September 12th 2019 | Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh


Professor Alan Alexander

Academic, Writer, and Public Servant

Alan Alexander is a Scottish academic, writer, and public servant. He was General Secretary of the Royal Society of Edinburgh between 2013 and 2018.

Alan had a distinguished career in local government and academia. He retired from the University of Strathclyde in 2000 and was immediately awarded the title of Emeritus Professor. 

Since 2016 he has been Chair of the Advisory Council of the University of St Andrews Management School. In October 2018, Alan was appointed to the Board of Audit Scotland as an independent non-executive member.

Alan was awarded an OBE in the 2010 New Year Honours List. 

Jamie Hepburn MSP

Minister for Business, Fair Work and Skills

Jamie Hepburn was appointed Minister for Business, Fair Work and Skills in June 2018.

Jamie was educated at Hyndland Secondary and the University of Glasgow, graduating with a degree in Politics and History.

He served as National Convener of the SNP's student and youth wings, was MSP for Central Scotland between 2007 and 2011 and has been MSP for Cumbernauld and Kilsyth since 2011. He was appointed Minister for Sport, Health Improvement and Mental Health in November 2014. Jamie Hepburn was appointed Minister for Employability and Training in May 2016

Gordon Nelson

Scotland Director, Federation of Master Builders

Gordon has 15 years’ experience working for membership organisations in Scotland and joined the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) in 2014. Prior to this, he worked at the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) and for Unilever in business development, membership management and business-to-business marketing roles. Gordon has a degree in Politics and a Master’s degree in Marketing. As the Director for FMB Scotland his remit includes public affairs, media relations, member engagement and governance. Gordon is the Secretary of the Cross-Party Group on Construction in the Scottish Parliament and is a member of Site Safe Scotland – the principal committee for construction health and safety in Scotland.

Professor Douglas Bourne

Professor of Development Education and Co-Director of the Development Education Research Centre, UCL Institute of Education 

Douglas Bourne is author of Understanding Global Skills for 21st Century Professions (2018). For the past decade, global skills has been one of Douglas' main areas of interest following research in England for a range of vocational educational organisations.  Author of numerous articles and book chapters on the themes of global learning, global perspectives within higher education, global citizenship education and sustainable development education. He is also a former advisor to the UK Government in areas such as development education, education for sustainable development and global citizenship. 

Charlie Cameron

Business Support Director, AquaTerra Group

Chalie's expertise lies within strategic leadership and business management in the training and education sector, and now more broadly in the energy sector. He has over 15 years’ experience in skills, apprenticeships, and education. Formerly a Curriculum Manager at Angus College, HMIe associate assessor, and SQA External Verifier, Charlie has been with AquaTerra since 2011. AquaTerra is a supporter of the DYW and Skills Development Scotland.

AquaTerra currently has 180 people working offshore in the construction sector and the separate training arm delivers training to approximately 10,000 candidates around the world each year. He graduated from RGU in Business Management and the University of Dundee in Teaching in Further Education. Charlie started his working life in 1989 as an apprentice painter and decorator. 


Tom Clark

Managing Director, Your Future In

Tom has been a teacher and Head of Department of Subject with over thirty years teaching experience in both the private and state sectors. He has always been recognised for his innovative ways of engaging his students in their learning and teaching from regular class interaction through to developing the delivery of the exam structures as they progressed over the years. 

Tom's educational skills were recognised by an invite from the Scottish Government to be a member of The Physical Education Review Group, 2001, which was tasked with improving the provision of Physical education within all Scottish Schools.

Tom Clark’s career reflects his willingness to be innovative in his engagement of his students, and this was clearly highlighted by the introduction of Sports Leaders Awards UK. Northfield Academy was recognised as a “Model of Excellence” within Scottish Education.