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Scott switches from Chamber to help CodeClan’s marketing push

Linda Scott

Linda Scott: ‘a challenge I couldn’t resist’

CodeClan, the digital training academy, has hired West Lothian Chamber of Commerce CEO Linda Scott as chief marketing officer.

Ms Scott joined the chamber more than six years ago and has been instrumental in building its presence and membership.

Alongside a number of national and international projects, she was involved in West Lothian’s Developing the Young Workforce skills and training programme. The training initiative is now used as the template for the national solution on behalf of the Scottish Government.

Commenting on her appointment, Ms Scott said: “CodeClan has a unique value proposition within Scotland’s digital economy. With hundreds of graduates working within hundreds of industry partners, we are directly helping businesses to grow and succeed, which along with skills and digital technology have been great passions throughout my career.

“The challenge of taking CodeClan into the future and helping the organisation to scale geographically, across multiple business sectors and ensuring we can introduce new courses, skills and talent, is one which I couldn’t resist. I’m thrilled to be a part of the CodeClan team and look forward to helping the academy achieve even greater recognition for the amazing work it does.”

This appointment forms part of a wider reorganisation within CodeClan, which was launched in 2015 to retrain workers from all sectors in new digital skills. CodeClan has produced more than 750 graduates from its courses in Edinburgh and Glasgow.

We need every sector to be aware of who we are and what we do

– Melinda Matthews-Clarkson

In May it opened its Highland’s academy in Inverness. Earlier this month, the organisation also announced the first cohort of students had joined CodeClan’s new Data Analytics course. The addition of the Highlands academy and the new course means that CodeClan expects 1000th graduate to pass through the programme by the end of 2019.

Melinda Matthews-Clarkson, CEO of CodeClan, said: “CodeClan has quietly revolutionised the digital skills landscape in Scotland. However, moving forward we need every sector to be aware of who we are and what we do.

“We are excited to welcome Linda on board as chief marketing officer. Her work with the Chambers of Commerce, on both a local and national level, gives her a unique perspective on the challenges faced by companies across Scotland.

“Her expertise in leadership, extensive business connections and experience in marketing and events ensures that CodeClan can raise its profile on a national basis and is recognised as the invaluable resource it is.”

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