Mark Logan has become the first male ambassador to join Women’s Enterprise Scotland (WES). Logan will be leading a campaign to recruit a new cohort of male ambassadors. Logan, a former Skyscanner executive is currently an investor and advisor to a number of start-up firms. He believes that more men are needed to help close the gender gap in the number of females starting up their own businesses.
Logan said: “The gender imbalance in enterprise and especially in the tech sector where I specialise, should be treated as an outright aberration in our society. It severely limits both individual opportunity and the country’s economic progress.”
“In addressing that imbalance, I believe it’s essential that both men and women – and especially those of us in leadership positions – work together to properly address the causes of gender imbalance in enterprise and particularly in tech, much of which is attitudinal in origin. As a senior leader in the tech industry, I’m grateful to have the opportunity to contribute to doing that.”
Lynne Cadenhead, chair of WES, said of Logan: “He is a vocal advocate for gender equality in the tech industry and his considerable experience in start-ups makes him well placed to understand the unique challenges of being an entrepreneur.”
“The gender gap in enterprise is hugely harmful to the Scottish economy and it is not something we will address in isolation, we need both men and women to step up, challenge unconscious bias and champion the policy changes and the support mechanisms that are needed to achieve meaningful change.”
Bruce Strang has been welcomed to Commsworld’s board as Executive Director of Operations. Before joining the local authority, he was known for his role at outsourcing firm Capita and as Managing Director of Updata, where he was responsible for a team exceeding 500 people. Strang’s appointment follows the firm’s recent board expansion, which saw it welcome two new board members, Steve Langmead and John Bennet as Non-Executive Directors.
Strang said of his appointment: “My role will be multifaceted as a result – and I’m excited to be working across so many different areas of the business. Speaking to Ricky and the team at Commsworld and its immediately evident that he wants to do things that nobody else in Scotland can even entertain, building on its recent milestone deals. I’m really excited to get started and add my commercial and public-sector experience to a brilliant team – and begin to take advantage of a unique set of opportunities.”
Ricky Nicol, Chief Executive of Commsworld, said: “To be able to attract somebody of Bruce’s standing to Commsworld is a real moment in time for us. His CV is outstanding. With his technical background, he’s developed into a proven leader who has delivered at the very top, in challenging roles at private and public sector organisations. That experience will be a huge boon for us – and Bruce will immediately look at our delivery of the £30 million Glasgow City Council ICT contract.”
Cat Leaver has been appointed to the role of Project Director at Brand Scotland, whose task will involve driving forward the new £6 million global Scotland Is Now campaign. Leaver will take up the role in July and will also manage its digital infrastructure and talent.
Currently, she is head of strategy at After Digital, where she manages its marketing and digital marketing teams and output. Leaver is also one of five who run TEDxGlasgow, one of Europe’s most established TEDx organisations.
Leaver said: “I’m honoured and excited to be taking on the role. It feels like the perfect time to show off what Scotland has to offer visitors, investors, students and those considering making Scotland their home.”
VisitScotland director of marketing and digital Charlie Smith said: “Cat brings a wealth of experience, a fresh perspective and the creative energy that will be vital in a highly competitive global marketplace.”
Scottish Enterprise MD Jane Martin added: “We are determined our joint efforts to date marks the start of a much broader partnership across the wider public sector, industry and business to put out a compelling, confident and consistent story about Scotland internationally.”
Luke Harte has been appointed Chief Operations Officer at Glasgow-based tech start-up Trisent. Previously, Harte founded and ran technology start-up Onyu, which focused on personal information security. Harte brings with him his extensive knowledge of blockchain technology that will be pertinent to Trisent’s forthcoming product.
Before taking up the role at Trisent, he worked as Technical Development Manager at IQX, a software supplier. Recently, he has launched a personal project which saw him build an independent cryptocurrency news site called TodaysCrypto. Harte said of his appointment: “Many of the things I learned from running Onyu are highly relevant to Trisent’s business and I am really looking forward to working with them.”
Gordon Povey, Trisent, founder and CEO, said of the appointment: “I have known Luke for a number of years, initially through his work at Onyu, and he has also worked with us on a couple of projects. He has a great technology and entrepreneurial background, shares in our values around data privacy, he also understands our technology and the market challenges. So, to have him join our team is brilliant news and will add strength to the company.”
After seven years on the board of investment syndicate Archangels, Geoff Ball has announced his retirement. Ball will be replaced by Ian Macleod, a former financial analyst who specialised in the field of telecoms.
