Art of Possible – Leading Change in the Digital Age

Adopting new digital tech can be challenging, even for the most confident business leaders. That’s why the right skills – from digital to leadership capabilities – are essential in creating a lasting, agile, forward-thinking company.

At our July AOP gathering, we will bring together a diverse group of inspiring leaders that believe digital transformation is a continuous process – a state of mind that enables a company to continually evolve and adapt with an eye on the future.

Our expert panel will share their stories from the worlds of textile manufacturing, construction and fintech – and demonstrate how purposeful leadership can create the right conditions to grow a thriving business of inspired people, empowered by tech.

This event is in collaboration with Strathclyde Inspire.



Karen Greenshields – Managing Director, Technical and Environmental Services, GAP Group

GAP Group, the UK’s largest independent equipment hire company, has launched an industry-first mental health and wellbeing platform to support its workforce – The GAP Wellbeing Hub. The platform was developed in partnership with wellbeing tech specialist Frog Systems and is freely available to all GAP staff and their families. At this event, Karen will talk about their experience as a company in recognising the importance and scale of this challenge throughout their workforce, and how – within an industry that has high levels of stigma and challenges of mental health – they are tackling this head-on and pioneering a progressive, tech-enabled culture change, both within their company and the construction sector at large.


Chaired by:

Prof Eleanor Shaw – Professor of Entrepreneurship & Associate Principle, University of Strathclyde

Eleanor graduated with an MA and PhD from the University of Glasgow and after a brief spell in financial services has been working in the University sector for more than two decades. Eleanor is a Professor of Entrepreneurship and she has worked at various universities here in the UK as well as in North America, South America, Europe and New Zealand. Her research on women’s’ entrepreneurship has been influential in both Scottish and UK Government support for female entrepreneurs, her work on social entrepreneurship has been very highly cited and she is recognised as one of the first entrepreneurship scholars to explore this important sector. She was Director of the Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship for 6 years and in her current role, she is responsible for the University’s entrepreneurship strategy, branded as Strathclyde Inspire.



Format & Schedule:

The Art of Possible is all about sharing ideas, community building and sparking new connections – so please join us at 10.45am to meet your fellow attendees in our lightning chat sessions. This’ll be a friendly and informal way to say hello and fuel discussions ahead of the main event.


  • 1.45pm – small discussion groups (10mins)
  • 2pm – panel discussion with audience Q&A (60mins)
  • 3pm – close

Now in its 5th year, the award-winning Art of Possible series brings together an eclectic community of innovators, creatives, academics, policy experts and entrepreneurs to explore how unexpected tech collaborations can bring about new ideas and innovations to tackle challenges we are facing in industry and society.

In the 2021 series we will bring you inspirational SME stories of digital transformation (from Scotland and beyond) as a propelling force with a focus on the trinity of the right tech, collaborative people power, and business practices impacting productivity, people and planet.

The Art of Possible is a partnership between Glasgow City of Science & Innovation and Technology Scotland. This event is in collaboration with Strathclyde Inspire.

The Art of Possible is an official primer series for Scotland’s national innovation event, CAN DO Innovation Summit.

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