Scotland Conference 2014

Scotland Conference 2014

Start Date: 14 Nov 2014

Start Time: 9:15 AM

End Time: 5:00 PM

Duration: 7 hours 45 minutes

Venue: William Harley Building, Glasgow Caledonian University, Cowcaddens Rd, Glasgow, G4 0BA › View map

Member price: £50.00

Non-member price: £75.00

Event Capacity: Full


Your opportunity to engage and question Strategic Thinkers on Leadership and Organisational challenges.  And attend interactive workshops such as: Future Leadership, Future Workplace, Managing Talent and Future Role Models – all in a single day!

The economy is still recovering from the financial crisis and subject to unpredictable global events.   On the Scottish stage, there are unique political and economic challenges following the result of the Referendum on Independence.    Fast-moving technological advances continue to challenge the way business operates and as a result, the skills that managers need both now and in the future.  The conference theme is therefore as much about addressing the skills needs of the managers of tomorrow as those of today.


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Professor John Lennon

Professor John Lennon

Professor John is Acting Dean of the Glasgow School for Business and Society and also Director of the Moffat Centre for Travel and Tourism Business Development - the UK’s largest University based tourism consultancy and research centre.

The Moffat Centre is responsible for the production of international consumer and market research and business development consultancy and with its profits funds scholarships for students wishing to study Travel and Tourism.

Professor Lennon has undertaken over 500 tourism and travel projects in over 35 nations, including major projects on behalf of private sector and public sector clients in Norway, Denmark, Malawi, Singapore, Canada, Lithuania, the Caribbean, South Africa, the South Pacific.

Brad MacKay

Brad McKay

Brad is Director of Engagement and Chair in Strategic Management in the University of Edinburgh Business School, a member of the University of Edinburgh School's Management Board, and an ESRC Senior Fellow in the Scotland Analysis. Leadership responsibilities include managing the teaching activities and leading the research strategy of the SIB Group.

Previously, Brad was the Director of the MBA Program (2009-2012), where following a comprehensive review, he worked with members of the faculty, students, alumni and other stakeholders to overhaul the curriculum and re-design the structure of the program. He was formerly a Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in the University of Edinburgh Business School, Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in the School of Management at the University of St Andrews, and the founding faculty member of the postgraduate Centre for Business Education, which merged with the Department of Management to form the current University of St Andrews School of Management.

He earned a BA in International Development Studies from Dalhousie University, in Halifax, Canada, an M.Litt. (Distinction) in Management, Economics and Politics (MEP) and a Ph.D. in Strategy from the University of St Andrews, Scotland.

Paul Iles

Paul Iles

Paul Iles is a Professor of Leadership and HRM at Glasgow School for Business and Society, Glasgow Caledonian University, and was previously at the University of Salford, Leeds Metropolitan University, the University of Teesside, Liverpool John Moores University and the Open University.

Paul is a chartered psychologist, Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society, and Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development. He has a particular interest in leadership development, coaching, international HRM and talent management, and has published a number of articles on these issues in recent years in leading refereed journals.

Paul has designed and delivered leadership and change programmes for many clients in the public, private and voluntary sectors including the Rover Group, Littlewoods, the Civil Service and local government, as well as with banks and other companies in China. He has also worked on applied research programmes with the Learning and Skills Council, British Council and Standards Board for England.

Ann Franke

Ann Francke CMgr CCMI FIC

Ann Francke, CEO of Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and Author of: Financial Times Guide to Management: How to Make a Difference and Get Results.
Ann is a transformational leader with vision, pace and proven ability to deliver profitable revenue growth and build organisational capability in the professional services media, retail and consumer sectors, and an expert on current challenges facing women in the workplace.

At CMI, she leverages her experience in leading organisations to promote best practices in management and leadership, and improve management standards across the UK and beyond. Ann is also Strategic Advisor to Tongal, the global leader in crowdsourcing creative video content; member of the CRUK Women of Influence Board; member of WACL; an Advisory Board member of Lancaster and the Open University Business Schools. Ann has been named in the top 100 women to watch in the 2015 Female FTSE report from Cranfield.