Eric Young, chairman of Archangels, said: “There is no doubt that Geoff’s counsel will be missed by the Archangels board and I would like to put on record our sincere thanks to him for his significant contribution to the organisation over the past seven years.”
“In Ian, we have a worthy successor and I am confident that his experience and insight, specifically in the tech and energy sectors, will prove to be a great asset for Archangels.”
Alasdair Hendry has been appointed at the company’s new Head of Transformation and Consulting. Hendry’s appointment comes at a time of expansion at the company as the board has just committed a further seven-figure investment to expand the business’s core digital offerings. In his previous role, Hendry spent more than ten years at Sopra Steria in various roles including his most recent as head of regional digital transformation.
Hendry spoke of his eagerness to get started at Exception: “I am thoroughly looking forward to my new challenge at Exception. The technical teams and consultants here have a brilliant track-record of delivering transformation programs across Financial Services and the Public Sector and I am keen to continue those successes.”
Chief Executive Officer of Exception, Scott McGlinchey said: “Alasdair joins us at an exciting time for the organisation as we look to expand our digital services portfolio and grow the business further. He brings considerable experience and enthusiasm to his role as Head of Transformation and Consulting and the team are thrilled to have him on board.”
The Edinburgh-based IT and telecoms consultancy has welcomed Gail Skinner on board as the company’s new Financial Director. Skinner brings with her a wealth of experience from within the Scottish digital sector and has over 20 years’ experience of finance in advertising, PR and creative agencies.
Skinner has previously held similar roles at Strip Communications, The Leith Agency and Blonde Digital. She also manages her own financial and operational consultancy, Purple Sapphire Ltd.
Andrew Muir, co-founder and Director of FarrPoint said: “We’re very pleased to announce that Gail Skinner will be joining us on a permanent basis as Financial Director and a key member of the FarrPoint management team.”
“We are seeing a great deal of growth just now, making the appointment of a financial director essential for our future planning and expansion. Gail is extremely well qualified for the role, and we’re excited to have her on board.”
Fran Woelders has been appointed the new Chief Digital Officer to the Royal Bank of Scotland’s personal and business banking franchise. RBS said that Woelders will aim to drive digital advancement at scale across all of the bank’s customer journeys.
Woelders added: “I am delighted to be joining RBS as it strives to become the best bank for its customers and build upon its digital services at pace. Customers are increasingly seeking to self-serve in their own time and looking for ease and simplicity in the way they do their banking.”
“I’m looking forward to helping RBS to build upon its already award-winning platforms.”
Les Matheson, CEO of Personal and Business Banking, said: “These changes signal our intent to transform our business around the experiences and needs of our customers.”
“We will do this by combining the mind-set, behaviours and approach of a fintech, with our competitive advantages; highly professional and caring colleagues, deep expertise in technology, a large existing customer base, and our great brands. The result will make banking with us effortless everyday and brilliant when it matters.”
Detective Inspector Eamonn Keane, one of Police Scotland’s foremost cyber security officers has been seconded indefinitely to the Scottish Business Resilience Centre (SBRC). Keane will be taking up the role of Police Scotland Cyber Lead at SBRC, he will bring with him 33 years of experience. During his tenure with the police force, Keane worked across a diverse range of areas such as criminal investigation, terrorism, serious organised crime, child and public protection.
Keane said: “I am thrilled to be on board with SBRC, helping to service businesses of all sizes across Scotland facing significant digital threat – so much of which is indiscriminate. The need is greater than ever for collaboration between business, the public sector and academia in order to prepare Scotland for modern-day attacks on workplace digital systems.”
“However, it is much easier to prevent than to predict. Simple, clear guidelines and advice for businesses – such as always updating software when it prompts you to do so – is the key to prevention.”
“By also working alongside Scotland’s universities, we can help to keep our emerging talent working here at home, nurturing the impressive skills of today’s young coders and developers and preparing the future workforce for potential threat that they may face.”
Firas Khnaisser, Head of Decisioning at Standard Life has been appointed as the chairman of the Direct Marketing Association Scotland (DMA), an organisation that offers legal advice, political lobbying, and industry guidance for its members. DMA also announced head of data governance at Sainsburys Bank, Derek Lennox, as the DMA Scotland’s new vice chair. Khnaisser takes the helm from his predecessor Lynsey Fusco, Head of Marketing and Communications at The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.
