The Digital List: Part Two

Claudette Jones, chief information officer, City of Edinburgh Council

Jones is responsible for digital across the City of Edinburgh Council’s corporate and education services. Edinburgh recently signed a £186m contract with CGI to update the council’s IT systems and support its “channel shift” programme. As part of the deal, 40,000 WiFi hotspots will be installed in the city’s schools and secondaries will get 1GB bandwidth. Citizen-facing services will be boosted from 50 online to nearly 200 by this summer. Jones also sits on the Government’s board.

Stuart Anderson, director, SICSA

The Scottish Informatics and Computer Science Alliance is a Scottish Funding Council research pool, comprising 14 of Scotland’s universities. Its goal is to develop Scotland’s research excellence in informatics and computing science. Anderson is Professor of Dependable Systems at Edinburgh University, with a focus on socio-technical systems, their resilience of such systems and how social science and informatics provide a unique perspective on the conception, design, deployment and operation of computer-based systems.

Glenn Attridge, head of threat management, RBS

Attridge worked for RBS as an information security consultant before moving to KPMG where he was a manager and then senior manager of information protection and business resilience. He returned to RBS as technical information security officer and was made head of threat management and cyber security.

John Baker, managing director, Digirati

Baker founded Glasgow-based Digirati in 2002 and with his team has developed the company into a leading IT consultancy. He worked as an engineer on various web projects prior to the dotcom boom before joining content management company Mediasurface in 1997, subsequently acquired by Alterian. The British Library adopted Digirati’s Wellcome Player and scientific publisher eLife appointed the company to improve access to its knowledge base.

Stephen Beer, managing director, Bridgeall

Along with two founding co-directors, Beer has led Bridgeall from 2003 to become a thriving IT services firm. A computer science graduate with a PhD in software engineering, Beer worked for Oracle and Scottish Power. He developed a web-based booking engine for hotels before becoming MD of Bridgeall where his team has developed solutions for the finance sector, utilities and public libraries around the world. Beer is also a board member of ScotlandIS.

Dr Colin Birchenall, digital transformation manager, Glasgow City Council,

Previously lead architect for the £24m Glasgow Future Cities Demonstrator, the UK’s largest smart city test-bed, funded by Innovate UK. Prior to joining the programme, Birchenall was responsible for developing ICT strategy at the council and provided technology oversight across a range of major technology-enabled service reform programmes. Previously, he spent ten years in the telecommunications industry, a career that started with BT at the science campus Adastral Park.

Duncan Blair, mobile product manager, FanDuel

A computer games technology graduate of Abertay University, Blair started with Edinburgh-based video game developer Outerligh before co-founding Haiku Interactive. He joined mobile app developer Kotikan in 2011 and was acting head of design before the company was bought by FanDuel in 2015.

Alastair O’Brien, developing markets director, Lockheed Martin

Instrumental in the establishment of Amor Group as a leading player in public services in Scotland, after its takeover by Lockheed Martin O’Brien remained to lead its public services team. Currently With a background in Computer Science, O’Brien leads the company’s portfolio covering education, health, central government and the Scottish Government. He is also chair of ScotlandIS.

Rab Campbell, interim director, employer engagement, CodeClan

With more than 30 years’ experience implementing ICT in education, financial services and the third sector, Campbell established Logica as a key player in Scotland. Codeclan is a new coding school for web and mobile software development, based on immersive academies such as the Flatiron School in New York, Makers in London and Stackademy in Berlin. Campbell is also Executive Chairman of Sales Agility, the customer relationship management consultancy.

Professor George Crooks, director, Scottish Centre for Telehealth & Telecare

Crooks joined NHS 24 eight years ago after a career as a GP in Aberdeen for 22 years and appointments including Director of Primary Care with NHS Grampian. His interest lies in innovation and the appropriate use of technology to support the delivery of high quality patient care to the population of Scotland. He secured European funding for two large telehealth projects supporting long-term conditions monitoring supported by ICT and leads the £10m ‘Living it Up’ initiative, a co-design programme using ICT solutions to improve choices in health, care and wellbeing to a community of 55,00. He chairs the Digital Health Institute, the Scottish innovation centre for digital health. He leads a European Commission-sponsored action group on integrated care and is President of EHTEL, the European health/telematics association.

