Senior Policy Advisor
Scottish Government EU Office
Lesley Ward is a Senior Policy Adviser in the Scottish Government’s EU Office based in Brussels. Since taking up this post in February 2013, Lesley has worked on a wide range of policy areas including Smart Specialisation, Research and Innovation, European Funding, State Aid, Competitiveness and Culture.
Lesley represents the Scottish Government as one of the founding members of the Vanguard Initiative. Previously based in Scotland, Lesley has worked in a variety of roles for the Scottish Government since joining the organisation in August 2000 including, Private Secretary to the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and Environment, Head of Roads Policy and Digital Strategy Programme Coordinator. In her spare time Lesley is the lead singer with The Funktionnaires, the 9 piece Soul/Funk band she established on coming to Brussels.
During her presentation Lesley will explain in more detail the principles behind the Vanguard Initiative and the lessons learned in applying the Vanguard Methodology of Learn - Connect - Demonstrate and Commercialise to the 5 Vanguard Initiative Pilot Projects.