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DIGIT Movers and Shakers: June 2020

Ross Kelly

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Movers and Shakers June 2020

This edition of the DIGIT Movers and Shakers column features recruitment news stories from companies including Bellrock Technology, Xeretec and the OGTC.

Recruitment

Oil & Gas Technology Centre

The Oil & Gas Technology Centre (OGTC) has unveiled the appointment of Martin Gilbert as chair. Gilbert will succeed Archie Kennedy at the Aberdeen-based research and technology centre.

Kennedy has served as Vice-Chair and Chair of the OGTC since it was first established in February 2017.

Commenting on his appointment, Gilbert said: “Aberdeen has been a major part of my life – both professionally and personally – and I am passionate about investing in the future prosperity of the North East of Scotland.

“Despite the significant economic challenges facing the country as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, governments and industry remain committed to delivering net zero.

“The OGTC, therefore, has a crucial role in developing technologies to enable the oil and gas sector to be a valued part of the transition.”

Gilbert commands a wealth of business leadership experience, having previously co-founded Aberdeen Asset Management and served as Vice-Chair at Standard Life Aberdeen. In January this year, he joined Revolut as Group Chairman.

Colette Cohen OBE, Chief Executive of the OGTC, said: “We’re excited to welcome Martin to the Oil & Gas Technology Centre at this pivotal time for the oil and gas industry.

“His extensive experience and strategic leadership will be invaluable as we accelerate technology to support the post-Covid-19 recovery and deliver a net-zero North Sea.”


Sharktower AI

Edinburgh software firm Sharktower AI has announced the appointment of Brendan Waters to the firm’s leadership team.

Waters brings with him a wealth of experience, having spent several years as a corporate finance advisor to technology businesses before joining FanDuel as the company’s first CFO.

During his time at FanDuel, Waters helped the founders raise $16m of Venture Capital and Venture Debt from international investors. He then spent 4 years as CFO at Glasgow-based digital media agency, Dog Digital.

Most recently, he served as CFO of Wilson Imports, an international supplier to the sporting apparel and equipment market.

Commenting on his appointment, Waters said: “Sharktower is one of the most exciting early-stage businesses to emerge in Scotland in recent years. The team has developed cutting edge AI techniques and powerful, data-led project management solutions to solve real business issues for large enterprises by reducing project waste and improving team communication, which is particularly important during these times.

“I am excited by the opportunity to be part of the leadership team at such an exciting time for the business, as we prepare for the next round of growth investment.”

This latest hire follows the appointment of Nikki Horwood as Marketing Manager last month. She has 20 years’ experience in B2B tech marketing, having previously headed up marketing for several high-profile technology companies including CA Technologies, Informatica, Trend Micro and Cisco.

Horwood will be responsible for leading the strategic planning and delivery of all marketing activities across the company.

She said: “I’m thrilled to be joining Sharktower at this time. AI is set to revolutionise project management and to be part of a company that is driving that change is an incredible opportunity.

“These are obviously challenging times to be starting a new role, but we have an incredible team of innovative, fearless people and we are getting to know each other very well, digitally.”


Wallet.Services

Iona Murray has joined Wallet.Services in a full-time capacity to lead the firm’s marketing and communications strategy.

After finishing her business and marketing degree at the University of Edinburgh, Murray said she is excited to take the next step in her career and to apply her knowledge to the technology industry.

Starting her career as a business apprentice at Microsoft, Iona has supported Wallet.Services throughout her four years at university – including a year spent in Milan where she had the opportunity to study marketing from an international perspective.

This experience sparked her interest in emerging technologies and how to market them. Iona focused her dissertation on attitudes towards technology innovation in the Scottish Public Sector; a study which will not only help Wallet.Services’ go-to-market approach, but is made even more relevant given the current pandemic and need for digital public services.

Wallet.Services’ SICCAR platform enables cross-organisation collaboration and trusted data sharing. In the public sector, SICCAR has been used to let agencies share citizen information safely and securely, allowing citizens to prove their entitlement and gain access to a range of different public services.


Inoapps

Bryan Lord, a technology sector veteran with 30 years’ experience of running and growing global business consulting practices, has become the latest senior recruit to join Inoapps following his appointment as Head of Service Delivery EMEA.

Prior to taking on this newly-created role, Lord served as Managing Director EMEA for global technology business Configit. Before that, he spent nearly two decades at Infor, a global enterprise company providing business software products, where he was Senior Director of Business Consulting.

In his new role, Lord will focus exclusively on delivering cutting-edge Oracle On-Premises and Oracle Cloud solutions for Inoapps’ growing EMEA client base.

Aberdeen-headquartered Inoapps, a global Oracle Platinum Partner, has also announced the appointment of Joel Broadbent as HCM (Human Capital Management) Practice Lead. He joins from Hitachi Consulting where he was closely involved in a number of significant global Oracle Cloud implementation projects.

