COP26: A Catalyst for Change

in association with CMS

This virtual event took place on Thursday, September 16. It discussed how Scotland can seize the opportunities of COP26 as a springboard for change and ensure it has a meaningful and enduring legacy. The event highlighted some of the incredible work already happening across Scotland and address how we can continue, and build upon, this in the years to come.

The Herald “A Catalyst for Change” virtual event, in association with CMS, shone a spotlight on how government, policymakers, business and activists are tackling the challenges and opportunities facing Scotland’s climate response.

Discussing Scotland’s sustainable future

Keynote Speaker

Patrick Harvie MSP
Co-leader of The Scottish Green Party

Panel Members

Karen Betts
CEO, Scotch Whisky Association

Anthony Burns
Chief Operating Officer, ACS Clothing

Lindsay McQuade
Chief Executive Officer, ScottishPower Renewables

Willie Watt
Chair, Scottish National Investment Bank

Online Event


The Herald COP26: A Catalyst for Change in association with CMS took place on Thursday, September 16 from 9am until 11am via Hop-in. Hop-In is an online event platform chosen to ensure you get the most out of this event.


Rachel McTavish

Running Order

9.00am – Arrival and networking
9.15am – Welcome & event begins
9.20am – Keynote followed by Q&A
9.45am – Panel discussion followed by Q&A
10.30am – Closing remarks
10.35am – Optional networking
11.00am – Platform formally closes


For any questions regarding the virtual event please visit the FAQs section below.


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