DIGIT Movers and Shakers January 2019
The January edition of Movers and Shakers features recruitment and relocation news from companies including Brightsolid, Sunamp, PODFather and UiPath.
Brightsolid, the Scottish colocation and cloud solutions company, kick-started 2019 with a double appointment announcement.
Elaine Maddison joined the firm as Chief Executive while Bryan Lambe joined Brightsolid as Chief Technology Officer.
Maddison has spent more than 20 years in the UK financial service industry and has a wealth of experience across a range of disciplines, including IT, risk management, operations, strategy and M&A activities.
During her time working with Alliance Trust Savings, Maddison experienced Brightsolid’s services as a customer. With a distinguished track record of leading diverse business functions through transformational change, she will lead the company’s ongoing transformation of its technology and service delivery offerings.
Speaking on her appointment, Maddison said: “I am thrilled to have been offered the opportunity to lead Brightsolid at such an important time in its development. The company is well-positioned for growth in this evolving market as the demand for cloud and colocation solutions continues to rise.”
She added: “I am looking forward to building on our credibility and success for the future, whilst simultaneously ensuring we remain focused on delivering the very best quality service to our customers.”
Lamb joins Brightsolid after 12 years of working for Microsoft’s Middle East and Africa Operations. During his time at the firm, he led a number of digital change projects, including defining cloud and IT strategies for clients and supporting the development and modernisation of data centres.
In his role at Brightsolid, Lamb will be responsible for the company’s technical strategy and end-to-end design and delivery of the company’s tech-based services – working closely with clients to meet their IT requirements.
“It is an exciting time to return to Scotland as demand for cloud solutions is on the increase,” Lamb said. “Brightsolid is in a strong position to support this growing demand and become a major player in the Scottish cloud and colocation landscape.”
“I very much look forward to shaping and supporting the company’s technology offerings throughout this journey,” he added.
David Thomson, Executive Chairman of Brightsolid, said: “Today’s pace of change is exponential. Cloud is the most disruptive force in technology in decades, and Brightsolid’s role in helping organisations realise the benefit of cloud has never been more important.
“Elaine’s vision, strategy and execution track record, supplemented by Bryan’s technology expertise, are exactly what Brightsolid needs as we enter our next chapter, which I am confident will be even more impactful and exciting than our last.”
Scotland’s largest independent accountancy and business advisory firm, Johnston Carmichael, strengthened its technology sector support in January with a new senior promotion.
Andrew Holloway, the firm’s Head of Entrepreneurial Taxes, has been promoted to director level as the firm continues to invest in its advisory capabilities for Scotland’s booming tech sector.
Since joining Johnston Carmichael as a senior manager in June 2017, Holloway has worked with a wide range of businesses – from young startups to large, privately-owned companies. He has helped develop a host of young businesses, as well as advising on incentivisation schemes, seed enterprise investment schemes and also employment-related security issues.
Among the businesses that Holloway has worked with is Edinburgh-based robotics firm, Robotical. To support the growth of the startup, he recommended a raft of entrepreneurial finance initiatives, including a staff incentive scheme to help retain and engage its talented team.
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Commenting on his appointment, Holloway said: “I am proud to be at the forefront of the specialist tax support provided by Johnston Carmichael to the technology sector. Scotland has already produced world-leading tech businesses such as Skyscanner, FanDuel and Cranewear and with a long history of technological innovation, we are perfectly placed to generate many more.
“Our young, ambitious team is constantly growing and evolving to help our technology clients take advantage of the opportunities available and successfully meet challenges as they arise.”
Susie Walker, Head of Tax at Johnston Carmichael, said: “We have invested significantly in growing our specialist entrepreneurial taxes team. Andrew’s promotion is key to our ambitions to be the top business advisory firm in Scotland for clients in the entrepreneurial space, especially our growing tech sector.”
MBN Solutions has welcomed Bethany Rodgers to the business to take up a key role as Delivery Lead for MBN Academy.
