Meet our 2019 SWiT Awards Judges
Sally has been the Dean of Computing at Edinburgh Napier University since 2008. Working with ScotlandS, she is also the Project Director of e-Placement Scotland, a Scottish Funding Council project designed to create 3000 new paid placements for computing students across Scotland. She leads on graduate apprenticeships at Edinburgh Napier.
Sally’s technical research interest is context aware systems and she teaches mobile apps development. Her wider research interests include professional identity and placement outcomes and she leads the Centre for Computing Education Research at Edinburgh Napier.
Sally studied Maths at Aberdeen University, Computer Science at City University and a DBA at Edinburgh Napier University.
Dean of Computing
Edinburgh Napier University
Dr Natalie Coull is the Head of Division of Cyber Security at Abertay University, and was responsible for developing their bachelors in Digital Forensics and the NCSC Certified Masters in Ethical Hacking. Natalie has research interests in secure coding, digital watermarks and computer memory-based security concerns. Natalie is actively engaged in outreach, including promoting female participation in cyber security and leading a programme to provide Abertay student mentors for local school pupils as part of their National Progression Award in Cybersecurity.
Natalie graduated with a Doctorate in technology-enhanced education for software development from the University of St Andrews, which was followed by a Post-Doctoral post in the same area. Natalie was appointed as a Lecturer in Ethical Hacking in 2008 at Abertay.
Working with colleagues at Kingston University, and the University of the West of England, Natalie is helping to establish CISSE UK – and organisation created to bring together those interested in cybersecurity education across the UK, and provide a platform for sharing best practice and resources.
Dr Natalie Coull
Craig Steele is an educator, published author and creative technologist, who helps people develop digital skills in a fun and creative environment. Craig designs and delivers interactive training that brings digital skills to life, for people of all ages and abilities. He has have delivered digital skills workshops to thousands of people across Scotland and internationally. Last year Craig was named as part of the BIMA 100, as one of the most influential people in the UK digital industry. He was previously in the "Holyrood Tech 100" list for 2017 and a finalist in the Digital Leader of the Year awards.
Digital Skills Education
Karen is a passionate supporter of the Scottish digital tech industry and has been for over 15 years. As Chief Operating Officer of ScotlandIS, the membership body for the industry, she oversees a team of 17 and is inspired daily by meeting and talking to our members who create technology solutions that change the way we all live. One of the greatest parts of her job is watching these companies take something from little more than an idea on paper, to a hugely successful business.
Twitter @karenmeechan / @scotlandis
Chief Operating Officer of ScotlandIS
Carole is a Development Team Lead at Equator and tech meetup organiser. She is enthusiastic about encouraging inclusion in the tech industry and the Scottish tech community. Carole is leader of the Glasgow chapter of Ladies of Code and part of the Scottish Developers team who recently organised DDD Scotland, a community run developer conference. As a developer, she has an interest in web technologies particularly how these can be used in the internet of things to solve real life problems. When not coding, you will find her running around Glasgow or baking cakes.
As project manager for the Scottish Government funded Digital Skills Investment Programme, Ketty has designed, developed and led a number of initiatives to help close Scotland’s digital skills gap with a particular focus on gender and diversity. Amongst many things this has included Scotland’s first Digital Technology challenge badge for Girl Guiding Scotland. Ketty leads delivery of the Digital Skills Gender Diversity action plan, engaging with public agencies and stakeholders throughout the skills supply pipeline and industry helping to create partnerships on which to drive action forward.
Previous to this Ketty worked in the digital tech industry for 7 years including client services and business development in an app and games development company and a digital marketing agency.
Ketty Lawrence - Digital Skills Project Manager, Skills Development Scotland
Mark has over 25 years' experience in successful tech-startups and 1st-tier internet tech environments. He was instrumental in the success of multiple award-winning tech start-ups, including as COO of Skyscanner, one of Europe's most successful technology companies. In 2014, the Institute of Directors named him Director of the Year and in 2016 he won the UK Digital Masters award for Excellence in General Management. In 2017, he was announced as Women’s Enterprise Scotland’s first male ambassador. Since leaving Skyscanner, Mark’s focus has been on helping to stimulate Scotland’s flourishing technology industry, acting as an advisor, investor and non-executive director in start-ups across the sector.
Martyn leads the Digital Office for Scottish Local Government which was set up in October 2016 to look at creating, delivering and accelerating innovative digital solutions to help Scottish Councils with the challenge of balancing their budgets whilst still delivering critical front-line services.
Before joining the Digital Office and indeed Public Sector, Martyn’s career has been in the tech sector working with Private & Public Sector clients to understand and innovate with new Digital technology. He has worked for companies including Capita Secure Digital Solutions, Telefonica O2UK, BlackBerry, Computacenter and Compaq plus been a board advisor to some startups.
