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Dr. Bernadette Scott BA MPhil PhD MCMI MCIPD FHEA
Senior Lecturer in HRM | Glasgow School for Business and Society

Bernadette is Hotel School trained and a former chef, unit manager in the private contract catering sector and an NHS Hotel Services Manager (providing 2500 meals per day). Her PhD looks at employability and talent management and how these concepts impact on graduates, in particular. She also has an MPhil focused on sociological perspectives in the workplace and is an active researcher; she is regularly asked to contribute to global trade publications, commenting on trends in graduate recruitment and retention challenges with particular emphasis on the international hospitality industry. Recent publications have looked at graduate experiences of the first year of employment and a case study with the Scottish Government, examining graduate talent management. Other topics have included work place violence, gender balance and flexible working, and personal development planning. She also publishes non-academic books for business practitioners. She has twenty six years’ experience in module and multiple programme leadership roles facilitating the teaching, learning and assessment experience for up to 600 students at one time. She has substantial experience of designing and leading Hospitality Management and Tourism degrees in the UK and abroad. She is also involved in Business Development activity and delivers training packages in industry on behalf of the University. Bernadette is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, a Member of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), an academic member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD), as well as having graduate member status of the Common Purpose Matrix programme which promotes social entrepreneurship in a global setting. She has undertaken work for the SQA in Saudi Arabia, Scottish Enterprise and Glasgow Tourism Skills Action Plan (looking at supervisory capacity for hospitality services in the 2014 Commonwealth Games). She is currently leading Business Management provision for talent in Africa for the African Leadership Council in Mauritius.

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Wendy Duncan, R&D Deploy Manager, Unilever Food Solutions UK & Ireland.

Wendy has worked for Unilever for over 20 years and has had a variety of technical, nutrition and sustainability roles, working across all of the Unilever food brands. She is currently responsible for food labelling compliance and the sustainability agenda and activities for UFS UK & Ireland. A key priority is driving awareness, monitoring and reduction of food waste in the hospitality and foodservice industry and is an active member of WRAP. She is passionate about food and hates to see it wasted. Unilever Food Solutions (UFS) is the dedicated foodservice business of Unilever.

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Joe Black, Mary’s Meals

Mary’s Meals sets up community-run school feeding programmes in some of the world’s poorest communities, where poverty and hunger prevent children from gaining an education. By providing one daily meal in a place of learning, Mary’s Meals attracts chronically poor children into the classroom, where they receive an education that can, in future, be their ladder out of poverty. Today, Mary’s Meals provides more than 1.2 million children with a nutritious meal every school day.

Joe Black is the Education Officer at Mary’s Meals. Joe first joined Mary’s Meals as a student volunteer whilst at the University of Glasgow. Following six years as a professional musician, Joe returned to Mary’s Meals to lead their work with schools, universities and students.

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Stephanie Fairhurst BA (Hons), MA Psychological Skills Mentor

Stephanie is a psychological skills mentor working with business professionals and companies.

Stephanie gained her Bachelor’s degree in French & German and her Master’s degree in European Management prior to a 15 year corporate career in marketing with Arjo Wiggins Appleton, PriceWaterhouseCoopers & Reuters, living and working in Germany, France, Argentina, Brazil & New York City.

She then spent 10 years setting up & running companies, both in the UK and Cyprus, in property trading, development & construction, focusing primarily on delivering large scale spa resorts.

Her deep interest & experience of different national and corporate cultures led her to development work in helping individuals realise their potential and bring their best selves to work to improve the performance of teams and companies.

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Billy Miller

Owner and Managing Director of Coffee Conscience Ltd.  The first in the industry to deliver social, environmental and community responsibility as an extension from charitable work supporting and setting up sustainable and successful community environmental projects.

This combined approach to support Fairtrade developing countries and local community projects has funded over 2,500 apple trees for community orchards throughout Scotland, helped Foodbanks and charities, and delivered workshops for children to learn about grow fruit, vegetables, and Fairtrade. His mission is to make a difference in every cup to Fairtrade with a least one difference to someone`s life each day.   

Coffee Conscience are the first hot beverage company to deliver social, environmental, and community responsibility and hold 2 awards at Holyrood.

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