Rodgers has more than three years experience within recruitment, sourcing, talent acquisition and management. Her previous roles have seen her focus on emerging technologies, such as Machine Learning, DevOps and Software Development.
She joins MBN Academy at a key stage in its development as it continues to move toward a larger, more complex delivery model.
Rodgers will lead on the delivery of critical projects like The Data Lab MSc Placement Programme, using her experience to improve the process in a number of key areas. She will provide guidance to students throughout the MSc programme, in addition supporting host companies as they join the initiative.
Commenting on her appointment, Rodgers said: “MBN are very ambitious and are true experts in the markets that they operate in, they immerse themselves in the marketplace and have fantastic relationships with their community.
“The Data Lab MSc Programme is really interesting. I’m excited to be leading the delivery of this project and working alongside world-class students and industry leaders.”
MBN Solutions CEO, Michael Young, added: “Attracting someone of Bethany’s calibre to our Academy model is testament to the increasing importance of our work within the wider data science community. She has a wealth of experience in delivery and account management and we look forward to her contribution to both MBN Academy and The Data Lab MSc Placement Programme.”
Russell Dalgleish, Managing Partner at Exolta Capital Partners has joined Whereverly as a Board Advisor. He brings with him a wealth of experience in the digital technology sector, having co-founded the Scottish Business Network in 2015.
Whereverly, based in Edinburgh, spans the two sectors of tourism experience and community technology through its app-delivered visitor experience technology.
The firm’s app enables tourists to access detailed information, including local landmarks and visitors attractions, based on their location.
Whereverly originally spun out of the award-winning CivTech programme and aims to enrich visitors’ experiences by empowering communities with local tourist assets to take advantage of technology to increase visibility.
NTT Data UK
Technology consultancy firm, NTT DATA UK, has appointed Maggie Morrison to the role of Client Partner, Public Service Scotland.
Working out of the firm’s Scottish headquarters in Glasgow, Morrison will lead the delivery of the company’s consulting and IT service to the Scottish Government and devolved agencies – helping them to meet their transformation goals.
Morrison brings with her more than 35 years of experience working in IT sales and business operations and has held roles in a number of companies, including Hewlett Packard, Cisco and Cabletron.
In her most recent position, Morrison served as Vice President, Public Sector Scotland at CGI, where she played a key role in increasing revenue and bringing in new business of £500 million in total-contract-value.
Morrison commented: “There is a massive opportunity to scale up the transformation efforts that are currently underway in Scotland, particularly among its many devolved public services.
“NTT DATA UK has a proven track record of supporting clients across the public sector with a wide variety of business initiatives, IT-enabled change projects, and the exploitation of digital services to fundamentally change the nature of citizen engagement. I see huge potential to take the lead on solving these challenges in Scotland.”
Martin Spencer, Head of Public Services at NTT DATA UK, said: “Maggie’s appointment underlines our commitment to applying innovation to support public sector organisations in meeting their digital transformation challenges. Maggie’s track record of success speaks for itself and she is a perfect fit for our business, with a drive and focus that will add real substance to our team and increase our focus on Scotland as a region.”
Three major appointments have been announced at UiPath as the company continues to build its Scottish market offering.
Gordon Alexander, Jim Hilton and John McLaren will join the company in a variety of roles. In his new position, Alexander, formerly Scottish Regional Manager for Fortinet, will be responsible for the Scottish Public Sector at UiPath.
Hilton, formerly of IBM, and John McLaren of Dell Boomi will manage the commercial and enterprise business for UiPath in Scotland.
UiPath is growing rapidly as it works to “democratise” the use of Robotic Process Automation (RPA) to help public and commercial bodies achieve huge value from this technology.
Speaking on his appointment, Alexander stated: “RPA enables customers to automate mundane and repetitive computer-based tasks to free up employees to do more valuable and interesting work. UiPath’s approach to this market has transformed this sector in a very short period of time, hence our rapid growth.
“We are genuinely excited to be bringing UiPath to the Scottish market.”
