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Aberdeen Standard Investments chief executive delivers the 2019 SCDI Annual Lecture

The 15th SCDI Annual Lecture was last night (17 Jan) delivered to a capacity audience at The Marcliffe Hotel in Aberdeen by Martin Gilbert, Chief Executive, Aberdeen Standard Investments.

At one of the most prestigious events in the North East’s business calendar, Martin Gilbert gave his views on a range of key issues affecting the global, UK, Scottish and North East economies and business environment.  He outlined the rationale behind the Standard Life and Aberdeen Asset Management merger and commented on the positive and negative impacts of globalisation over his three decades as a CEO.

In addition, Martin touched on the future of the North East of Scotland and what more needs to be done by the private and public sectors to deliver a diversified economy.  He gave his own views on the suggestions that the seeds of the next global financial crash may have already been sown and commented on what the likely impact of Brexit – and the potential for a further Scottish Independence referendum – may have on the business environment.

SCDI Board Member and North East Committee Chair, Trevor Garlick OBE, commented:

“We were delighted to have Martin join us for our 15th annual SCDI Lecture in Aberdeen.  At a time of unprecedented global change and uncertainty, his insights from the helm of a major international business such as Aberdeen Standard Investments, on these challenges and how they play out across the world, is of significant interest to SCDI and its membership.”

Martin Gilbert said:

“Aberdeen Standard Investments is hugely proud of its Scottish roots, so it was an honour to be invited to speak at the SCDI annual lecture in Aberdeen. Scotland is home to many world-class companies – large and small – and provides the opportunity for old and new businesses to grow and flourish. ‎It is currently a challenging global economic environment where we are witnessing slowing growth, trade tensions and the uncertainty of the ongoing Brexit negotiations. Business needs to focus on minimising the risks associated with these headwinds and attempt to capitalise on opportunities they provide.”


Notes to Editors:

The SCDI Annual Lecture was established in 2004 as one of SCDI’s key events in Scotland and has been held in Aberdeen yearly since. Previous speakers have included: Paul Walsh – (then) Chief Executive, Diageo plc; Peter Robertson – (then) Vice-Chairman, Chevron Corporation; Lord Smith of Kelvin – (then) Chairman of SSE & the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games Organising Committee; Samir Brikho – Chief Executive, AMEC plc; Dr Marcus Richards – Oil & Gas industry leader and formerly Group CEO, Dana Petroleum plc and Senior Vice-President, BP; Mark Carne – Chief Executive, Network Rail.  The 2018 Lecture was given by Robin Watson, Chief Executive, Wood.

The 2019 SCDI Annual Lecture was delivered in partnership with:

  • Principal Partners: Aberdeen Harbour, Aberdeen International Airport, BP, CityFibre, Ledingham Chalmers, NorthLink Ferries, Peterson and Wood
  • Associate Partners: Aberdeen Standard Investments, Hunting Energy, Lesley Davidson Integrated Marketing, LNER, Robert Gordon University and Sodexo
  • Media Partner: Press & Journal
  • Charity Partner: CLAN Cancer Support