The Digital Technologies Skills Group (DTSG) has announced the appointment of a new chair to help focus Scotland’s entrepreneur skills.
Startup specialist Ross Tuffee, the founder and CEO of Iceberg.tech, has been named the new chair of the technology and public sector partnership which supports Skills Development Scotland’s (SDS) digital skills activity.
Tuffee’s appointment follows the Logan report on the technology industry, commissioned by the Scottish Government, which stated that entrepreneur skills were vital to boosting Scotland’s success in the sector.
The report, released in August, outlined the Scottish tech sector’s potential for innovation and high growth, exploring job creation, investment in startups and the impact of education on the sector itself.
Logan called for the creation of ‘startup summer schools’ and the establishment of a national hub network for startups.
Commenting on his new role, Ross said: “I wholeheartedly support Mark Logan’s recent recommendations. I believe enhancing the entrepreneurial and leadership skills of our technologists, along with improving diversity and inclusivity within the sector, will lead to a 21st-century version of our world-famous and iconic enlightenment. That period put Scotland on the global stage thanks to an outpouring of intellectual and scientific advancement, but this time it will be a digital enlightenment!
“It’s a real honour for me to be chosen to lead this amazing and passionate group of people at this critical time. Donald McLaughlin has been an excellent chair, and he leaves very big shoes to fill, but I’m excited and looking forward to the challenge and opportunity the role provides.”
Twice a year the DTSG meetings are co-chaired by the Finance Secretary Kate Forbes, underlining the importance of digital skills to the Scottish Government and the country’s economy.
Forbes commented: “I’m looking forward to working closely with Ross and the Digital Technologies Skills Group to ensure Scotland makes the most of our digital future.
“The Covid-19 crisis has thrown up great challenges for Scotland, but it also offers a chance to rebuild a greener, fairer and more innovative economy, with digital technology at its heart.
“Ross’s obvious passion, and superb first-hand entrepreneurial experience, make him an ideal person to help drive this work forward, building on the success so far in improving diversity and inclusivity in tech.”
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The growing importance of fintech, cloud computing and expanding digital skills to different sectors has also been reinforced with the appointment of three new DTSG members.
Ross concluded: “I am delighted Stephen, Cameron and Saffron have joined the DTSG and I look forward to their valuable contribution as we work to create a truly innovative, diverse and inclusive digital technology sector for Scotland, its people and the wider community.”