The Impact Summit will host four key sessions on the following themes: how we live, how we learn, how we work, how we play.
Steve is an awe-inspiring speaker and his work at Scottish Canals has seen him recently nominated for Entrepreneur of the Year award (Entrepreneurial Scotland) making him the first ever public sector leader to be nominated for the prestigious accolade.
Steve is Chief Executive of Scottish Canals, a public corporation responsible for the restoration and
renewal of Scotland’s 137 mile canal network, which includes two of the nation’s most iconic tourist attractions - The Falkirk Wheel and The Kelpies.
Over the last decade, Steve has become a leading public sector entrepreneur, expertly guiding
Scottish Canals through a renaissance with a new vision for the nation’s 250 year old inland
waterways, asking not what the canals are for but who they are for. He has re-imagined these
important industrial assets as corridors of opportunity which greatly benefit the people and
economy of Scotland today.
Steve’s forward thinking, innovation and passion has helped Scottish Canals diversify its core
business to go beyond the boundaries of traditional public sector thinking to generate more income
and deliver positive lasting change for canalside communities. Examples of this can be seen with the Glasgow Canal Project, where the canal corridor in North Glasgow is being transformed into a
bustling arts and creative community with an urban sports playground, multiuse spaces and a new
hilltop village featuring over 600 houses.
While urban areas benefit significantly from these regeneration projects, Scottish Canals also
continues to breathe new life into rural communities on the Crinan and Caledonian Canals with the
development of sustainable tourism offerings aimed at creating new jobs and stimulating the local
Also a member of the VisitScotland and Entrepreneurial Scotland Boards, previously Steve was
Director of Regeneration for Newcastle City Council and, prior to that, held a Directorship at Falkirk
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