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North of Scotland Annual Dinner 3rd May 2017

The North of Scotland Dinner will be held on the 3rd May 2017 at the Marcliffe Hotel.

This annual dinner has grown in popularity over the past seventeen years and returns again this year with the theme of ‘The Future of Energy in the North of Scotland – a safety and reliability perspective.’

The format for this year will be two short presentations and an interactive Q&A following a three-course dinner. There will be networking opportunities before and after the dinner.

We hope that you will join us at what promises to be a key date in the North of Scotland diary.




The speakers for the dinner this year are:

Paul Wheelhouse MSP – Minister for Industry, Energy and Innovation

Born in Belfast in 1970, Paul was raised in Edinburgh, attending Stewart’s Melville College. He has an honours degree in Economics from the University of Aberdeen and an MBA from University of Edinburgh. He has lived in Berwickshire since 2000.
Paul is a professional economist and, since 1992, had specialised in higher and further education markets, policy evaluation and economic appraisal and impact assessment of capital projects.
Paul previously held a number of roles in the Scottish Parliament and is SNP MSP for South Scotland. Prior to taking his Ministerial position Paul was a member of cross-party groups on Epilepsy, Rural Policy, Armed forces Veterans, Funerals and Bereavement, Boating and Marine Tourism and deputy convener of Sport.
He has previously held posts in the Scottish Government as Minister for Environment and Climate Change and Minister for Community Safety & Legal Affairs. In May 2016 he was appointed Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy.

 Bob Keiller – Chairman of Scottish Enterprise

Previously he was CEO of Wood Group, a company with $7 billion (USD) sales, over 40,000 employees, and operations in more than 50 countries.
Bob completed the $1 billion sale of PSN to Wood Group in April 2011. He was responsible for the creation of PSN by manufacturing a $280 million management buyout from Halliburton in 2006.
Bob has a Master of Engineering degree from Heriot-Watt University and is a chartered engineer. He was previously Chairman of the Offshore Contracting Association (OCA) and co-chair of the cross-industry trade body Oil and Gas UK.
Bob is former Chairman of the Entrepreneurial Exchange. Awarded Entrepreneur of the Year in 2006 and 2008, he was also named Scottish Businessman of the Year in 2007 and Grampian Industrialist of the Year in 2008. In 2011 Bob was voted “Scottish Male Business Leader of the Year” at the Scottish Leadership awards.
Alongside his non-executive role in Scottish Enterprise, Bob is providing mentoring and support for ambitious business leaders and Social Enterprises. He also has a busy calendar of public speaking engagements.
He has delivered countless pitches, presentations and talks – winning many contracts and raising lots of business funding. He also claims to have made nearly every mistake possible but is still adding more to the list and often shares his learning in this area with aspiring business leaders.
Bob is married with three children and lives in Aberdeen.

Booking for this dinner will open on the 10th January and early expressions of interest can be directed to Jacqueline Christodoulou

Costs are as follows:

Delegate TypeRateVATTotal
Table of Ten£950.00£190.00£1140.00
Table of Twelve£1100.00£220.00£1320.00

The timings for the dinner are as follows:

1800 Arrival for networking and drinks

1900 Seated for dinner

2030 Presentations

2145 Networking and drinks

2300 Carriages

Dress code for the dinner is smart/business casual

Please return to this page for speaker announcements.