Speakers Announced – This year’s line up, so far!

We are delighted and honoured to have ….

alistairgaw2Alistair Gaw – Acting Executive Director of Communities and Families

Alistair qualified as a social worker at the University of Edinburgh in 1988 and began his career in Strathclyde Region. He has post-qualifying awards in practice teaching and child protection and has an MBA from Napier University Business School.  Alistair is currently acting as Executive Director for Communities and Families at the City of Edinburgh Council. His responsibilities include children’s social work, schools, early years and community learning and development. He has worked for four local authorities holding specialist posts in children and families and criminal justice social work. Alistair was a member of the Social Work Services Inspectorate and worked on care standards, the regulation of care, adoption policy and the national review of child protection. As Head of Workforce and Finance in the Scottish Executive he was responsible for workforce development across the social care sector. He was Depute Chief Inspector at SWIA, responsible for local authority social work and criminal justice inspections and has led serious case reviews. Alistair was Head of Children and Families and Criminal Justice Social Work in Fife Council for 4 years before joining the City of Edinburgh Council as Head of Children’s Services in September 2011. In recent years he has been active in the work of Social Work Scotland and CELSIS. Alistair is the immediate past President of Social Work Scotland.

martyn-wallaceMartyn Wallace – Chief Digital Officer, Scottish Local Government.

Martyn is in charge of the Scottish Local Government Digital Office who’s responsibilities include being the centre of excellence in data, technology and digital and collaborating with the councils to help them with their own transformation whilst ensuring they are creating top class digital services for citizens. Initial aims are around organisation and setting out more standard approaches across local government in Scotland in regards to planning and implementation. Martyn and his team work with regional level collaborations as well as work with such partners  as Scottish Government, Scotland Excel, SEEMiS, NHS NSS, Improvement Service and SOCITM. Previous to this role Martyn worked as a Digital Consultant at Capita’s Secure Digital Solutions directorate but most notably in his career to date was hit position of Head of Digital Sales for Enterprise at Telefonica O2 UK where he was responsible for taking the full brand new innovative Telefonica Digital Portfolio to market in the UK whilst helping clients transform their business to be more digital centric in their approach. Previous to Telefonica, Martyn has worked at companies including Blackberry, Compaq and Computacenter Martyn has featured twice in the Holyrood Tech 100 (2013 and he kicked off the 2016 chart) plus was also voted as “one to watch” in regards to being the potentially “Biggest Digital Disruptor in Scotland” by the Scotsman in October 2016

Neil-McInnesNeil MacInnes – Strategic Lead, Libraries, Galleries & Culture, President, Society of Chief Librarians.

Neil is Strategic Lead – Libraries, Galleries and Culture. He is responsible for 22 libraries in the city including the recently transformed Central Library and HMP Manchester’s prison library as well as the County Record Office and City Archives. Neil is also the President of Society of Chief Librarians

lucy-mccredieLucy McCredie – Brand Licensing Consultant

Lucy is a Brand Licensing Consultant who specialises in supporting not- for- profit organisations in the creation and delivery of brand licensing programmes. With a background in Fundraising, she has been in the brand licensing industry for 18 years and developed programmes at the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund, The Science Museum, National Railway Museum and more recently for Battersea Dogs & Cats Home where she created a full programme from scratch. Lucy also widened her knowledge of the sector when she worked for 3 years at FremantleMedia Enterprises on their licensing programme including brands as varied as The X Factor, DangerMouse and QI.  She currently undertakes freelance assignments and has recently acted as an adviser to Help for Heroes and supported agency MetrostarMedia at their stand at Brand Licensing Europe in October 2016.

lisa-robertsLisa Roberts – Client Manager: Culture & Leisure, Peterborough City Council.

With 15-years’ experience and a background working in local government, the private and charity sectors across a range of disciplines. Lisa brings a strong business mind to any transformational change agenda and have an excellent track record of delivery with the skills of an experience strategic manager with a significant track record of delivering complex programmes, projects and events at National and European levels, working in and across cultural, leisure and commercial services. Lisa’s experience is further enhanced by skills in transformational change programmes, stakeholder engagement, performance management, strategic business planning and policy development, community development and solution-focused delivery.

Scott Simpson – Projects & Systems Manager, East Renfrewshire Culture & Leisure Limited.

Anthony Hopkins – Head of Library, Heritage & Adult Education Service Community & Housing Department, Merton Council.

Anthony Hopkins is the Head of Library, Heritage and Adult Education Services for the London Borough of Merton. He has over 18 years of experience working in public libraries and is the current President of the Association of London Chief Librarians (ALCL) and an executive member of the Society of Chief Librarians (SCL). The London Borough of Merton is renowned for having the most cost efficient library service in London whilst achieving some of the highest levels of customer satisfaction and usage.  Anthony is an experienced consultant and has worked on transformation programmes for other councils in England. He has also led LGA peer reviews and has recently led a successful transformation of Merton’s Adult Education Service to a new commissioning model. He is also a strategic lead for the London Libraries Consortium (LLC) and has led pan-London initiatives on behalf of the Greater London Authority (GLA) such as ‘Love Libraries Love Volunteering’ and is a contributor to the work of the Libraries Taskforce.

sue-wilkinsonSue Wilkinson – Chief Executive, The Reading Agency.

Sue Wilkinson is Chief Executive of The Reading Agency, a registered charity and Arts Council England NPO. The Reading Agency’s reading for pleasure and for health and well being programmes are developed and delivered with library partners and run across the whole of the UK. The Reading Agency’s mission is to inspire more people to read more, encourage them to share their love of reading with others and celebrate the difference being able to read well makes to all our lives. Last year 1.6 million people were involved in our programmes. Sue joined The Reading Agency in 2014 prior to doing so she was Director of Government and Academic Liaison at Elsevier and Director of Policy at the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council. She is a trained teacher and has worked in the broader cultural sector for all her career.


ErikErik Boekesteijn  –  Founder and Director of Doklab, Netherlands

Erik’s work has always been about libraries. First in the music department ( discOtake ), then in DOK, the library concept center in Delft, the Netherlands in the marketing and communication department. Later he set up the innovation department with Jaap van de Geer and now he is the co-founder and director of Doklab. Doklab is a private company with the mission to connect people to collections. Doklab does this through consultancy, concept and product development for libraries, museums and archives. Erik speaks at conferences all over the world on the use of library spaces and services and Doklab’s Extreme Library Makeover program. Shanachie Media is a production company that Erik set up with his friend and colleague Jaap van de Geer that provides information and inspiration for libraries worldwide through world wide travels in the ShanachieTours and through a weekly internet library talk show This Week in Libraries. In 2009 Erik received the honorary title of Mover and Shaker by Library Journal in 2009 and has been chosen as Best Librarian in the Netherlands 2015.

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 BA (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 and two young children.

john-scallyJohn Scally – National Librarian and Chief Executive, National Library of Scotland

Dr Scally started his career at the National Library of Scotland in 1993 as a curator in the British Antiquarian Division and left the Library as Deputy Head of Rare Books in 2003. Dr Scally moved to the University of Edinburgh to take up the post of Director of University Collections and during his time at the University progressed to the post of Director of Library and University Collections. Dr Scally returned to the National Library of Scotland in September 2014 as National Librarian and Chief Executive.

Dr Scally holds a BA (Hons) in English and Modern History from the University of Strathclyde, a PhD in History from the University of Cambridge and a Diploma in Information and Library Studies from Aberystwyth University.