, and water resources management as well as a spell of direct regulatory enforcement with agricultural and industrial businesses.

He has been a consultant to the Scottish Office and was for some years the Head of Science with the Scottish Environment Protection Agency and then Head of Environmental Strategy.

In 2006 he co-founded and then ran Entrading, the UK’s first comprehensive eco-store and cafe in central Glasgow. This was sold a couple of years later and he has taken up a post, again with SEPA, first as Director Science and Strategy and now as Chief Executive. James was awarded MBE for services to the environment in 2007.

Brian Devlin

Director of Land and Environmental Services | Glasgow City Council

Brian joined Glasgow City Council as Executive Director of Land & Environmental Services in January 2012 with strategic responsibility for approximately 3,300 employees, annual revenue budget of £170 million and capital of £318 million.

Prior to becoming Executive Director with Glasgow, Brian worked for 3 years in a commercial support services organisation, having full profit and loss responsibility, Health & Safety and business development covering Scotland and NI. As part of this role, he established a number of public/private partnerships delivering a broad range of public sector services.

Up until then he was Director of Environmental & Housing at Stirling Council and, amongst other projects, established Raploch URC from an initial idea through to Company start up and several other key partnerships.

More recently Brian jointly led the Future Cities £24m bid awarded in January 2013 and is the lead officer in the City Authority driving this project forward.

Brian is married with 2 daughters and enjoy tennis and reading.

Watch Brian Devlin discuss reducing, re-using and recycling

Brendan Dick

Managing Director BT Regions/Director BT Scotland | BT

Brendan Dick is Director of BT Scotland. His prime responsibilities are to develop BT’s Group wide activities in Scotland, reflecting the country’s unique situation within the UK. A graduate of the University of Edinburgh, much of Brendan’s early career was spent in information technology.

His external interests are many and varied. Brendan is Chair of Scottish Business in the Community and e-skills Scotland.

He is Honorary President of the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations, a board member of the Scottish Council for Development and Industry and a member of the CBI Scotland Council, Scotland’s 2020 Climate Group and a business representative on the Lowland Reserve Forces Regional Employer Support Group. Previous appointments include board membership of SCVO and the Edinburgh International Science Festival plus being on the advisory panel of Common Purpose.

Brian Galloway

Energy Policy Director | Scottish Power

Brian Galloway is Energy Policy Director at ScottishPower, responsible for wholesale and retail market regulation, compliance policy, EU energy policy development and relationships with Scottish Government. He also leads ScottishPower input to environmental strategy and innovation policy in the UK.

Brian has worked in ScottishPower since 1987 and in that time has worked in all of the operational business units and many Corporate functions including Finance, Strategy, Risk Management and Regulation. He spent three years on international assignment in Portland, Oregon with Pacificorp.

Adrian Gillespie (Co-Chair of Innovation sub-group)

Managing Director of Operations | Scottish Enterprise

In April 2013, Adrian Gillespie was appointed Managing Director of Operations – Company Growth, Innovation & Infrastructure, and is a member of Scottish Enterprise’s Executive Leadership Team.

From August 2009, Adrian was Senior Director of Energy and Low Carbon Technologies for Scottish Enterprise with responsibility for working with industry to establish and deliver clear priorities for investment and growth in these sectors, with a particular focus on offshore energy. Prior to this Adrian was Senior Director of the Digital Media, ICT and Enabling Technologies sectors for Scottish Enterprise. Adrian spent 10 years in commercial and financial management positions within Marks and Spencer plc before joining Scottish Enterprise,

Adrian has a Bachelor of Accountancy degree from Glasgow University and an MBA from the University of Strathclyde. He is currently a Board Member of the Scottish European Green Energy Centre (SEGEC).

