Rona Dougall is a journalist and television presenter based in Edinburgh.
She began her career in the Radio Forth newsroom, before becoming Scotland Correspondent for Sky News.
During her 16 years there she covered many headline stories, including the Dunblane massacre, the trial of the Lockerbie bomber at Camp Zeist in the Netherlands, the death of Princess Diana from Balmoral, the opening of the Scottish parliament and several Scottish elections. She was also part of the British BAFTA award winning team with covered the terrorist attack at Glasgow airport.
She has been the presenter of Scottish Television’s flagship politics and current affairs programme “ Scotland Tonight ” since it began in 2011. She chairs discussions with guests in the studio, as well as interviewing big names from the worlds of politics and showbusiness – from Donald Trump to Ricky Gervais.
Rona has chaired the Scottish Council for Development and Industry annual forum, the Business Insider Awards and the Independent Press Standards Organisation Scottish road show.
Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Constitution
Mr Mackay has been the Member of the Scottish Parliament for Renfrewshire North & West since 2011.
He was appointed as Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Constitution in May 2016 having previously served as Minister for Transport and Islands and Minister for Local Government and Planning.
Mr Mackay is currently SNP Business Convener (Chairman of the Party), responsible for chairing Conference, the National Executive and the management and administration of the party.
Elected to Renfrewshire Council in 1999 at the age of 21, he was the youngest male councillor in Scotland at the time. He won three successive ward elections to become Leader of Renfrewshire Council in May 2007, taking the SNP from opposition to lead the administration for the first time. He became a national figure in local government leading the SNP group at COSLA (Convention of Scottish Local Authorities) 2009-2011.
He served on Greater Glasgow & Clyde Health Board as a Non-Executive Director and Chair of Renfrewshire Community Health Partnership (2007-2011). He was also previously chair of the Paisley Vision Board and Renfrewshire’s Fairtrade Steering Group.
Derek enjoys reading, running, swimming and time at the gym.
To be truly effective in our roles, adjusting our behaviours and applying a range of techniques to transform the way in which we interact with suppliers, helps us to gain deeper insights to drive better negotiation outcomes.
This unique session will provide an insight into the highly-developed tools and techniques used by sales people to influence commercial decisions. It will explain how these techniques shape the thinking of those with spending responsibilities, such that the selling organisation achieves maximum advantage from the transaction and the buying organisation is deliberately constrained in its ability to procure the best value for money solution. The session will explore:
Tim is a sales and procurement expert, with 10+ years’ experience leading teams in multinational organisations across a range of industry sectors.
His clear vision, innovative thinking and resourcefulness have been instrumental in driving increased revenues, robust processes and improved people retention for a host of blue chip and government clients. Tim works with clients including The Cabinet Office, HMRC, DWP, The BBC and John Lewis to train their commercial professionals how they are sold to, and how to combat sales techniques.
WheelSpinner is the result of Tim’s strong commitment to making integrity a cornerstone of effective negotiation, while also giving individuals the tools to make a real impact within their organisation and career.
Former Head of Armed Policing & Hostage Crisis Negotiation
Kirk has recently retired having been a police officer since 1987 and was first exposed to the world of Hostage Negotiation in 1995 at a number of hostage and crisis negotiator incidents.
A highly experienced negotiator, Kirk has instructed on Hostage and Crisis Negotiation since 2001, within the UK and abroad. As the recent Head of Hostage Negotiation and Armed Policing in Scotland, he has a unique insight into both disciplines, which complement each other in the resolution of conflict.
He has been invited to speak at various National Conferences including Columbus Ohio, Sweden, Dubai, Japan and has instructed internationally at the Hostage Crisis Negotiator Course of the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) in Quantico, Virginia, USA.
He has represented the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) on the U.K. Government Counter Terrorist Bilateral Assistance Programme by training the Philippine National Police.
He was also recently involved with the Police Executive Research Forum who represent U.S. Law Enforcement and has advised them on their review of Conflict and Use of Force training within the USA.
