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.

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.


Ijaz Bashir

Asset Systems Manager, Asset Management, Place Directorate, South Ayrshire Council

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.

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.

David McNaught

Group Leader, Frazer-Nash Consultancy

David is a chartered engineer with 10 years’ experience of 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. In applying these skills to Asset Management, he helps his clients to optimise engineered systems throughout their lifecycles, develop stage-gate approval processes for complex technology and manage project and system interfaces. He is currently helping to author the Institute of Asset Management’s Subject Specific Guidance on Systems Engineering. David leads Frazer-Nash’s Technology Management capability in Scotland, working with our clients to get  the best out of their most challenging and uncertain projects.  

Neil Miller

Head of Asset Management, GB, Royal Bank of Scotland PLC

Neil is Head of Asset Management for the GB operational portfolio of circa 1,700 properties, for The Royal Bank of Scotland group businesses. His role is to ensure that the occupiers have the most efficient property portfolio possible to meet ever changing requirements, working with them to provide solutions to their property requirements.

Neil is a Chartered Surveyor with 30 years experience, the last 14 with the Bank; prior to that he worked in private practice in London, Glasgow and Edinburgh. He also acted as an Arbitrator and Independent Expert for rent review disputes.

Neil has a degree in Accounting and a post graduate diploma in Land Economy.

Neil was a non executive director for an Edinburgh based Housing Association for 11 years and also was an external examiner at Aberdeen University.

In his spare time Neil enjoys golf and cycling.

Andrew Pollard

Managing Director, Place Partnership

Andrew Pollard is a senior executive with over 30 years real estate and business experience. He was appointed as the Managing Director of transformative joint property partnership, Place Partnership, ahead of its launch in 2015 and he is the Company’s sole executive director. Over the last ten years he had previously served as director of a number of significant international real estate businesses engaged in investment, regeneration and development. Andrew has significant experience in business development and change management. He is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, a Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England & Wales and a qualified Barrister.

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.

Prof. Sean Smith

Director of Sustainable Construction, Edinburgh Napier University

Sean Smith is Director of the Institute for Sustainable Construction and Professor of Construction Innovation. The institute undertakes applied research with industry and government for offsite construction, smart cities, timber technologies, building energy performance, renewables and sound insulation. His team have led major energy efficiency projects and applied research for housing associations, Historic Scotland, housebuilders and product manufacturers. In 2009 and 2015 his research teams were awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for the positive impact on their applied research for industry, environment and quality of life for innovative housing and sustainable construction. Since 2004 over 1 million UK homes have been built utilising the institutes technical designs. The ISC research centres have supported over 200 innovative construction products for low carbon housing and he led the Scottish universities partnership with industry to form the Construction Scotland Innovation Centre. He currently chairs the Scottish Government working group for new housing construction skills.

Paul Wedgwood

Associate Director, Carbon Trust

Paul joined the Carbon Trust in 2009. In total he has over 25 years’ experience in commercial and consultancy roles in both large and smaller organisations. He heads up carbon management, energy efficiency and area-wide carbon and energy strategy programmes and projects, including leading all of Carbon Trust’s activity in these areas in Scotland. This includes providing independent specialist advice and guidance to public sector, government and business organisations, through strategic change management and technical assistance, in relation to energy demand and low carbon local generation in their built assets.

Paul’s focus is in helping organisations’ leadership teams and technical specialists to work together to identify, develop and implement successful and enduring energy- and carbon-saving solutions, particularly for non-domestic buildings (including heating, lighting, ventilation, building fabric and on-site renewables). Paul is also the Carbon Trust’s lead in the Project Support Unit (PSU) for the Scottish Government’s Non-Domestic Energy Efficiency Framework (NDEEF), which is led by Mott MacDonald. NDEEF and its PSU enable Scotland’s public sector to implement energy efficiency upgrade programmes at scale and pace across their estates through an Energy Performance Contracting model and the established procurement route which the NDEEF provides.

Chris Stewart

CEO, Chris Stewart Group

Since starting out in property development in 1996, Chris Stewart has earned his position at the vanguard of urban regeneration and real estate place-making through intense hard work and maintaining a simple, clear vision for developing amazing spaces. He is an EY Entrepreneur of the Year award winner for 2018, having won the Building a Better Working World category. His knowledge, expertise and compelling business acumen has delivered not just personal success, but success for the wider CSG team and for the communities, cities and economies in which the business operates. From his first venture in property development more than 20 years ago, he now leads an organisation that employs more than 200 people and is delivering a £300 million investment programme in Scotland.

Dr James Dickinson

Associate Director, Buro Happold Consulting Engineers Ltd

James joined Buro Happold Engineering in March 2005 initially specialising in sustainability and alternative technologies. He now leads the energy and utilities systems engineering offer from within the Energy team. He is a Chartered Mechanical Engineer and has a doctorate in Sustainable Energy Systems.

James’ main expertise lies in energy and utilities strategy development through to delivery for masterplanning scale sustainable energy and water systems.

James has led or had a principle role in a number of high profile projects such as; University of Glasgow CHP/District Heating System, University of East Anglia Infrastructure Review, UCL District Heating, Energy Technologies Institute UK Energy Infrastructure Pathways 2050 and the development of the 2012 Olympics Energy Framework.

James is currently the Project Director for a Low Carbon Heat framework with Zero Waste Scotland which includes a range of projects throughout Scotland including Higher Education, Local Authorities and Private Developers.

Philip Barnett

Associate, Asset Consultancy, BuroHappold

Phillip is an Associate Consultant and building surveyor, experienced in the analysis and correction of building and systems defects with over fifteen years’ experience in operation, maintenance and terotechnology. Whilst working with BuroHappold Engineering, Phillip has been involved in a large number of schemes in both the public and private sectors with particular emphasis on civic, cultural and educational projects across the UK.

Phillip has acted as lead consultant for a number of high profile clients on behalf of BuroHappold including The British Museum (Asset reconciliation and visualisation), Live Nation (capital expenditure programming), The Natural History Museum (infrastructure evaluation and environmental management study) and the University of Surrey (estate wide asset evaluation).