More speakers for Completing the Picture 2019 Scotland to be announced soon.
Former SAS and Inspirational Speaker
Colin joined the army in 1989 aged just fifteen and went on to pass selection first time into the SAS at only 23. Colin was fortunate enough to have been involved in some of the more high profile and daring missions of the recent period. Only a handful of men have been involved in hostage negotiations, hostage rescue and been a hostage themselves. Colin waded through swamps in Sierra Leone to rescue hostages in an operation so dangerous they nicknamed it Operation Certain Death. He was also the first Special Forces sniper on the scene when a hijacked flight arrived at Stansted and lasted over 4 days where all the hostages were rescued safely. Colin later found himself taken hostage in a mission to look after MI6 out in Iraq.
Strategic Service and Workforce Policy Analyst and Development Specialist
Dr. Oakley has over 40 years’ health and public service experience in both operational management and policy research and development. She has worked extensively with national policy-makers and Trust boards, executive directors and senior clinicians, and with service managers and clinical practitioners, in developing their strategies to deliver affordable public services. She has worked in management and organisational development; restructuring organisations and clinical care systems; designing and delivering skill-mix reviews and reprofiling programmes; conducting value for money audits and managing subsequent change programmes; and preparing strategic workforce and education and training investment plans.
Gemma Milne is a young Scottish science and technology writer and podcaster, whose work, across many industries, has been published by the BBC, the Guardian, CNBC, Offscreen magazine, Singularity Hub, the Drum, Adweek and Quartz.
She is the Deep Tech and Science Start-up Contributor for Forbes Europe and a cofounder of Science: Disrupt – a media outlet covering advances in science start-ups, research processes and industries such as space, energy, health and advanced computing.
Gemma works with the World Economic Forum as one of their Global Shapers, and is also a scientific advisor to the European Commission, helping them decide which scientific innovations should be funded with government money.
Derek is dual qualified solicitor, registered in England and Scotland. He started his career in the legal team of a defence company in 1996. After entering private practice in 1998, he has focused on advising companies of all sizes on the legal issues they face.
In 2014, he was one of the founding partners of Gilson Gray LLP – the largest ever launch of a new Scottish law firm, and a significant disruptor in that market. He is their Head of Corporate, providing advice to clients throughout the UK and beyond.
Innovation Manager at Scottish Health Innovations Ltd. (SHIL)
Throughout her career Fiona has been championing the benefits of innovation and collaboration since gaining her PhD in Chemistry from the University of Strathclyde over 20 years ago. She has worked across industry, academia and the public sector and diverse fields such as Food & Drink, Life Sciences, Creative Industries and Renewables. As co-founder of the Intellectual Assets Centre, she helped individuals and companies to identify, protect, develop and harness value from their ideas, knowledge and inventions. At Interface she assisted a wide range of businesses to build academic collaborations enabling them to develop new and improved products and services. Most recently, Fiona was supporting academics and clinicians to apply for research funding at the University of Edinburgh’s College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine, working closely with the NHS.
Head of Special Projects at Scottish Health Innovations Ltd. (SHIL) & NHS Research Scotland (NRS)
Joining SHIL in 2002, Elaine helped establish the organisation. With more than fifteen years’ experience in medical device development, she is a certified ISO 13485 /ISO 9001 Lead Auditor and has experience of regulatory approval and CE marking for medical devices.
Joining SHIL spinout company, Clear Surgical, as a Director, Head of Regulatory Compliance and laterally Chief Operating Officer, she has helped to establish the company with ISO 13485 accreditation and launch two innovative devices, The Oplight™ and Cannulated Forceps, onto the market. With a BSc, BEng in Engineering, Elaine previously worked with Motorola Semiconductors for twenty years, gaining experience in manufacturing, design and technical marketing.