Forgotten wisdom? Can we learn from the early days of Scottish devolution

27 August 2024, 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Location: Shepherd and Wedderburn 7th floor, 9 Haymarket Square, Edinburgh, Scotland EH3 8RY

Think tank: The David Hume Institute

At this event hosted by UK think tank The David Hulme Institute Stephen Noon will discuss his research with key figures from the early days of devolution.

Join us for our first event in our new series, Forgotten Wisdom? which investigates potential lost learning that could be useful today.

Hear former Special Advisor and University of Edinburgh PhD Candidate, Stephen Noon discuss his research with key figures from the early days of devolution, and if there are key lessons to learn. We’ll also have reflections from Sir John Elvidge, former Permanent Secretary and Esther Roberton former Co-ordinator of the Scottish Constitutional Convention.   

This event is in-person and will be live streamed on YouTube, where a recording will be available afterwards. For in-person guests, registration and refreshments will commence at 5.30pm, for a prompt 6pm start. The conversation will finish at 7.30pm, followed by drinks.

This is a joint event brought to you by the David Hume Institute in partnership with Women in Public Affairs Scotland.  The event will be chaired by Eli Harji from Women in Public Affairs Scotland and is kindly hosted by Shepherd and Wedderburn.


Stephen Noon worked at a senior level in government, parliament and politics in Scotland, developing a wide expertise across the range of public policy and political strategy.

Sir John Elvidge was Permanent Secretary to the Scottish Government from 2003 to 2010. He had previously worked in the Cabinet Office and the Scottish Office and has worked in an advisory role with several governments in Europe, China and North America.

Esther Roberton was Co-ordinator of the Scottish Constitutional Convention, whose 1995 publication ‘Scotland’s Parliament, Scotland’s Right’ provided the blueprint for devolution.