EDAS - IED Conference

What's the Big Deal? 

City and Growth Deals: Unpacking the Steps for Successful Planning and Delivery 

1st November 2018, CoSLA Conference Centre, Edinburgh 


Recognising the demand for a session providing experiential learning and examples of good practice, IED and EDAS co-produced a practical working group-based day on city and growth deals; combining senior level contributions, discussion, working groups and networking. The day concentrated on three areas:

1. Delivering the Vision

2. Planning for Successful Delivery

3. Implementing a Successful Deal



08:30 Breakfast

09:15  Welcome and Context

Event Co-Chairs – Richard Cairns, Board Member, IED and Robert Pollock, Chair, EDAS

09:20  Learning the Lessons from the First City Deals        

Professor Andy Pike, Sir Henry Daysh Chair of Regional Development Studies, Centre for Urban and Regional Development Studies (CURDS) 

Matthew Cross, Head of Inward Investment, Invest in Bristol & Bath 



Overview: Delivering Regional Inclusive Growth

09:45  Oonagh Gil, Deputy Director of Business Engagement and Regional Economic Development Division, Scottish Government

09:55 Graeme Roy, Director, Fraser of Allander Institute 

Round Table Sessions: Playing to our Regional Strengths

10:05  Thought Leader & Co-Facilitator: Chris Kelly, Associate Director, EKOS ltd

Co-Facilitator: Susan Love, Policy Manager, FSB Scotland 

10:15  Round Table Discussions 

11:00  Coffee


Overview: Finance, Governance & Structures

11:20 Neil Rutherford, Senior Associate Director, Scottish Futures Trust

11:30 Stephen Phillips, Partner, Burness Paull 

Round Table Sessions: Building Capacity for Delivery

11:40  Thought Leader & Facilitator: Caitriona McAuley, Head of Economic Growth, North Ayrshire Council 

Co-Facilitator: Donna Chisholm, Area Manager, Moray, Highlands & Islands Enterprise 

11:50  Round Table Discussions

12:35  Networking Lunch.

13:20  Early Lessons from National Evaluation of City Deal and Devolution Deal Investment Funds

           Joe Duggett, Director and John Nolan, Associate Director, SQW

Q & A




Overview: City and Growth Deals within an Urban and Rural Context

13:40  Laurence Rockey, Head of Strategy and Insight, City of Edinburgh Council 

13:50  Andy Dean, Chief Executive, Community Action Northumberland and Assistant Director, Rural Services Network. 

Round Table Sessions: Key Drivers for Success

14:00  Thought Leader & Facilitator: Stuart Black, Director of Development and Infrastructure, Highland Council 

Co-Facilitator: David Baxter, Senior Housing Development Officer, City of Edinburgh Council 

14:10  Round Table Discussions (coffee available)

15:00  Guest Panel Conversation

Richard Cairns and Robert Pollock lead a conversation with guest panel and audience, based on issues raised throughout the day.

Bev Hurley CBE, Chair, IED 

Peter McColl, Head of Policy for Scotland, Nesta 

Professor Andy Pike 

Nora Senior CBE, Chair, Scottish Government's Strategic Board for Enterprise and Skills 


15:40 Close (Informal networking)