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DIGIT Movers and Shakers: May 2020

Ross Kelly


Movers and Shakers May 2020

This month’s edition of Movers and Shakers features leadership appointments at Money Dashboard, Blockchain Technology Partners and the Oil & Gas Technology Centre.



The former Director of Commercial Banking at Metro Bank has been appointed as Chief Operating Officer at fintech startup Karma.

Darren Schindler joins the firm following successful Scottish trials of the app which seeks to disrupt the payday loan market.

During his time at Metro Bank, Schindler was a key figure within the leadership team and helped launch the UK’s first new high street bank for 150 years.

Schindler has also served as Head of Corporate at HBOS and held senior positions at Barclays Bank.

Commenting on his appointment, Schindler said: “I am delighted to be joining Karma at a key stage in its growth. I was impressed not just by the business model and technology, but with the altruistic vision and values of a highly-motivated team.”

Minck Hermans, Chief Executive at Karma, added: “We are delighted to welcome Darren to the Karma family. He has a wealth of experience at the very top level of UK business and an outstanding track record of driving growth and value.”

National Manufacturing Institute Scotland

The National Manufacturing Institute Scotland (NMIS) announced that John Reid has been appointed as Chief Executive.

Reid will assume the position of Chief Executive in August having successfully led the Michelin-Scotland Innovation Parc in Dundee. Prior to his time leading the innovation parc, he held the position of General Manager at the Michelin tyre plant located on the same site.

Commenting on his appointment, Reid said: “As someone who has dedicated his entire career so far to the development of large-scale manufacturing in Scotland, I’m honoured and delighted to have this opportunity to be part of a talented team with the sole focus of driving and supporting the development of advanced manufacturing in Scotland.

“A mission that is now even more important as the world economy finds new ways of working and recovers from the impact of Covid-19.”

This latest appointment marks the third recent addition to the leadership team at the NMIS.

Earlier this year, Sarah Jardine was appointed as Chief Operating Officer, while Chris Dungey joined as Research Director from manufacturing research and innovation centre, The Welding Institute.

Blockchain Technology Partners

Edinburgh-based startup Blockchain Technology Partners (BTP) has announced the appointment of its inaugural non-executive chairman following a successful funding round.

Paul Forrest will join BTP as chairman as the firm looks to build on the initial success of winning business in both the United States and Israel.

Forrest commands over 25 years’ experience as a strategy consultant and has worked with a range of global organisations including Ford Motor Company, Walmart and Virgin Galactic.

Commenting on the appointment, BTP co-founder and CEO, Duncan Johnston-Watt said: “Paul understands the potential for growth in enterprise blockchain adoption, having been involved in this space for several years and at the cutting edge of successive waves of innovative enterprise technologies throughout his career.

“We are delighted Paul has decided to take up this role and help us scale the business and lay the groundwork for future investment.”

Want to find out more? Check out the original article here.

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.”

Gilbert commands a wealth of business leadership experience, having previously co-founded Aberdeen Asset Management and served as Vice Chair at Standard Life Aberdeen.

Want to find out more? Check out the original article here.

Money Dashboard

Edinburgh-based fintech Money Dashboard has announced the appointment of a new chairman as the firm gears up for its next stage of growth.

Renier Lemmens will assume the role, bringing with him a wealth of experience in the fintech sector. Lemmens is a venture partner focusing on fintech with DN Capital, one of Europe’s most established venture capital funds for early-stage startups.

Previously, he served on the board of Revolut, was CEO of PayPal EMEA and also served as COO of Barclays International Retail and Commercial Banking.

Commenting on the appointment, Money Dashboard CEO Steve Tigar said: “We’re delighted to welcome Renier to the board. His impressive experience as a fintech VC, CEO of PayPal EMEA and board member of Revolut will be invaluable as we enter our next phase of growth.”

Want to find out more? Check out the original article here.

The Scotland 5G Centre

The Scotland 5G Centre announced two new additions to its leadership team in May as the organisation ramps up plans for its next stage of delivery. Movers and Shakers May 2020

Julie Snells has been appointed as Chair, having recently concluded her role as CEO and Director of Bristol is Open, the city’s smart infrastructure and computer network firm.

Joining her at the Scotland 5G Centre is Paul Coffey, who will assume the role of CEO.

Coffey brings extensive industry experiences to the Centre, having established his own consultancy practice and previously worked at EE, where he played a key role in establishing the UK’s first deployment of 4G services in rural communities.

Commenting on her appointment, Snells said: “Scotland is in a unique position to create a country-wide platform of great 5G use cases that can prove the commercial viability of 5G products and services from rural, coastal and city areas.

“The Scotland 5G Centre will create a central focus point for everything 5G in Scotland.”

Want to find out more? Check out the original article here.

Ross Kelly

Staff Writer

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