Conference agenda 

The 2019 conference offered an opportunity to share ideas and experiences on the issues that matter most in community development. Its theme this year was ‘Ionnsachadh is fàs le chèile’, 'learning and growing together'. 

We were delighted to be joined again by Alex Thomson, chief correspondent of Channel 4 news, who led us through a fascinating programme of expert introductions, interactive panel sessions, and group discussions. 



Strengthening Communities
Conference Scotland 19

Event Agenda 

27 May 2019 – Day 1

9.30 Marketplace opens for exhibitor set up. Registration opens for Fringe attendees. 
10.00-12.00  Cairngorms National Park Authority SCCS19 Fringe event on attracting young people into community development. See conference page for more details.    
11.30 Registration opens for main conference delegates
11.40-12.40 Buffet lunch, marketplace and fringe events

12.45 Conference opens
12.50-13.00 Welcome address from Prof. Lorne Crerar, Chair of HIE
13.00 Keynote Prof. Sarah Skerratt SRUC - Rural Community Resilience: Shaping the future around lived experience
13.25 International community reply and panel Q&A
Sarah Skerratt
Rebecca Dunphy – Social Enterprise Development Manager at Common Good Solutions, Nova Scotia
Suzanne MacDonald – Chief Community Development Officer, Island Institute, Maine

14.00-14.45 Coffee and marketplace

14.45-15.15 Groups split into working streams A and B. Overview from speakers on hot topics. 
15.15-16.30 Guided group discussion on selected hot topic

16.45 Keynote Matthew Taylor, Chief Executive of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA) Presentation followed by Q&A

17.30-17.35 Conference day 1 reflection and close

18.30 for 19.00 Conference Dinner (booking on registration is required)
19.00 Welcome from CNPA Convenor Xander McDade.
Pre-dinner speakers – Rob Snyder and Suzanne MacDonald, Island Institute, Maine

Thank you to our Sponsors



Strengthening Communities
Conference Scotland 19

Event Agenda 

28 May 2019 – Day 2

08.30-09.00 Marketplace open

09.00 Day 2 conference opens
09.05 Keynote - Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Local Government, Aileen Campbell MSP

Following a presentation the Cabinet Secretary will be joined by a policy panel for Q&As
Douglas Cowan – Director of Strengthening Communities, HIE
Rob Dickson, Lead Officer, South of Scotland Economic Partnership
Darah Zahran, Team Leader, Social Economy, Scottish Enterprise
Chris Martin, Chief Executive, Social Enterprise Scotland

09.55-10-25 Group splits into workstreams A and B.  Overview from speakers on the hot topics 
10.25-11.10 Small group guided discussion on hot topics

11.15-12.00 Marketplace and coffee

12.00-12.45 Conference hot topics panel and Q&A
David Cowan – Head of Regeneration Unit, Scottish Government
Morven Smith – SSE
Zoe Laird – HIE
Rob Snyder – President, Island Institute, Maine
Karen Derrick – Chief Officer, Voluntary Action Badenoch and Strathspey
Martin Avila – Director, Kinning Park Complex

12.45-12.55 Closing remarks from Douglas Cowan, HIE
13.00-14.00 Farewell lunch

13.30-16.00 Cairngorms National Park Authority SCCS19 Fringe event on key topics: broadband, community land ownership and affordable housing. See conference page for more info.

Thank you to our Sponsors



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