John Glen (Vice-Chair)

Chief Executive | Buccleuch Group

John Glen is the Chief Executive of the Buccleuch Group, the banner group for a diverse range of companies owned by the Duke of Buccleuch. The Group covers a broad spectrum of services within the land management sector from visitor services on the four country Estates to commercial property development, Bio-energy and agricultural services. Before joining the Buccleuch Group, John has had a long and varied financial career, spanning several continents and industry sectors. Before returning to Edinburgh in 2008, John was based in Paris as Chief Financial Officer of Air Liquide, the world leader in industrial gases, and was extensively engaged in the development on international accounting standards as the Vice Chairman of the European Financial Reporting Group (EFRAG).

Alongside his work at the Buccleuch Group, John is a non-executive director for BIC and is Chairman of the Board at Alba Trees. John is also a member of the Board for Project Scotland, a national charity helping young people realise their potential through volunteering.

Dave Gorman

Director for Social Responsibility and Sustainability | University of Edinburgh

Dave is Edinburgh University’s first Director for Social Responsibility and Sustainability, managing a department that provides leadership and advice to the University on delivering its ambitious climate change, sustainability and social responsibility objectives.

Dave was Head of Environmental Strategy at the Scottish Environment Protection Agency before coming to take the new role in July 2013.

At SEPA, Dave was responsible for futures and cross-cutting issues, including climate change, energy, sustainability, national planning and strategic environmental assessment, research and development and horizon scanning.

Prior to his move to SEPA in 2000, Dave worked for Falkirk and Dundee City Councils on sustainability, environmental strategy and waste and recycling issues.

Dave has a degree in Engineering and a Masters in Environmental Management, is a Chartered Environmentalist, a Chartered Manager, a fellow of the Chartered Management Institute and a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Watch Dave Gorman discuss academic expertise with real life problems

Iain Gullard

Director | Zero Waste Scotland

Iain is Director of Zero Waste Scotland.

Zero Waste Scotland is funded by the Scottish Government and works to realise the value of Scotland’s resources. Its work encompasses energy, water, raw materials and waste and aims to deliver environmental and economic benefits for Scotland. It is a programme of the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP).

Iain has 20 years’ experience in recycling and resource efficiency within the public and third sectors. He was a member of the Scottish Government’s Zero Waste Think Tank and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Waste Management (CIWM). He blogs regularly on the Zero Waste Scotland website and tweets as @IainGulland.

Robyn Haggis

Project Manager | Scotland's 2050 Climate Group

Nigel Holmes (Co-Chair of Transportation sub-group)

Chief Executive Officer | Scottish Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association (SHFCA)

As CEO of the Scottish Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association I represent members working on sustainable transport and renewable energy projects, including many universities and local authorities in Scotland. Hydrogen offers zero tail-pipe emissions, and if the hydrogen is produced using renewable energy then the CO2 emissions are also effectively zero.

I see my role on the 2020 Transport sub-Group being to help identify where and when we can deploy these technologies in a cost-effective and environmentally beneficial manner, along with the necessary behavioural changes needed to deliver the 2020 targets.

David Kelly (Co-Chair of Built Environment sub-group)

Associate Director | BRE Scotland

David is an Associate Director of Construction Innovation at BRE and has a PhD in Building Physics. David leads the development of the BRE Innovation Parks in Scotland and associated research projects covering building simulation, retrofit and post-occupancy evaluation. He has previously been seconded to Construction Scotland where he supported the industry representative body as Operations Director for 2½ years. In this role David supported the development of the construction industry strategy ‘Building the Future’ (2013 – 16) and more recently the successful Construction Scotland Innovation Centre proposals.

Andy Kerr

Executive Director | ECCI

Andy was appointed Director of the Edinburgh Centre on Climate Change (ECCC), a low carbon innovation and skills centre, in 2010. He is also the Policy Director of the Scottish Centre of Expertise in Climate Change. Previously Andy was a Director at E3 International, working with companies to develop strategic and practical management responses to emerging market opportunities in international carbon and biofuel markets.

