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Organization: Scottish Government 

Speaker: Jamie Hepburn

Jamie Hepburn has been MSP for Cumbernauld & Kilsyth since 2011 and was MSP for Central Scotland between 2007 and 2011 and was the second youngest MSP in the 2007-2011 session. Jamie Hepburn was named Minister for Minister for Sport, Health Improvement and Mental Health during First Minister Nicola Sturgeon’s first cabinet. 

Position: MSP Minister for Employability and Training



Organization: WES

Speaker: Carolyn Currie

Carolyn Currie has enjoyed a lengthy career in financial services working with a variety of client groups from large corporates to the SME and not for profit sector. Roles undertaken include Head of Business Lending at RBS where she led the development of a programme of guaranteed loan offers to existing customers and the build and launch of a new flexible business loan product. Carolyn Currie believes in close customer engagement, identifying unmet needs, addressing gaps and building customer retention. She achieved industry recognition and awards for the Commercial Mortgage product. 

Position: COO



Organization: WHO

Speaker: Alison Clements-Hunt

Alison Clements-Hunt is an University of         Edinburgh alumna and former Daily Telegraph foreign correspondent. She has worked within Communications in the WHO since 2005. 

Position: Outbreak and Emergency Communications



Organization: Accenture

Speaker: Emma McGuiagan

Emma McGuiagan is an Edinburgh University alumna that has worked at Accenture for over 20 years. She has worked in a wide range of fields, including technical architecture, business analysis, and big delivery. She is passionate about empowering young people to embrace technology and to learn from failure and hardship. She also works with Orchid, including with their FGM and Female Genital Cutting (FGC). 

Position: Managing Director/Technology UK/I



Organization: EY

Speaker: Lesley Stubberfield

Lesley Stubberfield is an Edinburgh University alumna and experienced IT risk and assurance professional who helps clients to manage risk. She has expertise across a broad range of sectors and specialises in helping companies drive value and confidence through balancing risk and control. She has worked within EY since 2000. 

Position: IT Risk and Assurance Director




Panel Speakers



Chair of the panel 


Organization: Association of Scottish Businesswomen and Dundee & Angus Chamber of Commerce

Speaker: Alison Henderson

Alison Henderson is working with partners to lead the development of the Regional Invest in Young People Group in Dundee & Angus. This employer-led group is being set up in response to the Wood Commission for Developing Scotland’s Young Workforce, and will see the co-ordination and strengthening of engagement of employers in the agenda, to enable our region’s young people to move into sustainable employment. Alison is also President of the Association of Scottish Businesswomen, and works with partners to support Scottish Government on their Women in Enterprise Framework Agenda and Action Plan.

Position: CEO at Dundee & Angus Chamber of Commerce and President of the Association of Scottish Businesswomen 



Organization: Core-Asset Consulting

Speaker: Julia Patience

Julia Patience is an University of Edinburgh alumna, and specialises in the recruitment of interim, temporary, and contract staff across the financial services and investment sectors in Scotland. She also supports graduates in gaining access into the financial sector. 

Position: Consultant



Organization: EY

Speakers: Lisa McIntyre

Lisa McIntyre is an University of Edinburgh alumna and EY employee in the Audit division. While studying at Edinburgh, she was involved in the Women's Hockey Club and the Business Society.  

Position: Audit Financial Services Associate 



Organization: RBS

Speaker: Anastasia Chernetskaya

Anastasia Chernetskaya is an University of Edinburgh alumna who first joined the RBS Markets and International Banking division in 2013 as an intern, and afterwards became analyst and associate. She has accumulated significant experience across the different divisions in the Bank. 

Position: Associate Leveraged Finance & HighYield Syndicate 



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Organization: YWCA Scotland

Speaker: Kara Brown

Kara Brown is an University of Glasgow alumna based in Edinburgh. In 2016 she became the youngest director in 160 years at YWCA Scotland, The Young Women's Movement. She is also Chair of Scotland's charity DARF, concerned with ending FGM. Kara is expert in gender equality, safe spaces for young women, strategic digital and social media, and design and management of innovative projects building brand recognition and impact with international experience in China, India, and Ethiopia. 

Position: Director



Closing Remarks


Organization: Ashridge Business School

Speaker: Eve Poole

Eve Poole joined Ashridge from Deloitte in 2002. Now an Ashridge Adjunct, she has taught across the Ashridge portfolio of open and custom programmes and in the public, private and voluntary sectors. Her focus is on leadership, learning, emotional intelligence and ethics. Eve Poole was the architect of the Ashridge Leadership Experience and continues her research into accelerated learning. She has a BA from Durham University, an MBA from Edinburgh University, and a PhD from Cambridge University, and has written two books.

Position: Author