Frances is Chief Technology Officer at SIMUL8 Corporation and is responsible for creating and driving their product strategy that has made them the respected powerhouse in simulation technology across the world. Frances joined SIMUL8 in 1999 as a graduate management consultant and has worked in a variety of roles across the company including software development, product management and lead consultant on process improvement projects that have saved companies millions.
This has allowed her to develop skills in all areas of business from R&D and software development to creating marketing and PR Strategies. With a background in mathematics and operational research Frances continues to have a keen interest in this area and how it can advance analytics and big data. She is also passionate about helping develop the next generation of technology leaders and showing them the possibilities that a career in the ICT sector has to offer.
As Chief Executive of IFB my role is wide and varied, primarily it is to provide leadership, strategic vision and direction to the business and specifically demonstrate how these delivered effectively transform the business. As leading digital SME We’ve led some pretty amazing firsts for Scotland, first commercial Broadband network, first WiFi enabled City project, first large scale Cloud based data backup service and first true, pure fibre network to the premise.
In parallel to leading IFB there is a lot of hard work goes on to creating and maintaining relevant external relationships with all forms of stakeholders needed to invest in IFB and on the wider Digital economy in Scotland, the UK and Globally. Closely connected to this vision I have been fortunate enough to have been part of SDI and SE learning journeys to the US West and East Coasts gaining significant and relevant high growth tech sector insights. Additionally I continue to play an active part on the Scottish Government’s Digital Public Services Advisory Board, The Robert Gordon University Industry Advisory Group, The Robert Gordon’s College Development Committee.
These are challenging, exciting and extremely rewarding times for our industry and my goals while chairing ScotlandIS is that together with our members and partners of all sizes help further establish Scotland as a place that educates, develops and delivers people, businesses and organisations that lead and compete globally.
Polly is CEO of ScotlandIS. She represents ScotlandIS on the Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Region Deal Regional Enterprise Council, the Scotland CAN DO Business Innovation Forum, the ICT & Digital Technologies Skills Group, and the Industrial Advisory Board of the University of Dundee's School of Computing. In addition she is a director of dotScot Registry, Chair of CodeClan and a Trustee of the Digital Xtra Fund.
Alastair O'Brien, Strategic Development Director, Incremental Group.
On completing a degree in Computing Science almost 40 years ago, Alastair joined the technology industry and has never looked back. He wrote his last line of code in 1990 before leading his first team of software engineers. It was here he developed his passion for creating opportunities for people and helping them grow.
Alastair then worked extensively across the energy and financial services sectors whilst with Real Time Engineering. In 2002, inspired by the creation of a number of new public sector frameworks in Scotland, he launched a public sector division. For the last 15 years he built the business to employ 350 technologists.
As Strategic Development Director at Incremental Group, Alastair embarks on a new journey to help the public sector continue to digitally evolve.
Alastair is a board member of CodeClan and Scotland IS. He also sits on Glasgow University’s Computing Science Industrial Liaison Board. He was previously Chairman of Scotland IS and a board member of techUK.
Andrew is the Chief Technology Officer at Administrate, one of Scotland’s fast growing technology businesses, specialising in training management software. Previously COO with mobile apps developer Kotikan, where he built an Engineering department of 20 talented software experts, developing industry leading apps for clients such as Skyscanner, The Fringe and FanDuel. Since graduating from the University of Edinburgh in 2003, Andrew has been involved in various software companies and open source groups both in Scotland and in Silicon Valley. He has been a founding member of 3 different startups and is working hard to support the software community locally and abroad.
Aaron holds the Chair of Human Computer Interaction in St Andrews University School of Computer Science and is co-founder and director of the St Andrews Computer Human Interaction research group (SACHI). He has worked in industry and in academia in Australia, Japan, USA, Germany, Ireland and the UK, and has experience of working with multinationals and smaller companies. Previously deputy director and director of knowledge exchange for SICSA, he chaired the AspeKT board, and worked with ScotlandIS and others on the formation of the DataLab along with developing new mechanisms for early career researchers to engage with industry. His research interests include surface and multi-display computing, human computer interaction, pervasive and ubiquitous computing and information visualization.
Alison is the Regional Director for Scotland and Northern Ireland at Sopra Steria. Having been with the company since its days as Newell & Budge, Alison has been key to the company’s sustained growth in Scotland – particularly in Public Sector.
Alison is passionate about the positive impact of technology - it's potential to enable doing new things, doing things better and doing things more efficiently, and has over 20 years’ experience of public sector services across Central Government, Local Government, Health and Third Sector.
Alison also sits on the Digital Participation programme board for Scotland.
I am a Director of Head Resourcing, one of Scotland’s leading IT, Digital and Business Change recruitment consultancies. I joined Head Resourcing in 2005, when the business was a boutique firm, employing 10 members of staff with a turnover of £7.5m. Since joining Head Resourcing, I have been instrumental to the growth and transformation of the business, which is now widely recognised as a market leading recruitment business to clients across a range of sectors, employing 73 members of staff with a turnover of £43million.
