Big Disruptive Breakfast

P1050026 (FB)One year to the day since The Big Aberdeen Event at Pittodrie, 70 leaders and emerging leaders gathered there again for a Big Disruptive Breakfast on 22nd September.

The concept of disruptive leadership was evident in the choice of local case studies – talking death over breakfast with Vanessa Smith from The Gate Project and hearing the stories of a Middlefield loon, Steve McKnight now of St James Place Wealth Management and the challenges of being a young female leader, Hannah Clews of RGU Streetsport.

Collaboration, active citizenship and innovation in public service were key themes raised by Joyce Duncan, CEO of ACVO and Steven Shaw ACC Environmental Services Manager. The table discussions which followed were delegates thoughts on great leadership and included the Emerging Leaders from all sectors invited by other delegates.

P1050041 (FB)Discussion led to the proposal of a calendar of Breakfasts stretching a year ahead at venues throughout the City – with themes such as food, litter, the sea, poverty, volunteering – further details to follow!
Delegates already involved in Big Aberdeen initiatives such as #10Aberdeenstories, Big Creative Aberdeen Picture and Blooming Big Aberdeen were congratulated for following the advice of Lord Andrew Mawson, last year’s Keynote Speaker, to “just do it “ and further linkage was welcomed – these initiatives all being designed as catalysts for further action by you .

The prospect of additional reward was flagged up with the launch of the ACVO Big Aberdeen Awards.

For further information on any of these initiatives please visit –