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Invest in Dundee: Key Sectors for Economic Recovery

Monday, 18th January 2021 0930hrs – 1330hrs

This event will delve into the regeneration, development and investment opportunities across Dundee with key stakeholders and decision makers – highlighting impressive projects and the future ambition for the region.

Dundee is undergoing major transformation; with the £1billion re-development of the city’s waterfront well underway as well a major housing regeneration in the pipeline the city is fast becoming one of the best areas in the UK to invest in.

This webinar will focus on the development activity in Dundee, whilst also addressing some of the key issues and challenges and opportunities on the horizon for the city over the coming years. Dundee City Council and major developers working in the city will be invited to share details on their current development programme and future pipelines which are set to transform Dundee. And you’ll discover why you should be looking to develop, invest and work in Dundee.

Speakers for this event include:

Agenda and Programme:

09:30-10:00 Doors Open & Networking

Enjoy some networking time with those also attending the conference – with the ability to video chat with attendees or enter the speed networking area.

10:00-10:20 Welcome & Keynote Address

We’ll be welcomed to the conference by the Leader of the council who’ll set the tone for the event to come.

Dundee City Council – John Alexander, Leader

10:20-10:35 e-Sports

Putting Dundee at the forefront of this rapidly growing esports sector and the plans to bring a major new esports arena to the Dundee waterfront.

Northern Lights Arena Europe (NLAE); Luc Delany, Director of Technology and e-Sports

10:35-10:50 Eden Project

Opportunity to hear from Eden Project about their plans for establishing Dundee as the first Scottish location for the major visitor attraction.

Eden Project; David Harland, Chief Executive

10:50-11:00 Speaker Q&A

The NLAE and Eden Project – having shared presentations on their schemes and the impact on Dundee – will then join us for an interactive Q&A.

Host: Dundee & Angus Chamber of Commerce; Alison Henderson, Chief Executive Officer

Northern Lights Arena Europe (NLAE); Luc Delany, Director of Technology and e-Sports

Eden Project;  David Harland, Chief Executive

11:00-11:10 Networking & Comfort Break

During the break period you’re able to move around the event – with a speed networking area to allow you to video chat at random so get your elevator pitch ready. 

You can also invite any other attendee to video chat, direct message.

11:10-11:35 Tay Cities Deal

This panel discussion will bring a spotlight on some of the key projects planned at the beginning of this exciting 10-year programme.

Chair: Dundee & Angus Chamber of Commerce; Alison Henderson, Chief Executive Officer

Dundee and Angus College; Simon Hewitt, Principal & CEO

Abertay University; Lorna Edwards, Head of Business Development

University of Dundee; Prof Sir Mike Ferguson, School of Life Sciences

James Hutton Institute; Prof Colin Campbell, Chief Executive

11:35-11:40 Comfort Break

We’ll then have a short 5-minute turnaround to help prepare for the next session.

11:40-12:00 Investment and Finance

The importance of Fintech and how Dundee can be at the forefront of the growth of this sector.

Embark Platform; Pete Docherty, CEO/ Managing Director

12:00-12:20 Low Carbon Energy and Smart Mobility

Michelin Scotland Innovation Parc (MSIP) is a major new collaborative project that will deliver breakthroughs in low carbon energy and smart mobility and we’ll hear about their exciting plans.

Michelin Scotland Innovation Parc; Greig Coull, Chief Executive Officer

12:20-12:40 Forth Ports Dundee

The key role of Dundee port in supporting offshore wind and decommissioning activity in the North Sea and we’ll look at how this will unlock and drive growth across the region.

Forth Ports Dundee; David Webster, Senior Port Manager – Dundee, Leith & Methil

12:40-13:00 Collaboration Opportunities with Dundee

This session will focus on how you can invest and engage with the projects covered in this conference.

