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Our Speakers

Ahead of the Scottish Internet Safety Summit, get to know all the speakers we have at the event. Learn their backgrounds and why their input is important to the conversation of internet safety in Scotland.

Maree Todd MSP

Maree Todd grew up in the West Highlands, attending Ullapool High School and then studying pharmacy and prescribing at Robert Gordon's and Strathclyde, as well as taking an ante-natal teaching diploma at the University of Bedfordshire, all by distance learning. A pharmacist by profession, Todd worked in NHS Highland for 20 years, mainly as a mental health pharmacist in a psychiatric hospital. She was appointed Minister for childcare and early years in November 2017.


Paul Morris

Paul joined Vodafone in January 2011. He is responsible for Vodafone’s engagement with the UK Government, devolved administrations and elected representatives on the key policy and legislative challenges facing the company. He is also responsible for its CSR strategy and engagement with the voluntary sector with a focus on programmes to help ensure families and young people have the right skills and resilience to lead a full and healthy digital lifestyle.

Before joining Vodafone, Paul worked for Microsoft and for the CBI, where he was Head of Parliamentary and Political Affairs.

Marie Smith

Marie is head of education of the child protection command (CEOP) of the National Crime Agency (NCA). Preventing children’s exposure and reducing their vulnerability to harm online is CEOP's key strategic aim. Marie has been developing and delivering CEOP’s Thinkuknow programme over the past seven years with the aim to empower children online through education. Marie manages the Education team, the production of educational resources and delivers CEOP’s training courses to professionals working with children. Marie also chairs the UK Council for Child Internet Safety (UKCCIS) Education Working Group.

John Carr

John is secretary of the UK Children’s Charities’ Coalition on Internet Safety and has written extensively on children’s rights and online protection. A member of the Executive Board of the UK Council on Child internet Safety, he is also an expert adviser to the European NGO Alliance for Child Safety Online based in Rome and Senior Expert Adviser to ECPAT International, a global NGO based in Bangkok. 

Tink Palmer MBE

Tink Palmer is CEO of The Marie Collins Foundation and has worked with children and their families for the past forty-three years. She has specialised in child sexual abuse and is an experienced clinical and forensic practitioner, manager, trainer, policy maker and strategist. Tink first began working with children abused via the new technology in 1999 and has since developed a professional interest and expertise in this area – particularly regarding the forensic and recovery needs of the children and young people. Tink has written widely on the issue of harm to children online and participates in international dialogue in an endeavour to improve the service response for all children harmed in this way. In 2017 she was awarded an MBE for founding the Marie Collins Foundation and for her services to sexually abused children over a number of decades.

Dr Ethel Quayle

Ethel is a reader in clinical psychology and director of research in the School of Health in Social Science at the University of Edinburgh and director of the COPINE. She has worked with both sex offenders and their victims and for the last 18 years she has been conducting research in the area of technology-mediated crimes, collaborating internationally with government and non-government agencies in the context of research, policy and practice. In addition to academic research activities she plays an active role in a number of government and non-government organisations

Catriona Laing

Catriona was selected by CEOP as the UK teacher representative at the European Safer Internet Forum in Luxembourg in October 2009.  She is a member of both CEOP’s Education Advisory Board and the Scottish Government Internet Safety Stakeholders Group, and was involved in the development of the Scottish Government National Action Plan on Internet Safety for Children and Young People published in April 2017. Catriona is responsible for Perth and Kinross’ annual Getting it Right…Keeping Your Child Safe event which was shortlisted as a finalist in the Scottish Cyber Awards 2016.

Peter Donaldson

Peter is lecturer in Computing Science and Education at the School of Education at the University of Glasgow. He is responsible for the technologies aspects of the Master of Education and Postgraduate Diploma of Education Primary programmes including internet safety. Currently, he is assisting the Welsh Government to develop a learning progression framework for Science and Technology as part of the CAMAU research project team and is in the early stages of developing an online course for Data Science with the School of Computing Science and the DataLab.

