Following his election as an MSP, he became SNP Business Convenor Chairman of the Party), responsible for chairing Conference, the National Executive and the management and administration of the party. Elected to Renfrewshire Council in 1999 at the age of 21 he was the youngest male Councillor in Scotland at the time. He was appointed Chief Planner in July 2012 following Jim Mackinnon’s retirement from Scottish Government.
Duncan Maclennan is Director of the Scottish Cities Knowledge Centre and the Centre for Housing Research at the University of St Andrews. He has an extensive record of advising public policymakers (advising OECD on Urban Affairs from 1984 to 1996, the World Bank between 1980and 2000 and the EU in the 1990’s).
He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (Scotland’s national academy) and was awarded a CBE for services to housing research and policy in Britain in 1997. Ross Martin is SCDI’s 8th Chief Executive, with a wide and diverse background working across the Scottish economy in the public, private and social sectors. Ross has been driving the development and diversification of Scotland's economy for over a quarter of a century, through the transformation of public services, his support for a wide range of SMEs, or through his more recent policy work at the CSPP helping to create the conditions for sustainable growth.
Ross is also an occasionally practicing high school teacher, an adviser to Adopt an Intern, which he helped to create, and previously an adviser to BIDS Scotland, the national network for the country's fastest growing local economic partnership, the Business Improvement District.
Ross is a regular commentator on the politics of the economy in print, broadcast and of course social media, and has developed a reputation as an energetic and informative leader of mature and reflective policy debate. Stephen Hagan is a councillor with Orkney Islands Council, representing the North Isles since 1994. He grew up in Northern Ireland and came to Scotland to attend university, graduating from Edinburgh as a civil engineer.
Stephen has served on various boards including the North of Scotland Water Authority, Orkney Enterprise, Orkney Auction Mart and was the inaugural chair of Westray Development Trust.
Currently he sits on the David MacBrayne Ltd and NHS Orkney boards as well as being the CoSLA spokesperson for Development, Economy and Sustainability. After qualifying as an engineer, Dave took two years out to do a wide variety of community work, before returning to do an Masters in Energy and Environmental Systems at Glasgow Caledonian University.
Dave held a variety of posts in local government including managing recycling for Dundee City Council and environmental strategy at Falkirk Council, before joining SEPA in 2000 where he was formerly Head of Environmental Strategy.


After graduating from Glasgow School of Art, Dorothy took up employment as Leicester City Council’s first Cycle Planning Officer in 1995. In 1990, she joined Dumbarton District and took up main stream planning activities in Local Planning, Data and Research and Development Management staying with Dumbarton District through Local Government reorganisation.
Joining East Renfrewshire Council in 2002, Dorothy has gained a further 10 years experience at a more senior level, in a range of Development Planning activities seeing two Plans through the majority of their life cycles including the Inquiry and Examination processes. Between 1997 and 2003 Craig was Chief Executive of the Scottish Urban Regeneration Forum (SURF), the independent network promoting best practice in regeneration. Craig is a member of the Royal Town Planning Institute and the Institute of Economic Development and is an Academician of the Institute of Urbanism. Craig was recently included in Planning Magazine’s Planning Power 100 list of people with the greatest influence over planning policy and decision-making in the UK. Jennifer Ramsay is Community Energy Scotland’s Community Benefit Officer, responsible for giving guidance and support to community groups and developers dealing with funds from commercial renewable energy developments.
Pamela Ewen took up post in May 2009 as the Strategic Development Planning Authority Manager for the Dundee and Perth City Region, known as TAYplan. After graduating in the early 1990’s from Strathclyde University she commenced her career in Local Government in Ayr before moving to Central Region and then Clackmannanshire working across development management, project implementation and development planning. He won three successive ward elections, to become Leader of Renfrewshire Council in May 2007, taking the SNP from opposition to lead the administration for the first time. Ross chairs the Scottish Waterways Trust, which is working to bring this wonderful piece of our industrial heritage to life encouraging engagement across the canal network. Ross lives in Larbert, in the heart of Scotland, and enjoys playing golf, walking and swimming as well as travelling to find inspiration for further change! She has substantial experience in delivering major housing proposals in Scotland, England and Australia. Posts held during that time have included both chair of both Orkney Ferries and the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. He worked with the Department of Agriculture in Northern Ireland before relocating to Orkney to farm in Westray.
This was an extremely enjoyable position, promoting improved facilities for cyclists under an inspirational Team Leader who identified the impending health and inactivity crisis as a potential challenge ahead.


In particular, she recently took the East Renfrewshire Council LDP through its MIR stage leaving just as the plan was progressing to its Proposed Plan Stage, as a result of a promotional opportunity. The SCR supported people and organisations to become more effective at regeneration through helping them to identify, share and apply leading edge practice. He is a Trustee of Built Environment Forum Scotland and of Resilient Scotland and was previously on the Board of Greenspace Scotland. Before moving to TAYplan she worked for 9 years as a planning manager with Fife Council leading strategic planning, economic policy, research and information, and the development of the 7 large strategic developments areas across Fife.
From 1999to 2003 he worked as full time policy adviser to the First Minister(s) of Scotland ( leading the transfer of Glasgow’s public housing stock to the third sector), as chief economist in the State of Victoria ( Australia (2003-5) and then as Chief Economist for Infrastructure and Cities in the Federal Government of Canada (2005-2008) before resuming his university career. In particular, she has delivered new villages, extensions to villages, masterplans and development briefs for private clients across Scotland. This position led onto opportunities within Leicester City Council in Traffic Management and a return to Glasgow in 1987 to join a multi disciplinary Transportation Planning team in Strathclyde Regional Council.
During her time at East Renfrewshire Council, Dorothy was an active participant in the Structure Plan and Strategic Development Planning processes, contributing to her appointment as Assistant Manager at the GCVSDPA last June.
Her background ensures she is well versed, both technically and practically, to the full range of social, political and economic issues surrounding a development project. He was also previously chair of the Paisley Vision Board and Renfrewshire's Fairtrade Steering Group.
Sarah is a consenting expert and advises across the wide spectrum of the firm's public and private sector clients on contentious and non-contentious planning, compulsory purchase, environmental and roads matters for development projects such as wind farms, hydro-electric plant, power stations, retail, commercial, leisure and sport, residential, education, heavy railways, roads and motorways, waste treatment and biomass facilities (including EfW), regeneration & sustainable communities. Pamela is Junior Vice Convenor of RTPI in Scotland, sits on the Heads of Planning Scotland Executive, and a Board member of the Scottish Cities Knowledge Centre.



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