Speakers

Nicky Marr – Host for the day

Nicky Marr is a freelance broadcaster, writer and event and conference host. A newspaper columnist and regular on BBC Radio Scotland, she also writes and edits magazines including Connect, for Highland and Islands Airports, and FlightLOG, Loganair’s inflight magazine.

Living between Inverness and Edinburgh Nicky hosts business events, awards ceremonies, and food and drink festivals right across Scotland. She is also happy to share her on-stage skills as a presentation skills/public speaking trainer, and works with schools and colleges helping young people to articulate their skills, both in writing and in person.

Away from work you’ll find Nicky in the kitchen, out on her road bike or curled up with a good book and a (large) G&T.

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Susan Love is the Policy Manager of the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) in Scotland – the country’s largest direct-member business organisation, representing around 18,000 members.  FSB Scotland campaigns for a better economic, political and social environment in which small businesses can thrive.

 

Susan has responsibility for the broad range of policy areas affecting small businesses, from procurement to regulation, and represents the FSB on a number of national groups. Susan also sits on the board of the Economic Development Association Scotland.

 

Before taking up her post with the FSB in 2002, Susan worked for the former Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament, Sir George Reid. She also served as an elected member of Stirling Council. These posts, combined with her FSB role, have given her a wide-ranging knowledge of government and public policy at both local and national level, as well as experience of both the public and private sectors.

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Corrine  Hutton

Founder – Finding Your Feet

Cor Hutton had a 5% chance of survival in a battle with sepsis during 2013. She survived however doctors were forced to amputate both her hands and legs below the knee.

She founded the charity Finding Your Feet and devoted her time to providing the support she believes all amputees should receive. Since her amputations, Cor has completed the London Triathlon become the first female amputee to summit Ben Nevis and the first female quadruple amputee to climb Mount Kilimanjaro.

In addition to her charity work, Cor campaigns to raise awareness for the need of organs, tissue, limb donors and how to spot the signs of sepsis and prevention methods to reduce the need for amputation. She is improving perceptions and conditions for those with different abilities, changing the boundaries and removing the stigma of being ‘different’.

In January 2019, Cor became the first Scot to receive a double hand transplant.

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Keynote Speaker

Stuart Cosgrove

Stuart is a writer, broadcaster and media executive.  From his early days as the media editor of the New Musical Express (NME) in the 80s and his more than 20-year involvement with Channel 4, to his multiple directorships, board and consultant roles across arts and business development, his achievements are quite staggering.

Stuart graduated in Drama and English from the University of Hull and has studied at George Mason UniversityHarvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and Wharton Business School. He has a Ph.D. in Media and a Doctorate in English and American Studies. He has been awarded an honorary Doctor of Arts by the UNIVERSITY of Abertay Dundee and honorary professorships by the University of Stirling and Liverpool John Moores University.

He is probably best known as the co-host of BBC Radio Scotland‘s popular comedy football phone-in Off the Ball which he presents twice a week with Tam Cowan, and as the co-host of BBC Scotland‘s Saturday football Sportscene results show. Born and brought up in the Letham area of Perth, but living now in Dennistoun, he is an avid fan of the city’s football club St Johnstone.  He also wrote a book, Hampden Babylon, revealing the seedier side of the Scottish football scene

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Sir Boyd Tunnock CBE

Chairman of Tunnock’s Biscuits

Boyd was born on 25th Jan 1933 (Burn’s Day) a fact that he is very proud of. He attended Uddingston Grammar School and then Alan Glens in Glasgow. He then did a stint at the Commercial College and on his own admission “Didn’t make it”

He joined the family bakers business in 1949 and worked with his father and brother Tom developing both the shop and catering side. At this time the company catered for afternoon/evening functions. The early 50’s saw the introduction of Caramel Wafers, Caramel Logs,Teacakes and Snowballs. However Boyd had a period away from the business between 1954 and 1956 when he was called up to do national service. Because of his background he was and ideal candidate for the army catering corp and managed to become Cooks Sergeant after his 2 years and finished cooking for 600 soldiers.

Back in the business, Boyd’s production involvement saw him becoming very interested in the technical and engineering side of things, and has done all jobs within the factory from mixing raw materials, repairing machines and packing biscuits where necessary. The business has gone from strength to strengeth and now has an international reputation for quality and value for money. Tunnock’s produce can be seen in all the large supermarkets in the UK as well as most corner shops and cafe’s. The product is also exported to over 30 countries from Canada and America to Saudi Arabia, Australia and Japan.

In June 2019 Boyd received his biggest accolade when he was awarded a knighthood in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to business and charity.

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