I have operated in the Scottish IT market for over 15 years and held senior positions with two Scottish based IT consultancy organisations prior to joining Head Resourcing. I am extremely passionate about the Scottish IT & digital skills industry and lead a number of key industry events designed to facilitate collaboration and knowledge sharing. These include a quarterly Scottish IT Directors’ Forum, which attracts between 12-15 IT Directors from a range of sectors across Scotland and an IT Skills Panel, an initiative designed to look at how organisations can work collaboratively to address the short, medium and long term IT skills needs of the industry. I am also a member of the Women in Technology Steering Group established by ScotlandIS earlier this year and am going to be a contributor to the Gender work stream of the Scottish Digital Skills Programme, commencing later this month.
Core areas of focus are Leadership, Value Creation and Strategic thinking. He is a regular speaker at events on Leadership in business and has spoken at conferences from Los Angeles to Abu Dhabi.
As a serial entrepreneur Russell’s sees primary focus as a board member of ScotlandIS is to represent the views of our SME member companies, those with less than 250 staff. Russell’s overarching goal is to encourage and support accelerated growth for digital technology businesses in Scotland.
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I am of Head of Business Development and Marketing at The Data Lab, where I work closely with Scottish organisations and Academia to unlock the value of data in their organisations to generate employment/revenue for the Scottish economy.
I have over 15 years business development and marketing experience in the technology and business-business sectors in Ireland and Scotland. My career started as one of the first employees in Dell in the republic of Ireland, a few years later I was asked to lead the development of the company into Northern Ireland that, I worked closely with state agencies around job creation and sustainability for the organisation.
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Peter has had a dynamic career spanning Accenture, Microsoft, and IBM.
During Peters time at Accenture, he was the partner globally responsible for the software business of the Digital Marketing Platform Group in Accenture Interactive. In this role his responsibilities included product development, sales, marketing, support, off-shore service delivery and alliances, with a reporting line direct into a main Board member of Accenture who was a direct report to the CEO.
While under the leadership of Peter, the software group tripled it's revenues in a very competitive marketing place providing marketing-based development, analytical, and operational tools to some of the worlds largest financial services, CPG, telecommunications, and automotive clients.
Prior to Accenture, Peter spent 14 years at Microsoft where he was very successful in several roles, winning several gold star awards for the delivery of excellent work.
His roles included several regional sales roles, followed by two spells as a Global Business Manager. Responsibilities included sales, services, client satisfaction, and global software deployment for two of Microsofts largest accounts. In both of these global sales roles all performance objectives were successfully achieved, and Peter rose to director level.
In his last role at Microsoft, Peter was responsible for the One Microsoft initiative with a remit for tying together all the assets of Microsoft to deliver an end to end story. While in this role, he came up with a digital marketing solution that was successfully sold to several clients with the result of Peter being headhunted by Accenture to deliver the solutions.
Maria is VP of Engineering at Edinburgh-based FreeAgent, one of the UK’s largest and most popular online accounting software providers.
With 18 years of experience in the software industry, Maria has previously worked at LivingSocial leading globally distributed teams, and at Adobe where she worked in the developer technologies group.
Maria regularly speaks at conferences around the globe about Engineering Leadership, scaling engineering teams and building healthy and inclusive technology organisations. Maria spends some of her free time promoting technology in Scotland. She's one of the organisers of DevOps Days Edinburgh and one the founders of the WomenWhoCode Edinburgh network. WomenWhoCode is a global non-profit dedicated to inspiring women to excel in technology careers with around 700 members in Edinburgh.
Maria and the WomenWhoCode network in Edinburgh are currently featured in the Scottish Government #ScotlandIsNow campaign to promote the technology industry in Scotland around the globe.
Callum Sinclair is Head of Technology and Commercial at leading Scottish law firm Burness Paull. He has a life-long passion for technology and almost 20 years’ experience providing technology and commercial contracts advice to some of the world’s largest technology businesses and buyers of ICT, as well as spin out and emerging tech. Callum is a former Board Member of ScotlandIS, and was recently named Leader of the Year at the 2018 ScotlandIS Digital Technology Awards. He also features in The Lawyer UK Hot 100 list as a "disruptor", and in The Times’ 2016 Digital List of 100 people from Scotland’s digital technologies industry who are “changing the world”. He is a published co-author of “Outsourcing” (2015, Globe Law & Business), and sits on the Law Society of Scotland Technology Committee. Recent projects he has led include elements of enterprise cloud, IT sourcing (customer and supplier), regulated procurement and supply chain contracting, mobile/telecoms and emerging technologies. He also provides tailored advice on data protection and privacy and intellectual property matters. Callum lives in Paisley with wife Lisa, and 2 football-mad boys Daniel (13) and Mikey (11).
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