City under Microscope Glasgow


Tom Turley, Assistant Director, Development and Regeneration Services, Glasgow City Council

Tom Turley graduated from Glasgow School of Art in 1984.He has held a number of senior positions within Glasgow City Council, dealing with all aspects of the regeneration agenda. In his current role, Tom is well engaged with both government and the private sector to ensure Development and Regeneration Services (DRS) take the lead role in Glasgow’s development and works with strategic partners and key stakeholders to ensure the continued regeneration of the City.

George Gillespie, Assistant Director, Land and Environmental Services, Glasgow City Council

George Gillespie is Assistant Director of Glasgow City Council’s Land and Environmental Services with responsibility for roads, lighting, cleansing, parks, waste management, environmental health, scientific services and trading standards.  He is a Chartered Civil Engineer and has held a number of senior positions within Strathclyde Regional Council and Glasgow City Council such as Head of Lighting & Traffic, Head of Roads and Head of Service Delivery.

Professor Martin Hendry, Head of School, Professor of Gravitational Astrophysics and Cosmology, Glasgow University; chair of International Year of Light 2015 (Scotland)

Martin Hendry is Professor of Gravitational Astrophysics and Cosmology at the University of Glasgow, where he is currently Head of the School of Physics and Astronomy.  As Chair of the Institute of Physics in Scotland he is a member of the UK Steering Group for International Year of Light 2015 and is leading the Scottish programme of IYL activities.

Bailie Elizabeth Cameron, Executive Member for Jobs and the Economy Glasgow City Coulcil, Ambassador for Glasgow Year of Green 2015, and Universities ambassador for Science Technology Engineering Maths and Medicine

Bailie Cameron assumed her current role as Executive Member of Development and Regeneration Services in June 2010. Her remit in Development and Regeneration Services is extremely wide, encompassing Housing Regeneration, City Planning, Sustainability, Creative Industries and, crucially Economic Regeneration and Social Initiatives. She is the Council Member of the Board of Glasgow Housing Association, Chair of Canal Regeneration Board and Chair of the Citywide Housing Forum. She is also Chair of Transforming Communities Glasgow.

Simon Smith, Economic Development Manager: Business Growth, Glasgow City Council

Simon Smith has worked across the fields of Physical, Social and Economic regeneration. He was a core member of the team that developed Glasgow’s influential City Lighting Strategy. He managed the two Radiance international festivals one of which was awarded Best Arts Event in Scotland.

At his current position, he leads a team that is responsible for supporting growing, resilient and innovative businesses in the city. As part of this he is leading the Private Sector Growth strand of Glasgow’s ambitious City Deal programme which will deliver a new large scale business accelerator in the City Centre.

Jane Laiolo, Group Manager, Development and Regeneration Services, Glasgow City Council

Jane Laiolo graduated in Economic History from the University of Glasgow, followed by an Economic Development postgraduate diploma. From 2000 to 2006, she  was responsible for obtaining EUfunding on behalf of the Council. Since 2009 Jane  contributes to the development of the City Centre Strategy 2014-19 (CCS) which directly responds to the issues now affecting city centres in relation to changing consumer behaviour and online trends.

Joe Aitken, Head of Major Events, Glasgow City Marketing Bureau

Joe’s role is to attract and develop events that will have a significant economic impact for Glasgow and help position it internationally. He has been responsible together with his team for attracting events like BBC Radio 1 Big Weekend, MTV European Music Awards, BBC Sports Personality of the Year, Euro 2020 football championships and World Curling 2020.

Heather Claridge, Senior Project Officer, Development and Regeneration Services, Glasgow City Council

Heather is an Urban Planner and qualified Project Manager. She works with communities, artists and creative practitioners in the development of environmental regeneration projects. These include the award winning Stalled Space Initiative, the Land Art Generator Initiative and Integrated Green Infrastructure projects. Recently she has worked with the Scottish Government and Architecture +Design Scotland to develop the Stalled Spaces Scotland programme throughout Scotland.

Cathy Houston, Collective Architecture

Cathy Houston joined Collective Architecture in 2001.She won “Architect of the Year” at the Women in Construction Awards 2012 and has recently completed a post-graduate degree at Edinburgh University in Advanced Sustainable Design.. Her lighting projects include the transformation of 3 tower blocks in Castlemilk (Civic Trust Regional Finalist 2012 Awards) and the newly launched Linked Via Light project in Carmyle designed in partnership with the young people of 3 local schools.

