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Scotland: The Recovery

In partnership with the RSA

There are many challenges ahead as Scotland looks to recover from the economic disruption of COVID-19, including the threat of further pandemics, the climate crisis, technological upheaval and demographic change. Radical action will be needed to jumpstart the Scottish economy and it's vital that we “build back better” and become more resilient.

This event provides a much-needed opportunity for key stakeholders from across the public, private, and third sectors to get together and discuss how Scotland can move forward and build a post-pandemic society capable of meeting the challenges of the future.

The Context

With nations across the world taking unprecedented steps to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic, the outlook for the global economy is bleak. Finance Secretary, Kate Forbes MSP, recently conceded there could be an initial economic impact as a result of Scotland emerging from lockdown later than the rest of the UK, and the Scottish Government’s Chief Economist, Gary Gillespie, warns that Scotland’s economy could shrink by a third as a result of the outbreak. 

As a founding member of the WeGo partnership alongside Iceland and New Zealand, Scotland was already at the forefront of global efforts to build a new, inclusive economy focused on societal and environmental wellbeing.  Now is the time for such principles to be put into action, so how do we do it? 

Join Holyrood, in partnership with the RSA, on 28th October, to take an in depth look at these vital questions. Scotland: The Recovery will bring together policymakers and thought leaders from across Scottish society to co-design a strategy for recovery that builds back better, with a focus on real life case studies and examples of best practice in the wellbeing economy from Scotland and beyond. 

Key Issues We'll Discuss

  • Community Wealth Building in Practice 
  • The Future of the Third Sector 
  • Supporting Businesses Post-Pandemic
  • Engines of Recovery: The Role of HE and FE 
  • Delivering Social Security in the ‘New Normal’: Time for UBI? 
  • Health of the Nation: Securing Inclusive Prosperity through Health and Wellbeing 

Confirmed Speakers

  • Sarah Deas, Trustee, Wellbeing Alliance Scotland & Former Head of Inclusive Models, Scottish Enterprise (Chair)6
  • Benny Higgins, Chair, Advisory Group on Economic Recovery & Former Chief Executive, Tesco Bank 
  • Professor Anton Muscatelli, Principal, University of Glasgow and Member, Advisory Group on Economic Recovery
  • Dr Gary Gillespie, Chief Economist, The Scottish Government
  • Eilidh MacTaggart, Chief Executive, Scottish National Investment Bank
  • Nora Senior, Chair, Enterprise and Skills Board
  • Cllr Joe Cullinane, Leader, North Ayrshire Council
  • Anna Fowlie, Chief Executive, Scottish Council of Voluntary Organisations (SCVO)
  • Jamie Cooke, Head of RSA Scotland
  • George Thomson, Chief Executive, Volunteer Scotland 
  • Neil McInroy, Chief Executive, CLES
  • Councillor Richard Bell, City Treasurer, Glasgow City Council
  • Siobhan Mathers, Reform Scotland 

Agenda

0930   Welcome and Introduction from Chair 

Sarah Deas, Trustee, Wellbeing Alliance Scotland & Former Head of Inclusive Models, Scottish Enterprise

Academic, MSP or Journalist 

Session 1: Wealth of Nations 2.0: Building an Inclusive Post-Pandemic Economy 

0940   Senior representative, Central Government  

0955   Headline Sponsor 

1010   Scotland: Fostering a New Normal, a New World and Leading Change 

Professor Sir Anton Muscatelli, Principal & Vice-Chancellor, University of Glasgow and Member, Advisory Group on Economic Recovery 

1025   Questions and Discussion 

1040   Break

Session 2:  Sectoral Discussion Room

1045   Community Wealth Building in Practice 

  • Councillor Joe Cullinane, Leader, North Ayrshire Council 
  • Neil McInroy, Chief Executive, CLES 

The Future of the Third Sector 

1130   Anna Fowlie, Chief Executive, SCVO 

1140  George Thomson, Chief Executive, Volunteer Scotland

1150   Questions and Discussion 

1200   Supporting Scotland’s Business 

  • Eilidh Mactaggart, Chief Executive, SNIB 

1240   Lunch Break

Session 3: Themed Panels 

1320  Themed Panel 1: Engines of Recovery: HE and FE 

  • Professor Anton Muscatelli, Principal, University of Glasgow and Member, Advisory Group on Economic Recovery  
  • Nora Senior, Chair, Enterprise and Skills Board
  • Senior speaker to be confirmed from Edinburgh Napier University 

1400  Themed Panel 2: Delivering Social Security in the ‘New Normal’ 

  • Jamie Cooke, Head, RSA Scotland 
  • Councillor Richard Bell, City Treasurer, Glasgow City Council
  • Siobhan Mathers, Reform Scotland 

1440  Themed Panel 3: Facilitating an Export-led Recovery

  •  Dr Gary Gillespie, Chief Economist, The Scottish Government
  • Senior speaker to be confirmed from Scottish Salmon Producers Organisation (SSPO)

Session 4: Fireside Chat: Towards a Wellbeing Economy? 

1500   Benny Higgins, Chair, Advisory Group on Economic Recovery & Former Chief Executive, Tesco Bank, Senior representative, Scottish Government and Mandy Rhodes, Managing Editor, Holyrood Magazine 

1545   Chair’s Closing Remarks 

Sarah Deas, Trustee, Wellbeing Alliance Scotland & Former Head of Inclusive Models, Scottish Enterprise

1555   Close of Event 

Get In Touch

Book now or email or call Adam on 0131 285 1692

If you have an inspiring case study or a project that you think is relevant, please do not hesitate to get in touch. We are always on the lookout for new speakers. 

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Date
28 Oct 2020
Venue
Online
Cost
Free To Attend
Rate available to private, public and third sectors
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