Event Program

This full day event showcases leading thinkers, interactive and insightful workshops, a marketplace offering a broad range of specialist information and a panel discussion for questions.

Doors Open 8.30am                                                               Foyer, Level 2Registration, Marketplace, Refreshments  
Session One 10am – 11.15am                      Main Auditorium, Level 2Welcome – Andrew Bartlett CEO Advice Direct Scotland and introducing Sally Magnusson our Conference Host
 Neil Gray MSP – Cabinet Secretary for Wellbeing Economy, Fair Work and Energy 
 Professor Wendy Loretto –  Professor of Organisational Behaviour and Dean, University of Edinburgh Business School                                           ‘Our workforce, our economy, our society: why equality matters’
 Alan Thornburrow – CEO Salvesen Mindroom                                       
 It Takes All, Kinds of Minds
 Thiago Carmo – Managing Director at Passion4Social                          ‘Empowering people effectively’
Session Two  11.15am – 12.30pm                     
Foyer, Level 2
Levels 1,2,3 Workshops –  refer to Programme by Room in the App
Break  12.30pm – 1.15pm                              Foyer, Level 2Lunch break
Session Three 1.15pm – 2.00pm                 Main Auditorium, Level 2Panel Discussion with :                                                                                  Micheal Matovu – Director Radiant & Brighter                                  Aimee Doole – Head of Strategy, Marketing & Comms at Booth Welsh  Kim Dams – CEO of DG Voice                                                                                     
Anila Mirza – Equality Manager at Historic Environment Scotland  Hazel Brown – CEO Cornerstone
Session Four 2.00pm – 3.15pm                 Foyer, Level 2Marketplace  
Levels 1,2,3 Workshops –  refer to Programme by Room in the App

Session Five 3.15pm- 4.15pm                Main Auditorium, Level 2

Lee Panglea – Head of CIPD Scotland and Northern Ireland  ‘Leadership in an ever-changing world of work’
 Navid Foroutan – Partnership Manager at Public Health Scotland  ‘Diversity at the heart of Health & Care: Scotland’s road to an equitable recovery ‘
 Dr Cor Hutton MBE – Founder of Finding Your Feet 
 Closing comments – Sally Magnusson and Andrew Bartlett CEO Advice Direct Scotland 
Closing 4.15m -5.30pm                                           
Foyer, Level 2
Drinks and Networking   

Join us to exchange ideas, explore solutions and learn actionable practices

Sally Magnusson

Author and Broadcaster and our Host for the Conference

Sally is a broadcaster and author, who has presented a wide range of programmes for the BBC, including Reporting Scotland, and written a number of best-selling books. The 2014 memoir of her mother’s dementia, Where Memories Go: Why dementia changes everything was credited with raising awareness of the impact of this widespread brain condition. In 2013 she founded the charity Playlist for Life to encourage access to personal music for people with dementia. She received an MBE for this work in 2023.

Her 2018 fictional debut, The Sealwoman’s Gift, based on the true story of a 17th century corsair raid on Iceland, was shortlisted for six literary awards. Her second, The Ninth Child, blends Victorian social history with ancient folklore in the Trossachs. Music in the Dark, inspired by the women who resisted the Highland Clearances, was published earlier this year to critical acclaim.