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Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the devolved institutions of the Scottish Government and the Scottish Parliament
  • Establish your strategy for working with Holyrood
  • Learn how to influence local political actors
  • Prepare your organisation for post-Brexit Scotland
  • Learn about the implications of Holyrood reform
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09:15 - 09:45


09:45 - 10:00

Chair's Welcome and Clarification of Learning Objectives

10:00 - 10:45

Establishing Where Power Resides

Learn from the former Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland who was responsible for scrutinising UK government policy regarding the relationship between Scotland and the rest of the UK

  • Understand the daily interaction between Westminster and Holyrood
  • Examine Devolution and the current relationship between Westminster and Holyrood
  • Learn where responsibility lies on Brexit
  • The effects of Brexit on the future of Devolution
10:45 - 11:00

Morning Break

11:00 - 11:45

Challenges and Opportunities within Government: A Minister’s Perspective

  • Understand the inner workings of the Scottish Government
  • Making minority government work
  • Government Units and Agencies
  • The role of government in building partnerships
11:45 - 12:15

Reforms of Holyrood

Learn how future Holyrood reforms could affect parliamentary procedures from the Deputy Leader of the Scottish Conservatives and a member of the Commission for Parliamentary Reform

  • Learn about future Holyrood reforms
  • The role of Holyrood committees
  • Backbench MSPs in FMQs
12:15 - 12:45

The Face of Local Government in Scotland

  • Understand the role of Local Government
  • Recognise where opportunities for collaboration lie
  • Develop an action plan
  • Learn about Local Government’s relationship with MSPs
12:45 - 13:45


13:45 - 14:30

Workshop: Working with Holyrood

  • Knowing where opportunities for collaboration lie
  • Developing a strategy to work with Holyrood
  • Work with politicians, advisers and party officials
14:30 - 14:45

Afternoon Break

14:45 - 16:00

'Scotland's Future: Brexit and IndyRef2'

In this interactive session, the Chair will lead delegates in group discussions on the potential impact of changes to the Scottish Government and Parliament.

  • Learn from key political actors about what the future for Scottish politics could entail
  • Map the key upcoming dates in Scottish politics
  • Evaluate what the future political path of Scotland could mean for your organisation
16:00 - 16:15

Feedback, Evaluation and Close


Radisson Blu Hotel – Edinburgh

Radisson Blu Hotel, 80 High St The Royal Mile, Edinburgh, EH1 1TH