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.

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.

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.

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.

Jeff Maquire

Senior Policy Manager - Early Learning and Childcare Team

Scottish Government

Jeff has been a civil servant since January 2000, having previously worked in the college sector as a lecturer.  He initially worked in the then Scottish Executive’s Schools ICT Team, then had various policy roles in school education, including international education, EU relations and modern languages, before taking on responsibility for Curriculum for Excellence communications and engagement which he did from 2010 to 2012.  Jeff moved from Learning Directorate to Children & Families Directorate in August 2015, working in the Early Learning and Childcare (ELC) Team on planning for the expansion to 1140 hours of ELC per year from 2020, with a particular focus on the infrastructure elements of the expansion.  Jeff’s current role is focussed on quality within ELC, with policy responsibility for accessibility, wellbeing and inclusion.

Tony Mcgale

Senior Policy Officer

Scottish Government

Tony McGale has worked in various departments of the Civil Service for 27 years. Most recently joined the College Policy Team of the Scottish Government in 2016 after several years in European Funding, Community Regeneration and State Aid. Tony is part of a team with responsibility for Financial management of the College Sector and within this remit is extensively involved in the Capital budget allocations. Tony works closely with colleagues in the Scottish Funding Council on the Further Education Estate.

Paul McGirk

Chief Executive

Hub South East

Paul has been a Director of Hub South East Scotland Ltd since it was formed in 2010 and became its Chief Executive in November 2012. Hub South East is a public private partnership company which is 40% owned by the public sector in the Lothians and Borders and was the first of five Hub companies formed in Scotland. Paul is a Chartered Civil Engineer with more than thirty years’ experience at executive level in both the public and private sectors and has developed major construction projects both in the UK and overseas. As a firm believer in the benefits of partnership working, he is well placed to lead Hub South East as it helps its public sector partners to develop new and innovative community facilities in support of service modernisation and regeneration. With 51 facilities worth £186m already successfully delivered and an extensive £350m pipeline of schemes in construction and under development, Paul’s aim is to ensure that not only are all of these important projects planned and delivered effectively but that all of the community and economic benefits possible through Hub are reflected in the jobs, training and local opportunities created. Paul is also a Council Member of CBI Scotland and is a Chartered Civil Engineer.

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.