EXCITING SPEAKERS LINE UP
Speakers Announced – This years line up!
Sue 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.
Ben Lee – Director of Shared Intelligence & Director of National Association for Neighbourhood Management
Ben is on the senior team at Shared Intelligence and director of the National Association for Neighbourhood Management. He has been involved in community renewal and public services at the neighbourhood level for over a decade. He is an experienced advisor, researcher and facilitator, with specialism’s in communities of practice and learning networks. Recently he has been closely involved in designing shared learning activities for community volunteers involved in the Lottery-funded Big Local programme, and advising public libraries on how to increase social impact while facing massive financial pressures.
Dr Ally Crockford – Wikimedian – in – Residence
Ally took up the post of Wikimedian in Residence at the National Library of Scotland in July 2013, the first programme of its kind in Scotland and part of an attempt to lay the groundwork for a more open access policy at the NLS. She organises internal training events for NLS staff while also building a stronger community of Scottish Wikipedians. Prior to this she worked with the University of Edinburgh and the Surgeons’ Hall Museum to organise an AHRC-funded series of collaborative public events. Having graduated with a PhD in English Literature from the University of Edinburgh in 2012, in addition to her role at the NLS Ally is also currently the inaugural Susan Manning Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities in Edinburgh, where she explores digital knowledge from a different perspective: creating an open-access online resource about Medicine in Literature as part of a project on ‘Digital Articulations.’
Brian Bannon – Commissioner, Chicago Public Library
Brian the new commissioner of Chicago Public Library, at 39 already has a lengthy list of accomplishments under his belt. As the former chief information officer of San Francisco Public Library, Bannon was responsible for its digital and technology strategy. Bannon also served as chief of branches during his six-year tenure at SFPL, managing the staff of 27 neighborhood libraries and leading the design and construction process of its $200 million Branch Library Improvement Program—the largest capital improvement program in the library’s history.
Grace Kempster - Customer & Library Services Manager, Northamptonshire County Council - EDGE2013 winner, Enterprise Hubs
Grace has worked in libraries in London Boroughs, UK cities and counties and internationally, and is currently Customer and Libraries Manager for Northamptonshire County Council. She has led the transformation of Northamptonshire libraries to achieve one of the lowest per-visit cost in the UK, attain the coveted Customer Service Excellence award and develop a track record for innovation – from the introduction of self-service with 95% take up across the county, to the development of ground-breaking partnerships to support employment and enterprise, with a focus on ‘families and futures’ that has seen Northamptonshire libraries successfully take on direct management of children’s centres and support for customers accessing emergency ‘social fund’ help. Grace’s previous work has involved delivering consultancy to the Thai Knowledge Park in Bangkok; partnership with a leading community-based literacy organisation in Argentina and shaping the initial People’s Network in libraries across the UK – for this pioneering work she was awarded an OBE in 1999.
Jane Milne – Partnership Information Manager, East Neighbourhood
The East Neighbourhood area is now the focus for developing a ‘Total Neighbourhood’ approach. This aims to improve public services for the communities in East Neighbourhood.
- Work even more closely with communities and residents to further involve the public in the design and delivery of the services they use.
- Build on our existing partnership working to enhance integrated services and improved outcomes.
- Better use of all the public service resources in the East Neighbourhood.
- Look for opportunities to reduce duplication and share services (public, third and private sectors).
- Provide innovative and integrated services in partnership with the local communities.
Polly 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.
David Stoker – Service Manager, Central Library & Archives, Liverpool
David has a history degree from the University of Birmingham, a Masters degree in Archives from the University of Liverpool, and an MBA from the University of Chester. He has over thirty years of experience in a number of archive and local studies services and has been actively involved in local and regional archive bodies. He has been City Archivist at Liverpool, his home town, since 1995 and is now Liverpool Central Library and Archive Manager. He has worked extensively on the transformation of Liverpool Central Library and Archive as a key member of the client team. The major redevelopment and restoration which is funded via PFI credits from DCMS has been hugely successful since re-opening on 17 May 2013. Visitor numbers have more than doubled and there have been large numbers of new library members and excellent customer feedback. The building is an exciting and unique blend of old and new and has become a key visitor destination in its own right. David will talk about the whole project and its outcomes. As Frank Cottrell Boyce said on recently coming back to the library: “It’s like visiting your Nan and finding that she has turned into Beyoncé.”
Allan Cowie – General Manager, Scotland – Macmillian Cancer Care
Martyn Wallace – Head of Digital Sales O2
Martyn’s spent 14 years in IT and Communications (ICT). He believes the rise of mobile devices and cloud computing methods means everyone can be digitally connected in work and play.
Kirsten Trussell – 14-19 Engagement Team Manager, Brighton City Council
Kirsten has worked in young people’s education in the charity, public and private sectors for 18 years. In her current role as 14-19 Engagement Team Manager Kirsten is responsible for all things engagement, inclusion, employability, employment and skills related to 11-19 learning. Her role involves commissioning, project management, event management, community engagement, stakeholder engagement, implementing new policy and strategy development. Kirsten works in close partnership with young people, schools, colleges, training providers, community and voluntary sector, Local Authority services, government departments and employers in order to ensure that there is sufficient suitable education and training provision for young people in the city.
And we are extremely grateful to have the support of Councillor Lewis, Mark Turley, Jonathan Guthrie and Graham Coult with us again for EDGE2014:-
Mark Turley – Director, Services for Communities, City of Edinburgh Council
Mark graduated in Psychology from the University of Leicesterin 1981 and began working for Sheffield City Council in the same year. In 1990 Mark graduated with a Masters Degree in Business Administration (MBA) from the Sheffield Business School. After progressing through various management positions Mark was appointed Deputy Director of Housing for York City Council in 1990.
In December 1993 Mark began working for the City of Edinburgh Councilas Director of Housing. In 2006 he became of Director of Services for Communities responsible for a wide range of ”quality of life” services such as libraries, waste, roads, parks, housing, community safety and community planning. These are delivered through a neighbourhood management model and have shown dramatic improvements in performance and customer satisfaction over the past 4 years.
Mark has served on a number of national bodies including the Homelessness Task Force, the Anti-Social Behaviour Working Group, the Empty Homes Working Group and the New Housing Partnership Working Group.
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.
Graham Coult – Editor-in-Chief Managing Information
Graham is editor-in-chief of Managing Information, and the new publication Privacy and Data Protection: Managing Information matters. Managing Information magazine looks at all aspects of information management, with an emphasis on the practical, and a brief to push the boundaries of information management and look at how it can be reinvented and developed. This includes coverage of digital matters, QR codes, Augmented Reality, the Internet of Things etc, especially in the form of reviews of the latest research. The new magazine, as its name suggests, covers Privacy and Data Protection, with a global focus.