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

Morning, Wednesday, 29th April 2020

THIS EVENT IS CPD CERTIFIED


This timely seminar 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 for discussion on:

  • Audit Scotland’s first performance audit on City Region and Growth Deals, following its recent publication;
  • The first Gateway review of the Glasgow City Region Deal; and
  • The Regional Skills Assessments (RSA) summary reports released late last year.

Delegates will examine the audit and review, and consider:

  • 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; and
  • Sally Thompson, Audit Manager, Audit Scotland.

Further confirmed speakers include: Councillor John Alexander, Dundee City Council and Scottish Cities AllianceProfessor Julia Darby, University of Strathclyde; Jonathan Guthrie, Robertson Group; Councillor Jenny Laing, Aberdeen City Council; Matt Lancashire, SCDI; Allan McQuade, Scottish Enterprise and Professor Jonathan Seckl, The University of Edinburgh.


James Dornan MSP, Convener, Local Government and Communities Committee and David Brown, Director of Strategic Partnerships, University of Edinburgh have kindly agreed to chair this seminar.


Engagement with policy officials at this conference

This seminar from Scotland Policy Conferences has attracted strong interest from policymakers. It will be an opportunity for stakeholders to engage with officials and further representatives who have reserved places from: The Scottish Government; the Infrastructure Commission for Scotland; Transport Scotland; the Office of the Scottish Road Works Commissioner; Social Security Scotland; the Office of the Secretary of State for Scotland; the Scotland Office; BEIS; and Defra.



Keynote Speakers

Sally Thompson

Audit Manager, Audit Scotland

Councillor Susan Aitken

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

Keynote Speakers

Sally Thompson

Audit Manager, Audit Scotland

Councillor Susan Aitken

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

Chairs

David Brown

Director of Strategic Partnerships, University of Edinburgh

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

Professor Julia Darby

Department of Economics, Strathclyde Business School, University of Strathclyde

Jonathan Guthrie

Director for Strategic Public Partnerships, Robertson Group

Councillor Jenny Laing

Co-Leader, Aberdeen City Council and Chair, Aberdeen City Region Deal Joint Committee