Speakers


David Crichton, Chair, NHS Health Scotland

David Crichton has over 35 years of experience in economic development, research and consulting, working in the academic, public and private sectors. He brings extensive non-executive experience, including service on the board of NHS Lothian from 2004-2007 where he chaired the Finance and Performance Review Committee.

Positions held include:

  • Chief Executive, Confederation of Forest Industries
  • Chief Executive, Scottish Enterprise Edinburgh and Lothian
  • Global Director of Country and Economic Research, the Economist Intelligence Unit
  • International development adviser in Afghanistan, Serbia, Tanzania and Montserrat
  • Director, Harakat, a non-governmental organisation promoting investment reforms in Afghanistan

Phil Mackie, Lead Consultant in Public Health, Scottish Public Health Network & Head of Knowledge and Research Services, NHS Health Scotland

Phil is Lead Consultant for the Scottish Public Health Network, the virtual organisation that links together all NHS Board and national public health functions across Scotland with links into Local Authorities and the Third sector.

ScotPHN undertakes national Public Health work where there is a clearly identified need but no national capacity. It is hosted by NHS Health Scotland and is accountable to the Directors of Public Health. It was through ScotPHN, he was one of the founders of SMaSH – the Scottish Managed Sustainable Health Network. Before he moved into the NHS, Phil was an academic working in Paediatric Epidemiology at the Newcastle Medical School) and Behavioural and Decision Sciences at (what is now) the University of Huddersfield.

He still maintains and academic link as an Hon. Senior Lecturer in Public Health at Edinburgh University and is Co -Editor in Chief of the international, peer-reviewed journal Public Health. 


Cath Denholm, Scottish Natural Heritage Board Member and Director of Strategy, NHS Health Scotland

Cath Denholm has been Director of Strategy at NHS Health Scotland for 12 years and a Board Member of   Scottish Natural Heritage since May 2016. Cath leads NHS Health Scotland on the development, implementation and communication of corporate strategy to realise A Fairer Healthier Scotland. The aim is to influence policy and practice across sectors to enable everyone to access what they need in order to maintain the highest possible standard of health. It is as much about people’s circumstances and their living and working environment, as it is about health and care services. 

The role of Scottish Natural Heritage is to care for and enhance Scotland’s natural assets and to promote its benefits to the people of Scotland. Cath’s interest in the concept of the Natural Health Service therefore spans both of these roles


Kate Dapré, CEng MCIBSE MIHEEM, Head of Engineering and Energy - Facilities Directorate, Procurement, Commissioning and Facilities, NHS National Services Scotland

Kate has almost two decades experience in energy and carbon management, working with a range of public and private sector clients. She currently manages the Engineering, Energy and Sustainability teams within NSS Health Facilities Scotland (part of NHS National Services Scotland). Kate has responsibility for stakeholder engagement with all NHS Boards, Scottish Government and other organisations, staff management and project delivery.

Kate is also a non-executive director of Energy for Edinburgh, an arms-length ESCO owned by City of Edinburgh Council.


Lisa Glass, Partnership Officer for Health, Shelter Scotland

Lisa Glass is a Policy Officer at Shelter Scotland.  She has a policy focus on fuel poverty, housing conditions, and health.  She has experience in other third sector roles relating to health, financial inclusion and poverty and currently volunteers with several different organisations including the Children’s Panel and Contact the Elderly. She also launched her own grant giving charity for the community of Bangwe in Malawi and remains a trustee there.


Linda Gillespie, Community Ownership Support Service

Following an early career in the private sector during which she was responsible for multiple retail sites in areas across the UK, latterly managing large scale visitor centres, Linda moved into local economic development.   Initially as business adviser to a portfolio of high growth companies before moving on to manage a range of business and social enterprise programmes.

Over the years Linda has worked with 100s of community led organisations and social enterprises and has seen at first hand the positive benefits ownership of assets can bring to communities; improving the sustainability of their organisations, protecting and developing services and creating jobs.  Within her current role at COSS she has a particular interest in exploring the underlying enterprise models and innovative options for sustaining community assets into the future.


Daniel O’Connor, CEO, Warp-It

Daniel is Head of Customer Happiness at Warp it and has been working hands on with private, public and third sector organisations to improve resource efficiency for the last 10 years. He developed the corporate resource redistribution system WARP-IT which has attracted attention in the UK and abroad.


Kat Hasler, Development Manager, Place Standard, NHS Health Scotland

Kat Hasler has worked in Public Health since joining NHS Health Scotland in 2004. Prior to that she had been working mainly in the arts for the 8 years since graduating from Edinburgh University with an MA in Social Geography, where her main areas of interest had been health and health inequality, art/performance and identity, and place-making. In 2009 she completed the Masters in Public Health at Glasgow whilst continuing to pursue her career in public health which has spanned various programmes including sexual health, screening and immunisation, and maternity and early years. She has been part of the national Place Standard Implementation team since November 2016. 

Kat is also a Director of two Edinburgh-based companies: All or Nothing Aerial Dance Theatre, and Skelf/Braidwood Bike Park. She speaks four languages and has travelled widely, including cycle-touring East Africa, a trip around South America, and camping-touring New Zealand with a baby. As her son is now nearly four, she currently spends a lot of her free time building dens and tailing him on his balance bike.


