November 26th 2019 | COSLA Conference Centre

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Keynote speakers

Graeme Dey MSP

Minister for Parliamentary Business and Veterans


Daren Fitzhenry, Scottish Information Commissioner

Scottish Information Commissioner

Daren Fitzhenry took up post as Scottish Information Commissioner in October 2017, for a fixed term of six years. Prior to his current role, he was a senior officer in the Royal Air Force Legal Branch, heading up its legal advisory team, with wide-ranging experience in the development, implementation and enforcement of regulatory systems.  


As Scottish Information Commissioner, Daren is responsible for the enforcement and promotion of Scotland’s freedom of information laws. This includes handling appeals about the way in which Scottish public authorities respond to information requests, promoting good practice and monitoring and assessing FOI performance.  

He is strongly committed to the principles of freedom of information, recognising the significant benefits that FOI brings to society, not least its key role in enabling the public's participation and engagement in the issues which really matter to them.  


Henry McLeish

Former First Minister of Scotland 

The former First Minister had a crucial role in the creation of the FOI Act in 2002. His input and in-depth knowledge of the Act will make a great contribution to our agenda. 


Carole Ewart, Convener of Campaign for Freedom of Information in Scotland

Paul Gibbons, consultant and trainer in information rights and information management at FOIMAN

Will Moy, Chief Executive of Full Fact

Rob Edwards, environmental journalist at the Ferret & FOI campaigner

Maria Zuffova, Research Associate at the School of Social Work and Social Policy University of Strathclyde