September 17th 2019 | Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh

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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.


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.  

Joann Russell MA Hons DipArch RIBA RIAS

Head of Estates, Historic Environment Scotland

Joann Russell is Head of Estates at Historic Environment Scotland, responsible for the conservation and maintenance of the 336 properties in the care of Scottish Ministers. She is an Architect with a particular interest in how digital technologies can improve management decisions and strategic investment for the historic built environment. Others areas of expertise include assessing and mitigating the impacts of Climate Change on the historic built environment, managing visitor safety in the historic built environment and working with communities to explore the challenges and opportunities presented by the built heritage.

Diarmaid Lawlor

Director for Place, Architecture & Design Scotland

Diarmaid trained as a landscape architect and has worked extensively in practice across the UK. His role at A&DS involves a specific focus on learning spaces and spatial strategies and he has an interest in the role of design in fostering collaborative approaches