Prior to CMI Ann was Global General Manager at the British Standards Institution, held executive board positions at Boots and Yell and was European Vice President at Mars with responsibility for the pet care portfolio. Ann began her career at Procter and Gamble and managed a variety of international brands including Pampers, Always and Olay before rising to global general manager.

Ann holds a BA with Distinction from Stanford and an MBA/MS from Columbia. Ann and her husband live in West London; she has one daughter.

Patrick Woodman

Patrick Woodman, Head of Research, Chartered Management Institute

Patrick heads up CMI’s research and insights programme on management and leadership practice. He leads on CMI’s work on the gender pay gap and developed CMI policy in working closely with the Government Equalities Office on the development of the recent pay reporting regulations. Patrick’s currently working on new research into organisational practices on gender diversity, part of the CMI Women campaign for more gender-balanced organisations, as well as research into the under-representation of black and ethnic minority individuals in management. Other key projects include CMI’s work on productivity, rebuilding trust in business, and developing better support for young people’s employability, including through the new management Apprenticeships.

Victoria Arnold

Victoria Arnold

Victoria Arnold is CEO of Desk Union. Desk Union is a corporate powered workspace provider, which offers community-driven workspace for small businesses and entrepreneurs across the UK. The workspace provider enables its partners, such as Royal Bank of Scotland, to enhance the local business community through collaborative workspace, thus positively impacting upon the wider business ecosystem.

Victoria also manages two further entrepreneurial businesses. Homestayfriend, a national service offering short-term homestay accommodation for international students, was established in 2011 and is a support network for single founder entrepreneurs across the globe, established earlier this year.

Liz Hoskin

Liz Hoskin CMgr FCMI

Liz Hoskin is the founder of Positive Qualities Ltd, a positive transformation consultancy, her clients call her the “People Reader because of her exceptional ability to read people in 7 seconds or less and then go on to get the best out of them. It has been said that every company needs Liz Hoskin and her team as there is a noticeable change in the energy of the businesses once they have worked with Positive Qualities Ltd.
After starting her career in Marks and Spencer PLC, she is now seen as a one of the top inspirational keynote speakers for corporate events that want their people to improve their morale, teamwork, and ultimately achieve better business results. With her background in Sales and Marketing, Liz honed her people skills to inspire audiences who are often stuck in their ways and don’t know how to change. With her engaging, and fun personality, Liz connects with her audiences immediately and delivers content that they can use straightaway when they get back to their companies.
Previously the Chair of the CMI Scotland Board, Liz is now apart of the Board of Trustees.

Ian McNaught

Ian McNaught

Ian McNaught is the Executive Director of the Small Business Charter and has extensive entrepreneurial business transformation experience working across the UK, Europe, USA, China, Scandinavia, Russia and Israel; managing both business enterprise and operations.

Ian has 25+ years experience delivering viable enterprise and strategic solutions, working with multi-nationals; SMEs; start-ups; family businesses; government bodies and academia.
He is also the Chair of the Chartered Management Institute Scotland board.

David Stewart

David Stewart

David was a career police officer, rising to senior ranks which saw him undertake a variety of roles including Divisional Commander. He gained significant experience in Strathclyde Police of delivering a variety of projects and programmes and, when the Scottish Parliament approved plans for the creation of Police Scotland where eight independent forces, the Scottish Crime and Drugs Enforcement Agency and the Scottish Police Services Authority were to be merged into a single entity with an annual budget in excess of £1.2 billion, David was appointed as Programme Manager.

After the successful merger on 1 April 2013, David was appointed Head of Business Change with the responsibility of developing a programme to deliver savings of £190m in just 3 years. David left the Police Service of Scotland in December 2013 after 30 years’ service and has now set up his own company providing consultancy services.


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