June 27th 2018 | Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh


Prof Bill Buchanan OBE

Professor of Computing, Edinburgh Napier University

Bill Buchanan is a Professor in the School of Computing at Edinburgh Napier University, and a Fellow of the BCS and the IET. He was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2017 Birthday Honours for services to cyber security. Bill is the first person in the UK to be awarded an OBE for services to Cyber Security. In 2108 he was also presented with an "Outstanding Contribution to Knowledge Exchange" award. He also has led the creation of the world’s first Blockchain Identity Lab, and which has significant funding for the creation of a world leading research infrastructure.

Currently he leads the Centre for Distributed Computing, Networks, and Security and The Cyber Academy (http://thecyberacademy.org). Bill has also published 28 academic books and over 260 academic papers. 

His main research focus is around information sharing, such as using Trust and Governance Policies, threat analysis, cryptography, and triage within digital forensics. This has led to several World-wide patents, and in three highly successful spin-out companies: Zonefox (zonefox.com); Symphonic Software (www.symphonicsoft.com/); and Cyan Forensics (cyanforensics.com).

Bill regularly appears on TV and radio related to computer security, and has given evidence to both the UK and Scottish Parliament. He has been named as one of the Top 100 people for Technology in Scotland for every year since 2012, and was also included in the FutureScot "Top 50 Scottish Tech People Who Are Changing The World". Recently his work on Secret Shares received “Innovation of the Year” at the Scottish Knowledge Exchange Awards. He was also included in the JISC Top 50 Higher Education Social Media Influencers, and has an extensive online presence, including with asecuritysite.com.

Phillip Couser

Director Public Health and Intelligence, NHS National Services Scotland

Phil was recruited to his current post of Director for Public Health and Intelligence (PHI) in National Services Scotland (NSS) in May 2013.  PHI brings together two well known public health focused and data rich former divisions of NSS, namely Information Services Division and Health Protection Scotland.    

After a career in the Army, Phil joined the NHS through NHS England’s Gateway to Leadership Programme. This led to an appointment as Associate Director for Planning, Performance and Practice Based Commissioning for NHS North of Tyne.  In 2011 Phil moved to London to manage a Clinical Directorate in Guys and St Thomas’ Foundation Trust, from where he was recruited to his current post.  

Andy Grayland

CISO, Scottish Local Government Digital Office

Andy Grayland is the Chief Information Security Officer of the Digital Office for Scottish Local Authorities. He Joined the team at the beginning of 2018 with a remit to promote collaboration between Scotland's local government authorities and to assist in the delivery of the Cyber Resilience Strategy for Scotland: Public Sector Action Plan.

Andy is passionate about reaffirming Scotland's place on the world stage as a leader at the forefront of global technology innovation. His experience has taught him that threats from cyberspace are all-pervading and as more and more high-profile breaches are discovered, public perception of organisations who fail to protect their valuable data will be negatively impacted. His vision of the future is for Scotland to be renowned as a safe place to conduct digital business and that this will be achieved by the public sector leading by example.

Murray Husband

Head of ICT and Digital Enablement, East Renfrewshire Council

After graduating in Computing Science from University of Strathclyde, Murray worked in the manufacturing sector with Weir Pumps, where he achieved the global role of IT Director.

Taking a once in a lifetime opportunity to join the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games as Head of Information Technology Services, Murray played an instrumental part in a global sporting event in his home city.

As Head of ICT and Digital Enablement at East Renfrewshire Council, Murray is tasked with delivering digital modernisation through technology and enabling the Council to meet, and exceed, its Digital ambitions, which ultimately will make people’s lives better in East Renfrewshire.

Claudette Jones

Chief Information Officer, University of the West of Scotland 

Claudette Jones has been the Chief Information Officer at the University of the West of Scotland (UWS) since leaving the City of Edinburgh Council in September 2016.

At UWS Jones is responsible for the delivery of IT and digital services transformation for the University’s 16,000 students across 5 UK campuses and world-wide. Leading an in-house team to deliver a transformative student success experience in a 21st Century University environment and enabling increased research activities. 

At the City of Edinburgh Council, Jones was responsible for IT and digital across the corporate and education services for 18,000 staff and 40,000 school children. Jones oversaw the procurement of the £186m contract with CGI to transform IT and digital services for staff and citizens which also targeted access for SMEs to the Council’s IT budget. 

