Board of Trustees

Digital Xtra Fund’s 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

Trustee & Chair

Ian Ritchie CBE is Chairman of Tern plc., Computer Application Services Ltd., and Krotos Ltd. He is a board member of the National Theatre of Scotland and the Scottish Council Development and Industry (SCDI).  He is a past President of the British Computer Society, a former Vice-President of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and a a former Honorary Treasurer of the Royal Academy of Engineering. His CBE was awarded for services to education and enterprise.

David McNeill

Trustee & Finance Officer

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 also a Trustee of Recharge, a youth work project in East Lothian.

Gina Wilson

Trustee & Secretary to Trustees

Gina Wilson is Head of Strategy at Children and Young People’s Commissioner Scotland. Previous to this, Gina held roles as Head of Innovation & Partnerships at College Development Network and Development Manager at Carnegie UK Trust where she led on digital inclusion initiatives for young people. Gina has worked across the third sector in programme development, grant giving and public affairs.

Abby Sturrock

Trustee

Abby Sturrock 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.

Debbie McCutcheon

Trustee

Debbie McCutcheon is a Digital Skills Project Manager in the Digital Economy & Financial Services Skills team at Skills Development Scotland with a key focus on the Tech Industry in Schools programme. Debbie has worked with the Scottish tech sector for over 20 years advising start-ups/SMEs on development and growth as well as partnering with larger organisations for support, funding, and development opportunities.

Karen Meechan

Trustee

Karen Meechan is Chief Executive Officer at ScotlandIS, the membership and cluster management organisation for the digital technologies industry in Scotland. She has worked in the industry for many years and has an encyclopaedic knowledge of who’s who in the Scottish digital tech scene. She is also passionate about supporting young people to address digital exclusion.

Lisa Imlach

Trustee

Lisa Imlach is Corporate Affairs Lead at Skyscanner, where she leads the travel search engine’s corporate affairs and communications globally. In addition to this role, Lisa worked to overhaul Skyscanner’s charitable giving strategy across 11 offices, which now largely focusses on technology education projects for young people and those under-represented in the technology sector.

Paddy Burns

Trustee

Paddy Burns has been at the heart of the games industry for over 25 years and is Co-founder and CEO of the record-breaking and multi-award-winning 4J Studios, where he has developed games for all major consoles. The most recent and well known of these being Minecraft for the Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo consoles.

Polly Purvis OBE

Trustee

Polly Purvis OBE is Deputy Chair of Converge Challenge and former CEO of ScotlandIS, trade body for Scotland’s digital industries, where she was also Founding Chair of CodeClan. She is a board member of Edinburgh Science and sits on the tech advisory board for JCCA. Polly was previously Director of ScotFIN at IGS, a Scottish agri-tech business. Polly’s OBE was awarded for services to Scotland’s digital technology industry.

Staff

Digital Xtra Fund is a Scottish charity supporting tech initiatives which teach young people skills such as coding, robotics, cyber skills, and data science while also highlighting the future career opportunities these skills provide. The Fund’s model is very straightforward – we work with our industry and government partners to identify, finance, and assist extracurricular initiatives across Scotland to engage more young people in tech.

Kraig T Brown

Partnership & Development Manager

Kraig Brown joined Digital Xtra Fund from Edinburgh Science where he successfully fundraised for the annual Science Festival as well as Primary and Secondary School STEM outreach programmes. He has a background in both the private and third sector working for a wide range of organisations from SME’s to multi-nationals.

Maha Abhishek

Community & Grants Officer

Maha Abhishek joined Digital Xtra Fund from the Aberdeen Science Centre where she was the STEM Learning Co-ordinator and STEM Learning Schools Lead and helped lead Robot Playground which was supported by the Fund in 2019. Before that, she was a Research and Teaching Fellow at RGU and is also an active STEM Ambassador.
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