Scottish thermal storage company, Sunamp, has appointed Bill Edrich as its Global Head of Commercial and Industrial (C&I) to lead the firm’s ambitious growth plans.
Edrich has over 25 years’ experience in the energy sector, with more than 12 years at Board level. He joins Sunamp from digital and energy consultancy firm, Perform Green.
Previously, Edrich served as Commercial Director (Energy) with Bristol City Council. There, he led the establishment of Bristol Energy, a municipal gas and electricity supplier.
Andrew Bissell, founder and CEO of Sunamp, said: “This is a very exciting time for the company. Last year we achieved our investment round target and signed important agreements with Trina Solar in China and Osaka Gas in Japan, along with OVO energy in the UK.
“Bill’s experience in capital programmes, policy and strategy at local, national and international level will be invaluable to us and his appointment allows us to make further inroads into the C&I market and make good on our commitments to our investors and partners.”
Edrich said: “I am thrilled to be joining Sunamp. As the world’s electricity supply transitions towards as a digitalised, democratised, decentralised and decarbonised system, Sunamp’s electric heat and cool batteries will become a cornerstone in the electrification of thermal heat and cooling energy.”
Glasgow-based business communications specialist Silver Cloud has announced two new appointments as part of a restructuring of its senior management team.
Michael McMillan joins the firm as Managing Director, replacing founder Anthony Quinn. Having started the firm in 2014, Quinn will now move to the role of Chief Executive Officer
Since its formation five years ago, Silver Cloud has provided a broad range of business communications – from landline telephones and mobiles to collaboration tools and IT networks.
Steve Smith has also been appointed to Chairman. Smith has played an integral role in the company’s recent growth and has previously invested in the firm.
Quinn commented: “We see an exciting future for Silver Cloud in the coming years. We’ve grown the business and by building long-term relationships based on trust, and by offering a complete end-to-end package for clients with world-class service. Those things will continue to make us successful while we explore new products and markets.
“Michael will be a key part of everything we do, and I am delighted to welcome him to the board. His vast experience of IT support will be particularly important as we intend to expand significantly in that area.”
McMillan added: “Silver Cloud is a dynamic company whose people are passionate and enthusiastic. I am excited to lead them through the next phase of the company’s growth.”
Accountancy firm Grant Thornton has hired George Elliot in an advisory role to help expand its Growth 365 service.
Elliot, who is currently non-executive chairman at Craneware, has decades of experience having previously held non-executive chairman and director roles for a host of technology firms.
Grant Thornton’s Growth 365 service was launched in Scotland last year following several years operating in England.
The firm aims to provide advice and valuable insights to enable business leaders to act on their expansion plans. The service has already been utilised by business leaders across a range of sectors, including public relations.
Elliot commented: “A huge part of my career has involved facilitating growth for highly-focused, driven tech firms.
“That’s why I can’t wait to get involved with Growth 365. We have a really rich mix of business talent in Scotland, but there’s often a lack of support for the people driving that entrepreneurial growth at the top.”
Granton Thornton’s Managing Partner in Scotland, Andrew Howie, said: “George has an enviable reputation in the business world and his work with the growing tech sector really demonstrates his understanding of the challenges and aspirations that CEOs face – particularly at that crucial point when they’re keen to expand and hungry for advice and support.”
Edinburgh software specialist, PODFather, has opened a brand new headquarters in Edinburgh as it looks to further expand its operation and headcount in 2019.
The firm has relocated from its South Gyle HQ to the nearby Haston House, leasing more than 8,000 square feet of second-floor office space as part of a ten-year agreement.
This move, the company said, will allow it to expand its headcount by around 50%. The firm currently employs 48 members of staff in both sales and technical development roles.
Colin McCreadie, Managing Director of PODFather said: “Haston House will give us flexibility for growth. We have significantly added to our team in the past year and this will continue across 2019.
“Our client base, particularly across the construction, food & drink and general logistics sectors, continues to flourish and reflecting this, we need to ensure our own office environment is geared up with the capacity and space to provide the very best working environment for our people.”