Forum 2022 in Pictures

Monday, June 13

Broadcaster Sally Magnusson and SCDI Chair, Joanna Boag-Thomson welcome delegates to Forum. First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon provides her opening address and an update on the extension of Productivity Clubs Scotland.

Panel Session: A new sense of purpose

  • Professor Sir Angus Deaton, Princeton University (Virtual Keynote)
  • Adrian Gillespie, Chief Executive, Scottish Enterprise
  • Simon Roddy, Senior Vice President and Upstream Director, Shell UK
  • Melanie van de Velde PhD, Founder, Big Tree Global
  • Sean Duffy, Chief Executive, The Wise Group


Panel: Collaborating for clean growth

  • Clare Foster, Head of Clean Energy, Shepherd and Wedderburn
  • Adam Morrison, Project Director – Moray West Offshore Wind Farm,Ocean Winds
  • Angela Scott, Chief Executive, Aberdeen City Council
  • Dr Oliver Taylor, Chief Executive, bp Aberdeen Hydrogen Energy Ltd


SCDI President, Shonaig Macpherson CBE, welcomes delegates to the evening’s dinner and introduces the after dinner speaker, Rory Stewart.

Tuesday, June 14

Sally Magnusson and SCDI CEO, Sara Thiam, welcome delegates back for day two of Forum. Neil O’Brien MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities joins via video link to discuss the Levelling Up Agenda.

Panel: Innovating our entrepreneurial ecosystem

  • Chris van der Kuyl CBE, Chairman, 4J Studios
  • Gemma Turnbull, Head of Innovation Missions Policy, Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy
  • Calum Paterson, Managing Partner, Scottish Equity Partners
  • Robert Thorburn, Partnership Director, Openreach
  • Stephen Sheal, Head of External Relations, Net Zero Technology Centre


  • Collaborating for Communities
    • Louise McGregor, Head of Customer Service & Support, Zero Waste Scotland
    • Cheryl Robb, Partnerships Manager, Zero Waste Scotland
  • Creating an Enterprise Nation
    • Barry McCulloch, Senior Manager, UK Network – Scotland, British Business Bank
    • Caroline Laurenson, Managing Director, TL Tech Ltd
  • Just Transition
    • Kate Hopper, Climate Policy Manager, NFU Scotland
    • Paul de Leeuw, Director, Energy Transition Institute, Robert Gordon University
    • Ronnie Quinn, Chief Executive, NECCUS
  • Skills for the Future
    • Melinda Matthews-Clarkson, CEO, CodeClan
    • Tom Harley, Education Manager, Skills Development Scotland
    • Maggie Morrison, Managing Director UK, Hi55 Ventures Ltd
    • Gurpreet Kalra, Head of Talent & Development, UK & Ireland, Tata Consultancy Services
    • Gopalan Rajagopalan, Country Head, Scotland, Tata Consultancy Services

Panel: Purposeful global leader

  • David Barnes, Deputy Director for Trade Policy
  • Bob Sanguinetti, Chief Executive, Aberdeen Harbour
  • Mairi Spowage, Director, Fraser of Allander Institute
  • David Pitt-Watson, Chair, Public Interest Committee, KPMG

Panel: People driven change

  • Lewis Hedge, Interim Deputy Director of Fair Work and Labour Market Strategy Division
  • Esther Black, Director of Corporate Operations, Crown Estate Scotland
  • Ian Walker, Senior Director, Johnson & Johnson
  • Andy Witty, Director of Sector Policy, Colleges Scotland

The 2022 Forum will usher SCDI into its 10th decade, as we return to the EICC, an award-winning centre of excellence for world-class events and conferences in the heart of Edinburgh. Host and facilitator,  broadcaster Sally Magnusson, will be joined by thought leaders from a diverse range of sectors.

This year, the conference will be on Monday 13 and Tuesday 14 June, with dinner on Monday evening. The conference and dinner will both be held at the EICC in Edinburgh, and the conference will be available to join online. Click below to see the agenda and speakers.

The conference will focus on how prioritising a purpose driven, people-centred approach to the challenges we face will propel more profitable businesses, economic wellbeing, and the transition to net zero.  It will take place shortly before the Business Purpose Commission for Scotland reports its findings and build on its proposed actions.

Organisations, places, and economies in which people are connected and empowered by a keen sense of purpose are more innovative, able to evolve and more resilient. We will, therefore, explore how the private, public, voluntary and academic sectors can more closely collaborate in mission-led opportunities, including through new government innovation strategies.

At a time when many employees are re-evaluating their careers, while many people remain outside the labour force or in low-paid jobs and there are labour and skills shortages, the Forum will galvanise new purpose in Scotland. We will step up how we think about purpose in our organisations and how people will spur the shift to a fully digital, greener, fairer, and healthier economy.


Conference Speakers


Collaborating for Communities

Creating an Enterprise Nation

Skills for the Future

Just Transition

Our SCDI member local hotels

Strategic Partners

Associate Partners