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Elaine Halley 

Elaine is one of the UK’s leading cosmetic dentists. She graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 1992 and has more than 20 years experience as a general dentist with a special interest in cosmetic and advanced restorative dentistry. Her team of dentists, dental therapists and specialist surgeons treat patients from across Scotland and the UK at her private practices, Cherrybank Dental Spa in Perth and Edinburgh. 

Cherrybank Dental Spa is an award winning company – recently being the overall winner for Exceptional Customer Service in the Business awards sponsored by Perthshire Chamber of Commerce, and in the Scottish Dental Awards Highly Commended for Best New and Most Attractive Practice (Edinburgh) and Elaine was awarded the Outstanding Individual Award for her contribution to the profession. 

Elaine lives on a farm in Methven, just outside Perth, with her husband and three children.  

Andy Lothian 

Andy graduated with a joint First Class honours degree in Economics and Computer Science, winning the award for top student in the joint disciplines.  At the age of 22 he attained His Master of Business Administration from a leading UK business school, securing the award for Economics and Corporate Planning in a class of 130 post-graduate students. 

Following a first career in merchant banking in the City of London with N M Rothschild, and in a quest to find his life’s purpose, he reinvented himself, changing career dramatically in his early twenties. 

Andy is now chief executive of the Insights Group, the global learning and development organisation he co-founded with his father in 1989.  Through Insights, Andy lives his passion: to inspire and transform individuals, teams and organisations.  Insights has offices around the world. Andy’s areas of specialisation include personality typology; strategy; executive teambuilding; leadership and management; and sales development. 

He is author of several books, video and audio programmes, including Insights Transformational Leadership; Building Successful Sales Relationships; Understanding People and Managing Team Dynamics.  With Andi Lothian Senior, Andy is co-author and originator of the Insights Discovery framework of personality type. 

A dynamic speaker and facilitator, his presentations and workshops are exciting and informative.  Whether he is coaching, facilitating an executive team or speaking to an audience of 2,000 or more, his high-energy, immediate style helps individuals take real action. 

Clients including Novartis, BP, Royal Bank of Scotland, Scottish Power, BAA, Pfizer, Deutschebank, Microsoft and many others have retained Andy as a consultant. 

Andy’s passion for development extends into his personal life.  He has played field hockey for his country, is an accomplished guitarist, and plays golf to a handicap of 5. He also holds a commercial pilot’s licence, with a passion for flying aerobatics. 

He is chairman of Dundee Heritage Trust, which is custodian of captain Robert Falcon Scott’s ship, RRS Discovery, and a director of The High School of Dundee. 

Andy is married to Jane, a dental surgeon.  They live in Perthshire and have two daughters, Jennifer and Sarah-Jane and two sons, Scott and Andrew.

Amanda Boyle

Amanda describes her career as an entrepreneurial adventure. After a career in marketing and communications management with national and international organisations - more often than not starting things up or closing things down - she set up her first business, while working full-time.

Amanda graduated BA in 1994 from the University of Dundee and in 1997 co-founded Caledonia Contracts, which continues to be a leading UK fit-out contractor with revenues in excess of £4million. Her contribution to business, enterprise and supporting others has been recognised with a number of awards.

Bloom - venture catalyst - is Amanda's most recent venture, which aims to revolutionise access to seed capital for SMEs, community projects and social enterprises. She also mentors a number of ambitious entrepreneurs, in sectors including cultural intelligence, corporate diversity and B2B services.

Never afraid of a challenge or slow to test conventions, Amanda's track record speaks for itself: as the co-founder of one of the UK's most profitable shop-fitting contractors; one of only two female CEOs in that industry; the chairman of a Local Enterprise Company, the first and only woman to hold the post; and the founding Chairman of Women Ahead, a local businesswomen's network, which has now been operating for more than a decade.

Reading, horse riding and running blow the cobwebs away, and her teenage son reminds Amanda what's most important.

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Venue information

Apex City Quay Hotel & Spa, Dundee 1 West Victoria Dock Road
Dundee
DD1 3JP

01382 202 404

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Chairman

Amanda Boyle, Bloom VC, www.bloomvc.info

Speakers

  • Dr. Elaine Halley, Cherrybank Dental Spa, www.scotlanddentist.com
  • Andy Lothian, Insights Learning and Development, www.insights.com
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