Claudette has recently won a Scottish Woman of the Year Award (2017) in the Creative Industry Leadership category, and is once again in the top 100 UK CIOs in CIO Magazine.


Rocco Labellarte

CTO & Information Officer, Oxford City Council 

Rocco Labellarte has led technology teams across a number of public and private sector organisations, including Unilever, Calvin Klein, FCO Services and several local authorites, delivering digital transformation based on a solid foundation of cutting-edge cloud solutions.

With a wide background ranging from software development, through IT leadership, to large-scale business transformation across both the public and private sectors,  Rocco has coupled a lifelong passion for technology driven innovation with a desire to help organisations deliver services more effectively and efficiently.

Following a number of successful shared service implementations, the focus then moved to cloud migration and, more recently, into working across a range of AI related technologies, from Cognitive Agents, through Predictive Analytics, to Robotic Process Automation.

Iain Langlands

GIS Manager, Glasgow City Council

Iain Langlands is GIS Manager in Glasgow City Council, the UK’s largest single-tier Local Authority. He has assiduously promoted the use of GIS as a valuable data and visualisation tool where “the map” is the start of an analytical journey and not the end. Iain’s current projects include the re-provision of an IT architecture and hardware which will enable significant scalability in Glasgow’s GI capability, the integration of multi-platform data to facilitate “Big Data” analytics, policy & strategy scenario modelling and the provision of a dynamic and expanding central geospatial data bureau for the Council.

The innovative and award-winning “Future Cities: Glasgow” project was a catalyst for change in Glasgow, demonstrating and testing the value of Smart Cities initiatives. It also highlighted the benefits of corporate working; breaking down internal silos of data and working corporately to deliver lean working practices and transformational business solutions.

Geospatial data management and visualisation, when combined with the multitude of sensor data available from Glasgow’s built-environment and the wide array of data sets which can be geo-enabled through address referencing (e.g. social indicators, paths to employment, access to transport, health outcomes), is enabling a data revolution which is transforming the way Glasgow and its partners do business.

Dr Cat Macaulay

Chief Designer, Digital Directorate, Scottish Government

Cat is the Chief Designer in Scottish Government. She leads a team of User Researchers and Designers working on service transformation projects across SG and the wider public sector.  Prior to SG her career ranged from developing and selling an Internet trade mark monitoring system, to managing a media monitoring agency, to Director of Operations on a UNHCR funded project to Bosnia during the Balkans War. After that she took a PhD in Computing and became an academic. During her academic career she worked on a number of EU, industry and EPSRC research projects, supervised 5 PhD students to completion, designed and led a masters in Design Ethnography, and lectured and consulted on design in India, the USA, Europe and Australia. Companies she collaborated with include Intel USA, Bang and Olufsen, Goretex, Unilever UK, Microsoft USA, the BBC, Swisscom and NCR UK.

Anne Moises

Chief Information Officer, Scottish Government

Anne Moises is Chief Information Officer for the Scottish Government. 

Her responsibilities currently include the provision of digital assurance for all central government organisations and the development of digital, data and technology profession within the government.  

A Fellow of the British Computer Society, with over 30 years ICT experience, Anne`s career has covered everything from software development, through programme management to strategy development and technical implementation.  Most recently including the provision of ICT services, systems and support to the Scottish Government and a number of its agencies and associated bodies; with over 10,000 customers from Lerwick to London and beyond.


Jacqui Randle

Head of Intranet and Behaviour Change, Scottish Government

Jacqui has spent her career in HR and communications, with a focus on corporate communication, stakeholder engagement, media relations and organisational behaviour change. She has worked for the Home Office in London and more recently has returned to her roots in Scotland, working for the Scottish Government in Edinburgh. Jacqui is responsible for the Scottish Government’s award-winning intranet, Saltire, and for encouraging civil servants to use digital communication to engage effectively with the public, stakeholders and each other.

Chris Speed

Chair of Design Informatics, University of Edinburgh

Chris Speed is Chair of Design Informatics at the University of Edinburgh where his research focuses upon the Network Society, new financial technologies and The Internet of Things. Chris has sustained a critical enquiry into how network technology can engage with the fields of art, design and social experience through a variety of international design exhibitions, funded research projects, books, journals and conferences. Chris is co-editor of the journal Ubiquity and co-directs the Design Informatics Research Centre that is home to a combination of researchers working across the fields of interaction design, temporal design, anthropology, software engineering and digital architecture, as well as the PhD, MA/MFA and MSc and Advanced MSc programmes.