Rob Dobson, chairman and co-founder, 1248

Dobson founded mobile network optimiser Actix in 1991 and sold 72% of the company in 2006 for $107m to equity growth firm Summit Partners (subsequently 100% was sold to Amdocs for $127m in 2013). He has invested in a series of start-ups and as well as chairing IoT service provider 1248, he is also Chairman of, on the advisory board of, a Director of and is a trustee of

Gavin Dutch, chief executive and co-founder, Kotikan

An Edinburgh University graduate, Dutch has worked in mobile application development since 2005. Since founding Kotikan in 2007, its revenue and team size has doubled each year and it is now one of the UK’s leading app development agencies, producing apps for Skyscanner, ScotRail and the BFI London Film Festival. At the 2014 ScotlandIS Digital Technology Awards, Kotikan won the category for Outstanding Performance in Business Growth. Kotikan was bought by fantasy sports firm FanDuel.

Professor Michael Fourman, chair of computer systems, University of Edinburgh

Fourman started his academic career as a mathematical logician, “viewed by mathematicians as a kind of philosopher, and by philosophers, somewhat more accurately, as a mathematician.” He created the School of Informatics at Edinburgh, “all with a lot of help from my friends.” In addition to his continuing research in informatics, Fourman co-chaired the Royal Society of Edinburgh’s inquiry into digital participation.

Tom Griffiths, chief product officer, FanDuel

One of FanDuel’s co-founder’s, Griffiths leads the product team delivering the FanDuel experience on a variety of devices and oversees product operations and customer support. A Cambridge University computer science graduate, he co-founded Insight Studios and with Rob Jones. Griffiths says he is “passionate about creating products that are fun and exciting to use, and applying game mechanics in ways they haven’t been previously”.

Andrew Green, managing director, Distrify Media

Originally a film editor and producer, Green was part of the team that developed Distrify, the online film distribution platform. The company went through a restructuring to form Distrify Media. It subsequently secured $1m from ESM Investments to support its expansion which includes a landmark deal to launch an international Chinese video-on-demand portal in partnership with Future TV in Tianjin.

Alisdair Gunn, project director, Interactive Scotland

With experience in the private and public sectors, Gunn heads the start-up accelerator programme supporting new technology ventures across the creative industries and digital media sector. The aim is to help entrepreneurs and companies develop next generation platforms, services, applications and content across the creative industries, new media, mobile, wireless and digital media sectors. Gunn is also on the board of Digital Glasgow and the Institute of Creative Technologies and Applied Computing, University of the West of Scotland.

Professor Jeff Haywood, vice-principal digital education, University of Edinburgh

Haywood specialises in the effectiveness of ICT in enhancing learning, especially in higher education, cultural and political factors in uptake and use of ICT in education and the evaluation of national and institutional strategies for the implementation of ICT-supported education. He is a past chair and current member of the Coimbra Group of Universities’ e-Learning Task Force.

Professor Chris Johnson, head of school of computing science, University of Glasgow

Johnson specialises in the resilience of critical infrastructures such as air traffic management software and has advised a number of European ATM organisations, as well as the European Commission. He also studies the relationship between safety and security, for example developing ways of safely closing down a civil nuclear reactor after malware has been detected. Johnson has worked with NASA, the European Space Agency and the US Air Force.

David Irvine, team member, MaidSafe

With more than 23 years experience in IT and 15 years running companies, Irvine has been responsible for enterprise network design and project management and has worked on some of the world’s largest network projects. MaidSafe is a decentralised platform on which application developers can build decentralised applications. The network is made up of individual users who contribute storage, computing power and bandwidth to form a worldwide autonomous system. Irvine has also published papers on complex networking, distributed computing and cryptography related technologies.

Rob Jones, creative director, FanDuel

One of five co-founders, Jones leads the company’s creative team covering varied disciplines from UI/UX, brand identity, native app design as well as working closely with the marketing team on communications. Before FanDuel, he co-founded three other startups; the prediction market, group social networking site and Insight Studios Ltd, a creative design agency.

Gavin Littlejohn, founder, Project No.4

A history and international relations graduate of Aberdeen University, Littlejohn founded Instant Group, one of the pioneers of the software-as-a-service model. He began working on the idea for Moneydashboard, a consumer money management application, in 2005, supported by seed capital until its launch in 2010. A new version was released in 2012 and later the company received £2.7m from Calculus Capital. He is currently working on a new ‘fintech’ business model.

