|The new chair of a group focused on boosting skills in Scotland’s digital sector says greater a focus on entrepreneurship could create a new Scottish Enlightenment revered around the world.|
|Tech entrepreneur Ross Tuffee, founder and CEO of Iceberg.tech, has been named the new Chair of the Digital Technologies Skills Group (DTSG), the technology and public sector partnership which supports Skills Development’s Scotland (SDS) digital skills activity.
Start-up specialist Tuffee’s appointment follows swiftly on from the Logan report on the technology industry, commissioned by the Scottish Government, which stated that entrepreneur skills were vital to boost Scotland’s success in the sector.
The former Ernst & Young consultant established Dogfish, a mobile software company, more than 10 years ago and grew the business to more than 40 employees working with clients such as Public Health England, Network Rail, TUI Travel and the Merlin Entertainment Group before selling in 2018. Since then Ross has been mentoring in schools and universities, and consulting on inclusive and sustainable business growth for a range of tech SMEs and non-profit organisations.
Twice a year the DTSG meetings are co-chaired by the Finance Secretary Kate Forbes, underlining the importance of digital skills to Scottish Government and the country’s economy.
The growing importance of fintech, cloud computing and expanding digital skills to different sectors has also been reinforced with the appointment of three new DTSG members. The CEO of Fintech Scotland Stephen Ingledew will join the industry group along with Cameron Lepper from Cloudreach, and the managing director of Digital Construction, Saffron Grant.