Khnaisser and Lennox will work together to ensure that the organisation continues to represent the vibrant, energetic and creative data-driven marketing industry in Scotland. Lennox commented: ‘I want to include those that inspire me on this journey and personally want to make a material difference’ said Derek ‘I’m passionate about making Scotland world famous for data related skills through effective leadership.’
Khnaisser said: “I am extremely fortunate to be taking on the role as chair at a time when the DMA is committed more than ever to supporting Scottish and UK businesses navigate through a legislative climate that could best be described as tricky. I’m excited to be taking on the role of Chair of DMA Scotland, building on the wonderful work of Lynsey Fusco and all the great things she’s done over the past few years.”
Genoffir Macleod, VP and General Counsel of Thermo Fisher and Professor Steven McLaughlin Head of School, Engineering and Physical Sciences, at Heriot-Watt University have been appointed to the Innovation Centre for Sensor and Imaging Systems (CENSIS) board. Both bring a wide range of experience, skills and experience to the centre at a crucial time as the centre prepares for its next phase.
Macleod has over 20 years’ experience in deal-making with academic and industrial partners with the intent of accelerating innovation. McLaughlin is also a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, of the IET, and IEEE. His work with biomedical, energy and communication systems will help the centre as it engages with end-users of IoT and SIS to generate economic growth.
Bob Downes, Chair of CENSIS, said: “I am delighted that CENSIS has been able to attract such high-calibre people to join our Board. Their expertise will help us succeed in a world hungry for Internet of things application, driving growth and jobs in Scotland.”
“Coming from a multinational and academia, respectively, Genoffir and Steve reflect our varied stakeholder group at CENSIS. Their diverse perspectives and experience in different sectors will be valuable as we plan our future engagement with industry.”
Douglas Shand has been appointed to the newly created role of Director of Technology and Innovation for Scotland at PwC’s Edinburgh office. The role is combined with a UK-wide Cybersecurity Development Director position as the firm responds to the increasing requirement for technology-driven solutions to address the growing threat of cyber attacks.
Shand, who joined PwC in 2015 as Head of Innovation Incentives for Scotland, has over 25 years of experience of working in technology, including a role as Director of Innovation at Oracle. He has won multiple global awards for his work within the industry and has supported numerous technology companies in many different sectors.
Commenting on his appointment Douglas said: “I’m delighted to become the PwC’s first Director of Technology and Innovation, which reinforces our commitment to a rapidly changing digital environment for business. The fact the Scottish role is the first to have been created in the business also highlights how Scotland is at the forefront of our wider Intelligent Digital strategy.”
Lindsay Gardiner, Senior Partner and Regional Chairman for Scotland, commented: “Since Douglas arrived here, he has been instrumental in driving the technology agenda in our tax business. In this new position, he will take that development to the next level across all our lines of service.”
Kirst Buchanan and Gary Hogan have both been welcomed onto the Interface team. Buchanan’s new role will involve liaising between businesses and universities, research institutes and college to encourage new partnerships as well as long-term business-academic collaborations. While Hogan has been seconded from Robert Gordon University’s Commercial Operations Support Team, to support businesses in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire.
Buchanan said: “This is a great time to join Interface as we aim to inspire more businesses to partner with Scotland’s universities, research institutes and colleges to develop and create new products, services and processes. These partnerships can really boost all of the parties involved, and the economy.”
Hogan said: “I am delighted to join Interface. With my university background I understand the importance of bringing real-world business challenges into the classroom or lab, and from a business viewpoint, tapping into the knowledge and expertise in our universities opens doors and makes a difference to everyday life for the better.”
The Edinburgh based software company has recently made a double appointment as it drives forward its international growth strategy. The two new additions to the business will be taking up new senior roles and coincide with the company’s plan to launch a new global functionality. Adam Holt and Andrew Gibbon are to take up positions as Sales Director and Marketing Manager & Head of Partnerships, respectively.
Holt said: “As someone who has always been drawn to consumer-driven tech innovation, I am hugely excited to be joining Appointedd’s superb team at such a key point in the growth journey. We have a clear and differentiated value proposition already resonating loudly with our customers and prospects. Andrew and I will be working closely with the rest of the team to scale the business and continue to lead the future direction of this market.”
