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Welcome to Productivity Matters

Date - 05/02/2021
Time - 10.30 - 12.45


Our first session will open the conference with an introduction from the Minister for Trade, Investment and Innovation followed by an in-depth case study which will cover all aspects relating to productivity gains including design thinking, culture change, new approaches, digital, and more.


10.30 – Networking

11.00 – Welcome: Sara Thiam, CEO, SCDI and Ashleigh McCulloch, Programme Manager, Productivity Club Scotland

11.10 – Ivan McKee MSP, Minister for Trade, Investment and Innovation

11.20 – Increasing Productivity: Lucy Black, Director of Innovation & Engagement, CSIC and Stewart Dalgarno, AIMCH Project Director and Director of Product Development at Stewart Milne Group

Panel, Chaired by Sara Thiam, CEO, SCDI and Lucy Black, Director of Innovation & Engagement, CSIC

  • Barratt Developments
  • L&Q Group
  • Stewart Milne Group
  • MTC
  • Forster Roofing

12.00 – Audience Q&A

12.15 – Networking


Ivan McKee MSP

Ivan McKee MSP

Minister for Trade, Investment and Innovation

Ivan was born in Helensburgh, Dunbartonshire and was brought up in Glasgow. He obtained a BSc BEng in Manufacturing Sciences and Engineering from the University of Strathclyde and an MBA from Newcastle University.

Following 2 years of voluntary service in Bangladesh with VSO, Ivan McKee worked for a variety of manufacturing companies. In 2005 he set up his own international manufacturing consultancy business and from 2009 to 2015 invested in, and successfully turned around, a number of manufacturing businesses including the rescue of Dunfermline based Simclar from Administration.

Ivan McKee has significant international experience having managed businesses in Scotland, England, Poland, Finland, Croatia and Bosnia.

Sara Thiam

Sara Thiam

Chief Executive Officer, Scottish Council for Development and Industry

As the new Chief Executive of the Scottish Council for Development and Industry (SCDI) Sara is focusing on the opportunities that climate change and digital transformation can deliver for Scotland’s economy. As Director for the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) in Scotland Sara led membership growth, lifelong learning, thought leadership and STEM activity. She is a member of the Infrastructure Commission for Scotland and Board Member for the Construction Scotland Innovation Centre.

Sara’s career in economic development includes the Glasgow Edinburgh Collaboration Initiative and EU knowledge transfer projects designed to stimulate Scottish innovation. Her early career in international education included the setting up of the Eurodesk youth information service subsequently replicated throughout the EU.

Sara holds a BA (Hons) in modern languages from the University of Stirling.

Lucy Black

Lucy Black

Director of Innovation & Engagement, Construction Scotland Innovation Centre

Lucy has been with CSIC since July 2016 working with ambitious innovative businesses within the Scottish construction industry, overseeing the development of pioneering new projects and engaging industry in CSIC’s work. With a career in economic development and consultancy focused on innovation and international collaboration for the last 18 years, Lucy has worked extensively with innovative companies and universities across Scotland within construction and renewable energy. Her expertise lies in building new business models based on innovation and developing strong commercialisation strategies whilst leveraging in appropriate funding. Lucy works with a large industry network creating new relationships between industry and academia, driving forward the Scottish construction industry to deliver higher economic growth with an international outlook.

Stewart Dalgarno

Stewart Dalgarno

Director of Product Development, Stewart Milne Group and AIMCH Project Director

Stewart has been with Stewart Milne Group for 36 years and has a depth of knowledge that comes from growing his career within the company. Starting as an Apprentice Draughtsman and working his way up to Director level, Stewart is regarded as one of the most highly experienced professionals in the sector by colleagues across both the business and industry.

Stewart is responsible for research and development across Stewart Milne Group focusing on the introduction of new products, processes and materials, which includes offsite construction, lean site assembly, digital working, BIM, low carbon homes and advance offsite timber building systems.

Stewart's innovative thinking has seen him recognised by the industry as an R&D champion, and he is proud to have delivered several award-winning projects. He is leader of AIMC4 and AIMCH, two of the sector’s largest multi-million-pound collaborative housing projects run in partnership with Innovate UK, government and key sector stakeholders.

His values of entrepreneurship and transformational change encourage him to push for positive change, both company and industry-wide.