• 18 Apr 2024
  • In-person

IoD Central Scotland Annual Dinner

Dine with other members and and hear from a group of speakers on topics surrounding AI - no synthetic food here!

The Central Scotland Annual Dinner is back this year, a flagship event in the branch's calendar and kindly hosted once more by Forth Valley College at the Gallery Restaurant.

The evening will offer the chance to reconnect with members you know and build new relationships with others, as you enjoy a sumptuous three-course meal in a stunning setting. An array of expert guest speakers will offer insights on what AI can mean for the future business landscape, assessing its impact and asking what adjustments directors may need to consider to ensure their organisations continue to flourish.

This free event, exclusive to members, will challenge your way of thinking and stimulate radical new ideas.


Dr Eve Poole OBE

Eve is an expert in AI, Leadership and Diversity. She has a particular focus on looking at the human angle of AI – the impact of AI on people, and our role as leaders. She is a Chair, Trustee and Interim CEO in the education and charity sectors. She is a visiting lecturer at Hult International Business School, has been CEO of the Carnegie Trust and the Royal Society of Edinburgh, and was the first female Chair of the board of governors at Gordonstoun School. She is an alumna of the universities of Durham, Edinburgh and Cambridge, where she acquired her PhD.

She is author of numerous books, including ‘Robot Souls’ in 2023, and was awarded the OBE for her services to Education and Gender Equality.

Kenji Lamb

Digital Lead at College Development Network, Kenji has worked in the education sector since the late ‘90s overseas and latterly in the UK with Jisc, his own consultancy Soffed and now Scotland’s national agency supporting staff development in Scottish colleges. The emergence of generative AI has direct implications for education, so most recently his work has focused on how the sector prepares the workforce of tomorrow for an AI-enabled future.

Laurence Ferguson

Learning and Digital Skills Manager at Forth Valley College, Laurence has over a decade experience fostering innovative practice across Secondary, Further and Higher Education. His commitment to continuous learning and professional development enables Laurence to empower staff with the confidence to deliver a digital pedagogy. As AI and the Metaverse challenge the standards of education and all other industries, Laurence is focused on ensuring every learner at Forth Valley College has developed the necessary skills required to succeed in a society and workplace of the future.

Professor Joe Little

Joe is a certified Futurist with the Institute For The Future and was accepted into the Association of Professional Futurists in 2020. He is currently an Honorary Professor and Digital Entrepreneur in Residence at the University of Stirling, and Senior Advisor to the Chief futurist at Deloitte. He has 37 years of industry experience at BP, BAE (Space and Comms) and beyond. His primary focus in the last 15 years has been researching emerging technology, educating executives and business leaders on their likely impact and disruption. He is the co-author of “The Entrepreneurial Campus Blueprint” which was formally launched as policy by the First Minister for Scotland on 28th June 2023.


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