Scotland's Productivity Club Presents: Productivity Talks online

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Productivity Club Scotland is a forum for networking and peer-to-peer learning for businesses.

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Productivity Club Scotland is a forum for networking and peer-to-peer learning for businesses. We provide signposting to resources, and support our members to focus on continuous improvement and organisational capacity.

The aim of Productivity Talks is to provide you with an opportunity to discuss challenges and potential solutions, reflect on your own approach and understand the views of others. Our speakers will deliver short, to the point talks or case studies drawn from their own experience, which will be followed by discussion and time for questions. 

11.00 - Introduction and welcome

11.05 - Case study - Collaborate to create: Gillian Newman, Highland Children and Young People's Forum and Dr Mark Grindle, University of Highlands and Islands

11.20 - Case study  - Process changes: Neil Sutherland, Architect & Director, Makar Limited

11.35 - Q&A

11.40 - Group discussion

11.55 - Close

12.00 - Finish

These events are designed to interactive with group discussions. We hope that you can join us. 

Full joining instructions will be sent to you the day prior to the event. 

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Neil Sutherland

Founder and Director, Makar Ltd. Neil graduated from the Scott Sutherland School of Architecture, Aberdeen in 1990. During his studies he spent his third year on an architectural exchange to the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, studying under Professor Alfred Caldwell.On graduation Neil joined Howard Liddell Associates (Gaia Architects), for a short period, working on ecologically driven projects. Prior to this and during his year out from study, he had principally worked on a large scale commercial works with the Building Design Partnership. In 1992, Neil moved to Glenelg, and formed the Corrary Partnership to work in timber and land management.

During his time in Glenelg Neil set up as a self employed architectural practioner, under his own name, and started to take his knowledge and love of indigenous timber over to architecture, initially working on a series of small and local buildings and projects which explored its use. During this time he also taught on a part time basis at the Scott Sutherland School of Architecture, Aberdeen.

Gillian Newman

Gillian Newman was a nurse for 15 years before retraining to achieve a BA hons in Child and Youth Studies and a Post Graduate Diploma in Wellbeing. Gillian has worked in children’s services for over thirty years and in engagement and participation development for 16 years. She is currently Policy Lead for Highland Children and Young People’s Forum. Her role is to ensure that children and young people with additional support needs have their voice heard in their personal plans, in service development and in policy design. She is a Third Sector Representative on a number of committees and seeks to promote cross-sector partnership working.

Dr Mark Grindle

Dr Mark Grindle is Senior Lecturer and Researcher in Digital Health at the University of Highlands and Islands. He has 25 years’ experience working in the Digital Media industries as writer, producer and narrative designer. Mark has mentored many young people to help them increase their technical skills, capacities and the business skills to develop their companies. His research interest lies in the use of commercial digital storytelling technologies and strategies to change health behaviours. And he has written, designed and researched many Digital Health Interventions to address a range of health conditions. His collaboration with HCYPF focuses on working with young people with long-term mental health conditions to help them self-manage, and empower them to tell and share their stories.

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