Robotical, the Edinburgh based robotics start-up behind Marty the Robot, has appointed Fiona Diack as Marketing and Community Manager. Fiona will be responsible for developing and implementing marketing and brand strategy to support business growth and increased demand for Marty and future Robotical products. Fiona joins the team from Gecko Labs, where she headed up their marketing team.
Robotical CEO Dr Alexander (Sandy) Enoch, told DIGIT: “We are delighted to welcome Fiona to the Robotical team, and look forward to working with her as we continue our exciting expansion plans. This is a key appointment for us; a big part of Fiona’s role will be to reach out to educators to let them know about Marty and how he can make learning about programming, electronics, and mechanical engineering fun and engaging.”
Registers of Scotland
Ms Henderson has been with the civil service since 1994, most recently on a six month loan as a deputy director at the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government. Prior to that, she was a member of the executive team at the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory, as operations director and then as transformation director.
Ms Henderson said: “I am delighted to be joining Registers of Scotland at such an exciting time for the organisation. RoS’ vision to become a fully digital business by 2020 is ambitious, and the team have already made great progress on this journey. I’m really looking forward to leading the team at RoS through its transformation into our digital future.”
Prior to CodeClan, Ms Watson worked with Skyscanner for five years, leading the product engineering recruitment team and was involved in a number of skills challenges across the tech sector globally. These included sitting on the Digital Skills Board for Skills Development Scotland for projects such Digital World.
Ms Watson, told DIGIT: “I am excited and inspired to be joining Codeclan as I have always felt there is a global hole in digital skills and a real shortage of solutions addressing the issue. I want to be a part of an innovative solution and feel very lucky to have that opportunity in Scotland.
“I hope that what I have learned through the enormous growth I encountered at Skyscanner can be useful to our community of partners and most importantly to our students who are facing a new industry full of opportunity and possibility.
“I am also very grateful to be working with a team of people committed to the ever growing diversity and inclusion agenda that faces our industry and encourage all of my peers to connect with us to learn more on accessing our talent and initiatives such as our funding opportunities for women.”
Digital Office for Scottish Local Government
The Digital Office has appointed Dr Andrew Grayland as Chief Information Security Officer.
Dr Grayland told DIGIT: “Threats from cyberspace are all-pervading and as more and more high profile breaches are discovered, public perception of organisations who fail to protect their valuable data will be negatively impacted. Scotland has a long history of innovation and being at the leading edge of new technologies on a global stage. I return to Scotland, and this new role, with the goal of ensuring that we can continue this trend.
“The Scottish Government’s mission to create a ‘Safe, Secure and Prosperous’ digital nation must be laid upon the solid foundations of cyber security. Scottish Local Authorities have already begun to lead by example, demonstrating a wealth of talent and experience across the board. Together, we will show that we are stronger standing shoulder to shoulder against a common threat than as individuals tackling the same issues.
“For those organisations that have not yet begun this journey towards securing their digital frontiers, I offer these words of advice: the first step towards cyber security is the easiest step you will take and yet it is the one that pays the highest dividends. Do the simple stuff right and you will protect your organisation from the vast majority of potential attacks.”
thinkWhere has appointed David Frankland to the position of Operations Manager. Frankland will be responsible for leading the development and delivery of a range of pioneering solutions that allow maps and geographic information to be easily accessed and shared online anywhere in the world.
A first class graduate in Geography and Geology, Frankland also holds a Master’s Degree in Geographical Information Systems (GIS) from the University of Edinburgh. Frankland originally joined thinkWhere in 2012 in the position of GIS Developer having previously worked as a Research Assistant for the Scottish Carbon Capture and Storage Group and as a GIS Analyst for Edinburgh based Mapix Technologies
“An important aspect of our recently announced re-organisation and international expansion is the creation of a world class management team,” commented Alan Moore, CEO of thinkWhere. “David’s promotion to the role of Operations Manager is critical to this team and to the continued development and delivery of solutions around the world for clients such as the British Library, Scottish Government, Balfour Beatty and Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team.”