Martin Stubbs-Partridge

Internal Communications and Intranet, Scottish Natural Heritage

Having managed retail businesses for 16 years I’m focussed on meeting people’s needs.

In 2007 I joined Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) to help the agency become more customer centric. Early projects included designing a basic CRM, improving the complaints procedure and setting up programmes to gather customer/stakeholder insights.

In 2013 I was asked to lead the intranet re-development project. We went back to first principles, developed a 3 year plan with the latter stages utilising Agile to implement an open source Drupal digital workplace. The site is helping to embed collaborative practices and continues to reap benefits beyond the original scope. In 2017 SNH won a Step Two – Intranet & Digital Workplace award for innovation and benefit realisation.

The intranet project has changed my career and led me to embrace user first principles and Agile practices.

I’ve spent the last few months leading an Agile implementation of a new GDPR compliant data service and updated CRM system.


Angus Warren

CEO, HE and FE Sectors' Shared Services Vehicle, APUC

Angus Warren is the CEO of Advanced Procurement for Universities and Colleges (APUC), the Centre of Procurement Expertise for all of Scotland’s Universities and Colleges, and also the CEO for Universities and Colleges Shared Services (UCSS), a shared service facilitation and hosting company for the sectors. Both organisations are jointly owned by all the universities and colleges in Scotland. Angus has worked in the HE/FE sector for 15 years. He joined APUC in 2009, moving from the role of Commercial Director at City University London, where he worked for seven years. Before joining the sector, he worked in the private sector, working for the multinational consumer goods company, Unilever Plc, for 16 years, in various agribusiness, supply chain and ICT management roles in the UK and overseas.

Matt Watts

Director, Technology and Strategy, NetApp

I have been with NetApp for 9 years, but in the IT industry for much longer, in fact I have more than 20 years of IT experience. I work closely with the Office of the CTO, Product Operations and Marketing teams at NetApp, but I spend most of my time at events or with businesses articulating NetApp’s Strategy and the business value of IT.

Prior to working at NetApp, I have Project Managed significant IT projects; managed teams of System Engineers responsible for providing installation and onsite support; as well as overseeing IT outsourcing contracts.

In my role of EMEA Director of Technology and Strategy, I provide guidance on NetApp Strategy and Technology to NetApp’s Customer and Partner Community.

Christopher Wroath

Director of Digital, NHS Education for Scotland

A 30 year public sector information specialist, having worked across the health, culture and communication sectors. While employed by the Cabinet Office Christopher worked with the newly formed Government Digital Service and their development and application of Cloud and Agile based services. He is currently working in the Scottish NHS transforming a disparate and complex information landscape into a single unified environment putting individual members of the NHS and social care workforce at the centre of wholly redesigned services. This involves defining and delivering the NHS Education for Scotland (NES) vision for a comprehensive digital transformation by implementing dynamic change through innovative and agile approaches to technical, cultural and organisational challenges by leading the design and in house build of Turas, the NES digital platform and the new Scottish Government workforce planning platform.

Richard Farrell

Chief Technology Officer, Netcall

Richard began his career in contact centres in the mid-1990s working in contact centre and business change management. Creating operational procedures, opening new sites, closing old sites, specifying solutions, and managing procurements and deployments.

Over the past 16 years at Netcall, Richard has further developed a deep understanding of the challenges clients face, Netcall’s suite of solutions, and deployment and integration at client environments, and technologies and trends.

Dr Colin Birchenall

Chief Technology Officer, Digital Office Scotland

Colin is the CTO for the Digital Office, Scottish Local Government, a partnership of 30 Scottish Local Authorities. He was previously the lead architect for the £24M Glasgow Future Cities Demonstrator, the UK's largest smart city test-bed funded by Innovate UK. He has broad experience in the technology industry, specialises in strategy and architecture and has experience of the practical creation and development of Enterprise and Solution Architecture practices within the context of the global integration strategies (gained at BT and Serco), and public sector reform (gained at Glasgow City Council).

Sarah Davidson

Director General, Organisational Development and Operations, Scottish Government

Sarah Davidson was appointed Director General Communities in 2014. Sarah has been a civil servant since 1995 and has had a wide range of experience in that time, in both policy and service delivery.

