DIGIT Movers and Shakers: August 2019
This edition of DIGIT’s Movers and Shakers column features recruitment and awards news from across Scotland’s digital technology sector.
CENSIS, Scotland’s centre of excellence for sensor and imaging systems and IoT technologies, has appointed knowledge exchange expert Dr Ian Brotherston to its board.
Brotherston joins CENSIS from Innovate UK, where he served as head of public sector innovation strategy. Brotherston commands a wealth of experience in the digital technology sector and boasts a career spanning more than two decades.
He has previously worked for a range of organisations, including chemical startup Ionic Polymer Solutions and QinetiQ, a major security and defence contractor.
Commenting on the appointment, CENSIS chief executive Paul Winstanley said: “Ian brings a wealth of expertise and experience to our Governing Board, which will be invaluable in helping us continue to nurture and support businesses across the UK.
“His passion for innovation is well aligned with CENSIS’ ambitions to help organisations overcome technology barriers to drive growth.”
Brotherston added: “Having dedicated much of my working life to encouraging innovation, I’m looking forward to contributing to CENSIS’ work in supporting businesses to harness the power of sensing, imaging and Internet of Things technologies.
“Combining industry needs with the academic and specialist engineering expertise found in our universities and innovation centres is crucial if we are to reach our collective goal of making Scotland a global leader in new technologies.”
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Ciara Mitchell has been appointed as head of cyber at ScotlandIS to lead the organisation’s cybersecurity cluster.
Mitchell joins ScotlandIS from BT Security, where she led a team of product managers within BT’s cybersecurity division. Her time at BT saw her lead the successful implementation of strategies for several global cybersecurity products.
In her new role, she will help highlight the capabilities of the Scottish cybersecurity industry and play a pivotal role in connecting key stakeholders.
Commenting on her appointment, Mitchell said: “It’s great to be joining ScotlandIS at what is an incredibly exciting time for the sector. The formation of the Cyber Cluster will be invaluable for our members and the wider community, in turn fuelling Scotland’s international position in data, cybersecurity goods and services.”
ScotlandIS chief executive Polly Purvis added: “Ciara has an impressive track record in the cybersecurity industry and, with a background in electronic engineering and telecoms, she brings great experience and expertise to the team.
“I’m delighted she’s taking on the new role of head of cyber and I know she will work closely with our members specialising in cyber, to grow and promote Scotland’s burgeoning cyber cluster.”
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Brightsolid has appointed a new client engagement manager to further strengthen the firm’s client focus and support sales and client acquisition operations.
Danni Croan, who has previously held positions at BT and CGI, brings with her more than two decades of sales experience – with 12 years of experience working in IT business development in both Scotland and Australia.
Croan has worked in a broad range of account and project management roles, specialising in cloud computing, disaster recovery and business continuity. In her new position at Brightsolid, she will focus heavily on expanding the firm’s client portfolio; particularly with governmental departments and organisations.
Malcolm Smith, chief sales officer at Brightsolid, said: “We’re continuing to strengthen our advisory and managed services for businesses looking to drive business value from cloud environments. We’ve seen an increase in public sector organisations modernising their hosting strategies, and our ability to consult and offer services, including hybrid and public cloud, will support their digital transformation.
“Danni’s experience in IT sales and cloud computing, combined with her understanding of the public sector will be pivotal for Brightsolid’s strategy as we aim to grow our portfolio and strengthen business relationships. She will provide a great boost to our team and play a crucial role in the acquisition and retention of clients.”
Croan added: “I’m delighted to be given the responsibility of growing the client portfolio of a business which offers such comprehensive managed hybrid cloud services. My aim is to provide our clients with cost appropriate and future-proof managed cloud solutions to ensure that they discover the full benefits of our service offering.”
Head Resourcing has appointed Joseph Apted as principal consultant of the tech recruitment firm’s newly-launched senior appointments division.
Based in Edinburgh, Apted will help drive the senior appointments team as it implements an “ambitious strategy” to address the increasing demand for tech leadership talent in Scotland and North West England.
Apted commands 19 years of experience in IT recruitment and has most recently focused on leadership appointments within the data and analytics space.
Anna Knight, who will lead the newly-launched division, commented: “We’re delighted to have Joseph join at an exciting time for the company. Joseph’s experience working at a senior level makes him the perfect person to build on our new division.
“He has worked in IT and financial services recruitment for all of his career, and his extensive knowledge of senior appointments within the sector will allow him to work in partnership with companies to identify the skills and experience required within the leadership team, and ensure we are sourcing the very best talent for our clients.”
Hospitality tech innovator Zonal has strengthened its senior management team with a fresh leadership appointment.
Alison Vasey has been appointed to the newly-created role of group product director and joins the company from Mitchells & Butlers, where she worked for eight years as head of service transition.
In her new role, Vasey will be responsible for the “strategic direction and definition” of Zonal’s product range across the group.
Commenting on her appointment, Vasey said: “This is a fantastic role and I am so excited to be joining the Zonal team. Zonal has an impressive range of business products that support both operator and customer journeys and I look forward to working with its customers and R&D teams to create new solutions that will benefit the sector for decades to come.”
Peter Edwards, chief operating officer at Zonal, added: “We are delighted to have Alison on board to continue our drive in delivering product innovation for operators and their consumers, who increasingly expect technology excellence as an integral part of their hospitality experience.
