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SPEAKER BIOGRAPHIES (In order of presentation)

Karen Anderson

Karen Anderson is a founding partner of Anderson Bell Christie and is Chair of Architecture and Design Scotland.  She was previously a Royal Fine Art Commissioner and taught architecture at the University of Strathclyde.  She is past Convenor of the Saltire Housing Design Awards Panel.

Karen has practiced throughout Scotland in many urban regeneration areas and sensitive rural environments, working with the practice on a diverse portfolio of projects in most sectors including health, housing, education and community buildings as well as regeneration, urban design and master planning.   She is a skilled communicator of architectural and urban design issues working with local communities, developers, housing associations and local authorities promoting the importance of good design, often initiating public art installation and events integral to public realm and building proposals.   Karen is currently completing work on An Cridhe – a Community Building for the Island of Coll, the Scottish National Epilepsy Centre and new housing in Govan and Glasgow’s East end.

David Page 

David Page has been a partner in the practice of Page \ Park Architects for over thirty years. He has combined the practice of architecture and urbanism with teaching and currently holds the position of Visiting Professor at Strathclyde University.

Scotland and government policy have nurtured and supported the ambition of the practice to improve the setting and life of its citizens. Through their early work on civic projects:

  • such as Glasgow Cathedral Square and housing projects for New Gorbals Housing Association
  • to later public projects such as the National Museum of Rural Life, Eden Court Theatre, the Lighthouse and two Maggie’s Centres
  • and the recent completion of two major refurbishment projects for the McManus Galleries in Dundee and the Scottish National Portrait Gallery in Edinburgh

- Scottish Government support for architecture has made significant contributions to their ability to make our new contributions to the environment support the activities and needs of its communities. 

Tina Saaby

Tina Saaby has been the City Architect in Copenhagen since September 2010.  Before this Tina worked for a number of different architectural firms between 1995 and 2010 and received many awards for her time as a practicing architect.  She has 15 years experience of sketching, designing and managing projects from design to urban development. Her key competences are within urban development in general, user involvement, social innovation and new ways of organising building processes.  She was educated at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts School of Architecture, the Aarhus School of Architecture and the University of Cambridge.  She also has a degree in Management of Creative Business from the Copenhagen Business School.  Tina has contributed to a number of publications and presentations on branding architectural firms, scope of architectural services, public housing areas, involving children, creating value within building processes.  She is currently a Visiting Professor at the University of Sheffield. 

Fiona Hyslop

Born in Ayrshire in 1964, in her early years Fiona Hyslop was brought up in England before returning to Scotland and graduating from Glasgow University with an MA (Hons) in Economic History and sociology. She completed a post graduate Diploma in Industrial Administration at the Scottish College of Textiles, before moving to Edinburgh to join the financial services company Standard Life where she held various positions in sales and marketing, latterly as Brand Development Manager.

Fiona Hyslop was elected a Lothians MSP in 1999 and was a member of the Parliament's Education Committee. In 2007 she was appointed Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning, and was responsible for re-establishing the principle of free higher education in Scotland by abolishing the graduate endowment fee.

Appointed Minister for Culture and External Affairs in December 2009, Fiona Hyslop established the cultural development body, Creative Scotland, in July 2010, as part of the Public Services Reform Act. She also secured funding towards the Dundee V&A project, the new Bannockburn visitor centre, and the creation of the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum in Ayrshire.  As part of the Scottish Government's programme of international development, Fiona Hyslop launched strategic plans for engaging with India and Pakistan in 2010.  Following the Scottish Parliament Elections in May 2011, she was elected MSP for Linlithgow and was appointed Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs. Her Ministerial portfolio covers External Affairs, Europe, Culture and the Arts, Broadcasting, Architecture, Built Heritage, Lottery Funding, Historic Scotland, National Records of Scotland and Major Events Strategy.  She is married with three children and lives in Linlithgow.

