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DIGIT Movers and Shakers: November 2019

Ross Kelly


Movers and Shakers November 2019

In the final 2019 edition of Movers and Shakers, we cover some of the top recruitment, partnership and awards news from Scotland’s technology sector.



Movers and Shakers November 2019

Technology firm and Oracle Platinum Partner, Inoapps, announced a double appointment this month, with both new arrivals taking up globally-focused roles.

Phoebe Foy-Phillips joins the firm as VP global business transformation to help drive growth and develop opportunities in new markets around the world.

She joins the firm from Oracle, where she spent more than seven years. Foy-Phillips recently led Oracle’s strategy and governance for EMEA applications and has previously lectured at the University of Reading.

Joining her at Inoapps is Murray Swanson, who has been appointed as head of product development operations. Swanson joins from a Silicon Valley tech company.

Prior to his time there, Swanson held senior applications product development roles at Oracle Corporation in Redwood Shores. His core responsibility at Inoapps will be to drive forward the delivery of the firm’s products globally, working closely with Inoapps’ Innovation Team.

Andy Bird, chief executive of Inoapps, commented: “Phoebe and Murray are key global appointments aimed at further bolstering our presence and enhancing service delivery as Inoapps grows its presence across international markets.

“Both new colleagues have a close association with our partner Oracle and bring a high level of product and market knowledge with them. These appointments are part of ongoing investment as we develop and grow our business across the globe.”


Movers and Shakers November 2019

Inoapps also celebrated the 25th developer hire to its Linlithgow operation through a partnership with CodeClan in November.

CodeClan, a digital skills academy, has provided training courses to more than 800 professionals since its launch four years ago and is helping to deliver a steady pipeline of talent for Scotland’s tech sector.

Phil Burgess, managing director of Inoapps UK, said: “We’re delighted to announce that the 25th recruit has come through the fruitful partnership we have developed with CodeClan. We look forward to on-going collaboration with them as we continue to invest in our Scottish-based operations through our new, contemporary office in Linlithgow.

“As a growing global company, having access to high-level talent is essential to our business. CodeClan is delivering an invaluable service to technology firms like ours by providing high-quality, well-trained recruits who are keen to pursue a career in this thriving sector.”

Melinda Matthews-Clarkson, CEO of CodeClan, added: “Our focus at CodeClan is on supporting our students to be confident, job-ready and passionate about the digital opportunities in Scotland.

“Inoapps was one of the first industry partners I spoke to when I joined CodeClan in 2017, and since then, our relationship has grown. I love that they hire graduates for multiple positions and leverage our students’ career history to create diverse teams.”

Scottish National Investment Bank

Willie Watt has been appointed as the first Chair of the Board at the Scottish National Investment Bank in a move welcomed by Economy Secretary Derek Mackay.

Watt was previously CEO of Martin Currie, an international public equities investment firm based in Edinburgh, and spent 16 years with the 3iGroup. He commands a strong reputation as a specialist investor whose clients are leading global public and private asset owners.

Speaking on the appointment, Mackay said: “I am delighted to appoint Willie Watt as the first Chair of the Board of the Scottish National Investment Bank.

“The Bank has the opportunity to transform and grow Scotland’s economy. Willie’s background in investment, and his wealth of experience in building organisations with the right kind of culture and values, will help to shape it as a trusted and credible financial institution now and for generations to come.”

He added: “I look forward to working together as we build an ethical, sustainable and inclusive Bank to support economic growth across Scotland and help businesses and communities to flourish.”

HRC Recruitment

Movers and Shakers November 2019

HRC Recruitment has hired Tony Baker, an experienced recruiter, to spearhead the firm’s new dedicated technology division.

Baker joins the recruitment consultancy as a divisional manager from Search Consultancy, where he led the technology and transformation division in Glasgow.

In a career spanning more than 10 years in the industry, he has held positions at Hays, Tecology Recruitment and Be-IT. Moving forward, Baker will work across Scotland’s central belt to drive the new division forward, sourcing permanent and contract recruits for companies within the IT sector.

Commenting on his new role, Baker said: “I’m looking forward to leading HRC’s new technology team and establishing our position in the market.

“The consultancy already has a strong reputation with additional support services like Back in Business, aimed at boosting diversity, and Build your Brand, which focuses on marketing support, meaning clients can expect an agile, full-service approach, which is unique within the Scottish market.”

