Meet the team

Iain McCreaddie

Programme Director

Iain is a qualified solicitor with a post graduate qualification in Housing Services. He has worked in a range of roles across the private and public sector in Scotland.

Iain was previously Policy Manager with the Scottish Cities Alliance, overseeing the Alliance’s research activity and the policy alignment of its Operational Programme, identifying opportunities for collaboration, and leading on the implementation of the Alliance’s European Action Plan.

As interim Programme Director, Iain’s focus is to raise the profile of the Scottish Cities Alliance and facilitate and support SCA partners to achieve their ambitions for economic growth through the delivery of the Alliance’s Operational Plan.

+44 (0) 141 222 9745

Nicola McPhee

Programme Manager

Nicola is responsible for overseeing the delivery of the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) Strategic Intervention entitled ‘Scotland’s 8th City – the Smart City’.

Prior to working on this Smart Cities programme, Nicola had 17 years of experience as a manager within the public sector.

Key areas of responsibility included project development and management of a range of specialist services within the Community Justice field, partnership working across the public and third sector, financial management and co-ordination of a range of European and nationally funded projects, establishing performance and governance frameworks and management of communications and marketing.

+44 (0) 141 287 9160

Isabel Brennan

Admin & Finance Officer

Isabel is the Scottish Cities Alliance’s Administrator, managing the day-to-day operations, running the office and providing essential support to the rest of the team. She liaises with the seven Scottish cities to distribute and monitor the Cities Investment Fund. Prior to joining the Alliance, Isabel was Service Delivery Manager with Glasgow City Council, where she was employed for 33 years, and held a variety of roles.

+44 (0) 141 222 9737

Amy Groden

Investment Promotion – Marketing and Events Officer

Amy is responsible for Investment Promotion, co-ordinating events and marketing within the Alliance. Working with the Alliance partners, Amy’s role is to take forward all aspects of investment promotion and develop the collaborative promotional activity to attract new investment to deliver the propositions contained in the Cities Investment Prospectus.

Amy graduated from Strathclyde Business School with an MSc in Marketing. Her previous experience lies within the events industry, organising and running live music events.

+44 (0) 7879 990211

Doug Young

Doug is responsible for coordinating the Data Cluster, a working group with representation from all seven Scottish cities and the Scottish Government. The Data Cluster has the goal of pushing forward the publication of open data in the cities to increase transparency and drive innovation, as well as improving the use and re-use of data within local authorities more generally.

Prior to taking on the role with the Alliance, Doug worked on open data and smart cities projects at Perth & Kinross Council.

+44 (0) 1382 434602

Veni Kojouharova

Policy Officer

Veni is the Alliance’s Policy Officer, responsible for providing policy direction and guidance, identifying and bringing new opportunities to the Alliance and seeking to elevate the position of Scotland’s cities within the wider UK, EU and international context.

Prior to joining the Alliance, Veni worked as a trainee at the European Parliament and in communications within the private sector. She graduated from the University of Glasgow with an MRes in International Relations.

+44 (0) 7789 948 866

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