Scotland’s tech trade body boss feted as UK’s ‘local digital champion’

The chief executive of Scotland’s tech trade body has been declared a ‘local digital champion’ – in recognition of her “outstanding” contribution to Scotland’s digital sector.

Jane Morrison-Ross, CEO of ScotlandIS, scooped the Digital Leaders (DL) Local Champion for the UK award, after beating off competition from fellow ‘Champions’ in nine other parts across the country.

The DL Local Champions Awards celebrate the individuals and organisations from the public, private and non-profit sectors who are ‘demonstrating a pioneering and sustainable approach to digital transformation across the UK’.

Morrison-Ross said:“I am honoured to receive both the DL Champion for Scotland and the overall national award on behalf of Scotland. I’m delighted to be part of the Digital Leaders network and work at a national level with so many exciting leaders in the field.

“ScotlandIS has been working for the past 20 years to champion digital transformation and the digital economy and, challenges aside, it is a very exciting time working in the industry. There is a lot of exciting, innovative work happening in Scotland at the moment, from the Digital Nation Challenge in partnership with the Scottish Government, and our Connecting Scotland Programme. I firmly believe that Scotland is the place to watch in the coming year as we strengthen our digital sector and widen access to vital digital skills.”

Colin Cook, Digital Director at the Scottish Government, added: “Jane has helped forge an exciting new partnership between the public and private sectors in Scotland and I congratulate her on this fantastic award.  She recognises that we can achieve so much together, and epitomises the digital leadership required to make it happen,”

Jane Morrison-Ross was appointed chief executive of ScotlandIS, the industry body and cluster management organisation for the digital and technology industries in Scotland, in July 2019. She is a former digital strategy and transformation specialist with 25 years’ experience working across the public and private sector. Jane is a former board member of ScotlandIS and has held senior roles at technology services firm Capgemini and the Taigh Chearsabhagh Museum and Arts Centre in North Uist.