The Society for Personnel and Development Scotland

The Society for Personnel and Development Scotland


The Society for Personnel and Development (SPDS) is widely recognised as one of the longest running annual conferences of its kind in Scotland; a premier event on the calendar for any professional working in a human resource or organisational development role within the Scottish public or private sector. During its monumental 25 year run it has rightly fostered a reputation of consistently attracting delegates that stand as industry leaders in their respective fields and the highest calibre of speakers, exhibitors and sponsors, all keen to contribute to the enduring success of the event.

Aspen directors Catriona Mackie and Donogh O’Brien were privileged once again to receive an invitation to attend as valued sponsors, bringing with them consultants Mhairi Higgins and Liam Kelly for their first experience of this prestigious event.

Held this year on the 5th and 6th of November in the stunning surroundings of St Andrews 5 star golf resort and spa, The Old Course Hotel, the conference didn’t fail to impress with its itinerary of inspirational talks. Prominent key note speakers included the Scottish broadcaster and presenter of Reporting Scotland, Sally Magnusson, sharing her invaluable knowledge and insight into an acclaimed career spanning over 30 years,  and the founder of the hugely successful business transformation, change and quality improvement company and co-writer of the same titled book ‘The Art of Brilliance’, Andy Cope.

Other companies in attendance included representatives of esteemed publications such as The Guardian, The Times and The Herald and various senior HR professionals from a broad range of local government bodies, all enjoying the benefit of the second-to-none business development, self-improvement and networking and opportunities the SPDS had to offer.

Finally the Aspen Team was elated to learn the SPDS’s annual charity raffle in aid of Variety Scotland - the Children’s Charity raised an impressive £2,000 that will go toward the admirable cause of delivering toys to sick, disabled and disadvantaged children before Christmas. We were all incredibly thankful to be given the opportunity to fund such a commendable cause and help spread a little Christmas cheer; the ideal end to a thoroughly enjoyable event.

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