ScotlandIS has announced the appointment of five new members to its board, representing a variety of segments of Scotland’s digital technologies industry as well as academia.
Each new member brings a “diverse and valuable background” to the board the firm said, with “shared ambitions” to develop the country’s digital skills, improve sector diversity and to ensure future prosperity in the sector.
Anne Widopp, CEO of VR Hive, has been appointed to represent the Scottish start-up community and tech businesses outside of the Scottish central belt. Widopp said she is particularly keen to see skills developed and high-quality tech jobs created across the whole of Scotland.
Managing Director at Edge Testing Solutions Sharon Hamilton will take up a role as a representative of SMEs, bringing over 25 years of experience in IT to the board. She said she is looking to help address the digital skills gap and also improve diversity and inclusion in IT.
ScotlandIS has also appointed Laura Casci, Head of Delivery at BJSS, to represent large businesses. She also views skills and future talent as a key priority for the organisation.
The organisation also welcomes Professor Gordon Morrison, Head of Computing Department at Glasgow Caledonian University, representing academia and further informing ScotlandIS’ work to address the skills gap and improve diversity in the industry.
Finally, Grace Galloway, Head of Finance at 2i Testing, has also been appointed to provide financial oversight and help continue to drive ScotlandIS forward.
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Commenting on the new hires, Alison McLaughlin, Chair of ScotlandIS, said: “We are delighted to welcome this group of individuals to our board.
“Their ambitions reflect the priorities of our members, with the skills gap and talent pool being a core issue, as well as access to funding to enable growth and support to scale businesses, to name a few.
“These members bring a wealth of expertise and knowledge, and ScotlandIS and our members only serve to benefit from the guidance, ambition and diverse range of skills they will provide.”
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