His public policy work has focused on supporting the development of effective national policy frameworks that reduce dependence on fossil fuels and lower greenhouse gas emissions. Recent projects include the Royal Society of Edinburgh’s Inquiry Report: “Facing up to Climate Change: Breaking the barriers to a low carbon Scotland” and the Scottish Government’s “Climate Change Delivery Plan”. Andy also co-authors the book: “Climate Change & Emissions Trading: What Every Business Needs to Know”. Andy has a doctorate in glaciology from the University of Edinburgh.

Peter Lederer (Vice-Chair)

Chairman | Gleneagles Hotel

Peter Lederer joined Gleneagles in 1984 as General Manager and was appointed Managing Director in 1987 and became Chairman in November 2007. Previously he held operational and senior management positions in Canada for ten years with the Four Seasons hotel group in Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal, and with Plaza Hotels in Toronto. He was also for two years, a partner in a design and consulting firm providing services to the hospitality industry.

Since joining Gleneagles, he has developed the resort/hotel into one of the premier hotels in the world. The hotel has won numerous awards for its attention to detail, luxurious facilities and personalised standards. During his tenure, the hotel moved from a seasonal golf hotel to an internationally recognised and successful resort, encompassing hotel, a wide range of leisure facilities and real estate developments. Gleneagles is recognised as a leader in the hospitality industry in terms of service, training, marketing and innovation. The hotel has been owned by Guinness/Diageo plc since 1985.

He is committed to improving quality, educational standards and training opportunities within the hospitality and tourism industries. He is Chairman of the International Leadership School, Scotland, President of Enable, a Patron of the Hospitality Industry Trust Scotland and Chairman, One & All Foundation. He was awarded Honorary Doctorates by Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh and University of Stirling. In addition, Peter is a Master Innholder and Freeman of the City of London, as well as a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Innholders.

Peter was Chairman of VisitScotland from 2001 – 2010, President, Institute of Hospitality 2007 – 2012 and is a board member of The Leading Hotels of the World, Chairman of Hamilton & Inches and the Saltire Foundation. In 1993 he won the Tourism ‘Catey’ award and in 1997 was honoured as Hotelier of the Year. In her 1994 Birthday Honours List, Her Majesty The Queen appointed him an Officer of the Order of the British Empire for his services to the industry. This was followed by the honour of CBE in 2005.

He was born in 1950, is married to Marilyn since 1981 and has two sons, Matthew and Mark.

He was educated at City of London School (1962-1968) followed by four-year Hotel and Catering Management Course at Hendon College, London (1968-1972) and an Advanced Management Programme at Insead (1994).

Marissa Lippiatt

Head of Resource Efficient Scotland | Resource Efficient Scotland

Magnus Llewellin

Editor | The Herald

Magnus is Editor of The Herald, which he joined in 2002. A journalist for more than 25 years, he has previously worked for a range of newspaper titles, including Business AM, The Scotsman and Daily Record.

A committee member of the Journalists’ Charity in Scotland, he chairs the judging of the Scottish Politician of the Year Awards and in 2013 also chaired judging of the inaugural Inspiring City– People Make Glasgow awards. He has also helped judge the Law Awards of Scotland.

He has a wife and two children and lives in Edinburgh and hobbies include hill-walking, running, travel, most sport, cinema, reading and cooking.

Helen Mansbridge

Head, Low Carbon Behaviours Policy | Scottish Government

Role: arms-length role, as an official from Scottish Government, but to facilitate
read-across of the group’s direction and work to Scottish Government policy
links to parallel initiatives in relation to making the transition to low carbon future – for example delivering the initiatives in the Low Carbon Scotland: A Behaviours Framework, links to the ISM behaviours tool, greener communications and public engagement (www.greenerscotland.org) and sustainable development education

Ian Marchant (Chair)

Scotland's 2020 Climate Group, Chair | Independent Member

Ian joined Southern Electric in 1992 and was appointed Chief Executive of SSE in October 2002, stepping down from this role in June 2013. Previously he worked for Coopers & Lybrand (now PWC), including a two-year secondment to the Department of Energy working on electricity privatisation.

