SPEAKERS

alistairgaw2Alistair Gaw –  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.

Aude Charillon – Library and Information Officer, Business, Intellectual property and Digital, Newcastle Libraries.

Aude Charillon works as a Library and Information Officer at Newcastle Libraries. She was part of the first cohort of Carnegie Library Lab Partners, which allowed her to develop the project Commons are Forever – encouraging citizens to discover and re-use creative works – from early 2015 to Autumn 2016.

Her current areas of responsibility include the Business & IP Centre Newcastle, open data and digital literacy activities. She is also particularly interested in copyright, privacy and online rights.

Christine Cook – Service Development Officer (Adults), Fife Cultural Trust

Christine has a Public and Further Education library background.  Christine has been a qualified Librarian for 24 years and works as part of a team pushing forward and creatively expanding the offer of libraries in Fife from digital to events.  Christine loves hearing what other people are reading and talking about from Japanese fiction to anyone who will stand still long enough to listen and she is still actively looking for the perfect book.

Kate Pitman – Idea Store Service Development Manager, Tower Hamlets

Kate worked in Tower Hamlets libraries for several years before their transformation into Idea Stores. Before that she worked as a librarian in the London Boroughs of Camden and Brent as well as in academic libraries and bookshops. Kate leads on libraries for Idea Stores and is currently taking forward the work on integrating libraries and adult and community education. She is on the Executive of the Association of London Chief Librarians and is a Board member of the London Libraries Consortium. Kate has written for the professional press in the UK was a contributor to “Bibliothèques troisième lieu” published by the Association des Bibliothécaires de France.

Pam Ryan –  Director, Service Development & Innovation at Toronto Public Library (TPL).

With 100 branches and the highest circulation and visits per capita, Toronto Public Library is the biggest and busiest urban public library in the world. She is responsible for creating transformational library services and programs for major service areas ranging from children, youth, adults, newcomers, vulnerable populations, and indigenous communities to digital innovation, information and readers services, literacy and learning, community outreach and engagement, and special collections and digitization. She is also a sessional instructor at the University of Alberta, teaching Leadership and Management Principles for Library and Information Services in the online Master of Library and Information Studies program.

Colin Carter – Director of Library Engagement, Innovative Interface Limited

Colin is a qualified librarian with a degree in Library and Information Studies and History from Loughborough University. He worked in a variety of libraries including Edinburgh City Libraries, Staffordshire County Libraries and the library of the Scottish Office. In 1995 he moved from working in libraries to working for the library software sector and has been there ever since, working for a number of suppliers in a range of different roles. In his current role as Director of Library Engagement with Innovative, Colin has the opportunity to visit dozens of libraries every year and to engage with library professionals in a wide variety of environments. In 2017 libraries visited included the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, the University of Johannesburg Library, the central public library in Reykjavik, and the library at the University of the Arctic in Tromso. As well as visiting libraries to deliver presentations and demonstrations of Innovative’s products, Colin also engages with a wide range of professional organisations including CILIPS, IFLA, SCONUL, UKSG and BIC.

Alice Thompson – Co Founder Social Bite

Having started out in the events business at the tender age of 19, Alice travelled to Bangladesh in 2011 to meet Nobel Peace Prize Winner Prof Muhammad Yunus to convince him to speak at the first ever Scottish Business Awards. What she got instead was a different direction in life. She sold the events business and ploughed every penny into opening the first Social Bite shop with business partner, Josh Littlejohn.  In the last 4 years Social Bite went from one small shop to eight operating units and from 10 staff to 100 staff. All while continuing to run The Scottish Business Awards, which has in the last 5 years seen speakers such as President Bill Clinton,  Sir Richard Branson, George Clooney and more recently, Leonardo DiCaprio.

David McNeill – Digital Director, Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations.

David leads SCVO’s ambitious digital strategy for Scotland’s third sector. This includes work to tackle inequality by increasing digital participation and basic digital skills; maximise the impact of the third sector by encouraging digital transformation and evolution; and support digital innovation to improve lives and communities. Before joining SCVO David was Depute Chief Executive at Young Scot, where he led the development of services provided through the Young Scot National Entitlement Card. David is currently a Trustee of the Digital Xtra Fund, the Voluntary Action Fund and Recharge, an East Lothian youth work charity.

Rachael Rivera – Manager, Central Library Experience, Auckland

Rachael Rivera  has worked in Public Libraries for all her working life, ever since her mum got her a job shelving books 23 years ago! She’s held a variety of roles over this time but really gets the most reward from working closely with communities and teams to make the most of the diverse opportunities libraries provide. She believes that Libraries can change the world and has seen the difference we make on a small scale every day. She is currently Manager- Central Library Experience, based in at the Auckland Central Library in Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand. Auckland Central library is  the largest library in the City with around 4000 people a day visiting – this means no two days are alike! Rachael has lead and been involved in a number of projects, including a focus on offsite librarianship and taking the library to the community via bikes, popups and activations. Most recently she has completed a  refurbishment of the library to make more space for people, as well as devising and  implementing a new structure and vision for the library. She’s into food, music and travel, and is incredibly excited about attending the Edge 2018!