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The 50th SCDI  Forum in pictures

Thursday 18th Nov

Launch event

Sally Magnusson and Joanna Boag-Thomson, Chair, SCDI welcome John Swinney MSP Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Covid Recovery to discuss the Scottish Government Priorities for the Economy

Afternoon session

Panel – Economic Recovery & Purpose
Sharon White, Chair, John Lewis Partnership
Simon Roddy, Senior Vice President and Upstream Director, Shell UK
Amanda Young, Global Head of Responsible Investment, abrdn
Simon Hodge, Chief Executive, Crown Estate Scotland

Panel – Scotland 2030
Mairi Spowage, Director, Fraser of Allander Institute
Iain Gulland, CEO, Zero Waste Scotland
Liz McRobb, Partner, Shepherd & Wedderburn
Ahmed Raafat, Solutions Architect, Amazon Web Services



The 2021 Forum Dinner

Speaker: Dr Linda Yueh, Economist, Writer and Broadcaster
Address from SCDI President, Shonaig Macpherson, SCDI President
Medal Presentation to fellow Iain Wall, former SCDI Chair

Friday 19th Nov

Morning session

Sally Magnusson and Sara Thiam, CEO, SCDI welcome Lord Malcolm Offord, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State to discuss the UK Government Priorities for the Economy

Panel – Innovation
Adrian Gillespie, Chief Executive. Scottish Enterprise
David Farquhar, CEO, Intelligent Growth Solutions
Irene McAra-McWilliam, Deputy Director, Research & Innovation, GSA
Ivan McKee MSP, Minister for Business, Trade, Tourism and Enterprise

Panel – Healthy Places
Ben Garratt, Co-Director of Communications, LNER
Joanna Rowelle, Director, Integrated City Planning, Arup
Calum MacPherson, Group Director, Strategic Development, Robertson Group
Daisy Narayanan, Mobility and Placemaking Senior Manager, City of Edinburgh Council


Business Purpose

Susan Love, Strategic Engagement Lead for Scotland, ACCA (Chair)
Gillian McCreadie, Global Council Member, ACCA
Andrew Murphy, Executive Director, Operations, John Lewis Partnership

International Trade

Martin Bell, Chair, SCDI International Business Committee, and Deputy Director, Trade,
Scotch Whisky Association (Chair)
Rachel Gwyon, Director for Scotland and Agriculture, Food and Drink, Department for International Trade


Jane Grant, Executive Director – Enterprise and Business Innovation, Borders College (Chair)
Sean Duffy, CEO Wise Group
Angela Terry, Senior Manager, Deloitte

Clean Growth

Richard Dibley, Head of Asset Governance, Falck Renewables UK Ltd
Marna McMillin, Chief Executive of Energy4All

Launch of Business Purpose Commission for Scotland

Richard Lochhead MSP, Minister for Just Transition, Employment and Fair Work (online)

Panel – Skills & Learning
Susan Stewart, Scotland Director, Open University
Peter Mathieson, Principal & Vice-Chancellor, Edinburgh University
Dr Gillian Murray, Deputy Principal of Business and Enterprise, Heriot-Watt University
Robert Thorburn, Partnership Director, Openreach

Closing remarks: Andrew Ritchie, Deputy Chair, SCDI


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SCDI Forum 2021

This 50th Forum coincides with our 90th year as an organisation. The SCDI community remains as passionate and active as ever, and it is our pleasure to confirm another, forward-thinking and inclusive event with facilitator Sally Magnusson.

On 18 and 19 November 2021, SCDI will bring leaders from business, politics, the public and third sector, and education establishments together at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre.

Scotland moves into recovery from the COVID pandemic and the EU exit, against a backdrop of global changes in business, politics and the economy.

This year’s Forum comes at a particularly crucial time, just after the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow, and it will continue the vital conversation on how to accelerate action to address the escalating issue of climate change.

While there are undoubtedly significant economic, social, and ecological challenges to be met, this Forum will look ahead to the opportunities for positive transformation for Scotland’s people, places and plans.

The dress code for the event, and for dinner, is business.

Book with confidence

All Forum tickets are fully transferable to a substitute delegate of your choice, should you be unable to join us. Upgrading from online to in-person tickets is welcome, should your availability change, and to arrange this just drop us an email using the button below.

Cancellation before Thursday 11  Nov 2021: A full refund will be given, for in person tickets, including dinner costs.

We regret that there will be no refunds for cancellations received after 11 November.  If an alternative delegate is unavailable, a digital ticket will be provided and you may move the full balance of the remaining ticket/dinner price on to any other SCDI event/s of your choice in the next 12-month period.

Please contact us as soon as possible if you wish to cancel, upgrade or transfer your tickets.

If it’s just not convenient for you to travel to Edinburgh, or you’re not sure yet about attending in person, we understand.

You can book to join us online only, and if you change your mind nearer the event, we’ll upgrade your ticket for an additional payment, with no admin fees or anything to worry about.


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