Chief Digital Officer – Digital Office for Scottish Local Government
Steven Grier leads Microsoft’s business in Scotland. From humble IT beginnings on Margaret Thatcher’s YTS Scheme with Digital Equipment Corporation in 1989 so began a journey through oil (BP), booze (United Distillers), funerals (Co-Op) and software, ultimately finding himself at Microsoft in the year Windows XP launched (Bing it!). Passionate about Scotland, inspired by innovation and with a soft spot for healthcare and digital skills - he likes technology when it makes people smile. Married with a young son and has set himself the life challenge of finding the perfect balance between competitive cycling, a fondness for malt whisky, Burns poetry and Scandinavian power metal music. It may take some time.
Country Manager, Microsoft in Scotland
Ray launched DIGIT, Scotland’s leading technology media & events company in 2013. DIGIT is dedicated to providing tech news, views, opinion for IT & Digital users & consumers. Ray has developed partnerships spanning: industry, academia, government, membership groups, regulatory bodies and innovation centres. This ensures that DIGIT’s news and events are not restricted by the interests of a single perspective but instead reflect a balanced consensus, covering the core issues that are most relevant to the audience. WWW.DIGIT.FYI and its network of events now reach nearly 50,000 business & technology users per week. DIGIT hosts major conferences and events in Scotland, including Digital Energy, Digital Transformation Scot-Secure, Scotland, Intelligent Automation, FinTech and DIGIT Expo, all serving as community platforms for business user collaboration and networking.
DIGIT has been supporting STEM, Women in Technology and other areas of industry inclusiveness via their editorial output and event agendas are delighted to be supporting the awards once again. This is Ray’s third year as a SWiT awards judge.
Passionate about the power of PR, Sarah launched Hot Tin Roof in 2002. She has worked with some of Scotland’s brightest startups and is trusted by both journalists and the entrepreneurs behind the story. Now she is building PingGo, a do-it-yourself PR machine, expected to disrupt the PR industry forever.
Owner - Hot Tin Roof
Eileen McLaren, currently VP Product Management at Indigo Vision, is one of the best known faces in the Scottish IT scene having been instrumental in scaling the countries two unicorns; Skyscanner and FanDuel prior to joining Cognitive Geology in 2017, and Indigo Vision in 2019.
Her early career in technology was in Financial Services where she progressed from analyst programmer, through project and programme management, eventually branching out into coaching and consultancy before joining Skyscanner in their early growth period.
Previously VP of Engineering at FanDuel, Development Manager at Skyscanner and COO at Cognitive Geology, Eileen has recently joined Indigo Vision as part of their transformation and growth.
Eileen was raised in Glasgow and studied at Glasgow College of Technology. She now splits her time between homes in Edinburgh and Glasgow and still finds time to support her favourite Glasgow football team.
A keen advocate for increasing the number of females working in IT and tackling the technology sectors diversity problems, Eileen has been a judge for the SWIT awards since inception, and is an active member of Digital Skills Partnership Industry Advisory Group.
Alison has held a number of leadership roles in Sopra Steria across the UK, all of which involved a leading role for the company’s business in Scotland. She is now on secondment to Government under the First Minister’s Digital Fellowship Programme and is currently leading the Digital Transformation Division within the Scottish Government. In this role she leads a team who work across a number of digital transformation programmes across Government to support programme delivery, promote digital ways of working and maximise re-use of government assets.
Alison is also the vice chair of ScotlandIS.
Stuart Macdonald is founder and Managing Director of Seric Systems, a multi-award winning Cyber Security and Technology business based in Scotland, serving the UK. Seric work with a broad range of organisations including Public Sector, Corporates and SME’s. Stuart is an investor in a number of other business and founded SmartSTEMs a charity involved in STEM.
After achieving a BSc Computer Information Systems, Jackie began her career as a computer programmer in the manufacturing sector. She moved onto the University of Paisley as a computing lecturer and was an early pioneer in online learning, a role she developed further when she became director of learning at the Scottish Council for Educational Technology.
As assistant chief executive at Learning and Teaching Scotland, she led national government digital initiatives for schools. Jackie took up a vice principal post at Ayrshire College in 2013, where her responsibilities included information systems and data analytics. She became principal of West Lothian College in August 2018.
Throughout her career, she has retained a passion for addressing the gender balance in technology and engineering, leading initiatives like This Ayrshire Girl Can.
Jackie Galbraith -
Principal and CEO/Board Member
Kepa is the Associate Dean International and Director of Postgraduate studies at the Faculty of Engineering in the University of Strathclyde. Kepa previously worked as Director of Business Engagement and Programme Leader for the MSc Data Science for Business at the Stirling Management School. Kepa has been closely involved with The Datalab MSc programme for several years and he is particularly proud of seeing two female students from my cohort win the prestigious Datalab Placement Award in consecutive years for the impact of their work in Scottish organisations.
Faculty of Engineering,
University of Strathclyde
“Winner of the Business Man of the Year award at the Scottish Asian Business Awards.
Gurjut is the Founder and Curator of TEDxGlasgow, one of the largest TEDx events in the world.. they have had over 13 million views of 140 talks.. and at their last event we had 2000 guests.
In his free time he enjoys supporting various community initiatives, sailing, trying not to fall off motorbikes and spending time with his two sons.”