Phil Burgess, Managing Director of Inoapps EMEA, said: “I’m delighted to welcome our new colleagues to the growing team at Inoapps. Bryan’s new role is to continue the high level of service our customers are now experiencing whilst developing our teams to leverage further global growth across the EMEA region. His background experience combined with his market knowledge, drive and enthusiasm makes him an ideal fit for our team.

“Joel is a key appointment within Bryan’s team. He will continue our success and focus on delivering high-quality HCM implementations, and further develop the Inoapps HCM strategy and roadmap.

“Despite this significantly challenging economic environment, Inoapps continues to invest in high-quality people as we grow our business throughout the EMEA region.”


Openreach

Openreach has appointed Rosanne Moreland to lead its large-scale commercial build of full-fibre broadband in Scotland.

Moreland will assume the role of programme director for the multi-million-pound infrastructure build to replace the nation’s copper network.

She brings with her more than 20 years of experience in the telecommunications sector, remaining a resident of Aberdeenshire while travelling extensively on business across the UK, US and India.

Before joining Openreach to head up UK business improvement, she held senior UK management roles in BT customer service operations, including leading 11 contact centres in the UK and India, with 1000 employees.

Commenting on the appointment, Moreland said: “Connectivity has never been more important to Scotland and it’s a privilege to be one of the people leading the nation’s journey from copper to fibre. Gigabit broadband will enable rapid changes in vital services like digital health and education – it will be vital in helping to rebuild and grow the economy.”

She added: I’m hugely excited about leading such a significant civil infrastructure project for Scotland. The opportunity to do something in my homeland has a huge meaning for me, and a significant portion of our build will be in harder-to-reach areas.”


LiberEat

LiberEat has announced that Vikki Macleod, previously Non-Exec of IndigoVision, has joined the company as Chairperson.

Macleod’s appointment comes amid an exciting period at the Aberdeen-based startup as it aims to expand outside the UK in the near future.

In a career spanning over 30 years, Macleod has experience in the technology, marketing and finance sectors and has worked with a range of top companies, including HSBC and Tesco Bank. She also recently served on the board of Zonal Retail Data Systems, and has been a part of Grant Thornton Scotland’s Growth 365 team since October 2019.

Commenting on the appointment, LiberEat Managing Director and Founder Barry Leaper said: “We are delighted to welcome Vikki to the Board. Her extensive experience and understanding of commercial partnerships and insight into customer engagement, especially with the technological innovations will be invaluable to LiberEat as we enter into the next phase of growth.”

Macleod added: “Barry and the LiberEat team have done a great job in creating a product that truly solves a problem that many people experience.

“I am delighted to join them on this mission and look forward to helping the company go from strength to strength to help millions of people.”


Equate Scotland

Lesley Laird has replaced Talat Yaqoob as director of Equate Scotland, the organisation which campaigns for gender equality throughout the Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) sectors.

The former MP takes the helm at the height of the Covid-19 crisis and believes the pandemic has positively demonstrated the way people can break down barriers and adapt to change in difficult circumstances.

Equate Scotland delivers confidence-boosting training and support for women at each stage of their career, develops their skills and expertise, provides networking opportunities, and works with employers to improve employment practices and behaviours.

Laird, who has had an extensive and varied career, worked in HR roles within the technology and financial services sectors before entering politics in 2012 where she held a number of senior roles, most recently as MP for Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath.

Commenting on her appointment, Laird said: “I am delighted to join Equate as its new Director – albeit remotely for the moment. The way organisations and people have had to adapt to change in recent weeks and months has demonstrated how barriers can be broken down.

“The glass ceiling of flexible work patterns and working from home has been well and truly smashed. Given what we have all been through, the old arguments of it’s too hard, it’s too complex, it’s too inconvenient, it will cost too much, won’t stack up.  It’s not about going back, but about how we work together to go forward from here.”

Talat Yaqoob said it had been a privilege to lead Equate Scotland and to work with the talented team.

She said: “The organisation has made a tangible positive difference for women across the STEM sectors; by providing development opportunities for women, delivering placements to support skills growth and, crucially, challenging and changing inequality in workplace cultures.

“I am proud to be leaving Equate Scotland in a strong position to continue this work and wish the organisation all the best going forward.”


Peachy Mondays

Edinburgh-based HR tech firm Peachy Mondays has confirmed sales and business growth expert Aaron Ross as its first advisory board member.

Ross is author of the award-winning bestseller, Predictable Revenue: Turn Your Business Into A Sales Machine With The $100 Million Best Practices Of Salesforce.com, or as it’s often referred to, ‘The Sales Bible of The Silicon Valley’.

Ross’ achievements in business include growing Salesforce.com’s revenues to over $100 million. He was also Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Alloy Ventures, a $1 billion venture capital firm, and CEO of LeaseExchange (now eLease.com) where he raised $5 million in venture capital.

Over the past 11 years, Ross has grown his reputation as a highly sought-after keynote speaker on outbound sales development. In 2008 he co-founded Predictable Revenue, a consulting company that helps organisations with their outbound sales development.