Dick Gleeson

Dick Gleeson is Dublin City Planner and has overall responsibility for strategic/forward planning and development management in the city.  He is a member of the Senior Management Team in Dublin City Council and sits on the boards of Temple Bar Cultural Trust, The Grangegorman Development Agency and the Academy of Urbanism.

Dick Gleeson is a committed urbanist and has championed the development of the “6 themes”, a systems-type framework, within the Dublin City Council, which are now embedded in the City Plan and provide the main structure to the Corporate Plan.  He has a major interest in sustainability and has been responsible for introducing the “Natural Step” to Dublin where it now forms the bedrock of the City Development Plan.  The “Natural Step” methodology has had a major impact on strategic thinking in Dublin. He has been strongly associated with the launch of the Freiburg Charter and is in the process of adapting and developing the Charter in the context of Dublin’s inner city. Dick has been centrally involved in the recent development of a Public Realm Strategy for Dublin.  He has also managed the International Urban Advisory Panel for Dublin for almost a decade.  He has sat on several major juries for architectural competitions including the competition for Dublin’s “spire”.  He is an Honorary member of the Royal Institute of Irish Architects (RIAI). 

Andrew Dixon

Andrew Dixon is Chief Executive of Creative Scotland, the national leader for Scotland’s arts, screen and creative industries. He started his career as administrator and youth projects director of the Major Road Theatre Company. After five years as an arts officer in Local Government he moved to Northern Arts, progressing to become its Chief Executive and was a member of the national executive team of Arts Council England for three years, before moving to his role promoting NewcastleGateshead as a world-class place to live, work, learn and visit.

As Chief Executive of Northern Arts, Andrew raised the profile of the region through advocating for, and finding partnership funding for large projects such as the Baltic, the Angel of the North and The Sage Gateshead. He also initiated the merger of three funded film agencies to create the Northern Film and Media Agency. He designed the Arts Council’s Grants for the Arts programme, and chaired its trading company which runs the ‘Own Art’ scheme.  As Chief Executive of NewcastleGateshead Initiative, he ran a public private sector partnership with 176 members, promoting cultural festivals and events and managing tourism and conference marketing for the ‘twin cities’.  He led the bid to host the 3rd World Summit on Arts and Culture in NewcastleGateshead in 2006 and was Programme Director for the summit attracting delegates from 70 countries to the North East. He has been a tutor and mentor on the Clore Leadership Programme. 

Andrew was voted Alternative Businessman of the year in 2005 for his public sector work in North East England and in 2008 received an honorary doctorate from Northumbria University.  Andrew has had various other non executive roles including Council of Durham Cathedral, Governor Gateshead College, Fundraising advisory board The Sage Gateshead, Development Committee Theatre Royal, Executive Member of Scottish Council for Development and Industry.

Alf Young

Alf Young writes, broadcasts and comments on a range of issues affecting Scotland and the wider world. He retired in 2009 from The Herald, the leading Scottish broadsheet newspaper, where he was responsible for comment and opinion. For 22 years he also wrote his own columns on business, economic and political issues. He has contributed to the online Scottish Review, writes a Saturday column for The Scotsman and is a regular contributor to BBC current affairs programmes.

Born and raised in Greenock, the son of a shipyard craftsman, he holds degrees in natural philosophy and education. He has also been awarded honorary degrees by four Scottish universities. After an introductory spell at Radio Clyde, he moved into newspapers in 1981 at the short-lived Sunday Standard, followed by spells at the BBC and The Scotsman. In 1986, he joined the Herald as its first economics editor. Later he was deputy editor to Harry Reid. He is a regular speaker and facilitator at conferences and seminars.

Alf was a member of the group which helped devise the financial arrangements for Scotland's devolved government. He is currently chairman of Riverside Inverclyde, the pathfinder urban regeneration company charged with bringing new life to the waterfront of the communities centred on Greenock on the Lower Clyde. At the beginning of 2010 he also became chairman of Social Investment Scotland which provides loan finance for the third sector. He is also an economic advisor to the Scottish Council for Development and Industry. 

