Event Speakers

Councillor Jenny Laing is the Co-Leader of Aberdeen City Council and Chair of Community Planning Aberdeen; the City’s strategic partnership of public, private, third sector organisations and community groups. Since 2015 Councillor Laing has sucessfully led the Partnership in the development and delivery of the Aberdeen City Local Outcome Improvement Plan (LOIP), which sets out a vision of Aberdeen as a place where all people can prosper, regardless of their background or circumstances.

Alan Thornburrow

Alan Thornburrow is the Director of Business in the Community (BITC) Scotland, working across the public, private and third sectors to support inclusive economic growth and widespread adoption of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.  Alan has over 20 years experience within the financial markets. He is an Honorary Professor at Glasgow Caledonian University’s School for Business & Society, a past Vice Chairman of Career Ready in Scotland and a current member of Scottish Government’s National Suicide Prevention Leadership Group.

Michelle Cochlan

Michelle Cochlan is the Community Planning Manager, responsible for supporting the Community Planning Aberdeen Board, Management Group and Outcome Improvement Groups in the delivery of improved outcomes across the City. Key areas of expertise include partnership and collaboration, outcome management, quality improvement methodology, and data visibility.  

Fiona Heinonen

Fiona Heinonen is CSR Analyst, Europe at CNOOC International

Allison Carrington

Allison Carrington is the Skills Planning Lead for Skills Development Scotland in the North East and is the Chair of Aberdeen Prospers, Community Planning Aberdeen’s Economic Outcome Improvement Group. Under Allison’s leadership the group has initiated a number of projects which aim to support workforce development, employability for priority groups, start up businesses and increased community benefits.

Graeme Simpson

Graeme Simpson is the Chief Officer for Integrated Children’s & Family Services at Aberdeen City Council and Vice Chair of Community Planning Aberdeen’s Integrated Children’s Service Board. The ICS Board is responsible for leading an extensive programme of multi-agency improvement activity designed to improve outcomes for children from pre-birth to adulthood.

Derek Thomson

Derek Thomson has close to 25 years’ experience in the oil and gas sector, after six years in the Royal Air Force as a Technician. On joining the industry he specialised in Project Management and successfully completed a Masters in Project Management at the University of  Aberdeen in 2007. Derek has held various roles with Worley since he joined in 2015, including Project Management, Contract Management and moved into an Operations Director role within the Upstream, Midstream and LNG Integrated Solutions UK business in 2019. Derek is also the Vice Chairperson for the Banchory Community Football Club.

Jillian Evans

Jillian Evans is Director of NHS Grampian Health Intelligence, a data intensive health service team within NHS Grampian. Jillian is also the Chair of the Community Planning Aberdeen Sustainable City Group, leading partnership and community led improvement in food poverty, community resilience, climate change and active travel. 

Anne McKenzie

Anne McKenzie is the Lead Commissioner for Aberdeen City Health and Social Care Partnership. Her role is critical to the provision of services which support the improvement of physical and mental health and wellbeing outcomes being led by Community Planning Aberdeen’s Resilient, Included and Supported Outcome Improvement Group.  The Group works across the Partnership in taking forward improvement activity which seeks to address the wider determinants of public health. 

George MacDonald

Chief Superintendent George Macdonald is the Local Police Commander for the North East Division of Police Scotland and the Vice Chair of Community Planning Aberdeen. He has responsibility for policing across the North East Division works and works in partnership with Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire and Moray Community Planning Partnerships to improve outcomes for communities.