Fraser is the Chief Information Officer (CIO), Innovation & Change Director for CYBG (Clydesdale & Yorkshire Bank Group). His responsibilities include IT, Procurement, Information & Cyber Security and driving the digital and technology transformation of the Bank. Prior to this, his most recent roles include Chief Operating Officer of Kleinwort Benson in London and CIO of Citizens Bank in USA
Fraser has a wide range of experience across businesses, functions and geographies - including business transformation, IT, and change management.
A Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers, Fraser also gained an MBA from Aston Business School. In addition, he is a founder and Trustee of CUDECA, the first independent hospice in Spain, which he has supported since 1992.
Matt Grest is Director of Platform for BBC Design + Engineering. Matt is responsible for the transformation of the BBC's digital and broadcast products into a fully integrated platform, bringing together the BBC’s existing platform products and teams with audience sign in experiences.
Matt was previously Sky’s director of digital platforms, with responsibility for web and mobile across Sports, News, Sky.com and intranet. He also led the creation and expansion of Sky’s new digital hub in Leeds.
Minister for Business, Fair Work and Skills
Martin Thorn is the Senior Manager: Decisioning, Analytics & A.I at CYBG.
Martin’s team at CYBG are responsible for harnessing the power of big data, machine learning and artificial intelligence (A.I) and using it to transform the way the bank uses this data.
Marta is a Senior Data Scientist at Merkle Aquila. Marta has a background in maths and stats and has worked across a number of industries such as insurance, telecommunications, education, financial services and oil & gas.
Her role has many moving parts, such as, helping businesses defining their way through a data-lead world, using advanced commercially focused statistical and ML algorithms to answer business questions, training and development of junior analysts as well as defining our way of working, ensuring the standard of delivery and implementing best practices across the business.
Stephen Ingledew is the Chief Executive of FinTech Scotland, the enterprise established by the Scottish Government, University of Edinburgh and the private sector to drive economic growth in financial services through innovation, collaboration and inclusion.
Stephen has a track record and reputation for implementing customer focused, technology enabled profitable initiatives in a wide range of financial services organisations. This has included senior executive roles with large institutions such as Standard Life and Barclays as well as small innovative enterprises.
His financial services leadership career has also included a number of non-executive director roles including with Scottish Financial Enterprise; The Institute of Financial Services; The Chartered Insurance Institute and The Financial Services Authority.
Cathy Mitchell is a Senior Data/Policy Officer who works in further and higher education data at the Scottish Funding Council (SFC). Cathy believes that more advanced use of data and quantitative research is key to improving education policy and the student experience, and is motivated to deliver this in the Scottish sector.
Cathy authors National and Official Statistics publications and has strengthened links between quantitative research in education and students in the sector by beginning an internship programme opportunity at SFC for undergraduate and postgraduate students.
Cathy has an LLB in Law and an MSc in both Criminology and in Social Research, each from the University of Edinburgh.
Gillian Docherty is Chief Executive of The Data Lab, one of the eight innovation centres set up by the Scottish Government to enhance innovation and entrepreneurship across Scotland’s key economic sectors.
Prior to joining The Data Lab in 2015, she held a range of senior leadership roles at IBM UK, including Leader for Software Business in Scotland, Systems and Technology Sales Leader, and Territory Leader for General Business Scotland.
In her role as Chief Executive Officer at The Data Lab, she is responsible for delivering the strategic vision to maximise the value to Scotland from data, which aims to create over 250 new jobs and to generate more than £100 million for Scotland’s economy. Integral to delivering this is facilitating partnerships between industry and academia, supporting budding data science businesses and projects as well as funding first class, ground-breaking education programmes.
Last year was a particularly successful year for her. Not only was she named CEO of the Year at the ScotlandIS Digital Technology Awards and delivered a TEDx talk – “2037 – Who’s leading? Who’s following?” – she was also listed as one of the top 10 most influential data professionals in the UK. Gillian has recently been named Digital Leader of the Year 2018 by DigiLeaders UK.
Ms Docherty is also on the board of the Glasgow Chamber of Commerce, a trustee at Beyonder Involve and an Industry Advisory for Previse.
In a career spanning almost two decades, Robin Huggins has assisted hundreds of organisations and individuals within the Data space with Talent Acquisition, Recruitment and Human Resources challenges.
Following University studies in Psychology and Human Resource Management, Rob has operated as a Recruiter and Talent Management strategist for a variety of high profile organisations in the UK and abroad.
As Director of Academy & Client Services for MBN Solutions, Rob has led The Data Lab MSc. Placement Programme for the last two years, working with organisations throughout Scotland to deliver work-ready Industrial Placements to students. Rob also sits on the University of Glasgow’s School of Maths & Stats Industrial Advisory Board and DMA Scotland’s Talent Hub.
Paul Forrest is the Chairman at MBN Solutions.
Paul has some twenty-five years experience of helping businesses to solve complex business problems, deliver their transformation goals and to achieve tangible strategic outcomes.
Hands on and deep thinking, he has worked with many FTSE 100 clients, Global 500 businesses and major Government entities around the world including Ford Motor Company, VAG Group, BAE Systems, GSK, AkzoNobel, RBS, HBOS, Diageo, Bacardi, Wal-Mart, British Airways, Virgin Galactic, Etisalat, British Telecom, Vodafone and Allen & Overy.
Paul also sits on the board of a number of agile, disruptive and challenger businesses whilst supporting value creation programmes for Private Equity backed businesses.
Brian is the Head of Data at The Data Lab in Edinburgh.
Brian has 17 years experience in analytics and software engineering, across domains including Telecoms, IT and Digital. He joined The Data Lab from Skyscanner where he launched and grew the Business Intelligence team.
Prior to Skyscanner, Brian held analytics and engineering roles with Sumerian and HP.
Joshua is the Skills Manager at The Data Lab. He is responsible for programmes that aim to improve data science skills and increase the number of data professionals across Scotland.
He joined from Nesta where he established the £10m Longitude Prize and designed and ran multi-million-pound international challenge prizes.
Prior to joining Nesta, Joshua worked in public policy in the UK and in Bosnia and Herzegovina working with international organizations such as The Public International Law and Policy Group to design projects related to constitutional reform, tourism and reconciliation.