Speakers

Teresa Bray, Chief Executive, Changeworks

Teresa has been Chief Executive of Changeworks for 12 years.  Changeworks is a leading environmental charity in Scotland which develops and delivers high impact solutions that make low carbon life a positive reality for everyone.

Teresa is an accountant by trade.  As Chief Executive she is able to combine her interest in environmental and fuel poverty issues and apply her wealth of experience of Third Sector Management and financial direction. Changeworks is involved in the delivery of a range of energy efficiency, fuel poverty and low carbon programmes including as a joint venture partner of Warmworks which delivers the Scottish Government national fuel poverty programme.

Aileen Campbell, Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Local Government, Scottish Government

Aileen Campbell was appointed Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Local Government in June 2018.

Aileen grew up on her parents’ tenant farm and attended Collace primary school and Perth Academy before graduating with an MA joint honours degree in Politics with Economic and Social History at the University of Glasgow.

She started a career in publishing by working as an editor for Keystone, a construction magazine, in 2003 and was an editorial assistant on the pro-independence newspaper, the Scottish Standard. Before her election to parliament, Aileen also worked for Nicola Sturgeon in 2005 and Shona Robison in 2006 as a Parliamentary Assistant.

She was first elected to the Scottish Parliament in May 2007 as a list member for the South of Scotland. She was re-elected as the MSP for Clydesdale in May 2011 and appointed as Minister for Children and Young People. Aileen Campbell was appointed Minister for Public Health and Sport in May 2016.

Councillor Joe Cullinane, Leader of North Ayrshire Council

Councillor Joe Cullinane was elected as a Labour representative for Kilwinning at the May 2012 and May 2017 local government elections. He was appointed Leader of North Ayrshire Council on 30 August 2016 and on 17 May 2017 following a change in Administration.   In September 2019, it was announced that Councillor Cullinane would join the Scottish Labour Party Shadow Cabinet, leading on Campaigns and Party Engagement.

Following a Cabinet reshuffle in June 2020, it was agreed that Councillor Cullinane’s portfolio would be for matters relating to Community Wealth Building, as well as areas such as the budget and the Ayrshire Growth Deal.

Since becoming Leader, he has been appointed Chair of the North Ayrshire Community Planning Partnership, Staffing & Recruitment Committee, Ayrshire Regional Economic Partnership Board and the Ayrshire Shared Services Committee.  As Council Leader he attends COSLA Leaders and COSLA Convention. He is a member of the Ayrshire Regional Economic Joint Committee and a non-Executive Board Member of NHS Ayrshire and Arran.

Born and raised in North Ayrshire, he studied politics and history at University, and graduated with a 2:1 degree in 2008.

Married with two daughters, Councillor Cullinane’s interests include sports, mainly football and music.

Indy Johar, Co-founder & Executive Director, Dark Matter Labs

Indy has co-founded multiple social ventures from Impact Hub Westminster to Impact Hub Birmingham, along with working with large global multinationals & institutions to support their transition to a positive Systems Economy. He has also co-led research projects such as the compendium for the Civic Economy.

Most recently he has founded Dark Matter – a field laboratory focused on radically redesigning the bureaucratic and institutional infrastructure of our cities, regions and towns for a more democratic, distributed great transition.

Dark Matter Laboratories design institutional infrastructure for a distributed and collaborative future. Who work with partners, clients and collaborators across the world, researching and developing new support frame works for collaborative system change.

Josiah Lockhart, CEO, Firstport

As the Chief Executive of Firstport for Social Entrepreneurs Group, Josiah works with a team to support 1100+ enterprise ideas each year through a pair of business development agencies for early stage purpose led companies and social enterprises and a start-up investment fund along with a portfolio of incubators and accelerators for both community based and growth oriented companies. The group’s goal is to help companies of all sizes, across the third, private, and public sectors, understand the balance between managing positive social and environmental impact and maintaining profitability and appropriate growth. Most recently, the group has been co-delivering the Scottish Government’s Third Sector Resilience Fund; an emergency fund to help third sector organisations most at risk of closing due to Coronavirus.

Neil McInroy, Community Wealth Building Adviser to the Scottish Government

Neil has recently been part time seconded to the Scottish Government from the Centre for Local Economic Strategies (CLES), where he is the Chief Executive.

For 25 years, Neil has been at the forefront of local economic development thinking and practice which majors on social, economic and ecological justice. This includes, the progressing of  Community Wealth Building, to which for the last 10 years,Neil has been one of its leading advocates and practioners.  From London Borough of Newham to Preston and North Ayrshire the community wealth building movement seeks to practically reshape local economic strategy and practice: placing people and communities at the centre. Primarily, this is about placing more control over the economy and wealth into the hands of local people, communities, businesses, including the advancement of more democratic forms of ownership, including Social Enterprise.

Neil has been commissioned, collaborated and advised, a broad range of local, regional and national governments, politicians and agencies across UK and in Europe, Asia, US and Australasia.

Dr. Katherine Trebeck, Advocacy and Influencing Lead, Wellbeing Economy Alliance

Dr. Katherine Trebeck is Advocacy and Influencing Lead at the Wellbeing Economy Alliance and co-founder of WEAll Scotland. She is a political economist with over eight years’ experience with Oxfam GB (including developing the Humankind Index). She sits on a range of advisory boards, holds several academic affiliations and is a Distinguished Fellow of the Schumacher Institute. Katherine is a member of the Scottish Government’s Sustainable Renewal Advisory Group and Zero Waste Scotland’s Demystifying Decoupling Advisory Group. Katherine instigated the Wellbeing Economy Governments partnership and her book The Economics of Arrival (with Jeremy Williams: Policy Press) was published in 2019.

Dr. Martin Valenti, Head of Climate Enterprise, Scottish Enterprise

Dr. Martin Valenti is an award-winning climate change and sustainability practitioner. He has extensive experience in strategic transformation and business innovation with over 30 years working in a variety of senior leadership roles in the public and private sector. He has identified and delivered sustainability focused transformations and directed significant collaborative projects. He has a track record of bringing together “Team Scotland” type groups to help solve some of Scotland’s most challenging issues. He is presently on secondment to Scottish Enterprise from the Scottish Environment Protection Agency to help turn the climate emergency into our climate opportunity for solutions.