Peter is also a member of the SQA National Qualification Support Team for Computing Science, SQA sector panel for Computing and Royal Society Computing Education stakeholder group in Scotland. He has been invited to discuss a range of issues in Computing education by organisations such as the Royal Society, Royal Society of Edinburgh, Education Scotland, Skills Development Scotland and the University of Edinburgh.

Vicki Shotbolt

Vicki is the founder and CEO of Parent Zone, the official parents’ representative on the government body for the UK Council For Child Internet Safety (UKCCIS). She also co-chairs the UKCCIS working group on Digital Resilience with psychiatrist Dr Richard Graham. 

Vicki has delivered a range of projects for some of the biggest tech companies in the world, including Internet Legends with Google and Digital Parenting magazine with Vodafone.

She has pioneered a new approach to supporting parents in the digital age through Parent Zone’s Digital Parenting training for professionals, and its online course for parents, Parenting in the Digital Age.  Vicki and her team also created the Home Office funded Resilient Families, an online course for parents concerned about online extremism and radicalisation.

Gina Wilson

Gina is senior policy and development officer at the Carnegie UK Trust, where she focuses on innovative practice, building partnerships and communications. Gina developed the #NotWithoutMe initiative to highlight the needs of vulnerable young people and challenge the assumption that all young people are ‘digital natives’. At the Trust, Gina also works on progressive place-based interventions, innovation in high street enterprise, development of data platforms, public service hackathons and further collaboration to enhance wellbeing and a more enabling state.

Previously, Gina coordinated the development and national rollout of the Scottish Government’s ‘No Knives, Better Lives’ (NKBL) initiative, based at YouthLink Scotland. This youth engagement, education and social marketing programme has demonstrably contributed to positive change in policy, practice and partnership working in relation to violence reduction. 

Katie Rafferty

Katie is the newly appointed service director at respectme, Scotland’s anti-bullying service. She joins respectme  at an exciting time as the service enters its tenth year of delivery and when Scottish Government is refreshing its national approach to anti-bullying for Scotland’s children and young people. Most recently Katie worked in the children’s sector as policy and campaigns manager for the National Deaf Children’s Society in Scotland, a UK wide organisation supporting deaf children and their families. With a great interest in issues facing young people, her previous roles include working with the National Union of Students in Scotland.  

Scott Tees

Scott is chief inspector at Police Scotland. He has enjoyed a varied policing career working in a number of front line operational policing departments including Community Policing and Divisional Crime Units, based in a number of areas including Renfrewshire and West Dunbartonshire. He now sits in his current role within Safer Communities in the Specialist Crime Division of Police Scotland. In this role his portfolio encompasses responsibility for harm prevention, including being the Police Scotland national lead for the prevention strand of online safety.

Scott is also actively involved in the delivery of the Scottish Government’s Cyber Resilience Strategy and is a member of the Education and Skills Group. 

Allan Lindsay

Allan is digital academy manager at Young Scot where he leads on a range of young people’s digital project including the Young Scot Creative and Digital Media Modern Apprenticeship programme and 5Rights, a project that aims to see the rights of children and young people recognised in the digital world. At Young Scot since 2010, Allan has led on delivery for a number of young people’s projects including national partnerships with The Co-operative Foundation and Police Scotland.

Kirsty McFaul

Kirsty McFaul is Senior Education Officer at Education Scotland. She has worked in education policy, strategy and implementation for 7 years after teaching in Aberdeen city and shire for 12 years. She is a Craft, Design and Technology specialist but now leads on all areas of the Technologies curriculum including Digital and lead the recent refresh to the curriculum guidance which include Digital Literacy/Internet safety and cyber resilience.

Patricia Lewis

Patricia is an Assistant Director with Education Scotland, currently responsible for the Digital Learning and Teaching Programme. This includes the delivery of Glow – Scotland’s national digital learning environment. Patricia has worked in a number of areas across Scottish Government before moving to Education Scotland, including Further and Higher Education, and Health. Before joining Scottish Government in 2004, she was an IT programme manager for a large international IT company.