Solace Scotland Annual Conference and Dinner - 21-22 May 2015


21 May 2015


Macdonald Marine Hotel
Cromwell Road
North Berwick
East Lothian
EH39 4LZ



This event was sponsored by

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Aim of the Event

The aim of this year’s conference was to give to us as leaders the time to network, share and hear from others whose experiences may help us drive progress and improvement in our organisations and communities. 


To download the presentations, please click on the links provided within the programme below.

Thursday 21 May 2015 


Registration, Lunch and Exhibition viewing

Angela Leitch photo

Welcome to Solace Scotland 2015
Chair: Angela Leitch, Chair, Solace Scotland and Chief Executive, East Lothian 
Welcome Address by Bob McClean, Business Development Director, Civica

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Opening Keynote: How Leaders tell stories: Lessons from the Top
Speaker: Gavin Esler, Award winning broadcaster, novelist and journalist Leading journalist
Gavin Esler presents first-hand knowledge of the secrets of those who achieve power, based onover thirty years' experience interviewing world famous figures from Bill Clinton to Angelina Jolie.

Introducing the questions every leader must answer and the elements that the best stories must contain, Gavin will speak about how creating a leadership story can promote success at all levels, whether running for the United States presidency, or applying for a place at university.

While many essentials of storytelling have stood the test of time, he will talk about the opportunities and pressures created by twenty-first century phenomena such as 24 hour news, and what they tell us about how to reach the top - and how to judge those already there.

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Sponsored by: Canon logo
Session 2: Community Engagement: the Leadership Challenge
Speaker: Professor Susan Deacon, Assistant Principal Corporate Engagement at the University of Edinburgh; former Scottish Health Minister.
Chaired by John Currie ACII, Regional Manager, Scotland, Zurich Municipal

To download the presentation please click here


Refreshement Break and Exhibition Viewing


Session 3: Harnessing the Power of our People 
Speakers: East Lothian Council Graduate Interns
Jamie Aitken, Edward Bean, Caitlin Duffy, Rurigdh McMeddes, Craig McNeill
Chaired by Laura Peacock, Partnership Manager, IiP Scotland

To download the presentation please click here




Pre-Dinner Drinks sponsored by: CIG logo

Welcome by Provost of East Lothian: 
Cllr Ludovic Broun-Lindsay                                                     

Music by Knox Academy Jazz Band


Dinner - Sponsored by Cityfibre logo
Charity Game and After-Dinner Entertainment.

The dinner charity is in aid of the Lamp of Lothian Trust and East Lothian Young Carers.

Playing Politics: Wicked musical comedy from Scotland’s political parody specialists. 'Peerless lampooners ... like Have I Got News For You set to music' (Fringe Review); 'Politically astute and ruthlessly funny' (Three Weeks); 'Subtle and witty songs pricking the pomposity of the Scottish political scene' (Scotland on Sunday); ‘The one show that promises to dish out the abuse to all sides in equal measures’ (The Scotsman).

Dinner Drinks sponsored by: Guardian Logo

Friday 22 May 2015 


For Residential Delegates only:
Breakfast from 07.00 and Check-out by 9.00


Welcome and introduction to Day Two
Chair: Malcolm Burr, Vice Chair, Solace Scotland and Chief Executive, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar

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Session 4: Democratic Renewal: the Smith Commission proposals and local government
Speakers: Stephen Gallagher, Head of Local Government Division, The Scottish Government, and Francesca Osowska OBE, Director, The Scotland Office

To download the presentation please click here


Refreshment Break and Exhibition Viewing


Session 5: Digital Engagement: A Powerful Means to a Powerful End
Speaker: Phillip Lockwood-Holmes, Managing Partner, Whitespace Creative and Digital Agency
Chaired by Mike Furness, Product Strategy Director, Civica

To download the presentation please click here

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Session 6: Economic Power
Video Games and Digital Media: The Serious Business of Harnessing Our Entrepreneurial Spirit

Speaker: Chris van der Kuyl, Entrepreneurial Scotland


Summing Up and Closing Remarks
Angela Leitch, Chair, Solace Scotland


Conference ends with Lunch



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Delegate Bags sponsored by:  Lockheed Martin logo
Delegate Notepads and Pens sponsored by:  Scottish Gas logo
Session 2 - 21 May sponsored by:  canon logo
Pre-dinner Drinks sponsored by:  CIG Logo
Dinner sponsored by:  CityFibre logo
Dinner Drinks sponsored by:  Guardian Jobs logo


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