Founder and CEO Leah Hutcheon said: “We are delighted to welcome Andrew and Adam into the team at Appointedd. They bring a wealth of expertise in their fields, and we can’t wait to see how they impact the scale of the company. It is an exciting time for Appointedd – the demand for real customer relationships has never been higher, and online booking enables businesses of all types to create meaningful client engagements. With a truly world class team, we are well placed to optimise on this for further expansion globally.”
The global technology and IT services company is set to open a new office and customer experience centre at Maxim Office Park, Eurocentral, Scotland, located on the M8 between Glasgow and Edinburgh. This new office demonstrates the company’s further commitment to developing its presence in Scotland. Ricoh plans to hire additional employees to meet the continued growing demand for its services, products and solutions. Staff are expected to take full occupation of the space later this month.
Ricoh joins a growing number of successful organisations operating from the Park including biotechnology companies TC BioPharm and Lamellar Biomedical, which have created laboratory space in their suites, SEPA, Wills Bros, Allied Glass, SureThing, Proact IT, Regus and Balfour Beatty. Phil Keoghan, CEO, Ricoh UK & Ireland said: “Scotland has a proud tradition of attracting and nurturing innovative businesses and continues to be an important focus for us as we grow our UK presence.”
“We’re proud to be able to provide our Scottish customers and business partners with a showroom that clearly demonstrates the capability of our services and technology. The location of Maxim Office Park will allow us to be able to better serve our customers.”
Craig Ritchie, Director at Maxim Office Park, commented: “We are pleased to welcome Ricoh, a globally well-respected business, to the Park. It is great that the team chose Maxim in which to grow its Scottish operations. We offered a flexible and friendly package that allowed Ricoh to create space that reflected its specific business needs.”
The US software company has announced its plans to open its first European officer in Glasgow and will be looking to hire ten new software developers. Scotland’s abundant pool of talent and supportive business environment were key factors in the company’s decision to locate in Glasgow.
Cabinet Secretary for the Economy, Jobs and Fair Work, Keith Brown said: “Scotland offers technology companies a connected and collaborative location to develop, test, demonstrate and deploy innovative, cost-effective solutions to some of the world’s biggest challenges. I wish the company success as they integrate into the Scottish business community and through Scottish Development International we will continue to support their future focus and growth in Scotland.”
AcuSoft Director, Rebecca Hansen added: “Scotland, specifically the Glasgow metro area, provides a compelling value proposition, enabling AcuSoft to deliver the solutions our customers need at a much lower cost than the traditional technology centers.”
“AcuSoft is able to leverage a well-trained and highly-educated workforce, in a city with the modern infrastructure necessary for operating a technology services company without the progress inhibiting overheads of London, Seattle or Silicon Valley.”
Paul Lewis, interim chief executive of Scottish Enterprise, said: “AcuSoft’s decision to choose Glasgow for their new European HQ is fantastic news and highlights the competitive advantage that Scotland has as a place for international business. We have worked closely with the company as they made their decision and will continue to support them as they grow in Scotland.”
A new partnership between Opportunity North East (ONE) and CodeBase is bringing a new entrepreneurial hub to Aberdeen and North East of Scotland. The new partnership will support growth in the commercial digital sectors, by creating businesses which can scale internationally, working with industry sectors including energy, food & drink and agriculture and life sciences.
The initiative marks the start of ONE’s investment to strengthen and diversify the economy of the North East of Scotland by building digital capacity and capability, as part of a wider regional economic regeneration strategy.
Sir Ian Wood GBE, Chair of ONE D&E, said: “The ONE CodeBase partnership will deliver the specialist support required for digital company creation and growth, provide crucial access to experienced digital entrepreneurs, and increase the number of entrepreneurial businesses with scale and international reach. ONE is investing to drive this agenda at pace.”
“Bringing CodeBase’s proven digital incubation expertise and network into the heart of the region is the first step towards building a significant cluster of digital tech companies. Most importantly, the CodeBase team shares our vision for the North East of Scotland to be a leading player in corporate industrial transformation.”
Stephen Coleman, CEO and co-founder at CodeBase, said: “There is a fantastic opportunity to build significant digital businesses in the Aberdeen area, which will have a transformative effect on the economy. The wealth of talent in Aberdeen and the unrivalled access to global corporates is a key driver for CodeBase in our quest to create jobs and wealth for the next generation of digital entrepreneurs.”
