SPEAKERS

EXCITING SPEAKERS LINE UP 

2015

Speakers Announced – This years line up!

sue-bruceSue Bruce - Chief Executive, City of Edinburgh Council

Sue Bruce took up the post of Chief Executive of the City of Edinburgh Council on 1 January 2011 having previously been Chief Executive at Aberdeen City Council and East Dunbartonshire Council. She began her local government career with Strathclyde Regional Council in 1976 spending the early part of her career in social and economic regeneration and then in the wider education field.

In May 2010 Sue received the Prince’s Business Ambassador Award for 2010 and again in 2011 from HRH The Prince of Wales and in October 2010 was recognised as the Scottish Public Sector Leader of the Year Award at the Scottish Leadership Awards. In November 2013 she was named Chief Executive of the Year in the Hr NETWORK National Awards.

Patrick-LosinskiPatrick Losinski – CEO, Columbus Metropolitan Library

Since 2002, Pat Losinski has served as Chief Executive Officer of the Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML), a twenty-one branch library district serving 820,000 residents in central Ohio.

Pat holds a master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin. He is past chair of the Urban Libraries Council Board; he serves on the Board of the Institute for Learning Innovation and he is a Board member for Learn4Life. He received the 2000 Leadership Award from the Greater Colorado Springs Economic Development Corporation, the 2010 Public Library Association’s “Charlie Robinson Award” for risk-taking and innovation, and the 2012 Champion of Children Award from the United Way of Central Ohio. Columbus CEO magazine named him a 2012 “Superstar” in the General Management category.

His wife Vicky is an art teacher; they have two children – John, 19 and Abby, 16.

Polly-HamiltonPolly Hamilton – Head of Culture, Heritage, Libraries & Arts Services, Blackpool

Polly said – “We’ve got fantastic buildings and amazing collections,” “But we’re not just about the buildings. It’s very much about the living traditions and how those developed over the years.” “This is a tourist resort – what we are doing is transforming it in a way that’s in keeping with its heritage without preserving it in aspic.

Euan-ParliamentEuan MacDonald – Owner Euan’s Guide

In 2003, Euan MacDonald noticed a loss of power in his thumb when trying to change gear on his bike. It seemed innocuous at the time but two months later he was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease.   The idea of Euan’s Guide, the disabled access review website & app, came to Euan and his sister Kiki.     “Despite being in a wheelchair, I still want to go out to new places (whether that’s a restaurant, sports match or library!) but can only find out if access is suitable through a process of trial and error.   Throughout the years, my family have built up a local directory on disabled access. We thought that there must be thousands of people who have the same issues so wanted to share our experiences and learn from others.   Euan’s Guide aims to be a friendly, honest & empowering alternative to hours of web searching and phone calls and, most importantly, remove the ‘fear of the unknown’ when visiting a venue for the first time.”   Euan’s Guide is endorsed by Professor Stephen Hawking and JK Rowling.

Neil-McInnesNeil Macinnes – Head of Manchester City Libraries

Neil MacInnes has worked in public libraries for over twenty-five years: twenty inGlasgowand the last five inManchester. He supportedGlasgow’s Library Modernisation Programme, and more recently, Neil led the Capital Programme inManchester; an ambitious plan to modernise, refurbish or replace all of the city’s libraries. Now, as Head of Libraries, Information and Archives, Neil is working on his biggest project to date: leading the library team and managing the three-year refurbishment and redesign of Manchester’s iconic and well-loved Central Library. Neil is a member of the Greater Manchester shared service project board.

Bonnie-ClarkBonnie Clark – Director, Scotland, Badenoch & Clarke

Bonnie Clarke is Director for Scotland for Badenoch & Clark, Bonnie regularly volunteers as a business mentor for Women in Business start ups in association with a range of charities and social enterprises and is a key member of the3rdimagazine business support initiative, Fair Comment.

Having worked as a business professional within the recruitment sector for over 15 years, Bonnie has experience within a range of sectors and niche markets, spanning professional services and public sector, with responsibility for campaign design and delivery, executive search and selection and senior interim.

Sara-Wingate-GraySara Wingate Gray & Kate Lomax - Artefacto

Sara Wingate Gray is a researcher, writer and artist. She is a Teaching Fellow at University College London and currently a doctoral candidate in the Department of Information Studies. In 2006 she founded The Itinerant Poetry Library, a worldwide travelling public library of poetry, which she operated full time for three and a half years across eleven countries. In 2010 she was awarded a Fellowship in International Librarianship from IREX and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, while in 2011 she led the Poetry Center and American Poetry Archives digitization project at San Francisco State University, making digitally accessible for the very first time the largest historic collection of American poetry recordings outside of the Library of Congress.

Kate is a technologist and librarian with a particular interest in online learning and open technologies. From 2009 until 2013, Kate was the Project Manager for the NHS eLearning repository and has over seven years experience in web development, design, and digital content management. Some of her favourite previous projects and work have included installing and managing The Feminist Library’s first open source library management system, and participating in training Radical Librarians.

Sally Kerr, Digital Service Manager & Alison Stoddart, Library Development Officer - City of Edinburgh Council

And we are extremely grateful to have the support of Councillor Lewis and Jonathan Guthrie with us again for EDGE2015:-

Jonathan Guthrie -  City Centre Development Partnership Director

Jonathan leads on strategic investment and coordinates development for the City of Edinburgh and works across all major sectors.

Councillor Richard Lewis – Convener for Culture & Sport

Born in Sydney, Richard grew up in both Edinburgh and Australia. After attending James Gillespie’s High School, he completed a B.A. (Hons) in Music at Magdalen College, Oxford and a Masters at Edinburgh University before working in Mannheim, Germany for some time. He has since worked as a freelance musician and conductor in Austria, Hungary, Australia, Denmark, Belgium and Ireland.

He has been a member of the SNP for 18 years and has served as vice-convenor of Marchmont branch. He first stood for the party in the council 2007 election.

His primary areas of council interest are education and the arts and particularly the importance of maintaining and expanding upon Edinburgh’s reputation as a leading artistic, cultural and educational centre.

Richard has a Hungarian partner Eszter who gave birth to their first son, Stephan, in January.