September 21st 2017 | Dynamic Earth

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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.


David McNaught

Senior Consultant, Frazer-Nash Consultancy

David is a chartered engineer with 10 years’ experience delivering a diverse range of projects across the energy, defence and aerospace industries. He is a specialist systems engineer with a skill set including whole systems modelling, multi-criteria decision support and requirements capture and management. He has a track record of providing insight and clarity for both public and private sector organisations, helping his clients get the best out of their most challenging and uncertain projects. David is a Member of the International Council on Systems Engineering.

Harry Scott-Dempster

Senior Consultant, Frazer-Nash Consultancy

Harry is a chartered mechanical engineer who has considerable experience as a manager of projects and people. His expertise is in applying asset management principles to complex real world scenarios, particularly through helping his clients to implement the requirements of the ISO 55001:2014 standard. Harry has an impressive international client and project portfolio including developing asset management strategies and objectives for electricity distribution network operators, airports and the UK Ministry of Defence. He is an associate member of the Institute of Asset Management.

Iain Morris

Head of Asset Management, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service

Iain Morris was appointed the Head of Asset Management for the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) in February 2013 prior to the commencement of the new Scottish Service in April 2013.

 Iain’s previous positions with the former Strathclyde Fire and Rescue Service were: Head of Corporate Support: 2010 to 2013 Deputy Director of Operations; 2007 to 2010 Head of Technical Support & Logistics; 2004 to 2007 Fleet Manager; 2002 to 2004.

His current role as Head of Asset Management has the responsibility for the management of all of the services assets within the Property, Fleet and Equipment portfolios including all elements of SFRS Research and Development. The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service has over 1600 vehicles, 950,000 items of equipment and over 600 building assets not to mention PPE, Stores and Consumable items. The Head of Asset Management post is responsible for the administration all these assets and has an establishment of 210 staff and a budget of over £31M in Revenue and £28M in Capital allocations

Dr Ally R Memon

Senior Lecturer, Kingston Business School, Kingston University

Dr Memon is a Senior Lecturer and Programme Director based at Kingston University where he teaches management and leadership in public services alongside supervising doctoral research. He is a member of the Well-Being at Work research group at Kingston Business School and currently involved in different funded research projects exploring leadership and service innovation in the NHS. He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. He serves as an expert reviewer for a range of prestigious academic journals including Public Management Review and engages in a range of training and consulting projects with industry internationally. 

Chief Inspector Barry Blair

Area Commander, West Lothian, Police Scotland

Chief Inspector Barry Blair is the Area Commander for West Lothian and has been in post since October 2016.  As Area Commander, he is the lead officer for Operational Policing in West Lothian which is an extremely busy and challenging area.  Prior to his current posting, Barry has worked in a number of roles including CID, Corporate Services as well as a secondment to the Scottish Government. 

Alistair Shaw

Head of Housing Customer and Building Services, West Lothian Council

Alistair is the one of the Heads of Service at West Lothian Council and has responsibility for Housing Customer and Building Services. His portfolio also includes the lead officer role for Community Safety within the Council. Alistair has worked in Housing and Regeneration for the majority of his career. Alistair is a planner by profession and also holds an MBA. Barry and Alistair co-chair the Safer Communities Strategic Planning Group which directs and oversees the Community Safety arrangements within the Local Authority.

Morag Angus MA Hons, MRICS, Dip LS

Chief Surveyor, Scottish Government 

Morag Angus is Chief Surveyor at the Scottish Government and heads a team of experienced Chartered Surveyors advising Ministers, policy-makers across the public sector and public bodies on property matters. Morag joined Scottish Government four years ago and is Head of Profession for Chartered Surveyors in Scottish Government. She has extensive public sector experience and has also worked with a number of third sector bodies. She co-wrote a Guide for Landowners on leasing to community bodies in Scotland, sits on the Scottish Government Place Board and is qualified in writing and reviewing business cases. Morag jointly regulates the SG Property Controls and is a Gateway Reviewer. She has been a Chartered Surveyor for over 20 years. Property Division gives high-quality professional property advice on a wide range of issues including acquisitions, asset management, disposals, and property policy across the public sector and manages the Scottish Government’s own estate.

Maurice McCann

Project Manager, Midlothian Council

Maurice McCann is a Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, Chartered Institute of Builders and Association for Project Management. He has a specialist MBA in Construction and Real Estate from the University of Reading and a Honours Degree in Construction Project Management.

Since 2010 Maurice has operated on a consultancy basis for Midlothian Council providing development management services. In this role, Maurice has brought a consultative approach to the delivery of capital projects within the public sector. During this time Maurice has delivered projects such as the SFT Pilot High School project at Lasswade Centre, Newbattle Centre, Paradykes Centre, along with a number of primary schools within Midlothian. More recently Maurice has been involved in developing a Learning Estates model for the Midlothian School estate development. This Model plans for the next 30 years allowing Midlothian to put the local school estate at the centre of the asset management strategy for each of its communities.

Dan Kuszpit

Business Development Manager, BSI Group

As BSI's Business Development Manager for Scotland, Dan works with organizations in the region to encourage the adoption of management system standards, such as ISO 9001, ISO 14001, BS OHSAS 18001 and ISO 27001. These standards are more aligned than ever before and an integrated approach to the implementation and operation of management systems can bring organizational benefits and financial reward.