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DIGIT Movers and Shakers: August 2017

Chloe Henderson

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The end of the month is here and so is DIGIT’s Movers and Shakers! August has been a huge month for new hires, mergers, and the rest – but don’t worry! We’re here to keep you in the loop.

This month, CodeBase launches new offices in Stirling, FanDuel loses half of its board, and Cello Signal merges with Tanami. Here are the highlights…

 

NEW HIRES

Eden Scott

Scottish recruitment firm Eden Scott is bolstering its Sciences, Manufacturing and Technology sector team with four new starts. Lyn Smith has joined the Glasgow office as senior consultant after relocating from Northern Ireland. There, Smith worked in the life sciences sectors including pharmaceuticals, medical, food science and environment.

Smith said “Scotland’s life sciences sector is very strong and the demand for the best talent to help these innovative companies thrive is huge. I am excited to be further developing Eden Scott’s Life Sciences business and helping the many businesses in this sector to meet their objectives.”

Stephen MacDonald has joined the team as Senior Technical Consultant. Stephen brings years of experience and contacts from working within the technology and manufacturing sectors.

The utilities division welcomes Laura Smyth, who brings over five years of recruitment experience to the role. She will be supported by trainee consultant Rachel King, who worked previously at Scottish Widows.

 

Sainsbury’s Bank

movers and shakersSainsbury’s Bank is adding Kate Ho to the ranks as Head of Technical Data Products, moving on from her position as Senior Product Manager at FreeAgent. Her new role will see her drive the vision and strategy for Sainsbury’s Bank’s Data Platform and related products. She will be working under Mark Hunter, Chief Data Officer, and will be based in Edinburgh.

She said: “I’m super charged about the new challenge. My PhD research was looking at requirements work for large scale, distributed data platforms. Having spent most of my 20s investigating at how we can effectively understand the requirements for data mining and visualisation tools for scientists, it’s very exciting to have a chance to return to data driven products again.”

 

Exception

Movers and ShakersEdinburgh-based IT consultancy Exception is adding Robert Kirkwood as new Head of Digital and Change after boosting their annual revenue. Robert worked previously at Capco UK and PwC.

Exception CEO Scott McGlinchey said: “Robert brings a wealth of experience and expertise in transforming and integrating IT operations helping our customers on their journey towards digital and cloud based solutions.”

 

Represent

Edinburgh-based communications agency Represent has appointed Mairi Beaver to lead its digital division, working with clients across the foods & drink, events, and hospitality sectors.

Previously at Carat – Dentsu Aegis Network, Mairi has worked with a number of high-profile clients including STV, Albert Bartlett, DeAgostini, Kipling, VisitScotland, and the Scottish Government.

Commenting on her appointment, Beaver said: “At Represent, digital thinking is baked in from the start, delivering content that is optimised for digital release. Represent is well placed to capitalise on the opportunities digital presents and I wanted to be part of that success for the agency and for clients.”

 

DeltaDNA

DeltaDNA Dr Isaac RoseboomDeltaDNA has promoted a former Hubble astrophysicist to the newly-created role of Chief Strategy Officer. Dr Isaac Roseboom will take responsibility for researching and defining the platform vision, balancing technical and market considerations to maximise the company’s commercial reach. Roseboom previously held the position of Head of Insight at deltaDNA, where he worked as a consultant on hundreds of games, offering expertise on data-driven game design and the use of predictive modelling.

Commenting on the promotion, Roseboom said: “During my time with deltaDNA, the company’s ability to consistently balance rapid innovation, reliable service and customer success has been truly remarkable, so having the opportunity to help shape its growth from this point is both an incredible honour and challenge.”

 

University of Glasgow

Robin Huggins, Head of Business Development and MBN Academy at MBN Solutions, has been invited by the University of Glasgow to join the Industrial Advisory Board for the School of Mathematics & Statistics.

Huggins will be joining fellow board members from Google, Scottish Government, Royal Bank of Scotland, Lloyds Bank, and Shell to assist and advise the School on the provision of postgraduate MSc courses in Statistics and Data Analytics, undergraduate work placement programmes, and to help shape future developments in teaching and research.

 

QikServe

Gordon Craig, New Board Member at QikServeMulti-channel order and payment specialist QikServe has appointed Gordon Craig as a permanent board member, representing investors Par Equity and Equity Gap.

Craig is the co-founder of HealthTech company Craneware, whom he currently works with on a consultancy basis. He is also involved in a number of high-growth technology businesses across a range of sectors, including QikServe and Snap40.

“Gordon’s experience in driving the development of a market-leading product, coupled with his success in building a U.S. business makes him a phenomenal source of valuable knowledge and insight,” said Daniel Rodgers, co-founder and CEO. “We are delighted to welcome him to our Board and look forward to tapping into his expertise to help accelerate our global growth.”