Her recent roles have included Scottish Government Director of Communications; Director for Local Government and Communities and acting Director of Human Resources and Organisational Development. Previous experience includes Head of Cabinet Secretariat, Ministerial private secretary and a four- year secondment to the Scottish Parliament where she established the Public Audit and Finance Committees and was Director of the Holyrood Building Project Team.

Steve Bebb

Account Manager, Zengenti

Steve is an account manager at Zengenti. His main role is to look after their clients – understanding their needs, helping them make their website plans a reality and ensuring a healthy working relationship.

Steve believes passionately in a people-first mindset. He's committed to nurturing environments where individuals feel fulfilled and teams achieve great things.

In the 10 years previous to joining Zengenti, Steve worked at several digital agencies, helping to developing and lead their sales and marketing teams.

Brian Henderson

CIO, University of Aberdeen

Brian is originally from Perthshire, and has an undergraduate degree in Computing from Napier University in Edinburgh. He held a variety of technical and managerial roles in educational and council organisations before taking up a senior role in Information Technology at the University of Strathclyde in 1997. During his ten years at Strathclyde, Brian completed a part-time Masters Degree in Business Administration. In 2007, Brian and his family relocated to Aberdeenshire and he is currently Director of Digital & Information Services at the University of Aberdeen.

His current responsibilities include IT Services, Library, Special Collections and Museums.  Current projects include a large scale deployment of CRM technology as well as a number of capital building projects, including a major new science building.

Brian is also a member of the APUC IS Catalyst Group, USET and a board member of Aberdeen Science Centre and Inverness College, UHI.

Barbara Mills

Challenge Sponsor Manager, CivTech

Barbara works on Challenges and helps Challenge Sponsors get the most out of CivTech. She’s led the delivery of Olympic venues, run her own business, and consulted on innovation for organisations including the French Atomic Energy Commission. She’s passionate about the wider impacts CivTech can make, including those centred on young people and the rural economy.

Xavier Bellekens

Head of the Machine Learning Group, Abertay University

Xavier Bellekens is a Lecturer in Security and Privacy in the Division of Cyber-Security at Abertay University in Dundee. Xavier currently leads the Machine Learning for Cyber Security Group at Abertay University and is the cyber-security thematic leader for IEEE UK and Ireland Education Affairs Committee.

His current research interests are machine learning for security, threat analysis, critical infrastructure protection and situational awareness.  Xavier is also a regular contributor to radio and newspapers both in Belgium and the United Kingdom.

Nicole Carter

Freelance, Scottish Government and Digital Transformation Manager, CarterJohnstone Ltd

Nicole has a track record of delivering user-focused intranets and systems which make it easier for people to do their jobs. She led on the successful delivery of the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service’s intranet, replacing those of the eight fire brigades and Service college which merged to form the new organisation.

Fresh from that challenge she worked with the Scottish Government to rationalise more than 50,000 pages of verbose content into something usable and useful. Through user testing and many iterations Nicole has trained her eye to recognise a great piece of user friendly copy at 100 paces. With a background in project management, business change, public relations, stakeholder communications and product design Nicole enjoys the challenge of helping people to actually do something rather than just talk about it…

Nicole is enthusiastic about the flexibility of work and seeing organisations embrace the digital workplace. 

Heather Robb

Technology and Information Manager, Stirling Council

Heather Robb is Technology and Information Manager for Stirling Council. She joined Stirling Council in 2015, but has a career spanning 30 years in Scottish Local Government.  Her remit covers all ICT functions, business systems support and records and information management as well as leading on digital transformation.

Heather firmly believes that technology exists to support the business and that collaboration between the business and technology teams is essential to the success of digital transformation and engagement with staff and citizens.

Always keen to innovate and transform, she led Stirling to become the first Scottish Council using Office 365 and heads up the Gigabit Stirling project.

John Lester

Senior Sales Engineer, Sophos

John is a Senior Sales Engineer at Sophos and works with customers of all sizes and market verticals to discuss security and productivity projects. He specialises in Endpoint Security and Data Protection and is always happiest discussing a combination of these two methodologies. His 8 year tenure at Sophos has enabled him to understand a wide range of customer environments but loves being faced with a new challenge so please do ask questions!