ScotlandIS has announced the appointment of Alison McLaughlin as Chair.
McLaughlin has a career steeped in Scotland’s tech sector. A graduate of the University of Glasgow, she worked for many years in Sopra Steria where she was pivotal to the company’s growth in Scotland.
She has recently joined the Scottish tech company Exception as their new Sales Director, having moved from her role as Head of Digital Transformation at the Scottish Government.
Commenting on her appointment, McLaughlin said: “Scotland has an enviable reputation as a centre of collaborative growth in the tech sector. I am delighted to be the new Chair of ScotlandIS, which represents Scotland’s burgeoning tech scene.
“ScotlandIS has a small professional team, which has made a big difference. The organisation has always been excellent at representing the breadth of industry views and has been instrumental in creating new tech clusters.
“We have a wide agenda and it is important that we build on our reputation sustainably. We need to consolidate that role and continue to work in close partnership with the Scottish Government to meet the needs of our members and the sector as a whole.”
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Looking ahead, McLaughlin said, the Scottish digital technology sector has a crucial role to play in the nation’s economic and social recovery in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
In particular, issues surrounding climate change and the application of technology to combat this growing threat will be a common theme in years to come.
She added: “The COP26 Conference in Glasgow will undoubtedly highlight the work that Scotland’s climate tech community is doing to deliver Net Zero. We need to continue to work with the government to use Scottish innovation to enhance public services and operational resilience.
“I look forward to an exciting year ahead as the new Chair of ScotlandIS.”