Frankland told DIGIT: “It is a real honour to be joining the senior management team at such an important time in the company’s development. We have already proven the power and capabilities of theMapCloud with successful deployment around the world and we are keen to build on this success.”
Hutchinson Networks has made three key appointments to spearhead its growth plans in the UK.
Afsar Chaudhury, joins as the Director of Advanced Infrastructure Services, Paul Edmondson as Sales Director and James Talbot as Head of Architecture.
Afsar Chaudhury is a seasoned technology executive with a track record of delivering solution based outcomes through strategic IT leadership to large organisations. He is highly qualified as a Practitioner (BVP) and is CCIE certified. His previous experience includes working in a variety of large technology companies across the UK. Paul Edmondson has over 25 years’ experience in the technology sector where he ran and mentored a wide variety of enterprise sales teams. Paul recently ran a large Solutions and Services Sales department where he was focussed on both the corporate and public sectors across the UK.
James Talbot has over 20 years’ experience working in the IT industry, with roles within the financial services industry and specialist IT providers. As incoming Head of Architecture James will bring a wealth of experience to the leadership team and will focus his efforts on the continued growth and development of the Architecture Practice. Having spent a number of years working as a founding member at an innovative start-up, James is well placed to not only expand Hutchinson Networks technical capabilities, but to also provide innovation and deliver outcomes for our clients.
Commenting on the new appointments, Stephen Heslop, CFO and COO said “We are delighted to have attracted such high calibre talent to our expanding team as we look to build on a fantastic year in 2017”. Paul Hutchinson, CEO said: “The new appointments are an integral part of our 2018 growth strategy where we will be looking to expand our footprint in England, grow our public-sector client base and build on our already substantial global services division which operates in over 80 countries.” “We will soon be moving to new larger purpose-built offices, which will give our customers the chance to experience cutting-edge technology first hand as well as offering an expanded Network Operations Centre that can service the growth in our UK and global customer base”.
Global people development business, Insights Learning Development Ltd, has appointed Fiona Logan as its new Chief Executive. Fiona was previously Insights Chief Operating Officer. In this role, she has played a major part in the successful delivery of the company’s three-year strategic goal, of growing the business sustainably by being irresistibly attractive to its chosen customers.
Fiona Logan said: “Insights is an amazing company to be part of. We have achieved so much during the last three years as we have strived to attain our strategic goals. We continue to have a real impact with our customers and in our wider communities, as we seek to live by our values and realise our purpose.
“I am humbled and inspired to now be in the position to lead this incredible business, and to continue learning from the people within it, as we begin the next phase of our journey.”
After 25 years leading the Insights Learning and Development business, Andy Lothian has been appointed the CEO of Insights Group. In his new role Andy will take responsibility for the oversight of the two wholly-owned subsidiaries of the Insights Group – Insights Learning and Development Ltd and DogFish Mobile Ltd.
Andy Lothian said: “I have loved working with Fiona to grow our organisation over the past three years. I’m excited and delighted that Fiona will now lead Insights Learning and Development into a compelling and expansive future.
“Fiona and her team will build on the legacy everyone at Insights has created. Her appointment will ensure continuity and leadership for our people, our customers and our community.”
Edinburgh-based specialist IT performance and segmentation security company Assure APM has appointed Neil Anderson as their Director of Cyber Security Services, in order to further bolster their cyber defence solutions and meet the demands of an increasingly-growing security market.
Mr Anderson previously worked as Security Architect with the Royal Bank of Scotland’s Global Network Solutions division. Before that, he served as the Principal Consultant leading the Infrastructure Protection and Mobility team within Dell SecureWorks’ consultancy division.
As part of Assure APM, Mr Anderson will have a hands-on role managing vendors while seeking out potential fits for the companies’ innovative solutions and client portfolio. He will also work on refining the security strategy for Assure APM and taking it to the market.
Doug More, CEO of Assure APM, told DIGIT: “Neil is an excellent fit for Assure. Our team are all highly capable and, with his vast background in cyber security and consultancy, Neil is sure to fit right in and help Assure APM lead the way in performance management technology.”