Gareth Hoskins  OBE, FRIAS, RIBA, RSA

Gareth studied at Glasgow School of Art and the University of Florence and worked in practice in London before setting up Gareth Hoskins Architects in 1998. The practice has become recognised as one of the leading design practices in the UK through a series of competition wins for high profile projects such as the V&A Galleries, Culloden Battlefield, the National Museum of Scotland and the Scottish Pavilion in Venice. The work of the practice includes public projects for local communities, healthcare, education and major cultural clients and private and commercial projects ranging from one off houses to major mixed use developments and masterplans for the likes of Land Securities, ING and Deka. The practice’s work has been recognised through a wide range of international publications and exhibitions and a series of major awards including UK Young Architects of the Year, UK Architects of the Year, the Scottish Design Awards, the RIBA National Awards and the World Architecture Awards. The practice is currently working on a range of projects both across the UK and internationally and has studios in both Glasgow and Berlin.

Gareth is responsible for the design overview across the practice along with a team of 4 other Directors. Beyond this role, Gareth has been an Advisory Board member and Scottish Healthcare Design Champion for Architecture & Design Scotland and is a chair of A+DS’s Design Review panel. He is a competitions assessor for both the RIBA and RIAS and Chair of the RIBA Awards and an advisor to Creative Scotland and the V&A at Dundee. He has taught and lectured at Universities across the UK and Europe and in 2009 he was made a Fellow of the RIAS and in 2010 an academician of the Royal Scottish Academy for Arts & Architecture. In 2010 Gareth was awarded an OBE for services to Architecture.

Malcolm Allan Dip TP (Hons), MSc, FRSA

Malcolm founded Place Matters Limited in 2012 where he is managing director. This is a consultancy that specialises in place, destination and development branding. He is a qualified town planner having studied at the Glasgow School of Art. After graduating he worked for a short time for Glasgow Corporation before taking a master’s degree in urban and regional economic development at the University of Reading.

Over a forty year career he has worked in the public and private sectors in the UK and abroad. In the UK he has worked for a number of different local authorities in the North West and London, rising to be the Assistant Director of Planning and Economic Development at the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham before joining the private sector. Malcolm has worked for a number of private sector consultancies and bodies and setup a number of his own companies - PA Cambridge Economic Consultants, Victor Hausner and Associates, Sussex and Kent TEC’s, Placebrands, Locum Destination Consulting and Colliers International, where he co-led its international team of development anddestination consultants until 2012. At Locum and Colliers he worked on destination development and branding projects in China, Finland, Ireland, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Slovakia and in the UK.

Amanda Reynolds

Amanda is an architect and urban designer, with over 25 years experience in master planning, urban design, architecture, community engagement, expert evidence and design review on a range of projects in the UK and overseas.  Amanda is the founding director of her design practice AR Urbanism, started 5 years ago and working on a range of major housing and mixed-use regeneration projects for both public and private sector clients. Amanda had previously been the Director of Urban Design for Llewelyn Davies.  At present Amanda is also the Chair of the Urban Design Group, a CABE Enabler and member of several design review panels in London; she regularly chairs and speaks at conferences on master planning and urban design and is a guest lecturer and critic at several London universities. Amanda is a registered architect in the UK and New Zealand.

PAR+RS Public Art Research + Resource Scotland

Chris Fremantle is one of the co-producers for PAR+RS Public Art Research and Resource Scotland.  PAR+RS is Creative Scotland's national public art development programme. 

PAR+RS works with all the stakeholders in public art building skills and networks, and promotes critical debate and reflection on current issues through a programme of online publishing and events.

Collective Architecture

Ewan Imrie and Mairi Laverty are Architects of Collective Architecture, a unique architectural practice that pursues themes of participation and sustainability, reflecting an approach that is about transforming places and their immediate and wider communities.