David Low, developer advocate, Skyscanner

Low has been a developer at and, Head of Digital Products at STV and Digital Production Manager at Royal Bank of Scotland. He joined Skyscanner in 2013 and led its mobile-first strategy. In his new role, Low is establishing a developer advocacy unit at the flight comparison site, working with developers and clients to build the ecosystem around Skyscanner products.

Tommy Laughlin, head of public sector liaison, ScotlandIS

Laughlin has worked for major IT companies in a wide range of account, marketing and senior management roles. He has a long involvement with ScotlandIS, first as a board member and latterly heading its public sector activity. As chair of the industry forum for large ICT companies supporting the Scottish Government’s digital strategy, he is engaged with 20 companies employing more than 25,000.

Dr Geoff Lund, leader, division of computing and forensics, Abertay University

Lund’s division covers a range of subjects including computing, networks, ethical hacking, forensic and investigative sciences, and policing and security studies. The programmes focus on the application of scientific, engineering and project management principles to equip graduates with skills to meet contemporary challenges. For example, the degree in digital forensics teaches students how to recover deleted files and unravel coded messages on social networking sites.

Stuart Macdonald, managing director, Seric Systems

A mathematical sciences and IT Graduate of the University of the West of Scotland (UWS), Macdonald worked as a process analyst for IBM before founding Seric in 1998, specialising in security, fraud prevention, infrastructure and data management. Last December, his company signed a deal with Omlis, the Newcastle-based mobile payments provider. Macdonald is a member of the UWS Advisory Board and a board member of Young Enterprise Scotland.

Ewan McIntosh, chief executive, No Tosh

McIntosh was a French and German high school teacher, before moving into technology research and leadership as Scotland’s first national adviser on Learning and Technology Futures. He worked in start-up investment for Channel 4 and launched the world’s first iPad Investment Fund in 2010. His company now works globally, with offices in Edinburgh and Melbourne, helping improve creative results for leading media, technology, fashion and education organisations.

Donald McLaughlin, director, UKI collaboration sales and country manager Scotland, Cisco

McLaughlin joined Cisco in 2000 as a software account manager for the contact centre team, having previously worked for Unisys and Siemens, and rose to become Director and Country Manager for Scotland in 2008. 2014 was a highlight for McLaughlin, with Cisco as the official network infrastructure supporter of the Glasgow Commonwealth Games. He is a former board member of ScotlandIS and a current board member of The Tech Partnership.

Maggie Morrison, director, public sector, CGI

A former HP and Cisco executive, Morrison joined CGI at the beginning of 2014, leading a team to grow its presence and public sector business in Scotland as the company invests in the establishment of a digital services centre creating 250 skilled jobs in Glasgow. She also serves on the boards of Skills Development Scotland, e-skills Scotland, West College Scotland and is a member of the Scotland 2020 Climate Group and SCDI’s executive committee.

Martin Mutch, advisory panel member, Par Equity

Mutch co-founded enterprise application consultancy Rocela Group in 2001, built a 75-string team that was recognised Sunday Times Fastrack, Techtrack and Best Places to Work lists, and sold it to Irish IT services company Version 1 in 2014. He currently has multiple investments in early stage and start-up tech companies and acts as an advisor to several. Mutch is an ambassador for Wedo Scotland, supporting local entrepreneurs through sharing and networking, and founder of the Retina Scottish International Photography Festival. He was appointed chairman of QikServe, a mobile platform for the hospitality sector.

Andrew Nagle, senior business development manager, Microsoft

Previously with NEC Computers as an account manager and Dell as a corporate sales manager, Nagle joined Apple as an account executive in 2009 becoming a regional education manager. In this role he worked with Cedars School of Excellence in Greenock on the established of the world’s first 1:1 iPad school. He joined Microsoft last year. Nagle is an industry adviser to the IAB School of Computing at the University of the West of Scotland.

Mike Neilson, digital director, Scottish Government

Neilson has been responsible for developing the Government’s digital strategy and co-ordinating its implementation, focusing on four areas to achieve Scotland’s digital ambition: public service delivery; the digital economy; digital participation and broadband connectivity. Neilson also sits on the board of The Data Lab, a collaboration between industry, the public sector and universities to realise the potential of data science.

Stuart Paterson, partner, Scottish Equity Partners

As one of Scottish Equity’s founding partners, Paterson has been responsible for a number of its most successful IT investments including Bluetooth chip leader CSR plc, now one of the UK’s largest technology companies, Gigle Networks which was acquired by Broadcom for $83m, and Skyscanner the leading global travel search business. He sits on the board of the on-line multi-channel eyewear retailer Mister Spex and last year led the firm’s investment in Berlin-based, online language learning business Babbel.

