Scottish Leaders Forum Conference 2022


Overview and next steps

We were delighted to welcome so many of you to the Scottish Police Headquarters in Tulliallan last week for our first in-person conference since October 2019. Over 120 members took part in what was a genuinely inspiring and thought provoking day and it was wonderful to see so many of you. Special thanks to our colleagues at Police Scotland who provided the venue and lunch and who did a great job of supporting us with the logistics of delivering on the day. A truly collaborative effort. Thank you.

Highlights included:  

  • First Minister Nicola Sturgeon emphasising the ongoing need to build on our collective commitment to public service and to deliver for Scotland’s people and places, working collaboratively to remove barriers and deliver person-centred, frontline services.
  • Discussions on leading through the pandemic from a Local Government perspective, and exploring how we best improve outcomes in the current fiscal context. 
  • Moving and powerful accounts from those with lived experience of some of today’s biggest challenges, including poverty and fleeing war. 
  • An insight into the SLF Scottish Leadership Academy, and its approach to building a values-based collaborative vision for leading Scotland with confidence and optimism through challenging times.
  • COSLA Vice President, Steven Heddle, Permanent Secretary John-Paul Marks and Deputy First Minister, John Swinney reflecting on key leadership and policy challenges.
  • The opportunity to participate in collaborative sessions on child poverty and place based approaches, the national drugs mission, the future of scrutiny, Covid recovery and to take part in dialogue walks.  

Those who attended the Covid Recovery collaborative session and who didn’t get an opportunity to ask questions are invited to contact who will be glad to assist.