Hilary Roberts, chief executive at HRC Recruitment, added: “Scotland’s IT sector is growing at pace and is predicted to expand by 50% over the next 10 years. We expect the demand for talented candidates to mirror this and, for that reason, we have launched a dedicated technology division, with Tony and his market expertise at the helm.”


Intelligent Growth Solutions

Movers and Shakers November 2019

Agritech firm Intelligent Growth Solutions (IGS) was among 12 companies rewarded for its commitment to sustainability at the 20th VIBES Scottish Environment Business Awards, held in Glasgow on 14th November.

The fast-growing firm was named as the winner of the Innovating Scotland Award category, for the way it has combined and patented technologies to deliver total controlled environment agriculture and for its efforts in addressing challenges to food sustainability and supply.

Commenting on the awards, IGS chief executive David Farquhar said: “We are so pleased to be recognised with the Innovating Scotland Award. Our commitment to delivering a sustainable future is at the heart of everything we do at IGS and has been integral to our development.

“We need solutions that are sustainable, economically viable and provide food security. Our systems will play a part in providing these solutions to a truly worldwide market.”

Scottish Tech Startup Awards

Movers and Shakers November 2019

The second annual Scottish Tech Startup Awards saw 500 people come together in Edinburgh to celebrate the pioneering companies and individuals operating across Scotland’s tech ecosystem.

On the night, Edinburgh-based startup Speech Graphics won in the Startup of the Year category while Current Health scooped the Hardware Startup of the Year award.

ShareIn co-founder and chief executive, Jude Cook, took home the CEO of the Year award for her tireless work building the fintech company over the last several years.

Speaking to DIGIT at the event, she said: “It’s amazing to be recognised [at the Tech Startup Awards] and the whole event is really fantastic, it’s a great thing that Brian [Corcoran] and team are doing. Most of the team all came out tonight and it’s been great, you can really hear the vibe here.”

Want to check out all the winner’s on the night? Read the original article here.

Partnerships and Expansions

Movers and Shakers November 2019

Two award-winning fintech companies, Soar and, have announced a partnership agreement to help ethical finance companies compete more effectively with mainstream providers.

Glasgow-based Soar, which was crowned Fintech of the year at DIGIT’s inaugural Scottish Financial Technology Awards, will integrate its technology platform with Acquired’s to help credit unions and other ethical organisations provide more streamlined and transparent services.

Soar’s banking technology platform is already being used by 10 credit unions around the UK, and they will now have access to Acquired’s entire suite of payment products – allowing for a host of new services such as automated reconciliation and complete transparency over the entire payment life cycle.

Andrew Duncan, founder and CEO at Soar, said: “This is an important partnership for us and a statement about how we intend to improve business processes for our ethical clients.

“It will also allow their customers to view, manage and pay for a variety of services through one mobile and desktop application.”

Rob Clark, MD of, added: “ was born in the highly regulated consumer finance sector and has always been committed to helping businesses serve their customers better. We believe that credit unions play a key role in offering fair and transparent banking and credit products to communities all around the country, which we are delighted to play a part in.”

Cathcart Associates

Movers and Shakers November 2019

IT recruitment specialist Cathcart Associates celebrated its tenth birthday in November with a move to a bigger, state of the art premises.

The new offices, located in Edinburgh city centre, will help further develop the company’s 40-strong team and support its ambitious plans for continued expansion across the rest of the UK and Europe.

Cathcart, which was built by co-founders Gordon Kaye and Sam Wason from an initial team of two, has a growing presence in Edinburgh, Manchester and Bangkok, and supplies top talent to some of the UK’s top technology companies.

Reflecting on the past decade, Gordon Kaye said: “Cathcart Associates have remained one step ahead of the massive growth in digital technology and that has led to us sourcing candidates for some of the best companies and most challenging roles in the country.

“We have always been ambitious in our growth expectations and capitalised on opportunities as they arose. It is exciting to be placing Scotland’s finest talent with tech giants like Amazon and Skyscanner as well as with future stars of the industry.”

Wason added: “There have been so many highlights during the past decade, but opening our office in Thailand in 2015 is definitely high on that list. Making a success of the Thailand venture has been a huge education and great fun, and real credit should go to Nick Macdougall, our manager in Bangkok, his fantastic recruiters and our entire back office team.”

Ross Kelly

Staff Writer

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