He has more recently been delivering training to the private sector on business negotiation listening and influencing skills throughout the U.K. and beyond to places like Ireland, Holland, Dubai and Brazil.
Scotland’s 22 Health Boards are tasked with delivering the highest standard of care to our aging population, core services and new treatments/technologies whilst balancing the books in an ever challenging financial environment. The Procurement Transformation Programme is about reworking the engine of how we deliver procurement, working together as one system to create an innovative and dynamic service for NHS Scotland. The ambitious programme aims to create a functionalised procurement service, adopting a Single Way of Working with one plan, common governance and reporting systems, cross border resource allocation, alongside people and skills development to deliver the solutions our patients need supported by easy access services for our front line teams. We’ll talk about our progress, what has worked, what has been challenging, and what’s next for our programme.
NHS National Services Scotland
Working for the Procurement, Commissioning and Facilities Strategic Business Unit, Alison leads the national teams delivering procurement technology, procurement capability development and improvement across NHS as well as leading on customer engagement, business and service development, business services and support functions that underpin service delivery.
Alison is a passionate believer in the ability to blend commerciality with quality within public services and runs a number of programmes looking at new ways to deliver value within public service.
Alison relishes the opportunity to work with customers and colleagues across the health sector, Scottish Government and the wider public sector to drive continuous improvement and strive for excellence for the NHS and for the public.
Alison has worked delivering the procurement reform agenda since 2008 and comes with extensive private sector experience in leading teams and managing change on a national scale.
Technology Services Manager
NHS National Services Scotland
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Head of Procurement
NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde
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Making good decisions within government often involves taking policies, procedures and precedent into account but we need to know when to recognise the anomalies, the cases that simply won’t deliver their full potential within the usual framework. In government property many decisions rest on demonstrating the usual evidence has been assessed in the usual way but sometimes a more unusual project requires us to think differently and yet still make a rigorous assessment of the use of public money.
In this session you’ll hear about the CivTech project which has been very successful. Partly because the property acquisition followed a less rigid route and it’s a different way of delivering the best value out of that investment of public money.
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Challenge Sponsor Manager
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The role and influence of today’s procurement professional goes well beyond being process driven. It’s about leadership, judgement, innovation, big picture thinking, commerciality, and the ability to work with the top table to drive and enable change.
In this session, we invite you to share where your procurement has made a difference. Where you have connected with people and communities, where you have changed someone’s life for the better. So get involved and come and join the celebration.
Head of Commercial Policy & Project Assurance
Nikki has worked in a number of private and public sector senior procurement and programme management roles since graduating in 1990 with a BA(Hons) in Business Economics and Marketing. With IBM, Hewlett-Packard and Agilent she gained extensive experience in leading national and international procurement and system transformation programmes. Since joining the Scottish Government in 2005 she has played a key role in driving and enabling public procurement reform in Scotland, with a particular focus on building Scottish Government’s Procurement, Commercial and Project Delivery skills. A Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply’s, Nikki sits on CIPS Global Board of Trustees; is Chair of CIPS Global Congress; and is a Member of the Institute of Directors. With specific interests in developing the capability of individuals, organisations, supply chains and our Procurement People of Tomorrow, she is a Member the Glasgow Caledonian University ‘School for Business and Society’ Advisory Group; Chair of the Scottish Professional Practice and Development Strategic Forum; and is an active contributor to the development and implementation of Scottish Government’s People Strategy.
Head of Procurement Development & Construction Review
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In this seminar, hear how Scotland Excel is working together with local government commissioning colleagues, social care practitioners, providers and people accessing services to deliver innovative procurement solutions. Through collaborative working, Scotland Excel and its partners are striving to utilise the full potential of procurement to meet the ever increasing demand for social care services. This session will provide an overview of Scotland Excel’s current work in the adult and older peoples’ care sector. Other topics covered will include how Scotland Excel is making use of the light touch regime and building tools to assess the cost of care provision.
