Webinar: Establishing a Wellbeing Economy in Devolved Scotland with Benny Higgins, Strategic Advisor to the First Minister, Scottish Gov

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Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, governments and businesses across the world have been discussing ways to 'build back better'. One of the approaches being considered by the Scottish Government is the concept of a 'Wellbeing Economy', which advocates for an economic system built around humanity.

WIG is delighted to invite you to a webinar with Benny Higgins, Chair of the Independent Advisory Group on Economic Recovery for the Scottish Government. By tuning in, you will:

  • Have the opportunity to understand what a Wellbeing Economy is, and how it could transform the economic system in Scotland
  • Learn about the route to major systems change, and what this entails from a policy perspective
  • Hear of the ways in which cross-sector collaboration is key to delivering a robust, resilient recovery from COVID-19
  • Benny Higgins

    Strategic Advisor to the First Minister and Chair, Independent Advisory Group on Economic Recovery

    Scottish Government

    Benny began his career at Standard Life in 1983 where he joined as an actuarial student and went on to become a member of the Standard Life Group Executive Committee in 1996.  In 1997 he moved to RBS to become Chief Executive of Retail Banking.  He was with RBS until 2005, during which time he led the successful integration of NatWest Retail Banking – one of the largest hostile takeovers ever undertaken in banking.  He became Chief Executive, Retail, HBOS in 2006 before joining Tesco Bank as Chief Executive in 2008, a position he held until February 2018. In September 2017 Benny was asked by the Scottish Government to develop an implementation plan for the creation of a Scottish National Investment Bank.  Subsequently he was appointed as Strategic Adviser to the First Minister on the building of the Scottish National Investment Bank.    Benny is Executive Chairman of the Buccleuch Group, Chairman of the National Galleries of Scotland, Chairman of Sistema Scotland, Non-Executive Director of Glasgow Life, Trustee of Burrell Renaissance, Non-Executive Director of Arabian Centres and Chairman of Kyckr. Benny graduated with a First Class Honours degree in Mathematics from the University of Glasgow and he was awarded a University Blue in 1983.  He is a Fellow of the Faculty of Actuaries, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers in Scotland, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.  He is a Honorary Professor at the University of Glasgow, Visiting Professor at Strathclyde University and Honorary Professor at Edinburgh Business School, Heriot-Watt University.


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