Inspiring us at Making Scotland's Future Conference

Our Speakers

Over the course of the day delegates will have the opportunity to hear from globally recognised industry speakers and gain insight on their key successes. We are delighted to announce the first set of speakers below who will feature throughout the day in our plenary sessions and workshops. We look forward to announcing further speakers shortly.  Please check back for updates.

Andy McFarlane

Head of Circular Operations, ACS Clothing Ltd

Gregor McDonald

Technology Analyst, Scottish Enterprise

Chris Simpson

Engineering & Development Manager, Retronix

Trev Gregory

CEO, Trade Right International

Paul Cantwell

Programme Director - Net-zero and Head Of Net-zero Programs, National Manufacturing Institute Scotland

Peter Lynn

Senior Manufacturing Engineer, Coherent

Graeme Cross

Head of Sales, Renewable Parts

Dermot Rhatigan

Deputy Director, Manufacturing & Industries

Musab Hemsi

Employment Lawyer, Director and Notary Public | Accredited Specialist - Employment & Discrimination Law

Stewart McKinlay

Skills Director, NMIS Manufacturing Skills Academy

Graham Alexander

General Manager, AJ Engineering & Construction Services Ltd

Melissa Sterry

Design Scientist / Systems Theorist / BioFuturist / Founder

Alison Munro

Head of Business Growth

Jerome Finlayson

Head of High Value Manufacturing, Scottish Enterprise

Richard Lochhead, MSP

Minister for Small Business, Innovation, Tourism and Trade

Adrian Gillespie

Chief Executive, Scottish Enterprise

David Farquhar

CEO Intelligent Growth Solutions (IGS)

Paul Winstanley


Marcus Wright

Senior Economist, RBS

Allan French

Snr Operations Manager, Coca Cola Europacific Partners

Sally Magnusson

Author | Broadcaster | Journalist, BBC

Nick Shields

Head of Business Services and Advice, Scottish Enterprise