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Edinburgh Finance Forum, March 2014


Our gathering in Edinburgh discussed how best to capitalise on the city’s financial sector to benefit the local and national economies.


Chaired by Magnus Linklater of The Times

„Nick Ball, Corran Properties
„„Cllr Frank Ross, Edinburgh City Council, Economic Committee
„„Andy Neal, Essential Edinburgh
„„Hamish Baillie, Ruffer LLP
„„Nick White, CuthbertWhite
„„Paul Jourdan, Amati
„„Alan Aitchison, Quilter Cheviot
„„Mike Wardlaw, Towry
„„Douglas Barton, SG Hambros
„„David Young, MacLay Murray & Spens



Reserves Forum, February 2014


The latest Times Scotland Business Forum convened at the Royal Scots Club in Edinburgh to discuss the Future Reserves 2020 Review (FR20).


Chaired by Magnus Linklater of The Times

Craig Jamieson, Regional Centre Head, Barclays
„„James McVicar, James McVicar Printing Works
„„Stefan Grzybowski, Divisional Personnel Off icer, Police Scotland
„„WO2 Stephen Davies, Royal Marines Reserves Scotland
„„Colonel AK Miller, Chief Executive, Highland RFCA
„„Commander Roger Curtis, HMS Dalriada
„„Sqn Ldr Jerry Riley, Off icer Commanding 603 Sqn Royal Auxiliary Air Force
„„Graham Struthers, Chair, Forth Valley FSB
„„Lieutenant Colonel Pete Little, 7 SCOTS
„„Sgt Darren Jackson, 6 SCOTS
„„Flying Officer Keith Miller, 602 City of Glasgow Air Force

Donald Gordon, Chair, CIPD Scotland



The Times Scotland Business Forum debated the merits of the new Inverness Campus, a unique collaboration which will benefit the economy, higher education and the community.


Chaired by Magnus Linklater of The Times

Ruaraidh MacNeil, Project Director, Inverness Campus, HIE
Stuart Black, Director of Planning & Development, Highland Council
Diane Rawlinson, Principal, Inverness College UHI
Fiona Larg, Chief Operating Officer, University of Highlands and Islands
Stewart Nicol, Chief Executive, Inverness Chamber of Commerce
Prof Alasdair Munro, Chairman, Centre for Health Science Company
Prof George Gunn, Head of Veterinary Epidemiology, Scotland’s Rural College
Isobel Grigor, Chief Executive, Calman Trust
Ainya Taylor, Highland Youth Convenor
James Cameron, Head of Life Sciences, Highlands and Islands


The Times Scotland Business Forum discussed Open Standards, Open Source Software and Open Data.


Chaired by Polly Purvis, Executive Director, ScotlandIS
Angus McKechnie, Technology Practice Leader, CGI
Ian Ritchie CBE, Chairman, Iomart
Ritchie Sommerville, Planning, Strategy and Relationship Manager, ICT Solutions, The City of Edinburgh Council
Jackie Mackenzie, Head of Innovation Programmes Scotland, NESTA
Greg Soper, Managing Director, Salesagility (an open source consultancy focused on customer relationship management solutions)
Gill Grassie, Head of IP litigation, Brodies LLP
Rab Campbell, Public Sector Manager, CGI and Chairman of ScotlandIS


The Times Scotland Business Forum convened in Edinburgh to discuss the issues facing commercialisation in Scotland.


Chaired by Magnus Linklater of The Times

Dr Eleanor Mitchell, commercialisation director of Scottish Enterprise

Dr Olga Kozlova, director at Converge Challenge

Callum Paterson, managing partner of Scottish Equity Partners

Gordon Stark, COO of Murgitroyd

Chris van der Kuyl, chairman of 4J Studios

Jim Hall, director of Kevin Capital

Sandy Kennedy, chief executive of Saltire Foundation

Mervyn Jones, chair of Converge Challenge Judging Panel

Prof Paul Hagan, director at Scottish Funding Council

Adam Brown, director at Bellrock Technology


The Times Business Forum met to assess the significance of the Commonwealth Games to Glasgow and Scotland.