Strategic Procurement Manager
Andrew joined Scotland Excel in 2011 and leads the teams establishing national construction and social care contracts. Prior to joining Scotland Excel, Andrew worked in senior executive roles in both the private and public sectors in Australia. Andrew is passionate about using the power of procurement to benefit society. As Director of Infrastructure and Contracts with the Department for Aboriginal Affairs, Andrew gained first hand experience of the disadvantage faced by remote Aboriginal communities in outback South Australia. Andrew also worked as Director, Procurement and Grants for the Department for Families and Communities and Director, Client Services, Domiciliary Care. Andrew firmly believes that collaborative and creative procurement can deliver value as well as responding to community needs.
Mary has qualifications in Economics, Business and Health and Social Care. As well as a wide range of roles in the public sector, Mary is a past Chair of the Social Work Scotland contracts group. Mary developed the Free Personal Care Contract in Scotland, the first standard housing support contract in Scotland and initiated the first National Standards in Commissioning and Contracting. Mary is particularly interested in involving people using services at all stages of the procurement process. While at Scotland Excel, Mary has ensured the involvement of people in the establishment of the first national framework arrangement for care homes for adults with learning disabilities. She continues to advocate for more involvement of people and is currently working on a procurement strategy for care home services for older people.
Scotland is often viewed as the birthplace of market economics however in a global economy where resources face unprecedented demands, markets are now shifting to ensure supply meets demand. Developing a “circular economy”, an economic system where nothing is wasted, is an opportunity valued at $4.5 trillion, but it calls for a revolution in the way goods and services are procured to make it happen. Learn more about the central role procurement has to play in a circular economy, featuring case study examples from both Scotland and Europe.
Sector Manager - Sustainable Procurement
Zero Waste Scotland
Claire Guerin is a Sector Manager in Sustainable Procurement at Zero Waste Scotland. She has over 15 years of experience working in an advisory capacity, supporting businesses and the public sector to realise the financial benefits of improved environmental management. The focus of her current role is to develop, deliver and monitor activities to achieve the sustainable public procurement aims of the Scottish Government’s Circular Economy strategy.
An ethical approach to public procurement is a key part of delivering sustainable procurement processes, one element of this is how we can address human trafficking and exploitation. This session will help to explain what human trafficking and exploitation is, outline the legislation in place and what we are doing in Scotland to tackle this. It will also highlight how it is possible to mitigate the risks in supply chains. Delegates will gain an understanding of:
Head of Victims and Witnesses Unit
Anna Donald heads up the Victims and Witnesses Unit in the Criminal Justice Division in Scottish Government, coming into this post earlier this year. The Unit contains both the Human Trafficking Team and the Victims’ Rights and Vulnerable Witnesses Team. Anna has worked for the Scottish Government since 1998 in a diverse variety of roles dealing with education issues; homelessness and marine planning. Anna currently chairs the Strategic Implementation Group which currently oversees implementation of Scotland’s Trafficking and Exploitation Strategy.
Global Programme Lead
Jantine is an anti-human trafficking and modern slavery specialist with over seven years’ experience working for private, non-governmental and not-for-profit organisations. She works for Stronger Together, a business-led, multi stakeholder initiative whose purpose is to tackle modern slavery within business operations and supply chains. She leads a construction programme in the UK and a global supply chain programme in South Africa.
In previous roles, she has designed and implemented projects in Europe, Asia, North and South America. Jantine holds a BA in International Relations from the University of Groningen, the Netherlands and a MA in Geopolitics and Grand Strategy from the University of Sussex, UK.
Procurement Policy Manager
Susan Craig is a Procurement Policy Manager, in Scottish Procurement and Commercial Directorate at the Scottish Government. She has worked in that team for nearly 8 years and during that period as well as being involved in supporting the implementation of the ESPD in Scotland, has more recently been responsible for a range of social related policy areas including ethical procurement, the procurement of health and social care services and addressing the fair work agenda in procurement processes.