Working throughout the UK with public and private clients, Collective Architecture has received numerous awards for a highly varied output. The company has a dynamic, flexible and open-minded approach to architecture that allows them to tackle projects of vastly varying scales, from large-scale regeneration schemes and masterplans to exhibition designs and feature lighting projects. Consistent throughout is their ability and interest in working on creative projects. Collective Architecture have recently worked with artists such as Martin Boyce, Toby Paterson, Steven Hollingsworth, Victoria Morton and Katy Dove, and creative practices and organisations such as NVA, Glasgow East Arts Company, Transmission Gallery, Tramway, Collective Gallery and Changing Room. 

Leonie Bell + Claire Simpson, VeloCity

Leonie is the Creative Programmer for London 2012 and Glasgow 2014 at Creative Scotland. Within this role she is responsible for developing and delivering a Scotland-wide cultural programme for both major events in partnership with London 2012, Glasgow Life, Glasgow 2014 Organising Committee and the Scottish Government.  Leonie was previously Programme Director at The Lighthouse, Scotland’s Centre for Architecture, Design & the City where she directed a wide ranging programme of exhibitions, festivals and events within the building, across Scotland and internationally. Prior to this Leonie worked for Glasgow 1999: UK City of Architecture and Design.

Clare Simpson is Senior Arts Officer for Glasgow Life, and chaired the VeloCity Steering Group through the development of the Operational Plan. She is currently part of Glasgow Life's project team delivering the Cultural Programme for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Tony Burton

Tony Burton is Director of the Insight team at the Design Council – an enterprising charity which brings the transformative power of design to the things that matter.  He has responsibility across the organisation for policy & research, media & digital and brand & marketing.  Prior to this role Tony was Founder Director of Civic Voice – the national charity for the civic movement and its network of hundreds of voluntary and community based civic societies across England.  Tony has over 20 years experience in voluntary conservation and environmental organisations and community campaigning and a strong track record in national campaigning and lobbying.

Tony is a member of the Government’s Planning Sounding Board and Defra’s Civil Society Advisory Board.  He was previously the National Trust’s Executive Board member responsible for Strategy and External Affairs for 8 years and left the Campaign to Protect Rural England after 13 years in 2001 as Deputy Director. Tony has been Chair of Wildlife and Countryside Link and a founder trustee of Heritage Link – the two main voluntary sector liaison bodies – and was a member of Richard Rogers’ Urban Task Force.  Tony is a geographer, town planner, RSA Fellow and an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects.

Mike Galloway OBE, FRSA

Formerly the head of planning in Manchester and Glasgow city centres, and latterly Director of the Crown Street Regeneration Project in the Gorbals, Mike has led the regeneration and development of the City of Dundee for the last fifteen years.  One of the main projects he has championed in this time is at Dundee Waterfront; which is now the 15th largest regeneration project in the UK and will be the setting for the new 'V&A at Dundee' museum.  He is currently Director of City Development at Dundee City Council.

Cilly Jansen

Cilly Jansen is founding director of Architectuur Lokaal, the national centre for building culture in The Netherlands, and editor in chief of the Architectuur Lokaal quarterly since 1993.  In 1997 she initiated the Procurement & Design Competition Office at Architectuur Lokaal. She is chairwoman of Het Instituut, which brings artists and scientists together at the request of public and private parties who search for innovative solutions for social issues in an economic  setting.  She publishes and lectures on public commissioning and architecture policy . She is president / jury member at public and private architect selections, procurement procedures  and architecture prices in The Netherlands and Flanders since 1986.  She studied history of architecture (University of Amsterdam, TU Delft) and worked as a member of policy staff at the Foundation for Visual Arts, Design and Architecture in The Netherlands.