Chaired by Angus Macleod, editor of The Times Scotland

Liz Cameron, chief executive of Scottish Chambers of Commerce

David Coyne, head of economic development for Glasgow City Council

Professor Lorne Crerar, chairman of Harper Macleod

Sarah Deas, director of Glasgow legacy at Scottish Enterprise

David Grevemberg, chief executive of Glasgow 2014

Afzal Khushi CBE, director at Trespass

Douglas Nisbet, partner at EY

Tommy Mitchell, technical director of NVT Group

Ian Reid, chief financial officer of Glasgow 2014

Professor Lesley Sawers, vice principal & pro vice chancellor of Glasgow Caledonian University


The Times Business Forum discussed how a drive in East Lothian is aiming to maximise economic benefits from the 2013 Open.

Chaired by Peter Jones, columnist for The Times Scotland

Angela Leitch, chief executive of East Lothian Council

Cllr John McMillan of East Lothian Council

Robbie Clyde, Ryder Cup project director at Event Scotland

Bob Gunning, chair of East Lothian Golf Tourism Alliance

Hamish Grey, chief executive of Scottish Golf Union

Prof Brian Hay of Queen Margaret University

Allan Minto, golf tourism officer at East Lothian Council

Lawrence Durden, manager of tourism at Skills Development Scotland

Rob Rae, Midlothian and East Lothian Chamber of Commerce

George Archibald, chief executive of Midlothian and East Lothian Chamber of Commerce


The latest Times Scotland Business Forum met to discuss the challenges and opportunities for Scotland’s smart exporters.

„Chaired by Magnus Linklater CBE, columnist for TheTimes Scotland
„„Neil Francis, international trade & investment director at SDI
„„Ron Archibald, director of tradeshow access programme at UKTI
„„Martin Johnson, area manager for the Inner Moray Firth at HIE
„„Willie Stewart of GlobalScot
„„Iain Weir, marketing director at Ian Macleod Distillers
„„Ros Donaldson, business development manager at Tidalfire
„„Craig Clark, managing director at Clyde Space
„„Elaine Ferguson, finance director of Biopta
„„Steve Bracken, business support manager of Marine Harvest


The latest Times Scotland Business Forum met to discuss the issues confronting Scotland’s booming salmon farming sector.

Chaired by Magnus Linklater CBE, columnist for The Times Scotland
„„James Withers, CEO of Scotland Food & Drink
„„William Gray, head of food and drink at Scottish Development International
„„Scott Landsburgh, CEO of Scottish Salmon Producers’ Association
„„Rory Conn, UK sales and commercial manager at Scottish Sea Farms
„„Nick Joy, managing director of Loch Duart
„„Robert Wilson, financial director at Scottish Salmon Company
„„John Avizienius, deputy head of farm animals at RSPCA,
„„Steve Bracken, business support manager at Marine Harvest
„„Karen Hamilton, partner at Brodies LLP


The first Times Business Forum of 2013 discussed some cogent reasons why the lessons of the enlightenment might be applied to the challenges of the chemicals industry.


Chaired by Magnus Linklater CBE, columnist for The Times Scotland
„„Fergus Ewing MSP, Minister for Energy, Enterprise and Tourism.
„„Dr Sandy Dobbie, chairman, Chemical Sciences Scotland
„„Craig Johnston, operations director, CMAC.
„„Peter Wormald, director, BASF, Paisley
„„Professor Bob Tooze, managing director, Sasol Technology
„„Gordon Grant, director, Ineos, Grangemouth
„„Dr Ian Archer, head of process development, at Ingenza.
„„Gillian Watson, CEO, Giltech, and Scottish Enterprise board member.
„„Prof David Gani, deputy principal of Strathclyde University and executive chairman
of ScotCHEM
„„Caroline Strain, head of chemical sciences at Scottish Enterprise


The latest Times Forum saw a meeting of minds as to how young talent coluld be motivated and new business created in Renfrewshire.


Chaired by Magnus Linklater CBE, columnist for The Times Scotland

Bob Darracott, leader of Renfrewshire Council

Professor Seamus McDaid, principal and vice chancellor, University of the West of Scotland

Amanda McMillan, managing director of Glasgow Airport

Tom Johnston, the president of Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce

Peter Beagley, general manager of Braehead

Steve Conway, chief executive, Erskine

Jim Carswell, Operations Director, Life Technologies

Roz Bird, estates director of MEPC

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