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A key purpose of this event is to allow Fellows and guests, both ahead of and after the Presentation, to formulate questions around the changing nature of the UK workplace, which may remain hybrid in a post-pandemic world.

Professor Kirsty Ball will cover aspects of work surveillance, an issue of concern to employees and employers alike. Add to this the idea mooted for a four-day week and the debate may become lively! As attendees will know, the Fraser of Allander Institute has had a project on working hours funded by the Standard Life Foundation. The format will be a presentation by Professor Ball, to which Robert Carr and Aidan O’Carroll will respond. This will be followed by a Q&A panel which a fourth person may join.

Questions in advance - by noon on 21st - are encouraged via


Professor Kirstie Ball, School of Management, University of St Andrews and co-director of CRISP [Centre for Research into Information Surveillance and Privacy]

Robert Carr, Anderson Strathern LLP and Fair Work Convention member

Aidan O’Carroll, Chairman IoD Scotland, Chairman designate Revenue Scotland

Professor Kirstie Ball joined the School of Management at the University of St Andrews in 2016, having held positions at Aston, Warwick, Birmingham and The Open Universities. She is Professor in Management and co-director and founder of CRISP, the Centre for Research into Information, Surveillance and Privacy. CRISP is a joint research centre between St Andrews, Edinburgh, Stirling and Essex Universities. She is a Research Fellow at the Surveillance Studies Centre, Queen's University, Canada and Visiting Professor at the Centre for Business in Society at Coventry University.

Over the last 20 years Kirstie’s research has been funded by ESRC, EPSRC, SSHRC (Canada), The Leverhulme Trust, The British Academy and the European Framework Programme. In 2015 she published “The Private Security State? Surveillance, Consumer Data and the War on Terror”, the first empirical study, from an organisational perspective, of private sector involvement in government surveillance regimes. She is co-editor of a new Routledge series entitled “Studies in Surveillance” and edited “The Routledge Handbook of Surveillance Studies”, a key teaching resource. She has consulted to the UK's Information Commissioner, authoring “A Report on the Surveillance Society” in 2006, which prompted two parliamentary committee enquiries, and its follow up in 2010. Kirstie co-founded and co-edited the journal Surveillance and Society and the charitable company Surveillance Studies Network. She has advised NGOs, research funding bodies and news media organisations about surveillance, privacy and security, frequently appearing in broadcast and print media and at public events. Kirstie’s teaching and research are shown on the University website.

Robert Carr, Anderson Strathern LLP, and Aidan O’Carroll, IoD Scotland Chairman, will briefly respond, and the three will then participate in Q&A.

Attendees are strongly encouraged to submit questions in advance via and by noon on 21st so these may be themed to optimise Q&A time.

Robert Carr, Anderson Strathern LLP, is a Solicitor Advocate who has previously won ‘Specialist of the Year’ at the Scottish Legal Awards for his work in healthcare and medical negligence litigation. His thirty years in commercial and personal injuries litigation includes claims for members of the RCN and a wide range of individual and institutional clients. He advises public bodies, including regulators, on the interpretation of their governing legislation, and acts on their behalf when their decisions or actions are challenged. Robert is lead partner Crown Estate Scotland and Scotmid. He is a Regent of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, a Fellow of the RSA and also of Strathclyde Business School and a former Prince of Wales' Ambassador for Corporate Social Responsibility in Scotland. He is a Past President of the Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce and the Society of Solicitors in the Supreme Court, and is a member of the Fair Work Convention and the Edinburgh and South-East Scotland City Region Deal Regional Enterprise Council. Robert chairs the Edinburgh Airport Consultative Committee and the East Lothian Advice Consortium. Outside of work, Robert enjoys running (“now pretty slowly”). He also has a passion for a fair and green agenda, how we can be better ancestors, and is always in search for intersections where communities can flourish and environmental concerns can be addressed.

Aidan O’Carroll is the current IoD Scotland Chairman, and a former senior partner at EY, which he left in July 2020 after 35 years. Until June 2017 Aidan was based in London leading EY’s Global Compliance and Reporting business, with over 10,000 professionals working in 140 countries around the world. Formerly Head of Tax for EY in the UK, he advised both local and global companies across a wide spectrum of tax and business issues. He has considerable experience in dealing with Regulatory matters in both emerging and developed markets; he is also a regular contributor and speaker at business conferences. Aidan has worked in many countries , and spent a number of years helping to lead business in Japan. All this has given him insights into global trends and their connections with the rapidly changing regulatory frameworks around the world. More recently Aidan has been advising private and family businesses in Scotland and internationally. Aidan has most recently focused on a non Executive portfolio, non-exec with ABE, a leading international not for profit organisation delivering professional business qualifications across many developing countries and with Hillhouse Estates Group , a Scottish based family owned business. In August 2021 he assumes the role of Chairman, Revenue Scotland. Aidan has kept his home in Scotland throughout his international career and has stayed closely connected to local business issues by keeping abreast of local developments here.

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