Understanding data is crucial for today’s Directors who need to grasp emerging trends and the data landscape in Scotland to better equip them in planning business growth and strategy.
Hosted by the Institute of Directors, this breakfast seminar will arm Scottish Directors with the latest knowledge including what resources are available and how they can attract, develop and retain the digital talent needed for future business success.
Melinda Matthews, CEO of CodeClan and Jim McCumstey, Head of Core Technology at SAS will provide an insight into how Directors can harness the latest in data technologies to drive growth.
Breakfast will be provided and networking will follow formal proceedings.
Melinda Matthews Clarkson has spent her 25 year career as a leader in technology. She is currently the CEO of CodeClan where she leverages her passion for people and her business skills to drive growth into the Scottish Digital Economy. She has held roles as a VP of Sales, Global Executive of Business Development & Enablement, Director of Marketing and VP of Alliances and Partnerships.
Melinda has a BS degree in Sales and Marketing Education; has certifications from UCLA Women in Leadership, Executive Coaching and Mentoring from Edinburgh Coaching Academy, and has been recognised in the Top 100 Women in CRN Software Channel publication from 2014, 2015 and 2016.
She is a sponsor for Smart Works Charity that focuses on assisting women back into the workforce. She is an active cheerleader for Girl Guides and STEM organisations and jumps at any opportunity to inspire and mentor women to be the best they can be.
When she is not thinking about technology, she can be found in her garden, on her yoga mat or in the kitchen creating wonderful tasty dishes.
Jim McCumesty is Head of Core Technologies in SAS Scotland R&D. Jim has worked in the software engineering industry for over 36 years, specialising in database technologies, data management and data analysis, and has led many international development projects for major commercial and Government customers. SAS is the leading worldwide provider of Data Analytics software, including data management, data integration, search and analysis solutions for over 83,000 sites including 96% of the world’s 100 largest companies across 145 countries. Jim was one of the founding industry board members of the Data Lab – a key government funded Innovation Centre in Scotland, transforming the way in which industry, public sector and academic institutions collaborate and generate value from Data. Jim currently chairs the Data Lab Industry Advisory Board, and is actively involved in industry liaison with Computing at Scottish Universities