Speakers at Scotland 2018 Conference

Leading commentators and speakers at Scotland's leading public finance event in 2018

Scotland Public Finance Conference

Derek Mackay MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Constitution 

Derek MacKay Derek is currently SNP business convener (chairman of the party), responsible for chairing Conference, the National Executive and the management and administration of the party. He was appointed cabinet secretary for finance and constitution in May 2016.

Elected to Renfrewshire Council in 1999 at the age of 21, he was the youngest male councillor in Scotland at the time, becoming a national figure in local government leading the SNP group at COSLA (Convention of Scottish Local Authorities) from 2009 to 2011. He served on the Greater Glasgow and Clyde Health Board as a non-executive director and chair of Renfrewshire Community Health Partnership (2007 to 2011).

MSP for Renfrewshire North and West since 2011, Derek previously served as minister for transport and islands and minister for local government and planning.

Bruce Crawford MSP

Bruce CrawfordBruce Crawford was born in Perth. Prior to entering politics he was a human resource manager with the Scottish Office. Bruce served as Councillor for Kinross on Perth and Kinross District Council from 1988 to 1996 and on Perth and Kinross Council from 1995 to 2001. Crawford was also Leader of Perth and Kinross Council from 1995 to 1999. He was elected to the Scottish Parliament to represent Mid Scotland and Fife at the 1999 election. He was re-elected in 2003 as a list MSP and in 2007 gained the Stirling constituency which he retained in 2011 and 2016.

Bruce has been both Minister for Parliamentary Business and Cabinet Secretary for Parliamentary Business and Government Strategy in SNP Scottish governments before leaving the latter role in 2012. He is Convener of the CPG on Tourism at the Scottish Parliament, and the current Convener of the Finance and Constitution Committee.
Bruce is married with three boys, and has two grandchildren. He is an avid Dunfermline Athletic supporter.

Kevin Duthie, Associate Partner, EY

Keith Duthie

Kevin Duthie is an associate partner in the IT Risk and Assurance team in EY. After qualifying as a chartered accountant, Kevin specialised in IT audit and security. He gained experience within EY’s cyber team delivering attack and penetration assignments, leading security audits and advising clients on control improvements.

Kevin’s has managed IT risk engagements across a variety of industries giving him insight on the challenges organisations face to protect their systems. His session will discuss the changing cyber threat landscape and outline steps to confront and fight back against attacks.

Caroline Gardner, Auditor General, Scotland

Caroline GardnerCaroline is the Auditor General for Scotland, responsible for auditing the Scottish Government and public bodies in Scotland and reporting to the Scottish Parliament. She is the accountable officer for Audit Scotland.

A qualified accountant member of CIPFA (serving as president during 2006-2007), she has 30 years’ experience in audit, governance and financial management.

Caroline has been a member of the Public Service Audit Appointments Board since December 2014 and was a member of the International Ethics Standards Board for Accountants between 2010 and 2015.

Previously, Caroline was Deputy Auditor General with Audit Scotland, including 6 years as Controller of Audit. She spent a year as Chief Financial Officer to the Turks and Caicos Islands Government, appointed by the UK Government’s Department for International Development to restore stability to the country’s finances and worked for the Audit Commission for England and Wales.

Marie Macklin CBE, Macklin Enterprise Partnerships 

Marie Macklin

Marie Macklin C.B.E. is Executive Chair of Macklin Enterprise Partnerships, investing in businesses and providing start-up and management advice to selected entrepreneurs. 
She is also the founder of The HALO Brand an urban regeneration company who revitalise city centre and town centre living. 

In 2017, Marie was named Non-Executive Director of the Year by the Institute of Directors Scotland and Business Woman of the Year by Business Women Scotland and Women’s Enterprise Scotland.

She was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s 2014 New Year’s Honours List for Services to Economic Regeneration and Entrepreneurship in Scotland.


Karyn McCluskey, Chief Executive, Community Justice Scotland

Karyn McCluskey Karyn worked in the police for 22 years in Sussex, Lancashire, West Mercia, Strathclyde and Police Scotland. In September 2016 she took up the post of Chief Executive for Community Justice Scotland.

She was Director of the Scottish Violence Reduction Unit for the previous decade, which proposed a different way of addressing violence in Scotland. They developed injury surveillance, gang intervention and gang exit, and focused on preventing knife carrying and injury. She helps support Medics Against Violence charity in Scotland, set up in conjunction with the Violence Reduction Unit.

