COSLA and IS Annual Conference 2018

Name of Meeting: COSLA and IS Annual Conference 2018
Date: Thu, 11/10/2018 - 09:30 - Fri, 12/10/2018 - 15:00
Type: This meeting is public.
Venue: Fairmont,
St. Andrews


Thursday, 11 October – Day 1

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08.00am Registration, Refreshments and Exhibition Viewing
09.30am Welcome from the Chair, Glenn Campbell, BBC Journalist and Broadcaster

Local Government
09.35am President’s Address, Councillor Alison Evison

10.05am Derek Mackay MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Economy and Fair Work, Scottish Government

10.35am Harald Bergmann, Mayor of Middelburg,
Dutch Member of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe, Vice Chair of the Governance Committee and Spokesperson for Human Rights and Local and Regional Levels

11.05am Refreshments and Exhibition Viewing

The Scottish Perspective
11.35am Councillor Alison Evison, President, COSLA
Aileen Campbell MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Local Government

12.00pm Andy Wightman MSP, Scottish Parliament

12.25pm Lunch and Exhibition Viewing

1.10pm Fringe Event 1
Making Better Use of Evidence to End Homelessness Faster in Scotland
Centre for Homelessness Impact

1.10pm Fringe Event 2
Improving with our Communities
Healthcare Improvement Scotland’s Improvement Hub (ihub)

1.10pm Fringe Event 3
Working Together to Build a Sustainable Future for Social Care
ENABLE Scotland

1.10pm Fringe Event 4
Improving the Life Chances of Scotland’s Children
Early Years and Childcare Programme, Scottish Government

Brexit and European Session
1.55pm  Councillor Graham Houston, Vice President, COSLA
Marian Harkin MEP, Alliance of Liberal and Democrats for Europe

2.40pm  Councillor Kevin Bentley, Deputy Leader, Essex County Council and Chairman of the Local Government Association Brexit Task & Finish Group

3.05pm  Refreshments and Exhibition Viewing

3.35pm  Professor Graeme Roy, Director of the Fraser of Allander Institute

Keynote Addresses
4.00pm The Rt. Hon. Lord John Reid of Cardowan and Former Home Secretary
4.45pm The Rt. Hon. Nicola Sturgeon MSP, First Minister of Scotland
5.15pm Close of Conference Day One


6.45pm Pre-Dinner Reception
7.15pm Dinner Atrium
9.00pm COSLA Excellence Awards Ceremony

Friday, 12 October – Day 2

08.30am  Registration, Refreshments and Exhibition Viewing
09.05am  Welcome from the Chair, Glenn Campbell, BBC Journalist and Broadcaster
09.15am  Our Transformation Story: How we’ve identified efficiencies and raised the bar on service levels during a period of unprecedented change - Jo Dow, Chief Executive, Business Stream

Promoting Our Agenda
09.30am Kevin Pringle, Partner (Strategic Communications Consultant). Charlotte Street Partners
Ramsay Jones, Political Strategist and Public Affairs Consultant; Former Special Advisor to David Cameron

10.30am Refreshments and Exhibition Viewing

Political Party Session
11.00am Introduction from Councillor Graham Houston, Vice President, COSLA

Keith Brown MSP, SNP
Patrick Harvie MSP, Scottish Greens
Christine Jardine MP, Scottish Liberal Democrats
Monica Lennon MSP, Scottish Labour
Graham Simpson MSP, Scottish Conservatives

12.30pm Sir John Curtice, Professor of Politics, University of Strathclyde/ScotCen Social Research

1.15pm Lunch and Close of Conference


View the full COSLA IS Annual Conference programme.


COSLA Conference headline sponsor:

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COSLA Conference sponsor:

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COSLA Excellence Awards sponsor:


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