Aaron Quigley, professor in the chair of Human Computer Interaction, University of St Andrews

A computer science graduate of Trinity College Dublin, Quigley taught English in Japan before joining Semantic Designs in Austin, Texas, as a research intern as part of his PhD on information visualisation. Spells with Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories in the US, Australia’s Information and Communications Technology Research Centre of Excellence, Ireland’s TRIL Centre, IBM and the University of Tasmania’s HIT Lab followed. He joined the Scottish Informatics and Computer Science Alliance and Robert Gordon University’s IDEAS Research Institute in 2011. After a sabbatical at the Tokyo Institute of Technology, Quigley joined St Andrew’s University to direct its Computer Human Interaction research group. He is also a board member of ScotlandIS.

Ian Ritchie, chairman, iomart

Ritchie founded and managed Office Workstations Limited (OWL) in Edinburgh in 1984 and its subsidiary OWL International Inc. in Seattle from 1985. OWL became the largest supplier of Hypertext/Hypermedia authoring tools – a forerunner to the World Wide Web – for personal computers. OWL was sold to Panasonic 1989. Ritchie has turned his story of meeting Tim Berners-Lee – and being unconvinced by his idea – into a TED talk. As well as iomart, Ritchie is Chairman of a number of technology companies, co-chair of the Scottish Science Advisory Council, a board member of the Edinburgh International Science Festival and the chair of Our Dynamic Earth.

Dave Robertson, dean of special projects, Edinburgh University

Robertson was Head of the university’s School of Informatics for five years to 2014, during which time it doubled its research income and rose from 30 to 12 on the world ranking for computer science departments. He was part of the leadership teams that developed the university as a hub for translational research in data science, attracting, among others, the Digital Health & Care Institute, The Data Lab and the Farr Network. Robertson is currently a member of Edinburgh Data Science, which is exploring how data can be used as a basis for new kinds of research across all areas of academia.

Mark Robinson, chief executive and founder, deltaDNA

Robinson led data mining consultancy Marketing Databasics until it was acquired by the Indicia Group, where he was client services director before leaving to co-found deltaDNA in 2010. His vision was to apply CRM techniques, business thinking from other markets and analytics to the games industry; deltaDNA was the winner of the 2014 Best New Product in the ScotlandIS Digital Technology Awards and the company has attracted $5m in equity funding from Par Equity, STV, Scottish Investment Bank and Edge Performance VCT.

Kenny Shaw, director, Screenmedia

The former director of interactive at WarkClements Film & Television, Shaw set up Screenmedia in 2004 when WarkClements merged with Ideal World. Since then, he’s built the company into a Bafta award-winning digital design practice working at the forefront of design and technology for web, mobile and tablet platforms. Reinvesting profits from a successful fitness app into mobile technology and design expertise has led to it being named Best Digital Agency two years running at the ScotlandIS awards.

David Smith, director, technology engineering and creative industries, Scottish Enterprise

Appointed in May 2013, Smith was previously Director of the Innovation and Enterprise Services Directorate at Scottish Enterprise and held a number of senior posts at Scottish Development International, including interim Chief Executive. He has considerable experience across the private and public sectors, having worked in a number of roles in ICT and in the retail and aerospace sectors.

Fraser Speirs, head of computing and IT, Cedars School of Excellence

Cedars was the first school in the world to roll out the Apple iPad on a 1:1 basis and Speirs was responsible for the planning and successful execution of that project. A well-known public speaker at events such as the Apple Leadership Summit and Macworld Mobile, he works with schools around the world focusing on the deployment of educational technology, teaching practice and curriculum.

Professor Sir Timothy O’Shea, principal, University of Edinburgh

Sir Timothy has been instrumental in positioning Scotland not only as one of the best educators in the world, but one of the most modern practitioners of education enhanced by technology. O’Shea has a PhD in Computer Based Learning from Leeds University and worked as a researcher at the Systems Concepts Lab, Xerox PARC, California. He founded the Computers and Learning Research Group at the Open University and is Chair of Jisc, the organisation which encourages unnovative use of technology in university learning.

