Scotland’s business community will feature in new awards being launched today by The Herald. The inaugural Global Game Changer Awards will reward innovation and sustainability at an…
Global Game Changers
Newsquest Media and Innovators Magazine have joined forces to launch the Global Game Changers awards to recognise and reward innovation and sustainability at an international level, across all business sectors.
The event media campaign coverage will highlight the opportunities and challenges faced across all business sectors when debating the concepts of innovation and change. The Global Game Changers Awards will promote meaningful shifts in culture, towards a more open, sustainable and innovative future for the global economy. The event will have an international outlook, and we will invite businesses and individuals to enter across nine categories that recognise innovation, intrapreneurship, cultural change and sustainability.
If you recognise the importance of the innovation economy in delivering a sustainable future then you should enter for free before the deadline of Wednesday, July 26, 2017. The judges will consider entrants success to date, or potential to have, a global impact within the context of the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
For more information on sponsorship opportunities and how to enter or attend please contact Please contact Claire Hunter on 0141 302 7319.
City of Glasgow College is a pioneering Super College based in an award-winning twin site super-campus in the centre of Glasgow. With over 30,000 students and 1300 staff the College is committed to “Letting Learning Flourish” through a culture of inspiration, excellence and innovation.
The College’s Industry Academy Model ensures the curriculum portfolio is responsive to labour market growth in key economic sectors through the adoption of innovative products and services. The College was awarded Investors in Innovation status in August 2016 in recognition of the economic value and social benefit its innovation activity brings to students and industrial partners.
Bond Dickinson is a full service national law firm with offices across eight cities including London, Aberdeen and Edinburgh. Operating in Scotland for over 10 years from an Aberdeen base, we opened an Edinburgh office in 2017 to complement our existing presence and offer a pan-Scotland service to the Scottish business community.
We recently approved a transatlantic combination with US firm Womble Carlyle to create Womble Bond Dickinson. Effective from October 2017, Womble Bond Dickinson will have more than 420 partners and 1,000 lawyers across eight offices in the UK and 15 offices in the US. The combination will put Womble Bond Dickinson in the UK’s top 20 and in the top 80 in the US listings with combined revenues in excess of £340million or US$410million.
At the UN Global Compact, we aim to mobilize a global movement of sustainable companies and stakeholders to create the world we want. That’s our vision.
We provide a principle-based framework, best practices, resources and networking events that have revolutionized how companies do business responsibly and keep commitments to society. By catalyzing action, partnerships and collaboration, we make transforming the world possible – and achievable – for organizations large and small, anywhere around the globe.
We’re proud of the success stories we’ve helped establish. UN Global Compact participants across industries are changing the way they operate to implement responsible practices and developing innovative solutions to address poverty and inequality, and support education, health and peace, to name just a few areas.
Douglas Morrison, STEM and Innovation Project Lead, City of Glasgow College
Douglas is an experienced educator with a demonstrated history of working in the further and higher education sector. His areas of interest include gender equality issues, STEM, innovation, digital disruption, educational policy and technology enhanced learning. He is currently the STEM and Innovation Project Lead at City of Glasgow College having previously acted as the College’s Industry Academy Head for STEM.
Douglas holds a Masters Degree in Educational Technology and ePortfolio and is a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) candidate researching gender, habitus and games based learning at the University of Strathclyde. He is a Fellow of Institute for Innovation and Knowledge Exchange (FIKE) and co-founder of Adaptive Design Global, a charitable organisation designing and manufacturing assistive aids for disabled children and victims of humanitarian disasters.
Susan Robertson, Co-founder, Innovators Magazine
Susan Robertson is an influential advocate of the innovation economy, both at a local and international level. A strong supporter of the environmental and economic benefits of the circular economy, she is a member of key national and European strategic groups that focus on the delivery of sustainable business models.
Co-founder of Innovators Magazine and the Innovation Academy, Susan contributes to the debate in Europe through her involvement with Knowledge for Innovation – and the annual European Innovation Summit. This year’s summit in Brussels will include a St Andrew’s night reception organised by Innovators Magazine.
Roger Kilburn, Chief Executive Officer, Industrial Biotechnology Innovation Centre (IBioIC)
Roger was appointed CEO of IBioIC in January 2014. Roger, a chemical engineer by profession, is an experienced international business leader with a proven track record in business turnaround, growth and leadership. He has worked 26 years in the Chemical and Fine Chemicals Sectors (ICI, Johnson Matthey) located in UK, Australia, Germany and USA. He then moved on to focus on using his experience to support SME’s with strategy, business development and management, before taking up his current role.
