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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A marketing and strategy specialist, with a background in agency and running TEDxGlasgow, Cat is the director of Brand Scotland. A groundbreaking new initiative for Scotland, Cat works across Scottish Government, Scottish Enterprise and VisitScotland to coordinate international marketing activity and pool talent, resource and expertise, in order to raise Scotland’s profile and reputation on the world stage. This includes responsibility for managing brand image, digital infrastructure and talent development. Cat also sits on the Advisory Boards for Marketing Society Scotland and City Nation Place.
As well as being Head of SME Engagement at Strathclyde Business School and Director of its pioneering Growth Advantage Programme, John is an award winning non-executive chairman and director in growing businesses. He is an influential commentator on issues facing emerging and high growth companies and has worked extensively with the leaders of growth companies and family firms, sharing experiences of the realities of growing a business.
Graham currently leads the Engineering teams for the DataOps Engineering function for BlackRock. Responsible for development and product management of Aladdin’s Core Data Platform including Index and Benchmark Data, Security Reference Data, Market and real-time data as well as Aladdin’s Risk Reporting engine and capabilities.
Graham’s expertise is in Portfolio Management and Investment Data systems design and delivery.
Allan is CEO and co-founder of R3 IoT, a high growth tech start-up based in Glasgow. The company has grown rapidly since founding in 2018, winning various awards along the way including Scottish Edge. The business was recently listed as Scotland’s 5th most innovative company.
Prior to starting R3 IoT Allan was Head of Missions for Clyde Space and held Technical and Project lead roles in various aerospace projects in Defence and Space. Allan has a passion for developing the next generation of entrepreneurs, engineers, scientists and leaders and is an active Strathclyde Inspire Supporter.