Callum Sinclair, partner, DLA Piper

Sinclair works in DLA Piper’s intellectual property and technology group, specialising in a range of IP and IT issues – content creation and exploitation, branding and licensing issues, media sponsorship, advertising, licensing and maintenance contracts and e-commerce and m-commerce compliance work – for clients in the public and private sectors. Sinclair is a board member of ScotlandIS.

Chris Sloey, co-founder, Add Jam

Along with Michael Hayes, Sloey founded Add Jam at the beginning of 2014, creating active travel mobile products for Glasgow’s £24m Future City Project. He is the technical lead on our projects and has released apps on all major mobile platforms. Sloey has also engineered large-scale web applications using Ruby on Rails and Ember JS. A fan of eSports, he produces the weekly League of Legends Newsletter.

Frances Sneddon, chief technology officer, SIMUL8

Sneddon is responsible for creating and driving the company’s product strategy that has made it a powerhouse in simulation technology across the world. She 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. Sneddon is a board member of ScotlandIS.

Chris Stafford, vice-president, echnology, FanDuel

Stafford leads FanDuel’s technical team, overseeing system architecture, setting the technical direction and, according to his Linkedin profile, avoids making tea. Previously a programmer for the Skipton Building Society and senior developer at HBOS, he gained a Masters in artificial intelligence from Edinburgh University. There, he also met Tom Griffiths and Rob Jones and they went on to found Subsequently Griffiths met Nigel Eccles at a networking event and the four, along with Eccles’ wife Lesley, founded news prediction site Hubdub, the forerunner of FanDuel.

Abesh Thakur, chief executive, Two Big Ears

Thakur previously worked as a mainframe developer for Cognizant Technology Solutions. With experience in a variety of software architectures and in project management and delivery, he co-founded Two Big Ears with colleague Varun Nair. Last year, New York’s Museum of Modern Art presented a retrospective of composer and singer Björk using the firm’s audio technology in ‘Songlines’, an interactive, location-based audio experience through her albums.

Craig Turpie, creative director, Storm ID

Turpie studied at Edinburgh College of Art graduating with a BA (Hons) in Visual Communication and then a Masters Degree in Design. After four years cutting his digital teeth, he co-founded Storm ID in 2001 with Simon Wall, Paul McGinness and Jonathan Joyce. In his time as Creative Director he has overseen all creative output relating to Storm ID’s major accounts including RBS, ConocoPhillips, Microsoft, HP, TrinityMirror plc, Scottish Government and the NHS. Storm ID won Digital Agency of the Year in the 2015 ScotlandIS awards.

James Varga, chief executive, miiCard

Company founder Varga, developed and patented miiCard’s ‘Bring Your Own Identiy’ platform. Previously he was co-founder and Chief Operating Officer for Moneydashboard. Varga also created beblu, the first mini-component computer system designed for the living room; led a knowledge measurement and assessment service called MindSweep; a digital agency for websites and financial service applications named lightershade; and founded Squarepeg, an eBusiness consultancy specialising in CRM and sales management.

Laurence Ward, senior partner, Scotland, CMS Cameron McKenna

Before the merger of of CMS and Dundas & Wilson, Ward was Chairman of the latter and led its outsourcing and its IP/IT practice for 17 years. As Chair of Scotland’s Technology Advisory Group, he is involved in developing the industry strategy. Ward was lead partner in the procurement of the Scottish Wide Area Network and in Glasgow Council’s establishment of a £265m joint venture with Serco to transform IT and property services in the city.

Harvey Wheaton, chief executive, CodeClan

Appointed to lead Scotland’s new coding school for web and mobile software development last year, Wheaton has held a variety of senior roles in video games development, including Studio Director for Supermassive Games, Director of Product Development for Criterion Games, and a variety of business operations and development management positions at Electronic Arts. At EA, he was Senior Development Director for the Harry Potter franchise. Prior to working in the games industry, his career encompassed roles in manufacturing, public sector, consulting and financial services.

Christoph Zwicker, Managing Director, Avaloq Innovation

A computer science graduate of ETH Zurich, the Swiss science and technology university, Zwicker has worked with banking software firm Avaloq since 2005. He was appointed to head the firm’s new innovation centre in Edinburgh, which aims to employ 500 people within the next few years. “Edinburgh is the second major site after Zurich so the main goal is to establish it as an equal, not just in communication but in actual thinking,” said Zwicker. “I’m aiming to build a leadership team that’s able to deal with exceptional situations – but one that plans and communicates well enough to make sure no such situations arise.”

(See also Part One)