A strong advocate of the Place Principle, Irene supports Councils and their partnership move beyond silos and collaborate around Place. As the Place Programme Manager at the Improvement Service, the national improvement organisation for local government in Scotland, Irene is responsible for supporting place-based approaches to deliver more equal outcomes for the people of Scotland.
Irene also manages the Planning Skills Programme supporting and promoting the skills, knowledge and behaviours to maximise planning's proactive contribution to delivering the type of places in which people can thrive.
Irene has spent the majority of her 30 year career as a Town Planner, working in Local Government and building knowledge and expertise in shaping policy at a local and strategic level.
Irene is also the 2020 Convenor of the Royal Town Planning Institute Scotland.
Aileen Campbell MSP
Aileen Campbell, MSP for Clydesdale, was born in Perth. She grew up on her parents' tenant farm and attended Collace primary school and Perth Academy before graduating with an MA joint honours degree in Politics with Economic and Social History at the University of Glasgow. She started a career in publishing by working as an editor for Keystone, a construction magazine, in 2003 and was an editorial assistant on the pro-independence newspaper, the Scottish Standard.
Before her election to parliament, Aileen also worked for Nicola Sturgeon in 2005 and Shona Robison in 2006 as a Parliamentary Assistant. Aileen was first elected to the Scottish Parliament on 3rd May 2007 as a list member for the South of Scotland. She was re-elected as the MSP for Clydesdale at the 5th May 2011 election and has also been appointed as Minister for Children and Young People in the Scottish Government. In the 2016 election she was re-elected as the MSP for Clydesdale with an increased majority.
That year she became Minister for Public Health and Sport and then in 2018 she was appointed to the Cabinet as Secretary for Communities and Local Government. She is married and lives in Biggar with her husband and her young son, Angus.
More plenary speakers
James Ledgerwood - Head of Economic Development and Communities - Scotrail
Cllr Dennis Melloy - Provost of Perth and Kinross Council
Craig McLaren - Director - Royal Town Planning Institute