The CodeClan Board.
From left to right: Laura Reid, Olly Headey, Sandy Pratt, Bill Douglas, Polly Purvis (Chair), Alastair O’Brien
Not pictured: Adrian O’Lenskie, Neville Prentice, Melinda Matthews-Clarkson
Chair of the Board
Polly is Chair of CodeClan and CEO of ScotlandIS. She is a member of the Scotland CAN DO Business Innovation Forum, the ICT & Digital Technologies Skills Group, the Industrial Advisory Board of the University of Dundee’s School of Computing, a director of dotScot Registry, and a Trustee of the Digital Xtra Fund.
Melinda is a CEO with a passion for technology to drive economic growth in Scotland. As the leader of CodeClan, Melinda is championing the growing digital sector by supporting and encouraging individuals into the world of software development. Her experience as a Global VP of Software Sales and Marketing for ISVs and Alliances at IBM, has given her an insight on how the world embraces technology for commercial and social success. She is an experienced manager at leading diverse teams, at different stages of business maturity, with an emphasis of activating individuals to aspire to their dreams.
Olly is co-founder and CTO at FreeAgent. Since co-founding FreeAgent in 2007, Olly has helped grow the company to over 140 employees and scale the product to support over 70,000 happy customers. Prior to FreeAgent, Olly worked in software engineering roles for video game startups, national radio stations and incognito hedge funds before starting his own software consultancy in 2005. Olly is passionate about technology, startups and creating customer-delighting products.
Senior Director, Service Development and Delivery of Skills Development Scotland, SDS
Neville has a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Dundee and started his career in manufacturing. Prior to joining SDS in October 2014, Neville worked in the business service sector delivering profit and quality services within highly regulated industries, in cooperation with state authorities and private sector clients. He has held a number of leadership positions including Operations Director, Managing Director, Business Development and Process Improvement at FTSE 100 and other major companies. Working closely with our Directors of Operations, Industry, National Training Programmes, Digital Services, Critical Skills and Occupations and Service Design and Innovation, Neville is responsible for overseeing customer-facing service delivery at SDS, as well as the design and implementation of new services. Heavily involved with a number of consultative groups, Neville works closely with national and local government, as well as key partners in skills, education and industry.
Non Executive Director, CodeClan
Sandy is a chartered accountant who has spent his professional life as an IT consultant specialising in strategy, risk, performance management and governance. Having worked with KPMG, he established his own IT consultancy practice over 20 years ago and he counts many of the UK’s largest companies as clients. He is a director of several Scottish businesses. Socially, he is a qualified sailing instructor, keen golfer and singer.
Director of Engineering, Adobe Systems
Adrian has worked for Adobe for the last twenty years. He has spent time both in San Jose (CA) and Edinburgh as a Computer Scientist before moving into management. He has managed engineers across the globe (China, India, Seattle, San Jose, Edinburgh) and currently the site leader for Adobe’s Edinburgh office. His teams have delivered software solutions across Adobe’s business landscape, from key technologies that are integrated into Adobe’s award-winning Creative Cloud applications through to the back-office systems that are used to manage our users and their access to software. He has a passion for showing what is possible if you have a few smart people having fun, and is passionate about developing talent.
Laura Reid has worked in the tech sector for more than 15 years. As CEO of SIMUL8 Corporation, Laura leads a dedicated team that have enabled over 70% of Fortune 500 companies to transform the way they make decisions using the power of simulation. As well as technology, Laura has a passion for health and well-being including acting as a trustee for Penumbra, one of Scotland’s largest mental health charities.
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 also a board member of 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.
Bill Douglas is a highly experienced Operations and Managing Director with a breadth of technical, commercial and leadership experience. He has over 20 years’ knowledge of manufacturing and software companies and has previously held the position of Head of Professional Services with private equity-backed VeriSIM. In addition, he was Operations Director at Zonal Retail Data Systems encompassing manufacturing, R&D and
Customer Service. His most recent experience is in the Finance sector where he has led several significant programmes one of which was the launch of a bank’s mobile app. Bill has international experience gained in the USA, Europe, India and Dubai. His academic qualifications include a degree in Communications & Electronics Engineering from Napier University.
Early Careers Programme Lead, Leidos
Fiona is passionate about helping people. Through her UK-wide work at Leidos, she creates and runs programmes that support young people to develop confidence, STEM skills and an interest in technology. Prior to Leidos, Fiona worked in recruitment for PwC and helped unemployed people back into work through learndirect. In her spare time, she is a keen volunteer and held roles in both the 2014 Commonwealth Games and 2018 European Championships.
Head of Open Experience, RBS
Kristen is an experienced business, product and service innovator. Her career has involved the development and delivery of new brands, value propositions and software always working at the intersection of strategy, design and technology. Kristen is Head of Open Experience at RBS. These are creative, collaborative spaces in London and Edinburgh dedicated to developing new innovative products, services and business models for growth. Kristen is passionate about creating teams that take ideas from inception to first market launch, then scaling. She also currently sits on the RBS Scotland Board and the Board of Fintech Scotland.