“Working closely with our customers, Alison is a key appointment in a role that will lead our product strategy and tactics, defining what gets developed and when.”
Oracle specialist Inoapps has announced the appointment of James Anthony as its new chief technical officer (CTO), who will take responsibility for developing the firm’s technology strategy.
In his new role, Anthony will work closely with Inoapps’ consulting, ideation and product development teams.
Speaking of his appointment, he said: “I’m looking forward to this new challenge and being part of the team of a fast-growing and dynamic company where I will be working with both old and new clients.
“Inoapps is a market innovator with unique Software as a Service (SaaS) IP product offerings that is helping a growing list of businesses and organisations unlock the potential of Oracle-based cloud computing solutions.”
Anthony has spent more than 20 years working in the IT industry, particularly within the Oracle technology area. He previously worked in Oracle pre-sales and as UK technology director for the company. Later, he was part of the management buyout team of a UK Oracle partner in 2012, which he helped guide to tenfold growth.
Andy Bird, CEO at Inoapps, commented: “I’m delighted to welcome James into the business as our first CTO. This appointment is critical to the company’s plan for continued global growth as we accelerate the release to market of high-quality, industry-specific products.
“We are delighted to have been able to attract such a seasoned technical leader whose commercial achievements speak for themselves. I have great confidence that James will play a key role in further strengthening our position as a market-leading provider of high-quality end-to-end Oracle solutions and services.”
Hot Tin Roof
Tech PR agency Hot Tin Roof has bolstered its senior team with the appointment of Jasmine Geddes as senior account executive.
This appointment marks the beginning of an “ambitious strategic growth plan” for the Edinburgh-based PR consultancy. Geddes commands a wealth of experience in content creation, developing communication strategies and driving successful social media campaigns.
Geddes, who has previously worked at Talking Canvas (now merged with Indigo) and Crimson Edge PR, commented: “As one of the most innovative technology hubs in the UK, Edinburgh is a key digital hotspot, and I am thrilled to join an agency working at the very heart of the tech scene.
“I look forward to helping the team continue to drive each campaign they work on to success and expand our digital offerings. It’s a great opportunity for me to support the company as it enters the next stage of its development.”
Sarah Lee, founder and director of Hot Tin Roof, added: “I’m very proud of what we have achieved over the years, and it’s exciting to see Hot Tin Roof embark upon its ambitious growth journey as we begin to expand our operations.
“We are delighted to welcome Jasmine to our team. Her strong writing ability, digital experience and proven commitment to the industry make her a perfect addition to Hot Tin Roof.”
Edinburgh-based travel tech firm, TravelNest, has appointed former Cameron Boal as vice president of marketing.
Boal previously served as SVP of marketing for eight years at online fantasy sports giant, FanDuel, as well as CMO at New York-based eSports startup Players’ Lounge.
In his new position at TravelNest, Boal will be responsible for driving the company’s growth and the continued disruption of the holiday lets market.
Commenting on the appointment, Boal said: “I’m delighted to be joining TravelNest at such an exciting time. The holiday lets market has exploded in recent years and with so many people now renting properties, it’s tough for hosts to stand out.
“TravelNest takes the hassle out of managing a holiday let while ensuring properties get maximum, worldwide exposure to millions of potential new guests. This is a truly global market and one that’s ripe for disruption. Doug has put together a fantastic team doing exactly that from right here in Edinburgh.”
Boal joins the company shortly after Rebecca Moore, former senior director of growth (Europe & Americas) at Skyscanner.
CEO and founder Doug Stephenson said: “As a business, TravelNest is committed to attracting the best talent. With this in mind, I am delighted to welcome Cameron to the team.
“His experience driving exponential growth at FanDuel will be invaluable as we embark on our ambitious growth plans. Together with VP, Operations Rebecca Moore, Cameron will be instrumental in driving our successful growth strategy.”
Stirling Council’s rural broadband programme has been named among the finalists for the 2019 COSLA Excellence Awards.
The event, scheduled to take place in October, celebrates the best in Scottish local government, showcasing groundbreaking projects that adapt to the challenges and opportunities faced by communities.
Stirling Council is supporting rural communities in the development of alternative broadband solutions, boosting economic growth and allowing residents to access vital services.
One full-time equivalent rural broadband project officer, supported by the local authority and the Forth Valley and Lomond LEADER programme, is also in place until March 2020, to provide technical, project and funding support to communities. Across Stirling, there are 18 schemes at various stages of completion, with six projects live – Balquhidder, Argarty & Killbryde, Stockiemuir, Trossachs, Carron Valley and Auchenteck.
The Council’s innovative work has seen it shortlisted in the COSLA Awards’ Strong and Sustainable Communities category, alongside Renfrewshire Council and Dundee City Council.
Councillor Margaret Brisley, convener of the finance and economy committee at Stirling Council, said: “A huge well done to everyone involved in delivering this transformational programme across rural Stirling, including our dedicated staff and the community groups we are collaborating with.
“Having access to hyper-fast broadband supports sustainable communities and delivers economic growth, and we are committed to continuing the roll-out of this key infrastructure in our remote areas.”
Vice convener of the committee, Councillor Alison Laurie, added: “Among the many positives from the programme has been the strong partnerships that have been forged between communities and the Council during the development of broadband solutions.
“It’s fantastic that this collaborative work has been highlighted on a national level and this just redoubles our determination to get more people online so they can reap the benefits of fast and reliable connectivity.”