Karyn trained as a registered nurse, has a B.Sc and M.Sc in Psychology and is a fellow by distinction of the Faculty of Public Health. She received Honorary Doctorate from University of Glasgow for work on prevention of violence and an Honorary Masters from the Open University. She is an Honorary Lecturer at the University of Glasgow. She has worked in a variety of areas within the NHS, East Africa and HM Prisons. She has published work on Armed Robbery teams, Alcohol and Violence Interventions in a clinical setting and Violence Reduction. 

She is a board member of Simon Community Scotland tackling homelessness and is on the Board of the Scottish Professional Football League.

Dr Angela O’Hagan, Senior Lecturer in Equalities & Public Policy, Glasgow Caledonian University

Angela OHaganAngela is a senior lecturer in equalities and public policy at Glasgow Caledonian University. Her research examines the advancement of equality in public policy, particularly gender analysis of government budgeting at national and local level. Angela was a member of the Scottish Parliament/Scottish Government Budget Review Group that presented recommendations for a revised Scottish Budget process in June 2017. She was a member of the Commission on Local Tax Reform and is currently a member of the Disability and Carers Benefits Expert Group. Angela is convenor of Close the Gap, and convenor of the Scottish Women’s Budget Group. She is the join co-ordinator of the European Gender Budgeting Network and a member of the management committee of the UK Women’s Budget Group. Angela is currently leading a small research team evaluating the impact of Scottish Government funded activity in participatory budgeting in Scotland.

Professor Graeme Roy, Director, Fraser of Allander Institute (FAI) 

Graeme RoyGraeme is a former Senior Civil Servant in the Scottish Government where he was both a Senior Economic Adviser and Head of the First Minister’s Policy Unit. He is a graduate of the Universities of Glasgow and Edinburgh and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He is a member of the UK government's Scottish Business Taskforce and the Scottish Government's Labour Market Strategy Group. He is also the expert adviser to the Scottish Parliament's Economy, Jobs and Fair Work Committee for its inquiries into economic statistics in Scotland and Scotland's long-term economic performance.


Andrew Burns, CIPFA President 

Andrew BurnsAndrew Burns is President of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA); Director of Finance and Resources for Staffordshire County Council (SCC) and Chairman of the Consultative Committee of Accountancy Bodies (CCAB). 

He was elected to CIPFA Council in 2010 and has chaired the Group Board, Policy and Standards Board and led CIPFA’s Aligning Public Services Working Group. 

As Director of Finance and Resources for SCC he has strategic responsibility for finance, HR, ICT, digital, property, commercial and customer services and is Treasurer of the Staffordshire Pension Fund. Andy led the financial transformation programme that delivered £150m savings and significant service improvement in Staffordshire.
For his CCAB role Andy takes leadership of the group representing the main UK accountancy bodies, which has a combined membership of over 380,000 professional accountants worldwide. 

He has an MBA from Aston Business School and is Past-President of the Society of County Treasurers.

John Matheson, formerly Director of Finance NHS Scotland and past President of CIPFA

John MathesonAfter graduating from Heriot-Watt University John joined NHS Scotland as a national finance trainee in 1976. He qualified with CIPFA and then joined NHS Lothian undertaking various roles before becoming director of finance in one of the trusts in 1981, progressing through various Finance Director roles and obtained a MBA from Edinburgh University before becoming director of finance for NHS Lothian in 2001. He moved to the Scottish Government in 2008 as director of finance for NHS Scotland where his responsibilities also include e-health and analytics.


He has a strong commitment to CIPFA in both a voluntary capacity and as a council member over a number of years. John was chair of the Scottish Branch in 1999 and has been a council member for the past six years and chaired the International Strategy Board from 2011 to 2014. 
He has undertaken non-executive roles across both public and private sectors and has presented at a number of international conferences on a range of current issues. In 2015 John was awarded a CBE for services to healthcare.

More speakers to come

The following profiles are to come plus further speaker announcements:

  • Bruce Crawford MSP, Chair of the Scottish Parliament Finance and Constitution Committee
  • Alison Cumming, Chair of CIPFA in Scotland Executive Committee
  • Anna Randle, Director, Collaborate  
  • Professor Graeme Roy, Fraser of Allander Institute