Conference Advisory Group

The conference programme is being put together by an advisory group, made up of senior educational professionals. Its job is to ensure the conference addresses both the strategic issues and day-to-day challenges facing education built environment professionals.

Ann Allen

Director of Estates and Commercial Services

University of Glasgow

Ann joined the University five years ago and is the Director of Estates and Commercial Services. She is a property specialist, who before joining the University led a small Asset Management team at John Lewis. She previously held property roles within HBOS, Sears and Segro. The current role includes responsibility for the £1b redevelopment of the Gilmorehill campus as well as delivering facilities and commercial services in a way that focuses on students and staff. Ann is a trustee of Ethical Property Trust as well as being a member of the Leadership Board for Construction Scotland and a trustee of National Museum of Scotland.

Craig Clement

Head of Resources & Performance

Aberdeenshire Council

Craig has a wide range of experience in relation to the management of resources and performance in Education & Children’s Services. He is also Co-Chair of the Association of Directors of Education in Scotland (ADES) Resources Network. He has a great deal of experience in leading the development of a Learning Estate Strategy in Local Authorities, and working with a wide range of partners and stakeholders.  A key feature of this work has been to consider innovative design solutions to maximise use of buildings which promote new ways of working to better meet the needs of pupils and communities, not least in a period of rapid change in how services are provided.

Andy Dailly

Head of School Building

Scottish Government

Andy has worked for the Scottish Government for almost 18 years having joined straight from high school in May 1999.  Andy has been the Head of School Building for over 5 years after previously working as a policy professional in the Government’s human resources, fisheries and environment departments. A former professional football player, Andy still enjoys playing and watching the sport, however his real passion centres around his 1 year old son Andrew jnr.  Andy has lived and worked in Edinburgh his whole life and he and his partner Jade are due their second child in August 2017.

Alex Donaldson


Scott Brownrigg

Director of the Edinburgh office. Alex brings over twenty years’ knowledge and experience in the design and delivery of high profile schemes in the Scottish, UK and overseas markets. He is responsible for establishing the new office and growing the practice’s presence within the region. His strategic involvement in management, design and advisory activities extends throughout Scott Brownrigg's regions working with clients, investors and consultants over a range of public and commercial initiatives in a broad range of sectors.

Alan Hyde

Regional Educational Specialist


Alan has been leading the way in promoting modular construction in Scotland for more than 11 years. Initially working in healthcare, Alan helped to bring the benefits of high-quality off-site construction to GP practices, dental surgeries and hospitals. For the past six years Alan has focused his expertise on the education sector, working closely with local authorities, independent schools, universities and early years providers to create stimulating interim and permanent learning environments for pupils of all ages. Prior to joining Portakabin, Alan was responsible for motorcycle and cycle sales and marketing with Michelin Tyre Company across Scotland and the north of England.  

Martin Kirkwood

Deputy Director

Scottish Funding Council for Further and Higher Education

Diarmaid Lawlor

Director of Place

Architecture and Design Scotland

Diarmaid is the Director of Place with Architecture and Design Scotland. An urbanist, with a multi disciplinary background, he has worked on projects involving the shaping and implementation of change for clients in Ireland, the UK and Europe, for the public, private and third sectors. He has almost 20 years’ experience of helping clients make well informed decisions about complex, connected urban policy and investment challenges. He is a designer, educator, communicator and collaborator who writes and speaks on creative approaches to making better places.

Stephen Long

Associate Director Education

Scottish Futures Trust

Stephen is an architect who has worked on 30+ school projects in Scotland and across the UK, with involvement at all stages from brief development, through construction, to post occupation evaluation. He has worked in architectural practice, for a national building contractor, and is now part of the SFT Education Team. He has a desire to help drive continual improvement through collaboration, and will facilitate the workshop on future learning environments.

Colin MacLennan

Business Development Director

Morrison Construction

Morrison Construction is the trading name in Scotland of Galliford Try; we are one of the most active and successful players in the education sector and strive to remain at the forefront of innovation in school design and construction. UK education work is our biggest single sector with a portfolio now exceeding £1billion including Early Years, Primary, Secondary and higher education. A seasoned construction professional,  Colin brings over forty years’ experience including the delivery of several major secondary and higher education schemes to the design and development of all our Scottish projects. He also manages our Customer Satisfaction process to “close the loop” at the close of each commission; so that innovations and best practices are captured and carried forwards.

Jim Metcalfe

Chief Executive

College Development Network

Jim Metcalfe is Chief Executive of College Development Network, the innovation agency for the vocational skills sector. CDN focuses on growing skills, leadership and learner impact amongst vocational educators. Jim previously worked as Head of Development at Carnegie UK leading a range of enterprise, economic development and community capacity projects. He has also worked in public and voluntary sector campaigns and policy roles in the UK and internationally. He is a Director of the UK Energy Saving Trust, a Board member of SCQF Partnership, and a fellow of the RSA. In 2017, Jim was appointed to the Scottish Government’s Curriculum Advisory Board.

Grant Robertson

Senior Associate Director

Scottish Futures Trust

As a qualified and highly respected architect with over thirty years’ experience in the education sector under his belt, Grant Robertson is the Education Design Director at the Scottish Futures Trust and heads up SFT’s design team delivering the £1.8bn Scotland’s Schools for the Future programme. The programme, established in 2009 to deliver good quality, well designed, sustainable schools at a competitive price for Scotland’s councils, has grown considerably from its initial 55 schools to 112, thanks to his and his team’s stewardship of the programme. Grant’s work ethos is to continually push design boundaries and deliver innovation when it comes to designing and building spaces for pupils to learn in.