September 18th 2019 | Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh

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Bill Magee

Journalist and Technology Writer

Bill Magee, after a freelance career spanning the more traditional heady Nineties route of Business & Finance: writing for The Scotsman, The Sunday Times and Reuters; decided around 15 years ago to embrace the brave new Digital World. Fast forward to 2015 and he is now a business technology - BizTech as the Americans label it - columnist for Business Insider, Institute of Directors & Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce plus contributes to Holyrood Publications.

Bill is a Trustee at Drake Music Scotland, the charity that enables disabled people of all ages to communicate through music, and he recently embarked on a Mentoring role with Entrepreneurial Spark. Writes blogs, ghosts blogs and writes casestudies when asked, and occasionally writes a "Between the Lines' column for The Scotsman. He's also found time to do an economics/social sciences Honours Degree with The Open University topped up with an Advanced Diploma in English Language and Literacy.


Jim Gordon

Data Hosting Programme Manager, Digital Public Services and Business Transformation Division, Scottish Government

Jim is currently responsible for implementing The Data Hosting and Data Centre Strategy for the Scottish Public Sector in Scotland. Since publishing the strategy in April 2014 he has published various guidance documents on cloud computing, virtualisation and colocation to help organisations meet the vision of the strategy. In addition to the hosting strategy Jim has published the public sector Green ICT strategy and worked on the development of the High Level Operating Framework.

Jim has worked in various public sector departments for 30 years moving from technical roles to developing strategy and process improvements for the past 10 years. He has wider experience in a number of areas including GIS, business process improvement and records and information management.

Terry Trundley

Head of IT and MIS, Edinburgh College

Terry’s enthusiasm for technology has not waned after 30 years. Working from Silicon Valley to Pakistan, delivering assignments deploying innovative uses of technology for organisational change and transformation. He draws on his international background in start-up, diversification, professional services, ‘Big 5’ consultancy, central government, local authority, private sector. His common sense approach has accumulated knowledge of many commercial business models; from rescuing failing programmes and projects, to leading international teams for major organisations including Logica, Arthur Andersen, Camelot, Orange, Virgin, NHS, UK Parliament. He relishes the challenge of introducing disparate inspirational commercial ideas to any organisation that says, “That won’t work here”. 

Chris Chant

Director, Rainmaker Solutions and former G-Cloud Programme Director

Chris has a long track record of success in delivering complex business and technology change in the public sector. Chris was the driving force for G-Cloud – he conceived the entire approach and led its execution. Most of his work has involved working in successful partnership with multiple public sector bodies and many IT suppliers, where he has championed innovative approaches which challenge attitudes on both sides of the partnership.

In addition to founding the UK G-Cloud and setting the strategy for the use of cloud computing across the public sector, Chris’ roles have included:

  • Interim Executive Director of Government Digital Service and Digital Engagement with the Cabinet Office. He was responsible for the implementation of the Martha Lane-Fox report Revolution not Evolution and also launched the “alpha” for the new Gov.UK website.
  • Director of London 2012 Integration and Assurance and also Chief Information Officer within the Government Olympic Executive, and also held specific responsibility for designing and implementing the integrated delivery of the games.
  • CIO for Defra, where he led a major IT service improvement programme. After his early career in the (then) Inland Revenue and later, HMRC, he worked at the Cabinet Office where he was programme director for a range of large and complex multi- agency IT services, including the Government Gateway.


Gail Kent

Director of Resources, DG CONNECT, European Commission

Gail Kent has been Director of Resources in DG CONNECT (Communications Networks, Content and Technology) in the European Commission since January 2014.

An economist from UCL, and a Cranfield MBA, her career has been a mix of private sector management in the retail sector followed by 20 years in the European Commission in financial and human resource management roles across several DGs. She complemented this with 2 years of high level experience of policy advice at the heart of the college of Commissioners. She thus has an in-depth knowledge of Commission policies and procedures as well as experience of a political role.

Working in the DG at the heart of Digital policy and related ICT research funding, Gail is committed to 'walking the talk' in the area of public sector modernisation and creativity.

Robin Ferris

Solutions Architect, Pulsant

Robin has worked in the IT Industry for the past 2 decades, engaging with customers across different verticals from education to nation defence. Prior to joining Pulsant, Robin worked at Fujitsu UK and helped clients from all verticals on hosted application and desktop platforms. In addition, Robin has led some of the biggest hosted solutions in Scotland, including migrating 15,000 email accounts to what is now, Office 365.

