September 25th 2018 | Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh

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Colin Proctor

Asset Management Director - Scottish Futures Trust

Colin is a Director at SFT and leads their Scotland wide public sector programme on property asset management. STF’S remit, set by Government, is to champion a strategic approach and take forward a programme of change supporting and challenging public bodies to deliver a step change in improved property asset management. Part of this is to facilitate collaborative planning and property rationalisation between different public bodies. Colin is a Chartered Surveyor with more than 25 years experience in property and construction,

Sam Cassels

Associate Director, Scottish Futures Trust

Sam leads the Smarter Places programme, which helps shape the way better local outcomes are delivered by a collaborative place based approach involving the more effective use of public sector assets. He is currently facilitating this across Scotland with local partners, whilst also working with national agencies to embed this approach at the heart of their own plans.

He has previously worked on significant projects involving the implementation of change for over 100 organisations internationally in both the public and private sectors, and has 25 years’ experience helping people make well informed decisions about fundamental strategic investments. He has qualifications in architecture and economics.

Steven Male

Visiting Fellow in Infrastructure Asset Management, University of Bristol

Steven is a Visiting Fellow in Infrastructure Asset Management, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Bristol, and is currently co-authoring a book on Strategic Infrastructure Asset Management for Wiley publishers. Recent consultancy assignments include working on a series of: institutional and organisational development, transport, and asset management-related commissions for the World Bank, and value management studies at Sellafield. 

He has led policy studies for the UK Government’s Office of Government Commerce (now subsumed within the Cabinet Office), the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE) and the Environment Agency. These policy studies dealt with infrastructure and property asset management, programme and project management. Steven is a former Professor of Property & Infrastructure Asset Management (2004-2011), University of Leeds;  and from 1993 – 2004, his professorial role at the University of Leeds was sponsored by Balfour Beatty, a major international construction engineering and asset management company. He is a former Chair of the Examinations Committee and Chief Examiner for the Institute of Asset Management’s (IAM) qualifications in asset management. Prior to this, he was a member of the IAM’s Project Board for the second edition of the British Standards Institute PAS55 Physical Asset Management guidance and served as a council member of the IAM.


Derek Mackay MSP

Cabinet Secretary for Finance and the Constitution, Scottish Government

Mr Mackay has been the Member of the Scottish Parliament for Renfrewshire North & West since 2011. He was appointed as Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Constitution in May 2016 having previously served as Minister for Transport and Islands and Minister for Local Government and Planning. Mr Mackay is currently SNP Business Convener (Chairman of the Party), responsible for chairing Conference, the National Executive and the management and administration of the party. Elected to Renfrewshire Council in 1999 at the age of 21, he was the youngest male councillor in Scotland at the time. He won three successive ward elections to become Leader of Renfrewshire Council in May 2007, taking the SNP from opposition to lead the administration for the first time. He became a national figure in local government leading the SNP group at COSLA (Convention of Scottish Local Authorities) 2009-2011.

Ijaz Bashir

I have been a Senior Manager within Local Government for the last 18 years. During this time I have worked at 3 different Local Authorities and also had the benefit of working with Audit Scotland to challenge and assess organisational leadership and performance at a senior level. I am currently working at South Ayrshire Council as the Asset Systems Manager with responsibility for a number of functions including property asset systems, office accommodation and energy management. My undergraduate degree is in Politics and Economics; I possess a post-graduate qualification in Information Management Systems and have recently completed a Masters qualification in Business Administration (MBA) where my dissertation was on innovation in Scottish Local Authority Property Asset Management.

Kathryn Dapré

Head of Energy and Sustainability, NHS National Services Scotland

Kathryn leads the Energy and Sustainability team within Health Facilities Scotland- part of NHS National Services Scotland. The team’s remit is to provide professional advice and support to NHSScotland Boards and stakeholders on all aspects of energy management and sustainability as they pertain to the NHSScotland estate. This covers climate change mitigation and adaptation, low carbon building design and operation, waste reduction and resource efficiency, biodiversity and greenspace, sustainable procurement, and low carbon travel and transport. In 2018, a new national sustainability strategy for NHSScotland is being developed, with supporting tools and guidance. Prior to joining NHS in 2012, Kathryn spent over 15 years in energy and carbon consultancy, working for a range of public and private sector clients.  

Martin Grey

National programme Delivery Manager, Nuclear Decommissioning Authority

Martin is a Major Project Authority Gateway Medium Risk Review Team Leader and High Risk Reviewer.  Reviews carried out include programmes for Highways England, Government, House of Lords and Education.

Martin has been leading the UK Civil Nuclear Sector drive to improve the strategic management of assets for the last 8 years to enable the decommissioning of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority Facilities.  Having worked in the nuclear sector since leaving school Martin has held a number of technical and management roles including oversight of the safe management of the Sellafield Complex in West Cumbria. Working from NDA has included oversight of £100’sM contracts and assurance of subcontracting consistent with Cabinet Office requirements. As the objectives require a predominantly change management focus working with Nuclear and Environmental regulators and other key stakeholders has been key.

Martin is a Director of the UK Chapter of The Institute of Asset Management responsible for outreach and is Chair of the Cumbria Branch.

Martin has a Manufacturing Systems Engineering Master Degree from Warwick and is a Graduate of the Institute of Physics.

Martin likes to travel, is a keen runner competing at distances from 5k to marathon and enjoys watching most sport and especially Rugby Union.