Edinburgh based Icelantic and Highnet, which has offices across Scotland, have confirmed a new strategic alliance between the two IT companies, which will see them deliver enhanced connectivity solutions for businesses in Edinburgh and the UK. The pair plan to provide IT, voice, data and mobile solutions to businesses which are founded on a superior security platform that protects against increasing global cyber attacks, backed up by a multi-million pound digital infrastructure built by HighNet.
Duncan Reid, co-founder of Icelantic said: “Cyber attacks are dangerous, and one Edinburgh hospitality firm lost £150,000 due to a computer virus that manipulates on-line banking. So it is a serious issue. However, we believe that top level security should be the norm, not the exception.”
“That’s why we’re delighted to announce this strong alliance with HighNet which makes great sense, especially as we have similar approaches to delivering for customers. We are both determined to supply secured IT and connectivity, but we also want to help businesses grow, increase revenue and save costs by delivering innovative and flexible solutions.”
David Hogg, head of sales at HighNet said: “We are extremely pleased to be announcing we will be working in close alliance with Icelantic in Edinburgh and further afield. Our joint delivery will see us providing customers in a wide range of business sectors with IT and connectivity solutions that take advantage of new developments in digital and gigabit technology which save costs and increase speed.”
“This enhanced approach to strategic alliances is how all channel partnerships can work and we will look to our partners elsewhere in the UK to build similar routes to market.”
Awards & Honours
For the third consecutive year, Edinburgh-based downstream space and sustainability company Ecometrica has won the US Environmental Leader product of the Year Award. 2018 has already been a year of wins for the company, it was named on the FT 1000 list of Europe’s Fastest Growing Companies; Inc.’s 5000 Europe ranking of the fastest-growing privately held companies in Europe, the GP Bullhound Northern Tech Awards, which recognises the fastest growing exceptional technology companies in the North of England and Scotland.
The Environmental Leader judges said of the company’s platform: “Ecometrica’s system is certainly world class in this respect. It combines multiple technologies into a single platform. It’s scalable. And clearly, significant results have been realized by the clients who have utilized this software.”
“The comprehensive nature of the reporting system, along with accreditation by numerous agencies, makes it substantially ‘value added’ compared with others in its class. Strong data and analytics provides a key foundational element of driving successful energy and environmental management programs.”
Gary Davis, Chief Executive of Ecometrica, said: “It is an honour to win the Environmental Leader Product of the Year for a third year in a row. It’s a testament to the quality of the Ecometrica Platform, which is redefining and setting the global standard for geospatial sustainability reporting and also to the ability of our talented team to constantly innovate and evolve in response to technological advancements.”
Cathcart Associates has announced the winning applicant of their £5,000 CodeClan scholarship as Tahnee Downie. The scholarship was open to applicants from low-income households or disadvantaged backgrounds who wanted to retrain for a career in digital technologies at the digital skills academy but were unable to pay for the course fees.
Successful applicant Tahnee applied for the scholarship after being encouraged by other females working in tech. Tahnee had been considering a course at CodeClan for a while as she wanted to change careers from a graphic designer to a software developer, but was unable to pay for the course.
Instead, Tahnee started to attend Codebar, an organisation that runs coding workshops for those underrepresented in tech. This gave Tahnee the insight she wanted to see if coding was for her. She also joined Women Who Code, a non-profit organisation supporting women in tech. This active participation and passion to find out more about coding impressed Cathcart Associates’ Director, Gordon Kaye.
Tahnee said: “I was so astonished when I had the phone call to tell me I had been awarded the scholarship! I was encouraged and empowered by Codebar and Women Who Code to pursue a career in technology. I couldn’t have done it without their support and I’m so lucky to have this amazing opportunity from Cathcart Associates.”
Gordon Kaye, Director of Cathcart Associates, said: “We all know there is a skills gap in Scotland so we wanted to help an intelligent, motivated individual retrain into a career in tech through this scholarship. The tech industry is booming in Scotland and we believe there should be more opportunities made available for those who have the skills but lack the financial means or come from a disadvantaged background to change careers.
“We had lots of worthy applicants for our CodeClan scholarship and it was a tough decision to narrow it down. But overall, Tahnee’s application was successful because of the dedication she had shown to changing her career and her passion for coding. We wish her every success with her course at CodeClan.”
Melinda Mathews Clarkson, CEO of CodeClan, said: “Congratulations to Tahnee on her scholarship. It isn’t always easy to take the leap and change careers, but at CodeClan we are here to support our students to make that change and begin a successful career in the tech industry.”