IBioIC is an Industry led membership organisation that funds research in Scottish Universities that de-risks and accelerates its member’s IB activities. IBioIC also funds pre-university and post graduate skills programmes and supports the National Plan for IB in Scotland to create a £900 million industry by 2025.
In addition, Roger is Chair for the Scottish IB Development Group, sits on the Leadership Team of Chemical Sciences Scotland, the Innovation Team of the Chemical Growth Partnership, the IB advisory group to the World Economic Forum, the Bio-futures Steering Team of the Institute of Chemical Engineers, the Industrial Advisory Board of Heriot Watt University and the Scientific Advisory Board for Biochar for Carbon Capture, he is also an Honorary Assistant Professor at Heriot Watt University.
Laura Goodfellow, Head of Business Engagement, Interface
Laura Goodfellow has been supporting business and academic partnerships with Interface since 2005 introducing thousands of businesses to Scottish universities, research institutes and colleges to develop products, processes and services.
In 2014 Laura took the position of Head of Business Engagement at Interface and leads the Scotland wide team who are engaging with business and impartially matching and connecting them to world class academics, unique technologies and specialist facilities to stimulate innovation, encourage new research and development (R&D), drive growth and help reach new markets.
These business-academic collaborations which have been facilitated by the Interface team contribute an estimated £70m GVA per year to the Scottish economy.
Steve Kenzie, Executive Director, UN Global Compact Network UK
Steve has managed the Secretariat of the UN Global Compact Network UK since 2008, providing support for UK-based endorsers of the UN’s corporate sustainability framework.
He was previously a Programme Director at the International Business Leaders Forum (IBLF) leading projects across a wide range of responsible business issue areas. Prior to joining IBLF, Steve was the founder and Managing Director of a successful retail sports equipment business in Canada.
He has a B.Comm from the University of British Columbia and an MSc in Business & Environment from Imperial College London.
Michelle Doherty, Business Adviser, Transmit Start-Ups
Michelle is an experienced business advisor, working with hundreds of start-ups in the Glasgow area over the last five years.
She heads up business support operations for Transmit Start-Ups in Glasgow. Headquartered in Gateshead, Transmit Start-Ups is a national delivery partner for the Government-backed Start Up Loans scheme, providing debt finance and mentoring to start-ups across the UK.
It provides loans to founders of up to £25,000, with up to £100,000 maximum being invested in any one business. Transmit Start-Ups invests in start-ups from all sectors and, to date, it has supported over 1900 entrepreneurs with a loan book of £18m.
Ian McConnell, Group Business Editor, The Herald and Times Group
Ian has been with The Herald since 1995. Since 2003, he has edited the business section which is focused on Scottish and exclusive content, while covering the big national and international stories. He writes about companies across all sectors, and takes a keen interest in key economic issues.
Dr Susie Mitchell, Programme Director, Glasgow City of Science and Innovation
Susie graduated from St. Andrews University with a BSc Hons in Cell and Molecular Biology. She came to Glasgow in 1996 to complete a PhD in cancer research at the University of Glasgow’s Beatson Institute where she won the Institute’s John Paul Award for Research Excellence. She spent five years managing R&D within the NHS in Glasgow and then moved to public health policy for four years. Whilst there she developed a tool aimed at promoting health, equality and human rights in public policy-making. This work, published by the World Health Organisation, was rolled out across the NHS in Scotland. She would then manage equality strategy for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. Susie joined Glasgow City of Science and Innovation in 2013 – a pioneering, multi-sector partnership that aims to drive economic growth and social well-being through creative and collaborative research and innovation programmes.
Susie is a Governor on the Glasgow School of Art Board and a Trustee of Scotland’s James Clerk Maxwell Foundation. She presented the Scots that Changed the World Series for the BBC World Service on Scottish scientists, and outside work is a professional session vocalist and songwriter. With a passion for creativity and science; she is interested in how multidisciplinary working can generate radical, responsible innovation that tackles societal challenges. In 2016 she was recognised by Equate Scotland as a Leading Woman of Scotland for her contributions to STEM and Scotland’s advancement.