Member Profile – Paul Fletcher

| 06/11/2013 | 3 Comments

Paul FletcherPaul is an award winning marketeer and senior management consultant whose previous positions include Director of Marketing (Europe) for the CIGNA Corporation of Philadelphia and Head of Strategy for Scottish Widows. With a parallel career in economic development he has advised Downing Street advising on aspects of Entrepreneurship planning where his work in this area has been highlighted by the UK Government and European Commission as ‘best practise’. Formerly concerned with Corporate Engagement at the University of Edinburgh Business School designing Management Learning for the likes of RBS, the World Health Organisation and the British Council he is now managing partner of Enabling Innovation Partners: an alignment of senior practitioners, leading academics and global service providers at the leading edge of innovation culture development. Currently, he sits on the Scottish Government Committee on Innovation in the Water Industry and is the author of the White Paper for banking & utilities: ‘Innovation in a Regulatory Environment’.

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  1. Anne Rendall says:

    Great speech from what seems to have been an inspired and inspiring event. This referendum if it has done nothing else, has got the real chattering classes, chattering again. I have never attended so many passionate debates, with informed people speaking with so much feeling about deep seated attitudes beliefs and values. This should be shared widely. Well done Paul

  2. John Black says:

    I enjoyed last night’s meeting. I thought that the format worked well with that particular audience.
    I do think that Britain is broken. While we Scots can do little to influence UK decisions, we do have a valuable opportunity to look at ourselves and imagine a better future.
    Scotland has a long history of her brightest talent leaving the country for opportunities elsewhere. People have been Scotland’s greatest export for too long. We need to make changes in government and society to reverse this historic drain on our national resources.
    The following essay addresses some of the issues.
    Why Independence?
    Because we can’t afford not to!
    In his Easter Sermon, the Very Rev Kelvin Holdsworth, the Scottish Episcopal leader attacked “Food-bank Britain” saying “instead of a Big Society the UK now has a Broken Society”. He went on to say “And I believe we can build a better world than this”.
    The Archbishop of Canterbury echoed these thoughts; “In this country, there is weeping in broken families, in people ashamed to seek help from food banks, or frightened by debt”.
    These are comments on the state of the United Kingdom in April 2014 from men of faith concerned about their communities, not the details of the YES or NO campaigns.
    Can we build a better world? Can we build a better Scotland?
    Few countries have the chance to examine who they are, how the government works, how society works, how workers interact with management, how we each contribute to society, how we protect the vulnerable, who we want to be as a people and then decide the matter in a vote of the people.
    The last time this political question was asked in Scotland was in the Jacobite Rebellion of 1745/46. The question was settled by bloodshed on Culloden Moor.
    In 2014 we can decide the issue in a civilised national debate. We owe it to ourselves and our forbearers who forged modern Scotland to look carefully at the various aspects of the question and come to a concensus or a valid statement of differing opinions.
    Independence and Freedom. Two simple words with complex meanings. What do they mean in the context of the Referendum Debate?
    In any society, both words have to be qualified. We have responsibilities to others in society and as a country, we have to interact with other nations.
    At best, it is a choice between our ability to express our own will instead of having others decide our fate.
    Are the needs of Scotland served by decisions made in Brussels or Strasbourg? Are they served by decisions made in Westminster or by the Monetary Policy Committee of The Bank of England?
    In 2014, Britain is broken. As Scots, we have limited ability to do much about it, however we can and should put our own house in order.
    We can build a better Scotland.
    In other walks of life, if something is broken, you have two choices. Either you throw it away or you fix it.
    In this context, throwing it away is the equivalent on giving up on Scotland. You emigrate to pastures new. That 90 million people around the world claim Scottish descent is testimony to the many who have given up on Scotland.
    The harder choice is to fix it.
    You take it apart, examine the bits for damage or wear, either repair or replace the faulty parts, re-assemble the unit and try it out. If you have done the job properly, it will work better than it did before.
    We need to do the same with Scotland.
    Over the coming months, we need to examine the body politic and Scottish society. We need to look for wear or damage, replace the parts that are not working and decide on 18th September, if we want a better Scotland or do we want to keep the current knackered workhorse?
    It is a time for boldness, a time to thing the unthinkable. A time for reflection and contemplation. A time to ask the Big Questions. A time for vision and imagination.
    We can and we must do this.
    And we should turn our collective backs on the travesty that passes for debate on the Referendum issue on our TV screens and national media from both the YES and NO camps.
    Together we can build a new Scotland, a brave confident Scotland, a country of hard work, vigour and inspiration with a civil society that is the envy of the world. It is time for the second Scottish Enlightenment.

    John Black
    The Scottish Jacobite Party
    6 Woodhollow House
    Helensburgh G84 9BT
    07960 316 340

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