Kevin Murray

Kevin Murray is a highly experienced planner and urbanist, with over 30 years experience in the fields of planning, regeneration, urban design and economic development.  He has worked in UK local government and has also been a director of two international, multi-disciplinary consultancies, EDAW and Tibbalds Monro.  Kevin is a founding Director, and current Chairman, of the Academy of Urbanism and Honorary Professor of Planning at Glasgow University.  He is a Past President of the Royal Town Planning Institute and was a founding member of the Urban Design Alliance.  A strong believer in the philosophy of placemaking and enlightened place management, he has co-authored the RTPI’s New Vision for Planning, contributed to the Egan Task Group on Delivering Sustainable Communities, served on the board of the Academy for Sustainable Communities and helped create The Freiburg Charter on Sustainable Urbanism.  He has given evidence on urban planning and townscape matters to committees in both UK Houses of Parliament, and lectured on planning, design and community regeneration around the world, and contributed to debates on television and radio, as well as in conferences and in community workshops.  Kevin has a particular interest in helping towns, cities and their respective communities to address change and uncertainty, and has devised a place momentum approach and various techniques to address this. KMA clients range from community and business groups, through landowners and developers, to national and local government bodies.  Kevin’s role as an assessor of The European City of the Year connects him with leading practice, and several KMA projects have won awards, notably for their approach to consultation and engagement.   

Derek Mackay

Elected an MSP in May 2011 representing Renfrewshire North & West, Derek was appointed Minister for Local Government and Planning in December 2011, having served on the Finance Committee of the Scottish Parliament and as PLO (Political Liaison Officer) to the Cabinet Secretary for Parliamentary Business & Government Strategy.

Following his election as an MSP, he became SNP Business Convenor 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.

He studied at Glasgow University, but instead of completing his degree focused on local politics, becoming a leading figure in the SNP's youth and student movements.  He served on Greater Glasgow & Clyde Health Board as a Non Executive Director and Chair of Renfrewshire Community Health Partnership (2007 - 2011). He was also previously chair of the Paisley Vision Board and Renfrewshire's Fairtrade Steering Group.

Jim MacKinnon

Jim Mackinnon was born in Forres in 1952 and educated at Forres Academy.  He graduated with a First Class Honours Degree in Geography in 1974 followed by a Diploma in Town Planning with Distinction from the University of Strathclyde in 1977. He joined the Government as a Senior Planner from a local authority in 1979.  Since then he has held a wide variety of posts and responsibilities in planning, including the preparation of policy and advice, casework, research and local authority liaison.  He was a member of the UK delegation to the European Commission’s Committee on Spatial Development and was appointed as an expert advisor to the National Spatial Strategy for Ireland.

Following a year as Head of Planning Division in the Scottish Government he was appointed Chief Planner and Head of Planning and Building Standards Group in November 2000.  In January 2008 he became Director for the Built Environment with responsibility for architecture and place making, building standards and planning. 

He has led the most significant reforms of the planning system in Scotland in over 50 years which has included new legislation, a second National Planning Framework, e-enablement (he was the Senior Responsible Officer for the £12 million e-planning programme), culture change in planning and the Scottish Sustainable Communities Initiative which has attracted international interest from urban planners. He has spoken widely across Scotland, the UK and Europe (Germany, Lithuania, Netherlands and Portugal) as well as lecturing in China and the USA.  He is a member of the Royal Town Planning Institute and in November 2008 was made an Honorary Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. In January 2012 Jim was awarded a CBE in the 2012 New Years Honours list.

Annette Kastner

Annette is an Architect in the Supreme Building Authority which is Part of the Bavarian State Ministry of the Interior in Munich.  She studied at the Technical University Munich and took part in a foreign exchange scholarship to University of Bath, England. 

She worked for a number of smaller private architectural firms before starting a government traineeship for the civil service in Bavaria where she has been since 2005.  Previously she worked for the administration of the district of Upper Bavaria approving authority for land-use plans, providing an advisory service and support for urban development. Her current role covers legislative processes, an advisory service and technical guidelines for communities and district administrations as well as an information exchange with foreign Building Authorities.