John Lauder, National Director, Sustrans Scotland

John was born in Coldstream, Berwickshire where the walking and cycling habit took hold. After working in school, academic and national libraries he took a change of career and joined Sustrans Scotland in 2005.

Since then Sustrans has grown substantially, both operationally and in terms of the role it plays nationally. Sustrans mission is to enable people to travel by foot, bicycle or public transport for more of the journeys they make every day.

John is a regular contributor to policy development, a frequent attendee at Holyrood committees and commentator in the Scottish media.


Professor Flora Samuel, Professor of Architecture and the Built Environment, University of Reading

Concerned by the seeming inability of the Architecture profession in Britain to convey to the public its value my work focuses on Architects, their skills and how they communicate them to the outside world. My particular focus is on homes, housing and neighbourhoods here in the UK and beyond.

Trained at Cambridge and Princeton I am an Architect, an Architectural Historian and teach design. After working for a few years as a housing practitioner in London I moved to the Welsh School of Architecture in Cardiff. I then became Director of the March at the University of Bath School of Architecture. In 2009 I took up the post as Head of the School of Architecture at the University of Sheffield which I led for four years, achieving excellent rankings in both students satisfaction and research. I have come to the University of Reading because I really feel strongly that a new model of Architectural education is needed, one in which research, collaboration and business skills are allied to creativity, design and social responsibility.

I really feel the profession and architectural education needs to change in order to become more relevant. This is why I have recently become active in the RIBA, I was elected a National Member of RIBA Council in July 2014 have led the RIBA Student Destinations Survey for the last four years. Widening participation in the profession is of great importance to me.


Kit England, Project Manager, Climate Ready Clyde

Kit England is the project manager for Climate Ready Clyde at Sniffer, a charity that brings people and ideas together to create a sustainable and resilient society.

He has worked on adaptation for over 7 years. In his current role he is supporting a collaborative initiative of public, private and voluntary organisations from across the Glasgow City Region to develop an adaptation strategy and action plan for an area which is home to a third of Scotland’s and a third of it’s economic output.

Prior to this, Kit lead the climate adaptation approach for Newcastle upon Tyne. At the same time he was chair of the Core Cities Climate Resilience and Adaptation Working Group for over five years, comprising the UK’s ten biggest cities outside of London.  Kit has also worked as an advisor to the Joseph Rowntree Foundation on climate adaptation and social vulnerability, and advised both UK Government and the European Commission on developing and implementing adaptation action.


Kevin Lafferty, National Policy Advisor for Access, Health & Recreation, Forestry Commission Scotland

Kevin Lafferty is the national policy advisor for Access, Health & Recreation at Forestry Commission Scotland (FCS), which serves as the forestry directorate of the Scottish Government. The Commission advises the Scottish Government on forestry policy and managing the national forest estate.

Mr Lafferty's remit covers access legislation, including rights and responsibilities, outdoor recreation, tourism and managing the Commission's woods for health programme. He joined the Commission in May 2006 and produced the 'Woods for Health Strategy', developing pathfinder projects in partnership with the National Health Service (NHS) and encouraged health professionals to promote health and wellbeing through the use of the outdoors.

This work has included setting up the award-winning Branching Out referral programme of woodland activities for people using mental health services in Scotland and the Greening up the NHS estate national demonstration programme to showcase how the land surrounding healthcare facilities can be designed, transformed and improved to support the creation of positive physical environments for health and wellbeing.


Anastasia Kucherova, Architect, Stefano Boeri Architeffi

Anastasia graduated with honours at Stroganov University of Arts and Industry in Moscow, Environmental Design Department, with the thesis "Urban redevelopment of the area" Serp & Molot "(upgrading and renaturalization of the area of an abandoned steel factory inMoscow).

In 2012 she obtains a Master degree in Interior Design at the European Institute of Design (IED). At the end of her studies she starts working in the studio Stefano Boeri Architetti. She has dealt with all the vital phases of different scale projects - from negotiation and conceptual design to project communication and
collaboration with media . She has worked for international competitions, within multidisciplinary teams (International Contest - EXPO 2017 in Kazakhstan, Competition for the Strategic Masterplan of the Mitino Park in Moscow, competition for Strategic Plan for the lakes system in Kazan, 2013-2015). 

She's also been involved into the Third Industrial Revolution Plan proposed by Jeremy Rifkin for
Nord Pas-de-Calais Region in France, which she presented in Lille in 2013. Among the on-going
developments stands out the project for railway stations Aeroexpress in Moscow.


Cllr. Anna Richardson, Glasgow City Council

Anna Richardson has been a councillor for Langside since 2015, as well as working part time for a national parenting charity and raising her three children. Alongside working hard on local issues that matter to residents, her personal areas of interest include active travel and education, particularly early years.


Adam Tuck, Energy Analysis Team Leader, PCMG

Adam has 10 years of experience in the Energy Cost Recovery industry. As Energy Analysis Team Leader, he is responsible for the project management and delivery of Energy Cost Recovery audits on behalf of some of PCMG’s largest customers.

Adam is regularly invited to speak on the topic of energy cost recovery at national and regional events relating to sustainability and facilities management. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Physics and an MBA.


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