Scotland Policy Conferences

City Region and Growth Deals in Scotland: progress and next steps for delivery

Morning, Wednesday, 29th April 2020

Central Edinburgh

THIS EVENT IS CPD CERTIFIED


This conference will bring together policymakers and stakeholders to examine the progress and the next steps in the delivery of City Region and Growth Deals in Scotland.


It is timed:

  • To follow the expected publication of Audit Scotland’s first performance audit on City Region and Growth Deals;
  • As an opportunity to look at the first Gateway review of the Glasgow City Region Deal; and
  • With the recent release of the Regional Skills Assessments (RSA) summary reports.

Delegates will examine the audit and review, and discuss:

  • Progress so far and next steps;
  • Governance, collaboration and economic development;
  • Building an inclusive economy; and
  • Developing a skilled workforce.

There will be keynote addresses from:

  • Councillor Susan Aitken, Leader, Glasgow City Council, and Chair, Glasgow City Region Cabinet;
  • Sally Thompson, Audit Manager, Audit Scotland;
  • Neil MacLennan, Head of City Deals and Local Government, Office of the Secretary of State for Scotland; and
  • Dr Morag Watt, Cities Team Leader, The Scottish Government.

Further confirmed speakers include: Councillor John Alexander, Dundee City Council and Scottish Cities Alliance; Chris Brodie, Skills Development Scotland; Amanda Burgauer, Scottish Rural Action; Dr Liz Cameron, Scottish Chamber of Commerce; Professor Julia Darby, University of Strathclyde; Jonathan Guthrie, Robertson Group; Matt Lancashire, SCDI; Allan McQuade, Scottish Enterprise and Professor Jonathan Seckl, The University of Edinburgh.



Keynote Speakers

Sally Thompson

Audit Manager, Audit Scotland

Councillor Susan Aitken

Leader, Glasgow City Council and Chair, Glasgow City Region Cabinet

Keynote Speakers

Neil MacLennan

Head of City Deals and Local Government, Office of the Secretary of State for Scotland

Dr Morag Watt

Cities Team Leader, The Scottish Government

Sally Thompson

Audit Manager, Audit Scotland

Councillor Susan Aitken

Leader, Glasgow City Council and Chair, Glasgow City Region Cabinet

Chair

James Dornan MSP

Convener, Local Government and Communities Committee

Speakers

Professor Jonathan Seckl

Vice Principal, Planning, Resources and Research Policy, The University of Edinburgh

Councillor John Alexander

Leader, Dundee City Council and Chair, Scottish Cities Alliance

Matt Lancashire

Director of Policy and Public Affairs, SCDI

Allan McQuade

Director of Place, Scottish Enterprise

Amanda Burgauer

Scottish Rural Action

Chris Brodie

Head, Skills Planning and Sector Development, Skills Development Scotland

Professor Julia Darby

Department of Economics, Strathclyde Business School, University of Strathclyde

Jonathan Guthrie

Director for Strategic Public Partnerships, Robertson Group

Councilor Jenny Laing

Co-Leader, Aberdeen City Council