Ian is a past Chairman of the United Kingdom Business Council for Sustainable Energy and the Climate Change Business Delivery Group. Ian is a non-Executive Director of Maggie’s Cancer Centres and was made a non-Executive Director of John Wood Group PLC in 2006. He was appointed President of the Energy Institute in June 2013.

Watch Ian Marchant discuss Scotland at the forefront of climate change

Mary McAllan

Deputy Director Enterprise and Tourism | Scottish Government

Mary became Director of Energy and Climate Change in August 2013 moving from her previous post of Principal Private Secretary to the First Minister.

She is a career civil servant, having joined the (then) Scottish Office in 1993, from a post in industry in the Scottish engineering sector. Her career has developed across a range of areas. She started in health where she was involved in the reforms of the early 1990s moving thereafter to food safety and the creation of the Food Standards Agency. Since the 1998 Scotland Act and Devolution she has worked in rural affairs (including the 2001 Foot and Mouth Outbreak), HR and organisational development, fisheries management, public service reform, and business and economic development.

Mary is married with 3 daughters.

Louise Macdonald (Vice-Chair) (Chair of Behaviour Change Research sub-group)

Chief Executive | Young Scot

Louise is the Chief Executive of Young Scot, the national youth information and citizenship agency for Scotland. Young Scot aims to provide an invaluable service to young people aged 11 – 26 by offering information in a range of different formats and channels. With over 380,000 members across Scotland, through Young Scot young people can access what they need to know, when they need to know it, in a way they are most comfortable with. Louise believes that engaging with young people, and providing them with the information, ideas and opportunities they deserve, ensures a brighter, healthier and fairer future for Scotland.

Louise began her professional career as a journalist with local and national media in Scotland and the UK, before embarking on a career in communications with young people in the statutory and voluntary sector. A participant on the groundbreaking WWF Scotland leadership and sustainability project Natural Change, she is also a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations; a Board member of SCRA (Scottish Children’s Report Administration), as well as the new UK Money Advice Service and ACOSVO (Association of Chief Officers of Scottish Voluntary Organisations).

Linda McDowall

Executive Director, Business Networks and Communications | Scottish Enterprise

Tony McElroy

Corporate Affairs Manager | TESCO

Gordon McGregor (Co-Chair of Innovation sub-group)

Managing Direcor | Independent Member

Gordon is Managing Director of Edinburgh based technology business Spot Sensor Technologies Ltd. He has more than two decades of experience working in the energy and utility sector, but most recently he served as Environment and Innovation Director at ScottishPower plc (part of the international energy group IBERDROLA) where he led the company’s efforts on environmental management, regulation and R&D for the group, overall.

He has a wide experience of working on major infrastructure projects, engaging with regulators, dealing with Government and working in partnership with other large businesses / NGOs. He recently served as chair of the Government’s Electric Vehicle Strategy Board, on the Council of the CBI in Scotland and on the board of the Scottish European Green Energy Centre.

He has a passion for the natural environment, is a champion for clean energy and a strong advocate for habitat protection.
Gordon has a BEng In Electronic Engineering from the University of Glasgow, an MBA from Heriot Watt University and an LLM (Distinction) from the University of Aberdeen.

Maggie Morrison

Public Sector Sales Director | CGI

In January 2014, Maggie Morrison was appointed Director, Business Development, Public Sector CGI Scotland. Prior to joining CGI Maggie was Account General Manager for Hewlett Packard, Scotland and previously held senior leadership positions at Cisco, 3Com and Cabletron.

She has rich international experience, having worked and lived in France, Switzerland, Germany, The Netherlands and the USA as well as the UK.

Non Executive Director, The Wise Group and Leadership Group Member Scotland’s 2020 Climate Group.

Born and raised in Glasgow, Maggie is a graduate of Aberdeen University (MA Hons French and German) and speaks French, German and Dutch.

Linda Pooley

Head of Unit for Energy, Technology & Investment. | Scottish Government

Linda graduated from Imperial College London in Biochemistry. Following an academic career, she joined the Scottish Government in 2003 initially working as a scientific adviser before moving into policy work.

