Digital training

Brown leaves Data Lab to take COO role at CodeClan

CodeClan, the digital training academy, has hired Neil Brown from The Data Lab as chief operating officer (COO). 

Mr Brown will work closely with CEO Melinda Matthews-Clarkson to help drive engagement and partnerships. 

He was previously The Data Lab’s Project Development Manager, where he connected researchers and data scientists with industry and public sector organisations to generate economic, social and scientific value. 

Before The Data Lab, he was a programme manager at the University of Strathclyde, managing a low carbon power and energy programme for the university in collaboration with Scotland’s largest utility and energy companies.  

Ms Matthews-Clarkson said: “Neil has made a strong contribution to the success of The Data Lab in recent years and we’re really happy to get him on board to help manage both our internal operations and to assist in our growth in Scotland.”  

Mr Brown said: “I’ve greatly admired what Melinda and the CodeClan team have achieved, and I’m excited to join at a time when the narrative around digital skills and digitisation has never been more important. 

“I now have the opportunity to stay involved in delivering impact to Scotland’s tech and data community, and I’m looking forward to helping to deliver immediate value to Scotland’s ever growing digital economy.”

CodeClan has campuses in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Inverness.  In September, Bill Douglas was appointed chairman, replacing Polly Purvis.

CodeClan is set to announce a series of new industry partnerships over the next few weeks and months.  Initially funded by the Scottish Government, CodeClan is now run as a not-for-profit self-funded organisation, working with hundreds of employers across Scotland ranging from startups to global corporates.  

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