All of our contributors have been hand-picked for their detailed knowledge and expertise in their field. Each contributor will bring their insight and industry understanding and experience to our one and two day training workshops. Don't miss this unrivalled opportunity to hear from industry leaders. For more information about any of the individuals who chair, speak or train at our occupational development courses, please click on their names or images to reveal more information. We ensure that each of our open-access training courses have excellent networking opportunities and are highly interactive. Please note that our trainers are available for in-house training as well as open-access workshops.

Margaret Smith

Director, Caledonia Public Affairs

Margaret brings an in-depth knowledge of Holyrood and Scottish local government to the Caledonia team. Born and raised in the city, Margaret is a graduate of the University of Edinburgh and had a career in the civil service and voluntary sector before entering politics.  Following four years as a City of Edinburgh councillor, Margaret served for 12 years as MSP for Edinburgh West until May 2011. During that time she held a number of senior positions including the role of Convener of the Parliament’s Health and Community Care Committee when she played a leading role in the delivery of the flagship policy of free personal care.