The Alliance Team

Aileen Edwards

Aileen Edwards

Programme Director

Aileen has worked in a number of senior strategic and operational roles in economic development, city region development and social housing in both Scotland and New Zealand.

As Programme Director Aileen’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) 7879 878 774

Jonathan Brown

Jonathan Brown

Programme Manager

Jonathan 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, Jonathan had 15 years of experience as a manager within the urban regeneration field. Key areas of responsibility included: project development and management, establishing and supporting governance structures, coordination of European and national funding programmes, commissioning of research, monitoring and evaluation and financial management and reporting.

+44 (0) 7900 706 786

Fiona Goodenough

Fiona Goodenough

Hydrogen Project Officer

Fiona is working on a number of hydrogen projects, including an EU project with the Fuel Cell Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH-JU). This project is about the development of commercialisation of hydrogen fuel cell buses and hydrogen refuelling infrastructure.

Before joining the Alliance, Fiona worked in the energy industry, during the last five years she worked within the renewables sector. Prior to this, Fiona held a senior management role for over ten years within the ICT sector - mobile data technology.

+44 (0) 07789 948866

Iain McCreaddie

Iain McCreaddie

Policy Manager

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.

As Policy Manager with the Scottish Cities Alliance, Iain oversees the Alliance’s research activity and the policy alignment of its Operational Programme, identifying opportunities for collaboration. Iain also leads on the implementation of the Alliance’s European Action Plan.

+44 (0) 141 222 9745

Isabel McDermid

Isabel McDermid

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 also works 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

Lillian McDowall

Lillian McDowall

Communications and International Marketing Manager


Lillian leads on the Communications and International Marketing for the Alliance, overseeing all international promotional activity and working with the Investment Promotion team to maximise their potential in the foreign markets.
Prior to this Lillian worked as a journalist for almost 20 years, working for The Herald, Sunday Herald, Daily Record, Sunday Mail and Metro. She also worked in Berlin for German news outlets such as Der Tagesspiegel and Deutsche Welle and worked as a foreign correspondent during her time in the German capital.

+44 (0) 7909 220 799

Joanne Sefton

Joanne Sefton

Joanne leads on the investment promotion work steam, organising key events and working closely with the cities to maintain a robust and relevant pitchbook. Joanne also identifies options for partnerships with the private sector and Government to work collaboratively through the Alliances investment promotion activity.

Before joining the Alliance Joanne worked in marketing for the private sector in pension’s consultancy and mobile games.

01786 233329

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