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The Data Lab appoints former Accenture lead as chair

Scotland’s innovation centre for data and AI, The Data Lab, has today announced that Les Bayne will assume the role of chair.

Bayne joins the centre as it continues to focus on supporting organisations as they seek to better utilise data and AI to inform their future and drive growth. Previously managing director of Accenture’s Scottish operations, Bayne recently founded Alba Arete, an organisation focused on helping Scottish businesses grow, and Scotland reach its full potential.

Gillian Docherty, CEO of The Data Lab, commented: “Scotland is on the precipice of a data and AI-led future which will support organisations of all sizes and across all sectors to make more informed decisions. Les is a champion of business and the wider tech sector and, given his depth of experience, I am confident that he will steer The Data Lab’s bold growth ambitions, expanding the excellence of data and AI-driven organisations in Scotland.”

Bayne added: “Having supported The Data Lab during my time with Accenture, I have always been an admirer of the centre’s work.  This is an important moment in time for The Data Lab and I look forward to working closely with Gillian, the board and the wider team to evolve our strategy and ensure that The Data Lab continues to disrupt the status quo, champion those that believe in a data and AI-driven future and help it achieve its full potential.”

Bayne replaces Mark Hunter who previously held the role as chair.  Docherty added: “Mark provided unwavering support over the last three years, and we wish him the very best for the future.”

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