Our Board of Trustees is responsible for the strategic management of the charity.
The Board meets at least six times a year and is appointed by its members. All Digital Xtra Fund trustee positions are voluntary.
Ian Ritchie CBE is Chairman of iomart Group plc. Computer Application Services Ltd., Krotos, Cogbooks, and a non-executive director of RedFox Media. He is also Chairman of Our Dynamic Earth, the Edinburgh Science Centre. Ian is also a trustee of the David Hume Institute, a trustee of the Saltire Foundation, and a board member of the National Theatre of Scotland., he is a past President of the British Computer Society and former Vice-President of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.
Polly Purvis OBE is CEO of technology trade association ScotlandIS. Polly represents ScotlandIS on the Digital Excellence Business Excellence Partnership, the Tech Partnership UK Scotland board, the ICT Skills Group and the Industrial Advisory Board of the University of Dundee’s School of Computing. Polly chairs the board of CodeClan and is a director of dotScot Registry. In 2017, Polly was awarded the OBE for services to the Digital Economy in Scotland in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.
David McNeill is the Digital Director for Scottish Council of Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) who he joined from Young Scot where he had been Partnerships & Innovation Director (Depute Chief Executive). Previously, David was a Senior Consultant with Rocket Science UK. David is currently a Trustee of the Voluntary Action Fund and Recharge, a youth work project in East Lothian.
Paul Zealey is the Skills Planning Lead at Skills Development Scotland and director at Paul Zealey Ltd working with cities, festivals and major events. Paul is also a Non Exec Director of the Scottish Youth Theatre and was previously Chair of Glasgow Film, Projects Director at Scottish Enterprise, Head of Engagement & Legacy at Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games and Scotland committee member for Big Lottery Fund.
Laura McEwan is Head of HR for DogFi.sh mobile. A CIPD qualified HR professional of many years, Laura is an expert in policy design and implementation in the areas of performance management, contractual change and equal opportunities
Abby is a Service Delivery Manager with Fujitsu and is the Scotland lead for Fujitsu’s Responsible Business programme which covers a wide range of community involvement activities, including charity partners, school engagement, diversity and inclusion, environmental agendas, and health and well being.
Phil Worms is an experienced tech sector professional and was responsible for developing the Digital Xtra Fund on behalf of the Scottish Government. Prior to this role he was Marketing Director at iomart Group plc and is a founder and Trustee of the Helensburgh Heroes charity. Phil has held various senior management roles with BT, Centrica and VarTech.
Kraig Brown joined the Digital Xtra Fund from Edinburgh International Science Festival where he successfully raised the funds required to deliver STEM outreach programmes across Scotland, as well as for the annual Science Festival. He also was a Project Lead on EISF’s inaugural STEM careers event, Careers Hive. He has a background in both the private and third sector working for a wide range of organisations from SME’s to multi-nationals.
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