DIGIT Movers and Shakers: April 2019
In this month’s edition of Movers and Shakers, we cover recruitment and awards news from companies including DeltaDNA, Zonal and ConsiderIT.
Deep-data analytics and player marketing platform, deltaDNA, has made two senior appointments, bringing on board Lisa Paulson as VP Client Services, and Isaac Roseboom as Chief Product Officer.
Paulson will be responsible for ensuring that a “clear and responsive” dialogue is maintained between deltaDNA’s publishers and developers in North America, which include Mobilityware, TakeTwo and Kongregate.
Paulson has previously worked as an external advisor for deltaDNA and brings with her nearly 30 years of sales, marketing and business development expertise. She has also held senior roles at major publishers, including Electronic Arts (EA), Oberon and A+E Networks.
Roseboom will move from his previous position as Chief Strategy Officer to the newly-created role of Chief Product Officer; where he will be responsible for the ongoing development and vision of the company’s game analytics platform.
Commenting on the announcement, deltaDNA CEO Mark Robinson said: “Having an open and responsive relationship with the publishers and developers who rely on our platform has always been vital to ensure we continually develop features and services which respond to their evolving requirements.
“As a result, we’re delighted to be welcoming Lisa to our US team, as her wealth of client relationship experience means our clients in North America are in great hands. Isaac’s appointment as our first Chief Product Officer will ensure that client feedback quickly translates into our platform vision.”
Helen Fawcett has joined business and IT consultancy, Waterstons, as its new lead consultant for higher education.
Fawcett joins Waterstons from Durham University, where she worked for seven years as a strategic planner. During her time at the university, Fawcett played a key role in developing its expansion strategy, which aimed to boost the number of students from 16,000 to 20,000 in 10 years.
In her new role as Higher Education Lead Consultant, she will provide strategic guidance to the company’s higher education clients.
Fawcett commented: “I’m passionate about higher education; I was the first to go to university in my family and I’m inspired by the transformative impact that education has on individuals, communities and globally through the reach of high-quality research.
“My strategic higher education expertise and that of other new colleagues in the team, combined with our track record in delivery in data and digital capabilities, means that we’re incredibly well placed to help support the UK’s higher education sector’s diverse needs.”
Andrew Gill, Head of Transformation as Waterstons, added: “It is my pleasure to welcome Helen to Waterstons. With universities and higher education providers confronted with so many decisions about the future, we can provide a holistic, tailored and practical consultancy service, working hand-in-hand with higher education clients to understand their needs.”
Technology evangelist Theo Priestley has been appointed as Chief Marketing Officer at WFS Technologies, which specialises in subsea wireless automation, IoT and edge computing networks for the oil & gas sector.
Priestley commands a wealth of experience in the digital technology sector, having served as vice president at global software companies SAP and Software AG. He is widely regarded as a thought leader in the IoT field and has been published in a host of publications, including WIRED, Forbes, Venturebeat and the Huffington Post.
His appointment marks the third that the company has made since the beginning of 2019, following the appointment of Moray Melhuish as Commercial Director and Richard Adams as Sales Channel Director.
Priestley commented: “It is really great to be a part of the WFS journey at such an exciting phase of the firm’s growth. The energy industry, as well as that of defence and smart cities, are undergoing a massive transition at the moment and emerging technology plays a large part of that transformation.
“WFS has a rich heritage in creating real-time solutions under extreme conditions with its portfolio of unique and modular IoT applications designed for subsea and sub-surface use. I’m looking forward to supporting the team and company expand by helping to further drive its position and thought leadership in the industry.”
Brendan Hyland, founder and chairman of WFS Technologies, added: “Theo is a fantastic fit for the team because he shares our vision and passion for how next-generation technology, which has already transformed our daily lives, can significantly contribute to increased production efficiency and cost reduction as well as benefit asset integrity and late life extension.
“He brings yet another new dimension to our business, reinforcing our focus on building our market position for future global expansion. As a tech futurist, who is widely regarded internationally by his peers, Theo has an impressive network of connections and we look forward to seeing how this further supports our ambitious business plan.”