Craig added: “I’m thrilled to join the team at QikServe – a company that has already done an incredible job by fostering relationships with the key players in its target markets. It’s very exciting to be able to be part of the next stage of this company’s growth, which I am confident will see it reach new heights on a global scale.”

 

The Cyber Academy

Edinburgh Napier University’s Cyber Academy has welcomed computer forensics expert Vassilios K.movers and shakers (Basil) Manoussos as their new Manager. Announcing his appointment on Linkedin, Vassilios said that the academy will soon be undergoing a series of changes, including a re-vamped website and a new outreach programme.

He added: “I am looking forward to this new journey with the Cyber Academy and excited about the things we have already planned and these that will come in the future.”

 

Pyreos

movers and shakersEdinburgh-based Pyros, which supplies pyro-electric sensors, has taken on technology industry veteran Caroline O’Brien as their newly-created Vice-President of Sales and Marketing. Caroline has spent 25 years in the semiconductor and wider technology market, amassing experience from start-up companies to blue-chip corporations across the UK, the United States and Asia. Caroline joins Pyreos from Bedford-based audio components developer Tectonic Elements, where she was managing director.

Andrew Wallace, chief executive at Pyreos, said: “Caroline is an excellent addition to the Pyreos team and we’re delighted that she’s come to work with us as we continue to build the company…  Caroline’s previous work in America and Asia will be key to continuing our export growth.”

 

Commsworld

Movers and ShakersScotland’s largest independent network and internet provider has underlined ambitious growth plans in the North East of Scotland with the appointment of Greig Scott as a specialist salesperson. Having previously worked for BT, Scott brings more than 10 years’ industry experience from within the industry and is committed to further increasing Commsworld’s market share in Aberdeenshire.

Scott said: “Commsworld is the perfect fit for my skill set and ambitions – I would love to see its growth not just continue but gather speed and match the incredible growth they have seen over the rest of the country.

 

Skills Development Scotland

Movers and ShakersJulian Glendinning, Head of Cyber and Data Security at BT Global Services, has been invited to join Skills Development Scotland’s (SDS) Tech Industry Advisory Board (TIAB). The initiative has been developed with the Scottish Qualification Authority (SQA) to help strengthen their courses and syllabus to meet the requirements of industry and maintain relevance with the fast changing progress of technology.

On his appointment, Glendinning said: “Delighted to have been invited to join the Tech Industry Advisory Board for Skills Development Scotland. This initiative is about bringing industry closer to education and people development in Scotland.

“The positive outcome will be better opportunities for individuals seeking employment and for industry to benefit from conversant candidates.”

 

 EXPANDING/REBRANDING

Insight Legal

Insight Legal Brian Wlesh

Insight Legal Software is opening its first Scottish office and will launch a new version of its product, tailored for the Scottish market. The Hampshire-based company’s new office will be based in Glasgow and headed by Brian Welsh, the company’s director of operations and sales.

Commenting on the expansion, Welsh said: “We are committed to providing excellent service and customer care so it’s important that we have a dedicated office for the Scottish market. The needs of our customers will be influential in the development of the Scottish product and we are building a local team to provide training and support. Unlike our competitors, we will be investing in Scotland and we look forward to becoming a much more active part of the Scottish legal community.”

 

CodeBase

Scotland’s largest technology incubator is opening a new facility in Stirling, following the model used in its successful Edinburgh base – and has indicated this is the first step in a UK-wide expansion.

Stephen Coleman, the co-founder and chief executive of CodeBase, said: “In advance of our UK-wide rollout we are leveraging Stirling’s central location to provide scale‑up education, technology events and mentorship for Scotland’s digital companies.

“We are creating a hub that can drive real growth into the region and country, and believe Stirling can become an integral part of Scotland’s fast-growing tech scene with all the knock-on benefits – not least the potential for hundreds of jobs to be created in the city.”

 

ZoneFox

movers and shakersCyber-security firm ZoneFox have moved headquarters in Edinburgh to accommodate for their rapid expansion. The move is the culmination of an intense year of activity and growth, that has seen them secure a £3.6m funding round, pick up multiple awards, and release their new augmented reality product ZoneFox AI.

Founder and company CEO Dr Jamie Graves told DIGIT: “It seems like a lifetime ago that we spun ZoneFox out of Napier University. The last few years have been a total roller coaster and sometimes it’s hard to take a step back and appreciate all that we’ve achieved as a business and as a team.

“Moving into new offices is a real milestone for us, it feels like the end of one era in one sense but very definitely the beginning of another. We have ambitious plans growth plans over the coming months and years. International expansion beckons, as does more investment in our product development and retaining our focus on recruiting great talent so that can continue to deliver on our mission to deliver proactive and actionable security. It’s been an amazing journey so far and I can’t wait to see what comes next.”

