Scotland’s Public Affairs Conference 2024

7th February 2024, Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh

Tea/coffee and breakfast catering
09:30Registration in entrance area
Coffee in Biosphere - blue
Welcome and introduction10:00Peter Duncan
ASPA Convenor
Session 1: Meet the Leader of Scottish Labour10:05Anas Sarwar MSP
In conversation style - with open forum for discussion/questions
Tea/coffee break10:45Coffee in Biosphere - blue
Scotland’s budget and the future of devolution11:00David Phillips
Associate Director Local and Devolved Finance, Institute for Fiscal Studies

Akash Paun
Devolution Programme Director, Institute for Government

Sebastian Burnside
Chief Economist, RBS
Lobbying in 202412:15 - session 1
Biosphere - Blue
Billy McLaren
Scottish Parliament Lobbying Registrar
Legislating for Change12:15 - session 2
Biosphere - Green
Kirsty Peebles

Jackson Carlaw MSP, convener of the Citizen Participation & Public Petitions Committee

Mandy Rhodes
Editor of Holyrood Magazine
Networking lunch13:00Buffet style in Ozone
Tipping point or undulation? What the polls say14:00Mark Diffley
Diffley Partnership
AI and the future of Public Affairs14:45John Rowland
Managing Director
H/Advisors Cicero
Tea/coffee break15:30Coffee in Biosphere - blue
Public Affairs in Scotland - lessons from ‘23 and hopes for ‘2415:40Anna Fowlie
Chief Executive

Sara Thiam
Chief Executive

James MacKenzie
Public affairs consultant
Networking Drinks16:30Drinks in Ozone
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