Edinburgh-based drinks delivery company, Drinkly, has confirmed the appointment of two new executives amid its ongoing growth phase.
Jill Davidson joins the firm as brand partnerships manager from Edinburgh Rugby. Davidson helped the organisation boost sponsorship revenue by 60% across a three year period.
Glen Stocco has joined as Director of Business Operations, having previously served as president of a Canada-based craft cider company.
Stocco has also held positions as an assessor for Scottish Edge, as well as senior development roles for a property company. In his new role, Stocco will focus on structuring Drinkly for growth, as well as overseeing tech developments and leading on strategy, financial planning and forecasting.
Douglas Kinloch has joined Glasgow-based firm Bellrock Technology as Chief Commercial Officer to help drive the company’s next growth stage.
Kinloch was most recently VP Financial Markets at software company Inside Secure, following its acquisition of Metaforic in 2014. He commands a wealth of experience with more than 30 years in senior business development and marketing positions at a number of technology companies.
Bellrock Technology, a spinout from the University of Strathclyde, provides an advanced platform for the delivery, deployment and utilisation of Data Science Analytics to a number of bluechip corporations encompassing several industry sectors.
Robert Kirkwood has joined 2i Testing as Sales & Service Delivery Director, having most recently served as CIO for High Speed 2.
Kirkwood has extensive experience as a digital & IT transformation leader, described by 2i as having an “outstanding track record for delivering tangible business and systems outcomes”.
Prior to his time at HS2, he was a partner with Capco and global lead for PwC – where he played a crucial role in re-establishing their EMEA CIO Services – as well as holding senior roles with Clydesdale Bank, RBS and Scottish Power.
Commenting on the announcement, 2i Managing Director Dave Kelly said: “Having known Robert for many years, I’m absolutely thrilled that we now have his vast experience to draw upon as we continue to expand our senior team with appointments of this calibre.
“2i’s vision is to become the go-to Quality Assurance partner for organisations throughout the UK and I see Robert’s reputation in the IT industry as a key factor in helping us achieve this.”
Leith-based cybersecurity company Consider IT has been selected as a member of CREST following an extensive and rigorous assessment of its internal business processes, security methodologies and overall data security.
CREST Provides internationally-recognised accreditation for organisations that provide technical security services and professional level certifications for individuals specialising in penetration testing, cyber incident response, threat intelligence and security operations centre (SOC) services.
As a result of the recent membership, the company is now an official Certifying Body for the Cyber Essentials scheme.
Consider IT’s Managing Director Stuart Gilbertson said: “For years, Consider IT has acknowledged that more responsibility needs to be taken by IT Support companies. There are no barriers to entry and no formal requirements to become an ‘IT Support Company’ or ‘Managed Service Provider’. Therefore, the only way to affirm quality within the business is to achieve membership or certification from recognised third-party bodies or standards.
“I’m delighted to confirm that today we achieved yet another milestone in our long-term plans to be superior. Our team adopt an innovative and rigorous approach to security and as such we have been acknowledged for doing so. We plan on rolling out Cyber Essentials to all clients as standard, and moving onto penetration testing when the time is right.”
The HR team at Scottish tech company Zonal has been recognised at the 2019 s1jobs Recruitment Awards, which showcases the achievements of companies and industry leaders across the country.
Zonal’s team won Best in-house Recruitment Team of the Year at the awards, fighting off stiff competition from organisations such as Lothian buses, Napier University and SSE. Zonal also received a runners-up commendation for HR Team of the Year.
This award adds to Zonal’s impressive awards tally over the past 12-months, which saw includes Restaurant Magazine Readers Choice Award for best EPoS brand, The Herald’s Scottish Family Business of the Year, the Scottish Family Business Award & Supreme Champion at the Family Business Awards and Corporate Partner of the Year with its adopted charity, Hope for Children.
Head of HR at Zonal, Catriona Dick, said: “To receive this recognition is an amazing achievement in what has been our biggest recruitment year since we were founded 40 years ago. Being a family-owned company, our core values are really important to us and we haven’t lost sight of those as we continue to grow and innovate.”