Neil Anderson said: “I want cyber security to be an enabler for business rather than a blocker. I’m very excited to join the team at Assure APM, with whom I can protect businesses while they innovate, allowing them to do things they wouldn’t have been able to without the proper security.
Cooper Software’s Chairman, George Elliott, said, “We are delighted that Mike will be joining Cooper Software, bringing a wealth of experience and significant market knowledge to the business. We believe he will offer much added value to our strategic plans as we look to grow the business and strengthen our position as a market leader in the delivery of cloud based ERP systems, products and services.”
Mr McGregor told DIGIT: “Cooper Software has established itself as a key player in the provision of ERP solutions, consulting and support services to a wide range of clients across a diverse range of industries. I am looking forward to working with the Board and the management team to grow and build the business and help the company realise its full potential.”
Addleshaw Goddard made three recent appointments. The company has added two new partners to its Financial Regulation team, making one of the largest in the UK. The company has also appointed Burness Paull’s former Head of Privacy, Ross McKenzie to the company’s data team.
Consumer finance specialist Clare Hughes will be joining from Eversheds. Clare, a barrister, previously worked as a specialist consumer lawyer at the Office of Fair Trading, and also with the team at Addleshaw Goddard.
Lorna Finlayson, former head of Burness Paull’s financial services regulatory practice, joins AG’s Edinburgh office. Prior to joining Burness Paull, Lorna worked with Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP in the City of London, and before that, was Company Secretary at Direct Line Financial Services
With a masters in IT & Telecommunications law, over the past three years, Ross has been at the helm of Burness Paull’s data protection offering, advising high profile technology and energy clients across the UK.
Amanda Hulme, Head of the Financial Services Sector at Addleshaw Goddard said : “With more regulatory change in the pipeline, new players emerging and banks transforming what and how they deliver their services, AG is creating important, additional bandwidth, not just to resource existing demand from a large and established portfolio of retail and challenger banks and other FS businesses, but to help us to better service the growing financial services community in Scotland from a local presence. Both Clare and Lorna are outstanding, long established specialist Financial Regulatory Partners, who are both well known in the market and highly respected by clients and we are delighted they are joining us.”
Helena Brown, partner and Head of Data at AG stated; “Data remains a serious source of concern for our clients. With GDPR bringing a heightened awareness of the risks, a continued strong regulation, significant fines for data breaches, coupled with growing cyber security concerns – clients continue to seek advice on how to navigate this evolving landscape.
“The growing importance of this service line, and the rare opportunity to recruit a talented young partner like Ross, who is passionate about data, made this an opportune and additive hire. Ross brings the right blend of technical data and commercial skills and is a perfect fit for our team, ensuring we can fully exploit the numerous new opportunities to deliver data work to either new clients or existing clients.”
Aberdeen-based creative agency, Form Digital, is expanding into Scotland’s Central Belt and has appointed Mark Gordon as the company’s Creative Director. Kyle McKenzie will head up the company’s new office in Glasgow.
Managing director Cameron Fraser said: “These new developments are the result of years of hard work that has allowed us to take this next step. With Mark on board, we feel well-placed to take the business to the next level and showcase ourselves against some of the well-established national design agencies, who have inspired us and driven us to get where we are today.
“The Central Belt is extremely competitive, particularly for design work, but we see this as an opportunity to not only compete against some of these businesses, but also to work together and learn from one another.”
Mark Gordon said: “Having known Cameron and Kyle for some time and admired their work from afar, I’m thrilled to join the team and look forward to helping the business make further inroads into brand development and design.
“We want to become one of the go-to companies in Scotland for web, branding and product visualisation – one that is accessible to companies of all sizes, whilst always striving to improve the way we do things.”
IT recruitment specialist Cathcart Associates has announced the opening of a new office in Leeds, further expanding the company’s foothold in the North of England.
The news follows the success of Cathcart’s Manchester office, which is projecting 100% turnover year on year over the next three years, taking revenue to over £4 million by the year 2020, with headcount expected to double over the same time frame.
Cathcart is keen to develop an active role in the burgeoning technology scene in Leeds, the rest of
Yorkshire and the North East.
