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The Scotland 5G Centre Grows Team with ‘Super Six’ Appointments

David Paul

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The Scotland 5G Centre
The organisation has confirmed the new team members as it looks to further its 5G strategy across the country.

The Scotland 5G Centre (S5GC) has confirmed the hiring of six more staff members as it develops its 5G strategy across Scotland.

Ian Sharp has joined the team as the Head of Business Development, aiming to increase the Centre’s profile and visibility in Scotland, the wider UK and internationally.

Sharp will be responsible for developing new partnerships, key strategic alliances and sourcing opportunities to support the advancement of 5G in Scotland.

Commenting on his new role, Sharpe said: “The Scotland 5G Centre represents a fantastic opportunity to ensure Scotland is at the forefront of the 5G revolution – I’m delighted to join the team.”

Also joining as a member of the core team is Esther Francisco, who has been appointed as Marketing and Communications Manager. Francisco will be responsible for developing and implementing the communications and marketing strategy for the Scotland 5G Centre.

“It’s an exciting time to join The Scotland 5G Centre during a period of rapid growth,” Francisco said.

“I am looking forward to further raising the profile of the Centre to enable faster and wider 5G adoption across Scotland and to show the value and impact of the Centre and its national network of S5GConnect Innovation Hubs.”

Additionally this month, the S5GC also appointed two Business Engagement Managers to their S5GConnect hubs at Dumfries and Forth Valley.

Andrew Todman heads up S5GConnect Dumfries, based at the Crichton Central – a new digitally-enabled collaborative centre for learning and rural innovation on the Crichton Estate.

Prior to joining the team, Andrew has held Chief Executive Officer roles for a chain of residential nursing homes, and an Age UK Brand partner, and prior to those as Head of Service at Loreburn Housing Association.


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Thomas Marchbanks heads up S5GConnect Forth Valley having spent many years delivering advice to UK businesses looking to enter overseas territories and expand their footprint in existing markets, on behalf of both national and regional governments, as well as for the Scottish Government.

Also joining The Scotland 5G Centre team are Jackie Stevens, Finance and Business Operations Manager who joins the team from Rathbone Training where she was Programme Manager for Central Scotland and Siobhan Divers, Marketing Assistant who joins the team from Scottish Chambers of Commerce.

The new appointments follow on from news in February of the appointment of five ‘big hitter’ tech leaders from across the UK to the S5GC to provide advice and leadership as the Centre supports the Scottish Government in its adoption of 5G policy and programmes.

David Paul

Staff Writer, DIGIT

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