 

PowerPhotonic

movers and shakersMicro-optics designer and manufacturer PowerPhotonic is investing in a new facility that will create 16 jobs and treble its manufacturing capabilities. The company is set to move to St David’s Business Park, in Dalgety Bay, by the end of next year.

Managing Director Dr. Roy McBride said: “Until two years ago we were purely equity funded, but now to be able to raise bank funding to get a loan says a lot about our profitability and stability as a company.”

 

BJSS

Movers and ShakersEnglish-based IT-consultancy BJSS has announced plans to expand into Scotland with the immediate objective of recruiting 70 highly-skilled IT consultants from the local area. This team, based in the BJSS Scottish hub, will play a key delivery role for the company’s Scottish and global clients, as well as developing further business opportunities in the region. The facility will be led by a dedicated Head of Delivery, also recruited from the local area, who will report directly to a member of the BJSS board. BJSS works with organisations such as NHS Digital, RBS, The Co-operative, ITV, BP and Lloyds Banking Group.

James Whitehouse, BJSS board director, said: “Scotland has a long-held reputation for innovation, access to large corporate clients, and a skilled talent pool from the largest concentration of universities in Europe. Our expansion to Scotland, our sixth UK location, provides us with a great opportunity to help local companies resolve their most complex IT and business issues. We look forward to welcoming professionals from Scotland to our existing team of 800 BJSS colleagues.”

 

Cloubrid UK

movers and shakersFormer DataVita Commercial Director Gareth Lush is spearheading Cloubrid’s UK expansion. Originally established in the Netherlands, Cloubrid aim to empower the technology channel to enable a multi-cloud platform for their customers. Their services include secure s3 storage, and a cross cloud data fabric service that enables customers to move data between on-premise platforms, out-platforms, and the public cloud (AWS, etc.).

 

MERGERS/ACQUISITIONS

Cello Signal/Tanami

Integrated marketing and media group Cello Signal has acquired Edinburgh-based film production company Tanami Media. Founded in 2013, Tanami specialises in the production of high-quality video, as well as social media strategy and management.

Tanami will remain a self-contained unit, reporting directly to Cello Signal’s Scotland Managing Partner Richard Marsham.

Tanami founder Jemma Goba commented on the acquisition, saying: “Over the last 12 months we’ve put some sharp thinking into a five-year strategy to strengthen our creative and technical offering. Becoming part of such a respected, innovative group will accelerate these plans. My team and I couldn’t be more excited about this next step.”

Marsham added: “We’re delighted to welcome Jemma and her team into the Cello Signal fold. Her team will help fill the ever-increasing need for quick turnaround film content.”

 

Standard Life/Aberdeen Asset Management

Standard Life and Aberdeen Asset Management completed an £11b merger on August 14th, creating one of world’s largest investment companies. The combined group, now called Standard Life Aberdeen, now has assets of approximately £670b, and a global workforce of over 1000 investment professionals. 

The company will be jointly led by Keith Skeoch, previously CEO of Edinburgh-based Standard Life, and former Aberdeen Asset Management head Martin Gilbert.

Skeoch said: “Today marks the culmination of many months of hard work and preparation by our business, and the beginning of a new chapter in our history as Standard Life Aberdeen plc.”

Gilbert added: “As ever our priority remains the delivery of strong investment performance and the highest level of client service. The merger deepens and broadens our investment capabilities, and gives us a stronger and more diverse range of investment management skills as well as significant scale across asset classes and geographies.”

 

VectorCloud

Three key senior employees at VectorCloud, the Glasgow-based IT security, and backup specialist have been backed by Royal Bank of Scotland to facilitate a management buyout – with a plan that VectorCloud buyout - Scott Cassidy, Ewan McKay, Kevin Mitchellincludes significant expansion and the creation of local jobs. Following the buyout, Kevin Mitchell becomes Service Director, Ewan McKay will be Finance Director and Scott Cassidy becomes the company’s Technical Director.

The new directors are already planning to implement an intensive new growth strategy. “The first 7 months of 2017 have been the best we’ve ever seen in terms of customer acquisitions,” Mitchell told DIGIT. “This puts us even further ahead than we anticipated, meaning we can now start building on our 10-strong team.

“The company began life 20 years ago as a result of one man’s technical knowledge and a genuine care for customers. Since then, we’ve seen incredible changes in the world of IT – but our ethos is the same, we always start with an understanding of our customer and their needs.”

 

MOVING ON

FanDuel

Fantasy sports betting firm FanDuel has lost half of its board amid ongoing restructuring by the company’s backers. FanDuel co-founder Leslie Eccles and chief product manager Tom Griffith have resigned from their positions, along with representatives from investors Pentech and NBC Sports Group.

Chloe Henderson

Staff Writer - DIGIT

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