March 10th 2020 | Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh

Speakers

Keynote speakers

Minister for Higher Education, Further Education and Science

Richard Lochhead MSP

Minister for Further Education, Higher Education and Science

Richard Lochhead MSP was elected to the Scottish Parliament in 1999 and 2003 via the North East regional list. During the second session of Parliament he stood down from his regional seat and was elected as constituency MSP for Moray in the by-election in April 2006.

Prior to becoming an MSP Mr Lochhead worked for Dundee City Council, and was also Alex Salmond's constituency office manager for four years.

Mr Lochhead lives with his wife Fiona and 2 sons.

Chairs

Chelsea Jarvie

Chelsea Jarvie

Cyber Security Consultant and STEM Ambassador 

Chelsea is the Director of CJ Cyber, a new security company passionate about driving forward modern security practices and ensuring security is an enabler to business delivery. Chelsea has worked as a cyber security consultant across public and private sector since she graduated with a 1st Class Honours Degree in Ethical Hacking and has experience of establishing, coordinating and running security operations teams.

Chelsea is an advocate and leader with regards to diversity in digital and has been a STEM ambassador since 2012. She is a regular speaker at conferences and has been a judge for the Scottish Cyber Awards since 2018. Chelsea was named as a "Woman of the Future" by Equate Scotland in their "Leading Women of Scotland" publication and chosen as Code First Girls: One to Watch 2017

Neil McLennan

Neil McLennan

Senior Lecturer and Director of Leadership Programmes, University of Aberdeen

Neil McLennan is Senior Lecturer and Director of Leadership Programmes at University of Aberdeen.  He is a founder member of the Royal Society of Edinburgh Young Academy of Scotland where he also served as Co-Chair and General Secretary.  Neil chaired the Young Academy of Scotland Curriculum for Excellence Working Group during which time he coordinated the Numeracy Counts resource to encourage better links between numeracy and the workplace.  

Speakers

Grant Ritchie

Grant Ritchie

Principal and Chief Executive, Dundee and Angus College 

Grant has been Principal of D and A College for 5 years. His background is in Creative Industries and he has led two major capital projects for his College.  Grant chairs both the Energy Skills Partnership (ESP) and the College Principal’s Skilled Workforce Forum. Both groups are committed to the development of STEM education across the College sector and in regional economies. Grant also Chairs SQA’s HN Next Generation Steering group designing and developing new College provision across a range of industries. Under his leadership D and A College has earned a strong reputation for innovation, strong academic results and employer engagement. D and A College’s transformation project, Good to Great, won the 2018 Campbell Christie Public Service Reform award and has seen the college undergo significant modernisation based on data driven decision making.

Graeme Rough

Graeme Rough

Project Manager: Young STEM Leader Programme, SSERC

In my early career I worked in Mechanical Services Engineering before moving on to study Physics at University.  In 2007 I joined the teaching profession, becoming Faculty Leader of Science at Wallace High School in 2015.

In March 2019 I became the Project Manager for the Young STEM Leader (YSL) Programme at SSERC.  The YSL Programme is an incredible opportunity for all of Scotland’s young people to create and lead inspirational STEM activities, events or interactions in any context of their choice.  STEM is everywhere and in everything, and this programme empowers and mobilises young people to become positive role models in STEM and gain valuable certification in the process.  I look forward to sharing the exciting opportunities that the YSL Programme holds for you and the young people you work with

Margaret Ritchie

Margaret Ritchie

Lecturer in Chemistry, University of Glasgow 
Associate Tutor in Education, University of Glasgow 
Royal Academy of Engineering Connecting STEM Teachers Co-ordinator 

A highly qualified Chemistry and Education Specialist with extensive experience in Education, Academic Research, Industry and Public Engagement. An award winning STEM Co-ordinator, she has implemented numerous education linked initiatives. Passionate about Science and working with people allied to an inherent intuitiveness for understanding and engaging with young people to inspire and excite them regarding the opportunities that STEM subjects offer as a career choice. An accomplished conference presenter, writer, teacher and lecturer with a natural expertise in co-ordinating links between Schools, Industry, Universities, Government and the Public that promote Chemistry and STEM to support teachers and students. 

She led the largest number of Baccalaureate in Science projects (14). As Royal Society of Chemistry Education Co-ordinator (Scotland) she developed a strategic programme to support the STEM Ambassador Programme. While Curriculum Development Officer for Highland she initiated the Highland STEM Strategy involving senior pupils leading learning in Primary (now the YSL Programme). As Primary Science Development Officer for Highland she initiated Astrobiology for Primary schools involving Edinburgh University.     
Currently a Teacher Co-ordinator (Scotland) for the Royal Academy of Engineering, lecturer in the School of Chemistry, College of Science and Engineering and Associate Tutor in the School of Education, University of Glasgow.  

 

Paul Thomson

Dr Paul Thomson

Rector, Jordanhill School

Rector of Jordanhill School since 1997, Paul’s post combines the role of Principal of a 5-18 school with that of Chief Executive of the organisation.

Paul served two terms on the board of SQA chairing the Qualifications Committee and the Advisory Council. Previously he was a board member of the Scottish Examination Board 1990-98 and a member of the Education Committee of the Royal Society of Edinburgh 2008-2013. Paul was also a board member of Cancer Support Scotland 2013-19 and convenor of its Governance Committee.

Paul participated in the UK-China Bridge in 2014 and Jordanhill School now hosts a Chinese Language Centre. Previously he won the UK ICT Leadership Award in 2006.

Jordanhill celebrates its centenary in 2020 and a history of the school was published in November 2019.

Carrie Lindsay

Carrie Lindsay

Executive Director, Fife Council

Having left school at 16 to train as an Early Years Officer Carrie returned to study and became a teacher in 1987 in Fife where she learned the importance of effective pedagogy and valuing the views of children and young people. 

Carrie was Headteacher in Fife before moving into a QIO post in Angus Council.  On return to Fife in 2003 Carrie developed her role in Children’s Services working with schools and community planning partners to get the best possible outcomes for children and young people.

As Executive Director for Education and Children’s Services, Carrie continues to look for better connections across Children’s Services to support children, young people and their families and has an added role of Regional Improvement Collaborative Lead for South East Improvement Collaborative to make even wider connections.

In November 2019 Carrie also took up the role of President within the Association of Directors of Education Scotland (ADES).

Frances Docherty

Frances Docherty

Lecturer in Physical Chemistry, University of Glasgow

Frances is a lecturer in physical chemistry in the School of Chemistry at the University of Glasgow. She is a very active member of the University’s Chemistry Outreach Group (COG) which runs a number of STEM activities both in the University and externally. She has a particular interest in promoting STEM in rural and deprived areas. In 2019 she visited 45 of the country’s most remote and rural schools, engaged with 1,300 pupils, delivered 110 hours of professional learning for teachers, and held 8 community science events. One of her other interests is widening participation and she is co-ordinator of the annual Widening Participation Chemistry Summer School.

Colin McLean

Colin McLean

Headteacher 

Colin is head teacher at James Gillespie’s Primary School in Edinburgh. Following a study visit to Estonia in 2018, Colin was inspired to improve Technology education in his school. Colin will present on the story of what happened next!