Cathcart now hopes to get involved in the fast-moving tech scene in Leeds and the North East and
support the growth of the IT industry in what is already established as one of the tech capitals of the
Sam Wason, Director at Cathcart, says: “The reputation Leeds has as a tech hub is spreading
rapidly, and people are flocking to the city to be a part of some of the most innovative and inspiring
companies that have sprung up there. Cathcart Associates want to be in the middle of that and
we’re excited to be doing our part to foster this growth with the opening of our new office.”
IT, telecoms and infrastructure consultancy FarrPoint has opened a new office in Manchester to support its continued rapid expansion and as a base for its activities across the North of England.
The firm, founded in Edinburgh over 10 years ago, is projecting an increase of almost 50% in turnover by the end of the March 2018 and has expanded its team to 15 employees, a growth of over a quarter in the past twelve months.
The company recently appointed two new consultants, based in Manchester and Newcastle respectively, to represent them in the North of England and bring their skills to bear on the wealth of opportunities in the area.
Dr Andrew Muir, co-founder and Director of FarrPoint said: “Our new office in Manchester. will be our base in the North of England as we continue to grow and work on new projects in this area. The region is a hot bed for technology startups and SMEs, with hubs in both Manchester and Newcastle growing at a speed that rivals those based in Edinburgh and London.
“With our experience of working in tech hubs such as Edinburgh, our skill set and expertise will benefit growing businesses in the North of England. There is also a great deal of opportunity for FarrPoint in the public sector space in the area, with the ongoing city deals and LFFN (Local Full Fibre Networks) programme.”
MaidSafe, developer of ‘the world’s first and only autonomous data network’, has chosen Chennai in India as the location for an office dedicated to the development of its SAFE (Secure Access For Everyone) Network.
David Irvine, founder and chief executive of MaidSafe, said: “We are delighted to be opening our first office in India and have picked Chennai, because we see great potential in terms of the depth the software engineering talent,” said.
“We are trying to solve some of the most complex challenges in networking software, fundamentally trying to rebuild the internet, so we are looking for new recruits, who will be excited by such a big challenge.”
“The potential for the India market is huge,” added Nick Lambert, chief operating officer of MaidSafe. “It is already one of the fastest growing economies in the world and the commitment from the Indian Government to digitising services and ensuring all citizens have internet access is phenomenal.
“As more people are connected the growth potential for this economy is massive, but if India is to maintain its credibility as a secure country to do business with it will need to demonstrate it can protect important personal, Government and company information.
“Entering the country at this time as it shapes its future internet foundations gives us the opportunity to show how the SAFE Network can really contribute to India becoming a world leading digital economy.”
Communicare 247 was crowned winner in the Local Excellence category at the Scotland Excel Supplier Excellence Awards, the only awards programme in Scotland that recognises the achievements of local government suppliers.
The company is a supplier on the Scotland Excel Telecare and Telehealth contract which helps Scottish councils support people with a wide range of needs and enable people to live independently.
The company’s Local Excellence Award recognised the work the company has done with Falkirk Council to address a national switchover from analogue to digital technology, provide better solutions and increase citizen choice.
Tom Morton, CEO of Communicare247, said: “We started off our company to highlight the advantages of digital technology in telecare and winning the award is one of the best ways to highlight that.
“We are so pleased that all our hard work delivering a telecare solution that is fit for purpose and fit for the future has been recognised as an example of excellence by Scotland’s leading public procurement partnership.
“Winning means a reward for the Communicare247 team. Not only that, it acknowledges the support of fantastic people at Falkirk Council and Scotland Excel, who helped us all the way through the procurement process. It is a massive journey – it is not something for a small business to take lightly.”
Julie Welsh, director of Scotland Excel, said: “Our suppliers play a vital role in supporting delivery of essential public services, and it is right and fitting that we recognise those that go the extra mile.
“Winning a Supplier Excellence Awards is a real accolade for the business community, as it’s the only awards programme in the country to recognise the achievements of local government suppliers. Competition was tough, and our expert judging panel had its work cut out.
“My congratulations go to Communicare247 for their good work and well-deserved success in these prestigious awards.”