Jim MacDonald, Chief Executive, A+DS

Jim is a graduate of Edinburgh University and University College London.  A chartered Town Planner, he has over 20 years experience working on built environment issues within central and local government in the UK.

Jim joined A+DS from Historic Scotland’s Inspectorate where he was Deputy Chief Inspector for three years with lead responsibility for the agency’s statutory casework and advice.  Prior to this he led the Heritage and Design Team within Glasgow City Council’s Development and Regeneration Services  and has also worked for North Lanarkshire Council, the City of Westminster and English Heritage’s London Region.

Gary Watt

Gary joined ISIS in 2003, and is responsible for leading on the delivery of the Glasgow Canal Regeneration Project. ISIS is a waterside regeneration company formed in October 2002 by British Waterways with igloo (the regeneration fund of Morley Fund Management) and AMEC Developments (now MUSE Developments). Named after the Egyptian goddess of rebirth

and rejuvenation, ISIS was created on a sound commercial business model, one that prioritises people, climate change and creating great places as the fundamental drivers of creating added commercial value to their projects. 50% of Isis profits are reinvested in Britain’s waterways.  Crucially, however, the ISIS business model is also based on ethical principles. Indeed, ISIS adopt the same policies as igloo, who have been described by the United Nations as the world's first socially responsible property fund and the only substantial socially responsible real estate investment vehicle in the UK. In addition, ISIS is one of the very few companies to submit to independent audit. This is carried out by URBED under the guidance of a Socially Responsible Investment Committee chaired by Sir Jonathan Porritt and including Professor Anne Power (LSE), George Ferguson and Paul King (Chief Executive of the UK Green Building Council), ensuring that ISIS continues to push towards more effective sustainability policy and implementation.

Ian and Anne Hope

Ian and Anne Hope established Hope Homes Scotland with Ian’s brother, Scott, 22 years ago. The company is based in Ayrshire and has built almost 1,000 homes and commercial properties. As a family business, Hope Homes has  a reputation for quality and reliability-with a workforce who take pride in their work. Current projects include  the construction of The  Scottish Dark Sky Observatory on Craigengillan Estate (  in one of only eight such parks in the world) and a Passivhaus for a private client. 

For the past two and a half years, Hope Homes have been joint developers ,with ZeroC, of a sustainable urban extension to Cumnock in Ayrshire, called Knockroon. In 2007, HRH The Prince Charles, Duke of Rothesay, led a consortium to save Dumfries House Estate for the nation. A week-long community consultation was held by The Prince’s Foundation For Building Community  to develop land on the edge of the estate, and the resulting masterplan for Knockroon was awarded SSCI status by The Scottish Government. Work started on site just over a year ago and public interest has been considerable with almost 8,000 visitors to date.  Ian and Anne have been married for 25 years and have two children.

Heather Chapple

Heather has been leading A+DS’s health programme since 2006.  After an initial period of running enabling and advocacy type work, she was instrumental in devising and developing the methodology by which NHSScotland now embeds a consideration of design quality within their business case processes.  Since the introduction of the ‘NHSScotland Design Assessment Process’ in 2010 her key role has been assisting Boards with its implementation, helping client groups develop strategic design briefs for new projects and, with Health Facilities Scotland, providing advice to Boards and Government on the merits of subsequent proposals. The health programme also develops and publishes design studies and brief guides such as ones for clients on their role in commissioning well designed developments (see www.healthierplaces.org).  Previously, as an Architect in private practice, Heather was responsible for award winning projects,  for design studies and brief development on education, sport and healthcare buildings.

Pidgin Perfect

Pidgin Perfect is a creative studio based in Glasgow, who build, produce, make andcreate, placing the community at the heart of urban projects.  

Since 2010 Pidgin Perfect have been developing new ways to work with clients across the architectural profession, local community, education, government, art and beyond.

Pidgin Perfect combine imagination, technology and craft to help build better communities for everyone.