Linda has worked on climate change policy and also in the water industry team where she had responsibility for the government’s interactions with Scottish Water’s large capital investment programme.

Linda moved to the Energy Division last year where she heads up two teams: the offshore renewable team and the International, low carbon and constitution team. She is also the Scottish government’s policy lead for the Green Investment Bank, is actively involved in the design of Scotland’s Renewable Energy Investment fund (REIF) and leads for Scottish Government interests in the annual Scottish Low Carbon Investment Conference.

Susan Rice (Vice-Chair) (Chair of Finance sub-group)

Managing Director | Lloyds Banking Group

Susan Rice CBE is Managing Director, Lloyds Banking Group Scotland. She is a Vice-Chair of the 2020 Climate Group, was a non-executive director of SSE for 11 years and has spoken internationally about financing renewables, Scotland’s low carbon agenda and climate justice. She is also a non-executive of J Sainsbury and Big Society Capital. Susan is a strong advocate of corporate responsibility and throughout her career, both in the United States and UK, has driven financial, social inclusion and sustainability agendas.

Derek Robertson

Chief Executive | Keep Scotland Beautiful

Derek is Chief Executive of Keep Scotland Beautiful, Scotland’s leading charity for local environmental issues. Derek sees KSB’s role as crucial in helping the private, public and voluntary sectors educate their employees, customers, stakeholders and members to become aware of Scotland’s global, environmental responsibilities. Keep Scotland Beautiful manages a range of national environmental initiatives including the Climate Challenge Fund, the Sustainable Scotland Network, the Blue Flag and Seaside Awards, Beautiful Scotland, national Clean Up Campaigns and Eco-Schools Scotland.

Derek has over 20 years experience of senior management and leadership roles held mainly within the Third Sector and his career extends to time spent in both Scotland and England. Keep Scotland Beautiful is the fourth charity that he has led as Chief Executive.

A keen champion of the role of the voluntary and community sector, Derek has served on a variety of charity boards, Third Sector advisory groups and has assisted a number of voluntary and charitable organisations that have been working through change.

Watch Derek Robertson discuss representing everyday people – reducing carbon footprint

Mike Robinson

Chief Executive | Royal Scottish Geographical Society

Mike Robinson is Chief Executive of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society (RSGS) based in Perth. For the past six years Mike has been heavily involved in many aspects of climate change policy in Scotland and further afield. Since 2006 he has established, chaired and remains a board member of Stop Climate Chaos Scotland, sat (informally) on the board of Stop Climate Chaos in London, and represented SCVO at the Climate Agora in Brussels in 2008. He is a grant panel member of the Government’s Climate Challenge Fund and chaired the Scottish Parliament Short Life Working Group on annual targets. He is a board member of a number of other charities and co-ordinates a carbon reduction scheme in his local community.

John Sheridan (Co-Chair of Built Environment sub-group)

Executive Director | Mineral Products Association

John Sheridan is Executive Director of the Mineral Products Association (Scotland), the country’s principal Trade Association for companies involved in the quarrying, asphalt and concrete industries and he represents the industry on a wide number of issues across the country.

He was a founding Director of Construction Scotland and appointed Vice Convenor (Industry) of the Cross Party Group for Construction in the Scottish Parliament in 2011.

In recent times he has been appointed to the post of Chair of the Industry Advisory Board for the Institute for Sustainable Construction at Napier University.

He is also Co-chair of the 2020 Climate Group Built Environment group and has actively worked to build an alliance linking the various bodies with an interest in sustainability in the Scottish construction industry.

Watch John Sheridan discuss making property more efficient

Niall Stuart

Chief Executive | Scottish Renewables

Niall has been Chief Executive of Scottish Renewables, the representative voice of the renewable energy industry in Scotland, since September 2009.

He is responsible for leading the organisation’s work to achieve the optimal legislative, regulatory and financial framework to deliver the growth of the renewable energy industry in Scotland.

