Patrick Harvie MSP, Minister for Zero Carbon Buildings, Active Travel and Tenants' Rights
Patrick Harvie spent his childhood in Dumbarton, and attended Dumbarton Academy followed by Manchester Metropolitan University.
Before becoming an MSP he worked for a sexual health charity as an LGBT youth worker in Glasgow, and was involved in the campaign to repeal Section 28 during the Scottish Parliament's first session.
Patrick was elected as an MSP for the Glasgow region in 2003, has served as Convenor of the Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change Committee during session 3, and as Co-Leader or Co-Convenor of the Scottish Green Party since 2008. He was appointed Minister for Zero Carbon Buildings, Active Travel and Tenants’ Rights in August 2021.
Dr Margaret Douglas, Co-director of the Master of Public Health programme in Edinburgh University
Dr Margaret Douglas is Co-director of the Master of Public Health programme in Edinburgh University and honorary Consultant in Public Health with Public Health Scotland. She was previously Consultant in Public Health in NHS Lothian, where her remit focused on health inequalities and health improvement. Her interests include health inequalities, social determinants of health, links between place and health, and the use of health impact assessment to achieve health in all policies. She has led the Scottish Health and Inequalities Impact Assessment Network since it was established in 2001. She has written publications on the links between transport and health and guidance on using this evidence in health impact assessments of transport policy.
Conference host Rhona McLeod is Scottish broadcaster and a former international athlete.
As an athlete, her preferred events included sprint hurdles and long jump and she enjoyed a wealth of travel experiences around the world competing for her country. It was always her aim to combine her interest in sport with a future career in journalism.
After a freshman year studying Broadcasting at the University of Wyoming, she completed a BA degree in Media Studies at the University of Stirling.
In her working career McLeod started out by writing for the specialist sports magazines Scotland's Runner, Scottish, The Punter football magazine and Today's Runner. In 1995, she joined BBC Scotland For 20 years she presented the sport segment on Reporting Scotland.. She also presented Sport Nation on television and Sport Weekly on BBC Radio Scotland
In her time with BBC Scotland McLeod reported and presented from the France 98 World Cup, and Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur, Manchester, Melbourne, Glasgow and the Gold Coast. She also presented sport from the London 2012 Olympic Games.
In May 2019 McLeod left BBC Scotland to form her own media company McLeod Media. In this time she has reported and presented from 2020 Winter Youth Olympics Lausanne, World Athletics Relays in Poland, Tokyo Olympics 2020 and the World Athletics Indoor Championships 2022 in Belgrade.