Dr Mišo Vukadinović

Head of Service Management Department, Ministry of Public Administration, Republic of Slovenia

Mišo Vukadinović holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering from Faculty of Electrical Engineering, University of Ljubljana. As a researcher, he was involved in several EU projects covering different topics such as Solar Cells, Electronic Ceramics, High Frequency Applications, Computer Modelling and Simulation. In 2009 he joined the Ministry of the Interior as a Virtualization and Datacenter Specialist. Currently he is engaged in Cloud Computing and Slovenian State Cloud development.

Gavin Bell

Milo Programme Manager, Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO)

Gavin Bell studied English Literature at the University of Stirling before completing a Postgrad in Information Technology. He has held various roles across different sectors, including stints working for the Inland Revenue and the Third Sector Interface network. He is currently Programme Manager for the Milo initiative as part of the Digital team at Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations.

James Munson

Director of Digital Services and Technology, Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA)

As Director of Digital Services and Technology at DVSA, James is accountable for the digital and technology services at DVSA including strategy, change, delivery and operations.
DVSA improves road safety in Great Britain by setting standards for driving, motorcycling, and making sure drivers, vehicles and MOT garages follow roadworthiness standards.

James joined DVSA in 2015, having previously held IT Director positions at UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service) and Unite Group which is the largest provider of student accommodation in the UK. James has also worked at a variety of large organisations including GE, PwC and Hitachi having held senior consulting or technology roles.

He has an MSc in Physics from Bristol University, is a qualified Chartered Accountant and is a qualified PMI project management professional.


Keith Johnston

Head of Digital Architecture, Digital Public Services & Business Transformation Division, Scottish Government

Keith leads the architecture profession within the Scottish Government’s Digital Public Services and Business Transformation division. He is involved across a varied range of activities within the division including strategic direction; technical leadership of programmes such as and Glow; architectural assurance; establishing technical practices and processes as well as the definition of policy and strategy.

Prior to joining the Scottish Government Keith has worked in a range of software engineering and architecture roles across industries including tourism, FMCG & pharmaceuticals.


Richard Ingram

Technical Director, SystemsUp

As technical director of the highly respected public cloud consultancy SystemsUp Richard brings with him a vast wealth of technical expertise. His knowledge of IT infrastructure is second to none. He has managed hugely complicated IT projects on behalf of customers across the public sector both in central and local government and the support he provides both during and after a project is exemplary. A highly motivated consultant Richard understands both the business side and IT side of a project. His ultimate aim on any project is to ensure that IT has been a true business enabler.

Peter Burgess

Managing Director, SystemsUp

As the founder and managing director of highly respected public cloud consultancy SystemsUp Peter has spent 20 years as a technical consultant delivering business benefits through IT transformation. He heads up a skilled consultancy which takes pride in delivering the best available business solutions for clients across the public sector. Although part of Scottish-headquartered cloud company iomart, SystemsUp remains vendor agnostic, identifying the right cloud services to suit the needs of the client. Among recent projects, SystemsUp facilitated a Cloud Strategy workshop which identified £60k of immediate savings and £750k of potential savings for Poole Borough Council.

Jill Young

Chief Executive, Golden Jubilee National Hospital

Jill was appointed Chief Executive of this unique ‘flagship’ NHS National Board for Scotland in 2004. With over 30 years NHS experience, she has a wealth of experience in Quality and Innovation, Nursing, Management, Performance and Strategy.
The Golden Jubilee Foundation has an exceptional track record. This success can be attributed to inspirational leadership and committed staff. Their unique ‘Leadership Strategy’ sets out the ambition to have a workforce who think and act innovatively, spot trends and find ways to achieve the highest quality of care.

With a 2020 Vision of ‘Leading Quality, Research & Innovation for NHS Scotland’ Jill has dedicated time developing an interactive ‘Quality Framework’ providing robust assurance that Safe, Effective, Person-centred care is priority and scrutinised daily. The Quality Framework has been integrated into every day working and recently redesigned onto a new interactive platform and app making it accessible to all.

Marc Esmiley

Director of Cloud Services, SystemsUp

Marc is a business focused Systems Consultant with over ten years’ experience in the IT sector. He has extensive experience of implementation, documentation and handover of business critical services in commercial and government environments.
Marc is a talented, friendly, confident, customer facing Associate with a career foundation in customer services. He has excellent communication skills and is able to discuss technical environments and issues with all levels of business partners, suppliers and customers.
He has worked as a key member and lead technical project teams assessing requirements and prioritising tasks against timelines. He has initiated detailed changes, assessing required works against business concerns, priorities and available budget.
​Marc holds industry qualifications in up-to-date technologies and has the skills to implement this knowledge in a production environment