A member of the First Minister’s Energy Advisory Board, Niall also co-chairs the Scottish Energy Advisory Themed Group on Renewable Energy with Energy Minister Fergus Ewing MSP.

He was previously Press and Government Affairs Manager at the Scottish Council for Development and Industry (SCDI), the leading independent economic development network, where he was a key member of the management team that put SCDI back at the heart of economic debate in Scotland.

John Sturrock QC

Founder and CEO | Core Solutions Group

John Sturrock holds a first class honours degree in law from Edinburgh University and an LLM in international law from the University of Pennsylvania.

He joined the Scottish Bar in 1986 and was the first Director of Training and Education for the Bar from 1994 until 2002, establishing the Bar’s award winning advocacy skills programme. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1999 and was named Specialist of the Year at the inaugural Scottish Legal Awards in 2003.

In 2001, he founded Core Solutions Group, now recognised as Scotland’s leading business mediation service, pioneering the use of mediation to resolve disputes in commerce, the public sector and organisations. An internationally recognised mediator, John was named Mediator of the Year at the 2009 Law Awards of Scotland.

John is a Visiting Professor at the University of Strathclyde and a Distinguished Fellow of the International Academy of Mediators. He acts as independent facilitator of the 2020 Climate Change Delivery Group and chaired the Scottish Government’s one day conference during the Copenhagen climate change talks.

John was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Laws by Edinburgh Napier University in June 2010.

Laura Sutherland FCIPR

Managing Director / PR & Communications Manager | Aura PR / Scotland's 2020 Climate Group

Laura Sutherland is Managing Director of Aura and she’s a true engager. She is an Accredited Practitioner and has over 13 years experience in public relations and communications working across a variety of sectors.

Laura is a Board Director of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) and from 2015 will be an elected member of its Council. In October 2014 Laura was awarded a Fellowship of the CIPR for her energy and commitment to the CIPR and the profession.

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Michael Tracey

Managing Director | William Tracey Group

Michael Tracey is a well know innovator and leader in the field of waste and resource management and features in the Top 100 Entrepreneurs in the UK, 2009. Born in 1961, Michael was brought up in Paisley and educated at St Aloysius, Glasgow. On leaving school, Michael joined his father, William Tracey, in the family business and took over the position of Managing Director of William Tracey Ltd in 1984. Throughout this time Michael has been successful in growing the company from a Tyre Recycling business to a multi faceted Waste and Resources company boasting 10 sites and a number of innovative waste processing and recovery plants. The William Tracey Group now turns over in excess of £50M. Michael holds traditional business values and the personable relationships he has with many of his long term customers and suppliers is key to the success of the business.

His positions within the Environmental business community have included a term as SESA Chairman for 4 years and at a national level, Michael sits on the ESA Board who represent the UK’s waste management and secondary resources industry. In addition, Michael is a committee member of the Scrap Metal Association and was Chair of The Wood Recycling Association for the first 4 years of its existence.

Kate Turner

Legal Director | Pinsent Masons

Kate is a Director of Pinsent Masons and specialises in projects in the energy and natural resources sector.

Kate advises on energy projects (development, construction and financing), trading and regulation. Recent work includes advising on power station (CCGT and CHP) developments, acquisitions/disposals and joint ventures, tolling arrangements, gas transportation and gas storage. Kate has significant experience of advising clients on renewable energy projects; in particular onshore and offshore wind projects, OFTO, anaerobic digestion and biomass projects, new technologies and regulatory matters affecting renewables projects. Kate also regularly advises on UK and European energy trading and credit support arrangements, fuel supply arrangements, grid connection and regulatory issues. Kate is regularly involved in discussion on energy policy and regulation and participates in a number of Scottish Renewables working groups.

Kate is a Governor of Strathallan School and also sits on the 2020 Finance Group.

Liz Turner

Corporate Responsibility Manager | BT

Paul Wedgwood

General Manager | Carbon Trust Scotland

Paul Wedgwood is The Carbon Trust’s Manager for Scotland. He heads up the Carbon Trust’s office in Scotland, leading a small team of people based in East Kilbride.

