EDAS / SLAED Conference 2018


Reimagining Economic Development After Brexit 

6th December 2018, CoSLA Conference Centre, Edinbrugh

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Conference description

This year’s joint EDAS and SLAED conference will bring together professionals from public, private and third sectors to discuss reimagining and delivering economic development priorities after Brexit. 

The format of the one-day conference is aimed to identify ways in which Scotland's economic development community could reimagine policy, economic prospects and how to approach preparing for Brexit with its future challenges.

Key note speakers in the morning and afternoon set the scene for interactive facilitated discussions.

As in previous years, the line-up of speakers includes notable thought leaders and senior practitioners, setting the scene for our discussion, interaction and identification of ideas and potential solutions.


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Agenda* subject to change 


Coffee & Breakfast Rolls



Conference Chair: Elma Murray OBE, Chief Executive, North Ayrshire Council


Ministerial Address & Question Time

Jamie Hepburn MSP, Minister for Business, Fair Work and Skills


COSLA Address

Councillor Alison Evison, President of CoSLA


Part 1: Policy Discussion Sessions - What Models of Economic Development and Collaboration do we Need Post Brexit?

Facilitator-led conversation. Delegates have the opportunity to attend both sessions.  Sessions run concurrently at 10:45 – 11:25 and are repeated at 11:45 – 12:25.


Session A What Makes a Regional Economic Partnership?

Geraldine Campbell, Policy Manager, Place Based Economic Development and one other to be announced, Scottish Government

Sacha Romanovitch, CEO, Grant Thornton (invited)

Eamonn Boylan, Chief Executive, Greater Manchester Combined Authority (invited)


Coffee 11:25 – 11:45


Session B Economic Impact of Local Authorities: Economic Outcomes Programme

Andrew McGuire, Head of Transformation, Performance and Improvement, Improvement Service and Local Authority representation to be announced


Part 2: Agencies Approach to Brexit and Economic Prospects


Stephen Boyle, Head of the Analytical Unit, Scottish Government (invited)


Nora Senior CBE, Chair, Enterprise and Skills Strategic Board and Chair, UK Regions and Ireland, Weber Shandwick (invited)


Stephen Boyle and Nora Senior in Conversation with Elma Murray in response to audience views and feedback from discussion sessions.




Part 3: Practice Discussion Sessions: What are we Doing to Prepare for Brexit?


Facilitator-led conversation. Delegates have the opportunity to attend both sessions.  Sessions run concurrently at, 14:00 – 14:40 and are repeated at, 14:50 – 15:30.


Session A Business

Paul Lewis, Director of International Operations, Scottish Development International and with responsibility for Scottish Investment Bank (invited)

Local Business Gateway representative.

Tracy Black, CBI Scotland Director (invited)

Lucinda Bruce-Gardyne, Founder, Genius Foods (invited)


Session B Skills

Chris Brodie, Lead Head of Skills Planning and Sector Development, Skills Development Scotland

Andy Witty, Director of Sector Policy, Colleges Scotland

Stephen Leckie, Chief Executive, Crieff Hydro and Chairman, Scottish Tourism Alliance (invited)


Part 4: Reimagining Scotland. Future Challenges: Leadership in a Time of Change


Inclusive growth, industrial and enterprise policy, automation, AI…diverse views on what a future Scotland will look like.

To be announced.


Closing Remarks



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