June 6th 2019 | Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh


Colin Cook

Digital Director - Scottish Government

Colin has held Head of Division roles in Public Health, Healthcare strategy, Cabinet Secretariat and Digital. A former marketing director of Army Recruiting and Royal Mail's letters business, Colin is also a trustee of The Poppy Factory, a charity that helps disabled, sick and injured ex-service people back into work.

The Director of Digital is responsible for improving connectivity across Scotland, designing and implementing digital public services that meet user needs, enabling public service reform through digital technology and approaches, raising levels of digital participation amongst individuals and businesses, and transforming Scotland's digital economy.

Nicola Graham

Head of ICT - Aberdeenshire Council

Nicola has worked in ICT for the past 25 years having graduated from Napier University.  Her career spans retail, finance, outsourcing and the public sector.

She joined Aberdeenshire Council as Head of ICT in 2011, with a remit to bring about change to ICT service provision.  Nicola has led the organisation through a transformation programme, implementing new technology innovation, strengthening the skills of the ICT Team and developing the wider digital skills of the workforce.   Nicola is now a key player in developing the Aberdeenshire Councils approach to Digital Services and bringing innovation to the rural North East.

Nicola is the current President of SOCITM, leading this year on the ethical use of emerging technologies.  She also played a leading role in the setup of Scotland’s Local Government Digital Office and the creation of shared CDO and CTO roles across Local Government

Carolann Miller

CIO, The City of Edinburgh Council

Over 25 years of IT and Business Management experience spanning both public and private sectors.   A history of achievements covering ICT Digital Strategy, Service Delivery Management, Service and Contract Assurance, Commercial Management, Supplier Management, Delivery of IT and Transformation of Services.   Focused on driving the City of Edinburgh Council IT strategy with Cyber Security at its heart.

Ritchie Somerville

Data Innovation Director - The University of Edinburgh

Ritchie has performed a wide range of different roles across local government, from Town Planning, Business Planning, Programme & Project Management to IT and Digital.  

Previously Programme Strategy Manager for Edinburgh’s Connected Capital Programme, part of the Urban Broadband Fund, in 2013 he was appointed as Planning, Strategy and Relationship Manager to develop the ICT and Digital Strategy for the City of Edinburgh Council – Empowering Edinburgh.  

Appointed as Innovation and Futures Manager at the City of Edinburgh Council in 2016, he supported the Council and its partners in the development of the Regional City Deal.  He contributed to the BEIS-sponsored Science and Innovation Audit for South East Scotland, led by the University of Edinburgh, and subsequently assisted in the development of the Data Driven Innovation Programme, now part of the Regional City Deal.  He has been seconded full-time to the University since summer 2017.

A co-founder of the Edinburgh Living Lab, he is a former Board Member of Digital Leaders Scotland, a Board member of the Cities Standards Institute, and a BSI Committee Member on Smart Cities.  He is also an Associate of the Association for Project Management (AAPM), a Member of the Institute of Leadership and Management (MILM) and a Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA).