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.

ben-leeBen 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 advised on community renewal and public services at the neighbourhood level for over a decade. He played a key role in the national research study “Envisioning the library of the future” commissioned by Arts Council England, and has worked with a number of local library authorities to look at ways to increase the social impact libraries have within their communities.

Dr-Ally-CrockfordDr 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-BannonBrian 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-KempsterGrace 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-MilneJane Milne – Partnership Information Manager, East

Jane began her career in public libraries by working during her summer holidays from school and university at Craigmillar Library. After completing her MA Honours degree at Edinburgh University in English Language and her postgraduate in Information and Library Studies at Strathclyde University, she returned to public libraries in East Lothian in 1999 to complete her Chartership programme. She returned to Edinburgh in 2001 – first at Westerhailes Library, then moving to Sighthill where she introduced and rolled-out the award-winning Libraries4U: Youth Inclusion Project and recently returned to East Neighbourhood in 2009 after the birth of her second child, as Libraries Development Officer. In November 2012, Jane supported the delivery and opening of the new East Neighbourhood Centre and Craigmillar Library – bringing her career full circle to where she began as a summer holiday assistant!

Currently, as Partnership and Information Manager, Jane manages libraries and customers services across the neighbourhood whilst also contributing to the development of the Total Neighbourhood approach – specifically leading on the delivery of the engagement strand by working closely with communities and residents to further involve them in the design of the services which they use.

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.

David-StokerDavid 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.”

Martyn-WallaceMartyn WallaceHead of Digital Sales O2

As Telefónica O2 UK moves towards its goal of a true Digital Telco, Martyn is responsible for taking the full Telefónica Digital portfolio to market in the UK.  He works with O2’s Private, Enterprise, Public Sector and Passenger Services Channels and helps promote business benefits in products and solution within Machine to Machine (m2m,IoT), Cloud Services, Mobile Enterprise Application Platforms (MEAP), Big Data and Managed Security Services as well new emerging products and Technologies which Telefonica are developing and bringing to market. Previous to this role he lead a virtual team looking at ways of how O2’s New and Existing Joined up Business products and services could help deliver business, consumer and citizen benefits to the people in Scotland. He still has close working relationships across Scottish Government, Scottish Parliament and its agencies, developing ministerial and board level relationships to enable Telefonica O2 to play a lead role in the development of the Scottish Governments Strategies for both the Change in Public Sector ICT and Vision for Digital Inclusion whilst aligning to the new technologies that are in the market.

Martyn has been a very active participant of the Scottish Digital Participation Action Group and has advised on Seven Cites Alliance, Next Generation Broadband and other key Scottish Digital projects. Martyn also represents the Scottish interests on the Mobile Operators Association on behalf of Telefonica O2.  As well as an approved social media ambassador on behalf of Telefonica (his twitter is @MW_O2UK) he was also voted as one of the Top 100 influential people within Scottish Tech in 2013 by Holyrood magazine.  When he is not rushing around the UK on behalf of O2, Martyn spends time in Edinburgh and Glasgow with his ten year old daughter and helps the Coder Dojo movement in Scotland from time to time helping kids learn to code.

Kirsten-TrussellKirsten Trussell14-19 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.

Nicolas-CoeckelberghsNicolas  Coeckelberghs -  BC architects & studies, Belgium

Nicolas Coeckelberghs, earth construction expert architect with a postmaster in Earth Architecture of CRAterre, Grenoble, France. Likes to get his hands dirty while organizing community construction projects.  He is the co-founder of the office BC architects and studies(BC-AS) together with Laurens Bekemans, Ken de Cooman and Wes Degreef.

BC architects provides architectural services for private and public clients. BC studies is an non-profit organisation for research, teaching, action and knowledge transfer in architecture and urbanism in specific, and crazy ideas in general. BC-AS aim to contribute to the shift in world balances of ecology, economy, urban liveability and – in the end – happiness.   The latest project Nicolas will talk about is the first library of Muyinga in Burundi, part of a future inclusive school for deaf children, built in locally sourced compressed earth blocks, with a participatory approach.

Tom-McInnesTom McInnesDevelopment Manager, South East Scotland, Macmillan Cancer Care

Tom qualified as a Registered General Nurse in 1981 and worked in both the Royal Infirmary and City Hospital in Edinburgh.  He gained his first degree in Health and Social Care from Napier University in 1984.  Following further education in Intensive Care Nursing he became a Ward Manager in Thoracic Surgery, where his interest in Palliative Care developed.  Further study enabled Tom to become a Macmillan Community Clinical Nurse Specialist and whilst in this position, qualified as a specialist practitioner, an Advanced Nurse Prescriber, and gained his medical Masters Degree in Palliative Care from Glasgow University.  In 2006, Tom left this post and joined Macmillan Cancer Support as the Service Development Manager for the South East of Scotland.

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-CoultGraham CoultEditor-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.