Journalist and Broadcaster
Pennie Taylor is an award-winning freelance journalist and broadcaster. BBC Scotland’s first Health Correspondent, she has also worked on the newsdesks of a number of national newspapers.
Pennie is a passionate advocate of the greater use of digital technologies by public sector and third sector organisations for the benefit of staff, citizens and service users.
A former Head of Communications for the-then Lothian University Hospitals NHS Trust, where she worked between 2000 and 2002, Pennie has inside knowledge of how the public sector works. This gives her a uniquely informed perspective from which to approach and stimulate debate.
Occupational Therapist and Business Change Consultant
Jill Pritchard is an experienced change leader, facilitator and trainer. She is currently working with The Changing Work Company delivering the ChangeMaker Programme in a large UK Government Department. She also works within Scottish Government supporting change management in relation to their Smarter Working Programme and has provided business change input to similar programmes in Transport Scotland and with the Housing Regulator. Prior to this she worked with two Local Authorities on the roll out of mobile and flexible working and office rationalisation.
Jill is also an Occupational Therapist specialising in Housing issues and supporting improvements in the delivery of adaptations and housing interventions at operational and strategic levels within Health & Social Care Integration.
Co-Director, Family Friendly Working Scotland
Lisa co-leads Family Friendly Working Scotland. She has been Director of the International Network of Street Papers, Impact Arts and activpayroll.
Lisa is a Fellow of the Saltire Foundation for Entrepreneurship and has a degree in Russian and History and a Masters in Economic Development. She has previously served as a board member of The Homeless World Cup and was previously Vice-Chair of NIDOS- Network of International Development Organisations Scotland.
Lisa is passionate about flexible and family-friendly working which benefits families, business and the economy. She has three wee boys aged four and under.
Strategic People & Change, West Dunbartonshire Council
After approx. 30 years in various central government departments, I joined West Dunbartonshire Council 5 years ago. My current role is the Strategic People & Change manager and I cover HR, OD & Change, H&S and I am the Digital lead. The 5 years I have been with WDC have been the most enjoyable and rewarding yet! Over this time I have been involved in contributing to a change management approach which has achieved national recognition. This approach contributed to the development of our Workplace of the Future and underpinned the cultural transition towards a modern and flexible workplace. Always to keen to share and collaborate and have been doing this with SFT, Digital Office, Improvement Service, CivTech and many others.
Victoria Nowell, Smart Working Manager, Dept for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Victoria is the Smart Working Manager in the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sports – one of the most diverse and exciting departments in Whitehall. She was part of a very small team who has been responsible for changing not only the DCMS working environment but also introducing exciting new Smart Working practices and training. Their work was recognised by winning the national 2019 Smart Working Workplace award.
Fiona McKie, Head of Land Register Completion // SRO for RoS Workplace
Fiona McKie is Head of Land Register Completion as well as being senior responsible owner of a large scale project transforming Registers of Scotland (RoS) into a smart working organisation.
Through the initial phase of delivering RoS’ awarding-winning Glasgow office, to the current delivery plan of the Edinburgh head office, Fiona and her project team the team are delivering benefits and opening up opportunities across the organisation. The three key smart working aspects of space, technology and people are at the heart of this ongoing transformation.
Fiona has more than 14 years of experience working in communications, stakeholder engagement, digital transformation and innovation. In previous roles she has worked for the NHS and Scottish Government and was also part of the Organising Committee for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. She holds an MBA from University of Glasgow and is still actively engaged with the university’s Adam Smith Business School as a mentor and dissertation supervisor.
Registers of Scotland is the public body responsible for compiling and maintaining registers relating to property and other legal documents in Scotland. It records and safeguards the rights of the individual while providing open access to information on the registers.
Paul Reid, CEO and Founder, Trickle
Paul started his career as software engineer, before launching a market-leading software business that became well known for being a great place to work, with a real focus on putting its people first. The culture that Paul and his team rooted in the business was key to its success, including repeatedly winning tenders against globally recognised brands with 1000x more staff.