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Polly Purvis Awarded OBE In Birthday Honours List

Brian Baglow


Polly Purvis OBE

The chief executive of ScotlandIS and the chair of Code Clan, has been awarded an OBE in the Queen’s birthday honours list.


Polly Purvis is a well-known and much-loved figure in Scotland’s technology community. She has led ScotlandIS, the country’s trade body for digital technologies since 2004 and helped to establish digital skills academy Code Clan in 2015.

She has been a pioneering campaigner for tackling both the skills shortage and the gender gap within Scotland’s digital technology sector.

Polly told us: “I was surprised and delighted to be included on the Queen’s Birthday Honours list. The digital technologies sector in Scotland is flourishing and it is a pleasure to represent so many exciting businesses with enormous potential.

“There are countless opportunities in the digital economy – from fintech to smart cities technology – but Scotland needs to have the skills in place to capitalise on them. CodeClan may be a young organisation but its early success and the many students who have been snapped up by employers show the value of new approaches to skills education.”

ScotlandIS LogoRab Campbell, the Chief Commercial Officer of Delipair and former chair of ScotlandIS told us: “Polly has been a patient yet persistent advocate of the importance of the digital economy to Scotland’s wealth and wellbeing. She is perceptive and collegiate in her approach to lobbying government, building alliances, and effecting positive change. She has consistently pushed the need for more radical approaches to ensure people have the necessary digital skills to reach their full potential. And she has been relentless in advocating the need for more diversity in the digital industry. This recognition is richly deserved and I heartily congratulate her on it.”

Graeme Gordon, the CEO of IFB and the current chair of ScotlandIS, agreed: “Polly has been truly transformational for the digital industries in Scotland. She has helped the industry to grow and prosper during a period of very rapid evolution and helped both the public and private sector to focus on the issues – and opportunities – being created. From the outset, Polly has put education and skills at the heart of everything she does. She’s a passionate advocate for diversity and inclusion. She has the rare ability to bring together an incredibly diverse industry and help every participant to grow, improve and achieve more. The OBE is very well deserved and we’re incredibly proud of everything she’s achieved.”

DIGIT is a member of ScotlandIS and has worked with Polly Purvis OBE many times in the past. While it may not be the most professional, impartial and objective way to finish a news story, we’d just like to add our own congratulations and thanks for all of Polly’s hard work to date.

Well done, Ma’am.

In addition to ScotlandIS and Code Clan, Polly also represents ScotlandIS on the Digital Scotland Business Excellence Partnership, the Digital Technologies Skills Group, the Industrial Advisory Board of the University of Dundee’s School of Computing, the Developing the Young Workforce National Advisory Board and the Digital Public Services Advisory Board.

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Brian Baglow


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