Angus Farquhar, Creative Director, NVA

Angus Farquhar founded NVA in 1992, Glasgow based independent arts company that created many benchmark large-scale works. These include Glasgow and Newcastle’s first international lighting festivals, illuminated walked performances in the Scottish highlands and Speed of Light and Ghost Peloton choreographing endurance runners and cyclists in programmed light suits. The public artwork commissioned for the London Olympics festival and Tour de France Grand Depart has been touring internationally for the last 4 years.

Iain MacCrae,Thorn Head of Global Lighting Applications Management, Past President of the Society of Light & Lighting

Iain Macrae graduated in Mechanical Engineering and somehow found his way into lighting. Since starting with Thorn over 25 years ago he has gained many years manufacturing, application and technical experience including a whole range of projects across most market sectors. Iain is the Head of Global Lighting Applications Management for the Thorn Lighting brand, part of the Zumtobel group, working with an international team directing application strategy, co-ordinating work on lighting standards and supporting new product development and marketing.


Cathy Johnston, Development and Regeneration Services, Glasgow City Council

Cathy is a landscape architect and planner who currently leads the Development Plan group delivering key strategic objectives for the local authority including input to the Strategic Development Plan for Glasgow and Clyde Valley; development of the Local Development Plan for Glasgow, and development of Glasgow’s Open Space Strategy. Previously she managed the group that championed high quality design, and delivered Glasgow’s Lighting Strategy. She is experienced in developing projects and policies that have contributed to the understanding of the built and natural environment and its role in the regeneration of the City.


Patrick Flynn, Head of Housing & Regeneration Services, Glasgow City Council

Patrick Flynn joined Glasgow District Council as a housing officer in 1981. He joined Scottish Homes in 1991 and subsequently held a number of senior positions in that organisation and then in Communities Scotland and the Scottish Government.  He re-joined Glasgow City Council in 2011 and is the Head of Housing and Regeneration Services.


Richard Millar, Director of Heritage Enterprise & Sustainability, Scottish Canals

Richard Millar’s remit covers caring for the heritage and environment of the nation’s inland waterways, as well as project development, fundraising, and the promotion of marine and canal-led tourism. Since joining the organisation in 1999, Richard has worked on a number of high-profile projects, including the Millennium Link, the regeneration of the Lowland Canals as a visitor destination; the development and operation of The Falkirk Wheel; and the creation of The Helix and The Kelpies.


Duncan Booker, Sustainable Glasgow Programme Manager, Glasgow City Council

Duncan Booker is a graduate of the Universities of Oxford and Glasgow. He is manager for Sustainable Glasgow, which is the city’s multi-sectoral partnership for driving its sustainability ambitions. He has worked on policy development in local government for over twenty years and previously served in the Council Leader’s office.


Colin Birchenall, Architect for Glasgow Future Cities Demonstrator, Glasgow City Council

Dr. Colin Birchenall is the lead architect for the Glasgow Future Cities Demonstrator ,a £24 million programme funded by Innovate UK, to showcase smart city principles and technologies at scale.


Brian McGuigan, European Commercial Director of Smart Cities and Lighting, Silver Spring Networks

Brian McGuigan has worked in the development and large scale deployment of innovative services and technologies for the last 15 years, in the Smart City, Energy and Medical sectors, applying a clear focus on leveraging technology to deliver real end user benefits. At Silver Spring Networks Brian has worked with many of the leading global cities to explore how lighting upgrades can underpin and accelerate wider city service innovation.


Janet Milne, Intelligent Lighting Centre, TIC, University of Strathclyde

Janet Milne graduated with a first class honours degree in Physics and has since developed a broad base of commercial business skills during 17 years in high-technology product development, manufacturing and commercialisation. She has Executive Director level management experience in both early- and late-stage SMEs and currently provides strategic direction to the Intelligent Lighting Centre through connections with industry, government and end-users.


Prof Branka Dimitrijevic, Dept. of Architecture, University of Strathclyde

Branka’s research interests include history of architecture and settlements, sustainable re-use of architectural and urban heritage, and integration of low carbon infrastructure systems in the built environment.  Branka has directed several knowledge exchange projects of Scottish universities in collaboration with Scottish businesses related to the development of innovations for sustainable built environment.


Richard Bellingham, City Observatory – Institute for Future Cities, University of Strathclyde

Richard Bellingham is Director for the Institute for Future Cities at University of Strathclyde and was previously Head of Energy Policy for the Scottish Government.

Richard is leading development of the new City Observatory that is drawing together urban data to allow cities to be seen in new ways and effective solutions created for urban issues.

He is a Fellow of the Energy Institute, Deputy Director of the Fraser of Allander Economic Research Institute, specialising in energy policy and sustainable cities.