Speaker biographies

The Cycling Scotland Conference 2018 speakers are:

  • Andrea Brymer (conference chair)
  • Isla Rowntree
  • Councillor John Alexander

Andrea Brymer - Conference Chair

Andrea is one of Scotland's best known newsreaders and currently the main female anchor for STV North​. The flagship STV News at Six has just been awarded News Programme of the Year by the Royal Television Society.

Andrea started her career as a journalist at STV and was quickly promoted to the role of features reporter, which saw her tackle a huge variety of serious news issues to the more daredevil role as all-round action girl.

Never one to shy away from a challenge, Andrea then moved into live presenting and has been reading the news now for over 18 years. During that time, she’s covered many of Scotland’s biggest stories, many live on location, including the Independence Referendum, the flooding which devastated many parts of Aberdeenshire and the ditching of a North Sea helicopter which claimed 16 lives.

Andrea works closely to support a number of charities including Rotary International, the Wood Foundation and the STV Appeal. She’s also patron of the TCCL charity, Tayside Children with Cancer and Leukaemia.


Councillor John Alexander, Leader of Dundee City Council

Councillor John Alexander is the Leader of Dundee City Council. He is currently the youngest council leader in Scotland at the age of 30 and has been a councillor since 2012, holding senior positions in the ruling administration including Convener of Housing and Convener of Neighbourhood Services.

As the political leader, John sets the strategic direction, agenda, and policy development of Dundee City Council. He also leads several key bodies including the Dundee Partnership and chairs the Policy & Resources Committee which oversees the City Council’s gross revenue budget of £544m and gross capital programme of £346m.

More recently, John has also taken on the role of Chair of the Scottish Cities Alliance, an organisation which is a unique collaboration of the seven cities in partnership with the Scottish Government. The Alliance is focussed on economic development and promoting investment opportunities across the cities.


Keynote Speaker:

Isla Rowntree – Founder and Director, Islabikes

Isla Rowntree is well-known and respected within the cycle industry as an accomplished cyclist, frame builder, and designer. In 2006 Isla founded Islabikes, where she has singlehandedly redefined the notion of a child’s bicycle with a product unparalleled in its depth of design detail. 

She combines a wealth of experience from competing nationally and internationally with mechanical and engineering expertise, and now leads the world in children’s bicycle design.