Dundee City Council; Robin Presswood, Executive Director – City Development

13:00-13:30 Networking, Exhibition & Close

We’re set to have an exceptional line-up of speakers who’ll be sharing intel into their future development projects, plans and vision for across the Dundee. Here’s an overview of the confirmed speakers:

Michelin Scotland Innovation Parc – Greig Coull, Chief Executive Officer

Michelin Scotland Innovation Parc (MSIP) is a world leading innovation parc focused on sustainable mobility and low carbon energy. It’s set to play a crucial role in not only the regional plans to become greener but also the wider UK. Greig will share details on how the parc will create a greener future, through innovation for people, place and planet and the benefits the region can sow from this.

Dundee & Angus Chamber of Commerce – Alison Henderson, Chief Executive Officer

Alison is a well known figure across the region and is responsible for leading the DACC to deliver strategic objectives which look to drive growth and investment across the region. She’ll be hosting the event proceedings utilising her knowledge and experience of multi-stakeholder collaboration to deliver an exceptional agenda.

Dundee and Angus College – Simon Hewitt, Principal

Born in Portadown, Northern Ireland, Simon was educated at Portadown College and left Northern Ireland in 2001 to attend the University of Abertay Dundee, where he obtained a BSc (Hons) in Business Computing. Following a number of IT related roles in both NHS Tayside and BT, Simon moved into lecturing at Dundee College in 2008, specialising in Network Management and Cisco Administration.

In November 2010 Simon was promoted to the role of Curriculum Manager in Computing, at the formerly known, Dundee College and has remained in Academic Management becoming Vice Principal Curriculum & Attainment within the merged Dundee & Angus College.  Simon secured the post of Principal of Dundee & Angus College in August 2020.

Simon is also involved in numerous organisations nationally including: Board member Dundee Science Centre; Board member Workers’ Educational Association Scotland; Non-executive director Students Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS); Member of the SQA Advisory Council; and Board Member Digital Skills Partnership.


Simon is passionate and proud about the great teaching, learning and the potential of Dundee & Angus College, working with a range of partners, to make a difference to so many peoples’ lives across the region and beyond.

Forth Ports Dundee – David Webster, Senior Port Manager – Dundee, Leith & Methil

David Webster joined Forth Ports Limited initially as the Port Manager in the Port of Dundee on the 27th of April 2015.  David was promoted to the role of Senior Port Manager in 2018, which brings with it full commercial and operational responsibility for the ports of Dundee, Leith & Methil, and has a direct reporting line into the Chief Operating Officer.

David holds an MBA in Oil and Gas Management from RGU in Aberdeen and a degree in Mechatronics from the University of Abertay.

Prior to joining Forth Ports David worked with Oil & Gas Service Company Weatherford International specialising in Well Construction. His most recent position involved working internationally as a Business Development and Technical Manager for the Sub Saharan Africa region; this was primarily focused on Nigeria and South Africa.  Before this David was a Weatherford Product Line Manager for the Central, Western and Eastern Europe region based in Germany.

Dundee City Council – Robin Presswood, Executive Director – City Development

The City Development team is responsible for a wide range of services from transport to property maintenance, the control of development and more. Robin therefore has a great pulse on the regional growth strategy and he’ll identify how Dundee will continue to grow its importance as a key player in the Scottish economy – particularly in areas such as contact centres, digital media, financial services, life sciences and more.

Abertay University – Lorna Edwards, Head of Business Development

Lorna Edwards is the Head of Business Development at Abertay University – the most useful university in Scotland.  Our institutional strengths include design, computer games, cyber security, life sciences and food & drink innovation.  We recognise that harnessing Abertay’s contribution as a local anchor organisation is vital to drive inclusive economic growth and build back better in the Tay Cities Region

The James Hutton Institute – Professor Colin Campbell, Chief Executive

Colin is Chief Executive of the James Hutton Institute and is responsible for leading the organisation and its 500 staff and 110 PhD students. He has broad interest in sustainable development and has developed the vision and mission of the institute around the UN Sustainable Development Goals. As a scientist he has over 30 y of experience in soil science and is a Guest professor in the Swedish Agricultural Sciences University. He has also worked in Australia, South America and China looking at semi-tropical and temperate ecosystems. He is an Associate of the Royal Agricultural Societies (2017), a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and a Fellow of Royal Society of Biology.

