Event Chair - Lee Ann Panglea
Head of CIPD Scotland and NI
Lee Ann leads CIPD’s effort in Scotland and Northern Ireland to promote CIPD as the indispensable voice in people and development, and a career partner to almost 11,000 CIPD members in Scotland. Through strengthening relationships with local policy makers, key employers, strategic partners, and CIPD’s network of engaged volunteers, Lee Ann and her colleagues encourage influencers in the world of work to value people and development as key to better work and working lives. With over 20 years’ commercial experience across the consumer, retail and professional services sectors throughout the UK, Lee Ann brings significant personal experience of the world of work to her current role.
Head of Fair and Inclusive Workplaces Unit, Scottish Government
Victoria Beattie was educated at Boclair Academy. She graduated from University of Glasgow, with a MA honours degree in History and a Post Graduate degree in Tourism Management, from Glasgow Caledonian University. Within the Scottish Government she has previously worked as Private Secretary and in the Youth Employment, Further and Higher Education Divisions. Victoria now heads up the unit responsible for delivery of the Scottish Government’s Fair Work Action Plan and A Fairer Scotland for Women - Gender Pay Gap Action Plan. Both these Plans are helping to deliver the Government’s vision of Scotland becoming a Fair Work Nation by 2025. She is a mum of two young boys and in her spare time Victoria is a Guide Leader and Guide Duke of Edinburgh Adviser.
Regional Ambassador (Scotland), Engage for Success
Michael Hughes is Regional Ambassador for Engage For Success, and Founder of Orbit Engage. His mission is to promote the benefits of employee engagement throughout Scotland to all business sectors.
For more than twenty years he has helped businesses across the UK to become better places to work, improving welfare and productivity including PLCs, SMEs and professional services, in a wide variety of sectors.
Through his successful track record Michael's ability to understand organisations from all angles is clear. As a business owner he knows first-hand the tough decisions and risks that go with running a business. He was also Honorary Consul for the Netherlands for 9 years which provided a unique and extraordinary insight into the workings of government, foreign office, national institutions and the Scottish Establishment.
Michael is a straightforward, pragmatic and original thinker, not restrained by convention and has a tendency to go straight to the core of an issues.
He has three children, divorced and lives in Edinburgh. He is a member of The Merchant Company of Edinburgh, and Institute of Directors.
Dr John McGurk
Head of Policy and Insights, UK Nations and Regions, CIPD
After a varied career from driving trains through roles as an academic and strategically advising unions, Dr McGurk joined CIPD in 2007. Starting in Research and Policy as skills and learning adviser, he progressed to lead CIPD’s research on learning and talent development delivering a wide range of research from E learning to analytics, innovation and pioneered CIPD work on behavioural science. Appointed Head of CIPD Scotland in October 2013, he has been at the forefront of developing CIPD’s approach to the labour market – and collaborations with business, government, the education sector, trade unions and other professional bodies. He is now Head of Regional Policy and Insights and supports devolved countries and the North of England on labour market and policy issues working alongside our Regional Heads to bring CIPD’s policy, insight and professional offer to our members and stakeholders.
Manager - Diversity and Inclusion, Scottish Parliament
I have worked in a variety of public sector diversity and inclusion roles for almost 20 years, initially as a Diversity and Inclusion Officer specialising in recruitment and selection and then, since 2006, in a Diversity & Inclusion management role at the Scottish Parliament. In my current role I advise senior management on Diversity and Inclusion strategy and programmes as well as lead on culture change projects. I use an inclusive approach in my leadership role by having an open mind set, a desire to understand how others view and experience the world around us, and empower individuals by making people feel included. Throughout my career I have focused on advising and guiding senior leadership teams on culture change and supporting staff and managers at all levels to deliver and implement positive outcomes that lead to inclusive working cultures which promote dignity and respect.
Executive Business Manager, Independent Living Fund Scotland
Aileen began her career working with Standard Life in Edinburgh prior to taking a 10 year career break to raise her two sons. Following a return to work Aileen worked briefly with Alliance & Leicester before working as Executive Governance Manager at the MS Society in Edinburgh. Aileen’s father had Multiple Sclerosis which Aileen studied and gained her CIPD qualification in 2016, soon after joining ILF Scotland and has led the HR team for the organisation since then. Some of Aileen’s other responsibilities include Health & Safety, Governance and Office Management.
Aileen lives in Stirlingshire with her husband and enjoys spending time with her family and wonderful grandson. When not at home, Aileen enjoys diving and with trepidation is just to about to start the training for her Private Pilot’s Licence.