James Anderson, co-founder of Peachy Mondays, said: “We’re thrilled that Aaron has become the first member of our Advisory Board. To have such a renowned expert investing his expertise in our company is incredible.

“Aaron has helped to transform sales teams and the sales development process in companies all over the world. His strategies are proven. Having access to such insights and knowledge will be invaluable in helping Peachy Mondays to achieve scalable, predictable, and sustainable revenue.”

Commenting on his appointment, Ross said: “I’m excited to be helping Peachy Mondays with their ambitious growth strategy. Peachy Mondays’ platform has been proven at an impressive list of companies and brands.

“Even in my own company, I see the difficulty in getting useful feedback from employees, and Peachy Mondays has many ways to make it easier to gather and act quickly on employee feedback. One example is creating two-way anonymous conversations with employees, to open up more conversations and have a way to dig into the details of issues.”

Founded in 2013 by James Anderson and Gordon Adam, Peachy Mondays has been disrupting the employee engagement survey market with its award-winning employee feedback platform. Organisations from all around the world have adopted the Peachy Mondays platform, using it in multiple languages to help them collect and understand deep employee insights.


Bellrock Technology

Bellrock Technology has appointed Steve Langmead as its new chair as the data analytics innovator gears up for a landmark year which will include the next stage release of its revolutionary Lumen software.

Steve Langmead joins the board of the Glasgow-based company, which also welcomed a fresh injection of £1 million last month.

An experienced technologist and innovator, Mr Langmead brings significant business expertise to Bellrock Technology, a University of Strathclyde spin-out co-founded by Chief Executive Adam Brown and Chief Technology Officer Professor Stephen McArthur.

He said: “Bellrock Technology is a significant part of the future of data science. Its Lumen software product stands on the threshold of delivering revolutionary change across all sectors – healthcare, oil and gas, public sector, manufacturing and finance – when it comes to data science and the speed, scale and cost of its deployment.

“Put simply, with Lumen, a company can deliver high-quality data science in minutes and hours, compared to existing methods that take weeks and months. Saving companies significant costs whilst improving their speed and effectiveness of decision making.”


Awards

Xeretec

Xeretec has announced it is now able to bring even greater workflow process efficiencies to private and public sector organisations, through securing Silver Partner accreditation from UiPath.

The announcement comes at a time when many organisations are rapidly accelerating their digital transformation plans in response to the post-pandemic business environment.

Organisations are now looking to kick-start revenue generation efforts, control inflated costs, free up overburdened resources, address supply chain issues and develop new processes to serve their customers. UiPath’s IA solutions offer them a highly-efficient, productivity-boosting and secure way to successfully address those issues.

By offering UiPath’s solutions, Xeretec is further building on its decades of experience of successfully delivering Managed Print, DaaS solutions and Cloud-based IT services to commercial and public sector customers as they embark on their digital transformation journeys.

Xeretec will tailor its IA offering to each organisations’ needs, which starts by understanding a business’ objectives for both the short and long term, then advising and consulting with it as they work together to achieve their goals.

Russell Lawrie, Head of Business Intelligence, Xeretec, said: “Today’s agile business expects speed, simplicity and accuracy when conducting routine, but essential, business tasks. The streamlining of business processes – as realised by solutions like IA – drives the cost, efficiency and customer service benefits that businesses need; not just to make up the time recently lost to the COVID-19 pandemic, but also to drive their broader strategy for the future.

“Xeretec’s years of experience in Managed IT environments makes it ideally placed to ensure IA is a core component of its clients’ business both now and in the future.”


Workflo Solutions

Livingston-based managed services provider Workflo Solutions has added another accolade to its growing number of business awards.

The company has been recognised as the Best Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Managed Services Provider for Scotland in the 2020 UK Enterprise Awards, hosted by business trade newspaper SME News.

The award recognises the company’s exponential growth and exemplary customer service which saw it add a range of new services to its portfolio – including documentation archiving, cloud computing and IT support services management, to sit alongside its traditional ‘core’ of outsourced print and documentation management services.

Michael Field, managing director of Workflo Solutions said “We’re absolutely delighted to have won the ICT prize at this year’s UK Enterprise Awards. It highlights our company’s ability to ensure that our solutions for business are fully developed to meet today’s growing market requirement.

“The ICT category is a very competitive one. There are some illustrious names within this category who we know and greatly respect, so to come out on top is truly humbling. This past year has been an eventful one. We’ve acquired two new businesses, opened two new UK regional hubs and, like thousands of other businesses, have had to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic fallout. This award is the boost we need as we come through the pandemic and now really look forward to the challenges that lie ahead.”

In the past year, the firm has acquired Livingston-based IT support business Pyramid IT and long-established Paisley-based Document and Records Management firm, TRM.

It also opened new facilities in Aberdeen and Saddleworth, Greater Manchester, as it extended its portfolio of services and broadened its reach across the UK.

Ross Kelly

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