Pippa's Podcast


Pippa MilneArgyll and Bute Council is full of great people, working very hard every day for our communities. As the council’s Chief Executive I have the privilege of speaking with employees from across the full range of our services.

To help keep our employees up-to-date with the work of the council, and to make visible some of the efforts that often go unnoticed, I would like to share with you conversations I am having with different people about different aspects of the council.

Thank you to all our hard working employees for the difference you are making for Argyll and Bute.

Pippa Milne

Chief Executive

If you have any ideas about subjects we can cover on any future podcasts please get in touch with us at workingtogether@argyll-bute.gov.uk

Pippa explores the key role that the Council is playing to decarbonise our footprint in an engaging conversation with Ross McLaughlin, the Council’s Head of Commercial Services and lead officer on Climate Change.

Pippa speaks to Professor Nick Owens, Chief Executive of the Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS) near Oban, one of the oldest marine research institutions in the world. SAMS is a key partner to growing Oban as a University Town and in the Rural Growth Deal to growing the life sciences sector in Argyll and Bute.

Love is in the air this Valentine's day as Pippa learns from Brian Swinbanks about how he fell in love with both his wife and his vocation at Tobermory on the Isle of Mull.

Pippa learns from Malcolm MacMillan about the origins and development of Machrihanish Airbase Community Company, one of many successful community enterprises in Argyll and Bute.

Calum Ross, a well-established leader in the tourism industry in Argyll and Bute as well as Scotland provides his insights on the importance of the tourism sector to our area and the challenges brought by the COVID 19 pandemic.

Pippa speaks to Anne Paterson to reflect on her journey and career in education in Argyll and Bute since 1982 which has been recognised in the recent New Year’s Honours List with an OBE.

To highlight the issue of violence against women and to promote the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence, Pippa speaks to Sandra Paton from Argyll and Bute Women’s Aid and Shona Williams, Senior Justice Manager for Argyll and Bute Council. 

The contact details for Argyll and Bute Women’s Aid (ABWA) are as follows:

  • Office number: 01369 706636
  • Regular office hours: 9am-4.30pm, Monday-Friday
  • Email address: info@abwa.org.uk
  • Website address: http://argyllwomensaid.org.uk
  • Scottish Domestic Abuse and Forced Marriage Helpline number (24-hours): 0800 027 1234
This week's podcast features Martin Turnbull our Youth Services Manager and Ailsa Clark, Development Manager of InspirAlba on the Connecting Scotland Digital Programme.
Pippa learns from Fergus Walker (Revenue and Benefits Manger) about the extraordinary efforts of his team and colleagues to roll out the unprecedented business support grants and financial support to vulnerable people during the pandemic and is ongoing.
Colleagues Jayne Jones and Morag Brown discuss with Pippa the incredible efforts to deliver food to vulnerable people and school children during lockdown earlier this year. Involving staff from Council, the Health and Social Care Partnership, Live Argyll, local businesses and many local volunteers and community organisations, this unprecedented operation was part of the wider Caring for People emergency response to the pandemic which has been shortlisted for a ‘People’s Choice Award’.
To celebrate Adoption Week in Scotland, Pippa catches up with Mark Lines from the Argyll and Bute Health Social Care Partnership to discuss how this has a real impact on people’s lives. Find out more information about adoption week.

Further information also available on adoption and fostering.

Pippa catches up with Ross McLaughlin and Andrew Collins from Commercial Services to discuss the much anticipated £22m Helensburgh Waterfront Development. Work has commenced on site and you can view a short and informative video using drone footage.
Pippa is joined by Joanna MacDonald, Chief Officer of Argyll and Bute Health and Social Care Partnership to talk about the importance of a positive culture in an organisation. Anyone interested in the Scooby Doo leadership theory should definitely tune in!
Pippa catches up with Robert Miller, Customer Engagement and Transformation Manager, and Rona Gold, Community Planning Manager to discuss the Caring for People service.
Pippa catches up with David Logan, Head of Legal and Regulatory Support to discuss David’s role as Lead for the COVID Tactical Group and their shared love of classic TV series, The West Wing.
Pippa explores working from home for colleagues in Argyll and Bute Council with Jane Fowler, Head of Customer and Support Services.
Following on from the last discussion on the return to education Pippa talks to Antony Standing of Skills Development Scotland about the support available for young people leaving schools. In addition we discuss the support available for anyone seeking work
Pippa speaks with Executive Director Douglas Hendry about the impact of COVID-19 on education services
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