Colin will talk about how the James Hutton Institute projects in the TCD not only tackle the biggest problems facing our world in terms of the nature and Climate crisis but also how in fact they are a massive opportunity to build a better world, build on our authentic local strengths and create jobs.

Dundee City Council – John Alexander, Leader

There are a umber of significant funding announcements which will be confirmed by the start of 2021 and John will discuss the impact that these will have on the City and also provide an update on their extensive portfolio of development projects.

Eden Project International – David Harland, Chief Executive

David is Chief Executive for Eden Project International Ltd. which aims to have an Eden Project on every habited continent by 2025. David leads Eden Project International, as well as UK commercial and consultancy developments, including projects in Qingdao, China (scheduled to open in 2020), Anglesea (Australia), USA, Holland, Tiverton and the Middle East. David will be discussing future projects for the site in Cornwall to attract more visitors and investment into the county, with the Eden Project having already generated £2.2bn for the local economy helping to regenerate the region.Australia), USA, Holland, Tiverton and the Middle East.

Built Environment Networking – Amanda Griffiths, Director

Amanda is one of the Co-Founder’s of Built Environment Networking – formed almost 10 years ago.

She’ll be hosting a number of the sessions throughout the day, running the days proceedings and managing the interaction between our virtual delegates and the speakers.

Northern Lights Arena Europe (NLAE) – Luc Delany, Director of Technology and e-Sports

After many years of experience in public policy and strategic advice for the tech sector Luc has increasingly found himself specialising in the world’s largest entertainment sector: video games. He wears a few hats but essentially works to promote the positive impact of the creative technology and video games sectors, whilst managing and mitigating the potential harms.

At the Northern Lights Arena Company, he recently announced a multi-million-pound 4,000 seat esports arena and campus for the City of Dundee, in partnership with Abertay University and Angus College, Amazon Web Services & Education and Dundee City Council.

Luc is a regular media commentator appearing on TV, Radio and in print. He has also testified in public regulatory hearings and have keynoted European Council Presidency Conferences on a variety of issues.

University of Dundee – Professor Sir Mike Ferguson, School of Life Sciences

Mike Ferguson is a life scientist at the University of Dundee, where he helps colleagues to innovate and to commercialise their innovations. He is co-lead on the Growing the Tay Cities Biomedical Cluster element of the Tay Cities deal. He believes strongly in developing and retaining spin-out companies to attract inward investment and generate quality jobs in the region. Mike is also on the boards of the Wellcome Trust and Medicines for Malaria Venture.

Embark Platform – Pete Docherty, CEO/ Managing Director

Embark Group is a fast growing, diversified, financial services business and one of the largest retirement solutions providers in the UK. They operate successfully in both the advised and institutional areas of the retirement market through their leading range of pension, wrap platform, research and consultancy services.

Our online webinars will merge our face-to-face events with a virtual platform – providing networking opportunities, an exceptional panel discussion and debate and speaker presentations. The agenda will run as follows:

09:45-10:00 – Networking

10:00-11:00 – Main Stage – Speakers, Presentations, Debate and Q&A

11:00-11:30 – Networking

Here’s a little video highlighting what to expect

And here’s a bit more information of key areas of our online webinars…

You’ll receive unique log-in details to join our online event via computer or phone – and you’ll be greeted with an easy navigation tool. You’ll be able to navigate to:

Main Stage

Where the webinar will take place with excellent speakers and content. You’ll be able to get involved, asking questions and taking part in live polls.


Just like a real event you’ll be able to meet and connect with new people in our forum. You can directly request to chat with someone or you can enter our ‘speed networking’ area to meet numerous new people within the industry. Get your elevator pitch ready!


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Monday, 18th January 2021

0930hrs – 1330hrs


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