Senior OD business Partner, Staffordshire County Council
An Organisational Development leader of over 20 years, Pamela has spent much of her career working with large, complex organisations facing whole scale change. She has spent the last 10 years working on cultural change and development programmes mostly relating to the Digital and Smart Working agendas from which she has grown her knowledge and expertise. From shaping strategy to delivery Pamela has played a leading role in Staffordshire County Council’s Smart Working approach over the last 3 years which is beginning to demonstrate real business impact and behavioural change.
Prof. Susan Murphy
Chair in Leadership Development, Co-Director Centre for Strategic Leadership, University of Edinburgh Business Scool
Susan Elaine Murphy was formerly Director of the School of Strategic Leadership Studies at James Madison University and Professor of Leadership Studies, and is currently Chair in Leadership Development at the University of Edinburgh Business School. She has published numerous articles and book chapters on leadership, leadership development, and mentoring. Her work has been published in Academy of Management Executive (currently Academy of Management Perspectives), Leadership Quarterly, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Making, Journal of Vocational Behavior, Journal of Business and Psychology, and the Journal of Applied Psychology. Her most recent edited volume with Rebecca Reichard is Early Development and Leadership: Building the Next Generation of Leaders and an authored book, Power Mentoring: How Successful Mentors and Protégés Make the Most of Their Relationships, with Ellen Ensher. She also serves on the editorial board of The Leadership Quarterly.
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.
Paul's business was acquired by a FTSE50 organisation after 15 years, and the subsequent integration of the company into an organisation of 70,000 people was a lesson in how crucial company culture is in the success of an organisation, and the wellbeing of the people who make it what it is.
From that experience, Trickle was born, and Paul's focus is now firmly fixed on helping organisations to engage on what really matters to their people.
Programme Director, Family Friendly Working Scotland
Nikki is a marketing, communications and campaigns expert. She has been involved with FFWS since 2014 and is keen to promote the benefits of family friendly and flexible working to employers across Scotland. Nikki is a regular media commentator, blogger and public speaker on the topics of flexible working, workplace culture and work life balance and sits on a Scottish Government advisory around pregnancy and maternity discrimination. She is a mum to three boys, loves the outdoors, cooking nourishing food and spending quality time with friends, family and a good book.
Customer Acquisitions Director, Talkfreely
Mark Terry is the Customer Acquisition Director at Talkfreely, where Mark leads the marketing, consultancy partnering and sales team.
Mark has worked with major software brands Xerox, Motorola, Philips, NXP and Gemplus, but also at cash-strapped, early-stage software businesses Intuwave, Geotate and Milbanke. Mark has over twenty years’ experience in marketing communication & messaging, and he now helps clients think strategically about internal communication with difficult to reach audiences.
Mark is an Engage For Success Communication TAG volunteer, a foster carer at charity Canine Partners, and a keen ‘watcher’ of cricket on the radio. He currently lives in Haslemere with his partner and four children.
Chief Operating Officer, Independent Living Fund Scotland
Harvey began his career in the British Army. After Sandhurst, he was commissioned into the Royal Irish Regiment and served in various locations including operational tours in Northern Ireland, Bosnia, Kosovo and Sierra Leone. Since leaving in 2000, he has spent the best part of the last 19 years working in the public and voluntary sector. The majority of roles he has held during this time, have been leading large scale operations across the UK, specifically this has been in the areas of homelessness, disability, care, grant giving and employability.
As Chief Operating Officer for ILF Scotland, Harvey not only deputises for the CEO, but is responsible for operational delivery, IT, health and safety, information governance, facilities, risk, resilience, human resources and organisational development. He is a Trustee for the Queen Mary Roehampton Trust, Champion for Family Friendly Working Scotland and a volunteer for Poppyscotland. He lives in Edinburgh with his family and is a very keen (if not particularly good) cyclist!
Head, Office of Digital Capability & Talent, Scottish Government
Yorath is Head of the Office of Digital Capability & Talent with the Scottish Government. In his current role he is responsible for ensuring Scottish Government and the wider Scottish public sector has the digital capability needed to build public services for citizens of Scotland.
He joined central government in 2014 after 10 years in the finance sector. Since 2014 he has worked with the Department for Work and Pensions, HM Revenue & Customs and Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy in strategic HR roles. Yorath holds a masters in HR Management and is a chartered member of CIPD and has a specific interest in organisation design and development.
Yorath also passionately believes in Equality, Diversity and Inclusion and is also currently Chair of LGBT Health and Wellbeing, and Edinburgh and Glasgow based charity.
Director of NES 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 Scotland vision as laid out in the Scottish Government Digital Health & Care Strategy (2018) by implementing dynamic change through innovative and agile approaches to technical, cultural and organisational challenges by leading the design delivery of new services, underpinned by new technology.