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2021.09.06 website update - conf speakers

Institute of Directors Online Global Conference

Connecting the World: Tackling our global challenges together

IoD Scotland was delighted to host a virtual global conference on 2 & 3 September exploring how organisations can step up their responsibilities to tackle climate change and build sustainable businesses for a fairer, greener world.

The conference was delivered in partnership with its sponsors Wood, Skills Development Scotland and Strathclyde Executive Education & Development (SEED).

The conference theme was addressed in three dynamic sessions which you can view below and read about in the Conference Report, authored by IoD Chartered Director Course Leaders, Mary Campbell OBE and Dr Deborah Benson.

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Time Chapter
00:00:08 Positive Disruption: The Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng MP, Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
00:02:34 Reflections: Kate Chambers, 2050 Climate Group
00:08:26 Speaking Up and Speaking Out: Rt Hon David Miliband, International Rescue Committee
00:47:34 Building an Economy of Wellbeing: Dr Katherine Trebeck, Wellbeing Economy Alliance
01:16:12 Panel Reflections: In seeking green solutions, what do leadership, responsibility & accountability look like? Neil Gaught, Single Organizing Idea Limited; Richard Hagan, Crystal Doors; Dr Ifeyinwa Kanu, IntelliDigest; Catherine Topley, Scottish Canals
Time Chapter
00:00:08 The Road to COP26: Lilly Miller, PlanetMark
00:08:50 Accepting Climate Responsibility, Doing Business Better: Douglas Lamont, innocent drinks
00:35:30 Reflections: Kate Chambers, 2050 Climate Group
00:41:04 Think Global, Engineering Solutions for a Net Zero Future: Martyn Link, Wood
01:05:32 Panel Reflections: What more do we need to do to hold ourselves accountable to the next generation? Jill Farrell, Zero Waste Scotland; Prof David Hillier, Strathclyde Business School; Jojo Mehta, Stop Ecocide International; Tony Wines, Turnkey Group
Time Chapter
00:00:10 People and Planet Above Profit: Vanessa Nakate, UN Young Leader for the Sustainable Development Goals
00:28:30 Panel Reflections: When considering collaborative action for change, how do we get creative and shift from talking the talk to walking the walk? Mark Logan, Lead for the Scottish Technology Ecosystem Transformation; Amee Ritchie, S’wheat; Dr Rachel Sibande, Digital Impact Alliance; Samantha Suppiah, Sustainability Strategist
01:09:17 Weekend Reading: Leadership, Governance and Collaboration for Innovation, Rt Hon Nicola Sturgeon MSP, First Minister of Scotland and Professor Mariana Mazzucato
01:43:08 The Last Word!: Kate Chambers, 2050 Climate Group

Conference Partners

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Wood is a global leader in consulting and engineering across energy and the built environment, helping to unlock solutions to some of the world’s most critical challenges, providing consulting, projects and operations solutions in more than 60 countries, employing over 40,000 people worldwide.

Connected by our shared values of care, commitment and courage, we recognise achieving a sustainable future to be one of the biggest challenges facing our generation. That’s why we are committed to engineering the solutions needed for a net zero future, and ensure we help create a more resilient, sustainable and liveable world.

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Skills Development Scotland (SDS) is Scotland’s national skills body. We contribute to Scotland’s sustainable economic growth by supporting people and businesses to develop and apply their skills. We work with our partners to provide services that deliver the very best outcomes for Scotland’s people, businesses and the economy. We are passionate about skills development and its contribution to a modern, innovative and prosperous Scottish economy. We provide careers information, advice and guidance, and work-based training programmes for individuals aimed at building the career management skills that will enable them to thrive in a changing economy. We are also committed to building a Scotland which champions fair work practices and a diverse workforce.

Working with our partners, we strive to ensure employers have the right skills at the right time in high performing, fair and equal workplaces, and that every individual has the skills and confidence to get a job and progress in the workplace, achieving their full potential. Our support for employers includes tailored skills advice and funding for workforce development.

Along with our partners we are forging strong relationships between enterprise and the providers of education and training. This includes championing the wide range of pathways into work, ensuring each route is recognised and valued, while supporting inclusion and diversity in fair and productive workplaces.

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The Centre for Board & Director Development (CBDD) sits within Strathclyde Executive Education and Development (SEED), which has significant expertise in working with senior leaders, directors and managers in the private, public and third sectors – designing and delivering applied, experiential, tailored programmes for an extensive client base.

CBDD provides a natural home for our existing activities for Directors, Trustees and Applied Research:

  • Open board and director development programmes, along with tailored corporate programmes
  • Knowledge exchange, thought leadership events and publications
  • A specialist family business track
  • Short courses that will allow participants to flexibly undertake a development programme leading to a recognised qualification
  • Short development programmes for NXDs, aspiring directors, trustees and specialist groups

CBDD and SEED are part of Strathclyde Business School (SBS), a pioneering, internationally renowned academic organisation with a reputation for research excellence. SBS is a triple accredited business school (AMBA, EQUIS and AACSB) and was the first business school in Scotland to achieve this accolade in 2004.

SBS holds the Small Business Charter Award which recognises the business school's world-leading support for scaling Scottish firms through innovation, internationalisation and leadership, as well as the business school's expertise in student entrepreneurship and engagement in the local economy.


YuLife is a tech-driven insurance company on a mission to inspire life and turn financial products into a force for good. By harnessing the power of technology, lifestyle medicine and the latest behavioural science, YuLife is building a new insurance model focused on risk prevention.

YuLife transforms the employee benefits market by rewarding employees for healthy living, and fostering healthier, happier and more motivated teams. Yulife has grown 10x over the last year as the Covid-19 crisis has driven employee wellbeing and insurance to the top of the corporate agenda. They now insure over 400k lives at companies across the UK and 70% of employees agree that they live a healthier lifestyle because of YuLife.