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Journey to CEO...and so much more

Grand Central Hotel
Grand Central Hotel, 99 Gordon Street, Glasgow G1 3SF.
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Grand Central Hotel, Glasgow

August 14, 6:30pm-9:00pm

We are delighted to be joined by Edel Harris, CEO of Cornerstone, one of Scotland's largest charities. She joined the organisation as Chief Executive in May 2008 having previously been Deputy Chief Executive of Aberdeen Foyer. A former Metropolitan Police Officer, Edel's background is in health promotion, holding a 1st class honours degree in Health and Social Care. She will talk to us about the journey to CEO and the work she has done in Cornerstone.

Under her leadership, Cornerstone has recorded business growth of over £10 million. This has been achieved through a broadening of their remit from being a mainly adult learning disability organisation to encompass services specialising in dementia, mental health, children and families with the establishment of a fostering agency, and new services to help released prisoners reintegrate into society. Cornerstone is currently receiving a lot of attention as they trial a new model of social care delivery with an ambitious agenda to influence systems-change in the UK.

Edel is a Director of the Aberdeen Football Club Community Trust and of Aberdeen and Grampian Chamber of Commerce, having served as the first female President in the history of the organisation. She was one of the first Directors of Opportunity North East (ONE), former Chair of The Life Changes Trust and former Chair of the Scottish Government's Social Investment Fund.

Amongst Edel’s many achievements she was awarded the 2015 IOD North East Director of the Year accolade and in 2017 became the Scottish EY Entrepreneur of the Year. On International Women’s Day 2018, Edel was awarded an honorary doctorate from Robert Gordon University for her contribution to charity and business in Scotland.

For dinner, you have the following options:

Main: Roast breast of chicken, Campbell’s of Broxburn haggis, fondant potato, and red wine jus


Vegetarian: Lasagne of Marinated Vegetables, Orkney Cheddar & Woodland Mushrooms

followed by

Dessert: Fresh fruit Pavlova, shortbread biscuit, raspberry sauce

There's a welcome drink as you arrive and the meal will be concluded with the option of tea or coffee.

Please make sure that you book your place by noon Monday, 13th August 2018