The Carbon Trust provides specialist advice and support to help business and the public sector boost returns by cutting carbon emissions, saving energy and commercialising low carbon technologies. By stimulating low carbon action, this contributes to key Scottish and UK goals of lower carbon emissions, the development of low carbon businesses, increased energy security and associated jobs.

Paul joined the Carbon Trust in 2009, with 18 years business experience in a variety of commercial and consultancy roles in both large and smaller organisations.

Mark Williams

Environmental Regulation and Climate Change Manager | Scottish Water

James Withers

Chief Executive | Scotland Food and Drink

James Withers is the Chief Executive of Scotland Food & Drink.

Scotland Food & Drink is the industry leadership body, established in 2007, to spearhead the industry’s growth to £12.5 billion by 2017. As a membership organisation, it seeks to support food and drink businesses of all sizes and scale to achieve their ambitions. The organisation has 315 companies in its membership.

The organisation has brought together the range of bodies working within the food and drink industry in Scotland. It has defined a common purpose and developed an industry-wide strategy for growth. The strategy supports all sectors of the industry from Scotch whisky and salmon to red meat, dairy and bakery. This level of collaboration, supported by the Scottish Government and their enterprise agencies, is now seen as a model for other sectors of the Scottish economy to follow.

Scotland Food & Drink has a focus on growing the sales of Scottish produce both in home markets and internationally and it seeks to develop Scotland’s reputation as “A Land of Food & Drink”.

Prior to joining the organisation, James was Chief Executive of the National Farmers Union Scotland and spent 12 years there working for the nation’s farming industry, and representing the view of the agricultural industry and wider rural Scotland to Government and other key decision-makers.

His career at NFUS began as parliamentary adviser in 1999, after completing a degree at Aberdeen University. After heading up NFUS’s strategy and communications function for five years, he became Deputy Chief Executive in 2005 and then Chief Executive in 2008. After three years at the helm of NFUS, he moved to Scotland Food & Drink in September 2011, after three years on the organisation’s Executive Group.

James is a member of the Scotland 2020 Climate Group, advising Government on the achievement of its emission reduction targets.

He also sits on the Homecoming Strategic Steering Group and working groups for the Ryder Cup & Commonwealth Games.

He was a member of the Scottish Government Leadership Forum from 2008-2011, developing the National Food & Drink Policy.

James is currently chairing a review of the Scottish dairy sector on behalf of Ministers, which is due to report in Spring 2013.

A member of the Guild of Agricultural Journalists, James is 36 and lives in Edinburgh with his wife, Joanna, and their two young children.

Jane Wood

Chief Executive Officer | Scottish Business in the Community

An experienced and high level strategist and communicator, Jane has worked with both national and local governments on developing public/private sector partnerships in the areas of regeneration, community asset management, retail-led regeneration and corporate responsibility.

Previously Head of Corporate Affairs for Scotland and Northern Ireland for Alliance Boots, Jane was also Chair of one of Scotland’s largest business improvement districts. She is also founder of Retail Rocks, a retail led regeneration model currently being utilized by local governments to deliver employability, new start ups, skills development and physical regeneration in underserved markets and high streets. She is a member of the CBI Scotland Council, Member of the First Ministers National Economic Forum, on the Scotland committee of the Institute of Directors, and Member of Scotland’s 2020 Climate Change Delivery Group. Jane also chairs another regeneration initiative in Dunbar, in line with her belief that we must create sustainable communities through collaboration, she gives her support to a community cooperative set up to deliver an artisan bakery to the high street.

Prior to Alliance Boots, Jane worked as the Scottish Director of one of Europe’s largest Public Affairs Consultancy, and as a Marketing Director for a major retail and commercial property developer.

Jane was the winner of the Institute if Directors Scotland Annual Award for Voluntary Sector Director in 2011.

Jane, who was educated abroad and in St. Andrews, has a keen interest in the arts. She has four children and lives in East Lothian with her husband.