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Leaders in Scotland Thought Leadership Lunches
Speaker Details 2015


Communication and leadership Tues 14th April Lorna McCallum
A Leadership Journey Wed 10th June Kerry Falconer
Leading Transformation – Collaboration and Distributed Leadership Tues 8th September Dame Sue Bruce


Lorna McCallum - Founder, Elephant Intelligent Communications

Lorna McCallum

Over the past 25 years Lorna has played a key role in various transformational change projects, predominantly within Edinburgh’s private sector. These have ranged from managing PC platform upgrades to rolling out new brand identity programmes.

Her background is in project and information management (with a heap of training thrown in for good measure). Although her roles have ranged from Events Co-ordinator to Webmaster, the one constant she has seen is the positive impact communication has had on the projects she has helped to deliver.

Lorna’s belief that communication really matters led her to take voluntary redundancy in 2009 and venturing (for the first time) into full-time higher education study. She completed an undergraduate course in Communications before embarking on a Masters degree in Business and Communication Management, which she completed in 2013. She now shares her knowledge with organisations at an operational as well as strategic level.

Elephant Intelligent Communications is the company that Lorna setup in January 2014. It works across all departments/functions in an organisation (because even the IT Department needs to feel the love) and offers services in Employee Communications Training/Coaching Workshops; Strategic Communications Planning and Delivery and Communications-related Public Speaking Events.

Lorna is married and enjoys walking, running and much to the exasperation of her husband, clothes and shoes shopping too.



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Kerry Falconer - Managing Director, Relationship Management at Adam & Company

A career banker, in her 38th year with The Royal Bank of Scotland Group. Kerry has held positions in Financial Markets, Public Relations, Group Chief Executive’s Office, Retail and Wealth. She is presently Managing Director of Relationship Management for Adam & Company, the private banking arm of RBS.

Kerry is involved in a number of charitable organisations, including the NSPCC and The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland, where she is a board member and chairs their Business Advisory Committee. She is also a council member and Chair of the Audit Committee for the Chartered Institute of Bankers.

Married to Graham, Kerry enjoys reading and travel when she has time!


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Dame Sue Bruce - Non Executive

Dame Sue Bruce is a non executive director with SSE, Chair of Young Scot, and Vice Chair of SCDI. She is a Burgess of the City of Aberdeen and a member of the Merchant Company of the City of Edinburgh and has been appointed a Professor at the University of Strathclyde.

Sue completed her term as Chief Executive of City of Edinburgh Council in July 2015, having been previously Chief Executive at Aberdeen City Council and East Dunbartonshire Council.

Sue started her career in local government in 1976 in education services and focussed on social and economic regeneration. This led to senior roles in education management then also in social work, housing and cultural services.

In 2008 Sue took up post as CEO in Aberdeen following a Public Inquiry there and she led a major review and remediation of council operations. Sue’s next move was to Edinburgh as CEO and the immediate challenge of the delivery of the Edinburgh Trams Project and the development of the Edinburgh Guarantee, a programme aimed at creating employment for 16 to 19 year olds.

Sue Bruce holds an M.Phil. Politics/Government and LL.B (Scots Law) from the University of Strathclyde, a Diploma in Youth & Community Studies from Jordanhill College of Education and Cert. Strategic Public Sector Negotiation from the John F Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. She is an Elected Fellow of the RSA (FRSA).

In May 2010 and again in May 2011 Sue received the Prince’s Business Ambassador award from HRH The Prince Charles, in October 2010 she received the Scottish Public Sector Leader of the Year Award and in November 2013 she was named Chief Executive of the Year in the Hr NETWORK National Awards. In October 2014 Sue was a joint recipient of an award by UK Light Rail for Tram Project Turnaround and, in October 2014 was named the MIPIM UK City Leader of the Year.

In December 2014 Sue received an Honorary Degree from Heriot Watt University.

In the 2015 New Year’s Honours List Sue Bruce was made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire.




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