You are most warmly invited to the RSA Scotland Conference which this year has Innovation and Design as its theme, following on from the “Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design” which underpinned the event earlier in June.
Our conference speakers have been asked to deliver short perspectives/provocations to spark Q&A and debate, thus offering RSA Fellows and guests opportunities for participation.
Speakers (please see below for speaker biographies)
Clive Grinyer FRSA, RSA Trustee
Gary Rimmer, to speak on Innovation in Banknotes, notably polymer notes
Philip Ross, to speak on Safehinge
Michael Thomson, to speak as Finance Director of brightsolid
The event is free to attend and we welcome both Fellows and non-Fellows of the RSA. Please book your place so we can keep an eye on numbers. Doors open for registration and refreshments at 17:15, with the event starting at 17:30.
Any questions, please contact Ann Packard: firstname.lastname@example.org
Location: Main Lecture Theatre, Edinburgh College of Art, Lauriston Place , Edinburgh, EH3 9DF
CLIVE GRINYER FRSA
Clive Grinyer, RSA Fellow and a current RSA Trustee, is Process Improvement Director for Premier Banking at Barclays Plc, joining it in 2013. Clive has worked for innovation consultancy IDEO in the US and UK, and was founder of design company Tangerine (along with Sir Jonathan Ive, head of design at Apple). A strong advocate for in-house design teams, he set up Samsung’s European design studio, was head of design for Orange France Telecom in London and Paris, and headed design for TAG McLaren Audio. He was Director of Design for the Design Council where he created programmes taking designers into manufacturing and technology companies. Previous work has been with Cisco, John Lewis, Marks and Spencer, Tesco and working on digital services for the cities of Barcelona and Amsterdam. He wrote the book “Smart Products”.
Philip set up the now award-winning Safehinge Ltd with business partner Martin Izod in 2007. With a background in Product Design Engineering at the Glasgow School of Art, he worked for design businesses internationally before returning to the UK to incorporate Safehinge. Safehinge is a door hardware design company with a passion for creating products that make people's lives better. In 2013 the company expanded into the mental health sector with their Symphony door hardware range. It has been rapidly adopted by Trusts across the UK and become known for setting new standards in safety and aesthetics.
Gary has worked for the Clydesdale Bank for 35 years, with 10 years’ experience in branch banking and lending prior to moving to the head office environment in 1991. He then trained in internal management consultancy and project management before embarking on a number of major projects within the group, working in USA, Ireland and Australia. Prior to taking up the current role in 2011, Gary held the role of Head of Emerging Business, looking after the bank’s strategy and development of new payment methods, including debit/credit chip card technology, contactless cards, electronic money and mobile payments.
Michael Thomson is the finance director of brightsolid, a data hosting company providing cloud hosted solutions to its customers. brightsolid is a wholly owned subsidiary of D.C. Thomson & Co Ltd of which Michael is a family member. He joined DCT in 2009 in its finance team, having spent five years with PwC, initially in audit, gaining his Chartered Accountancy qualification at and latterly as a management consultant, working in the finance team. He then joined brightsolid in 2013, after he returned from Georgetown University, Washington, D.C. where he gained his MBA.