Ian Ritchie CBE FRSE FREng

BCS President 1998/99

Ian Ritchie

Ian Ritchie spends most of his time getting involved in early stage, high growth, IT businesses. He is currently the non-executive Chairman of Iomart plc, Computer Applications Service, and Krotos Ltd. He founded OWL in 1984 which pioneered hypertext application development (a forerunner to the world wide web) and sold the company to Panasonic in 1989. Since then he has been involved in 50 start-up high-tech businesses.

He serves on the board of the Edinburgh International Science Festival, the National Theatre of Scotland, and Chairs the Board of Our Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh's Science Centre. He is a Trustee of the Saltire Foundation and The David Hume Institute. He has been Honorary Treasurer of the Royal Academy of Engineering (FREng) and the Vice President, Business of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (FRSE).

He was a board member of Channel 4 TV (2000-2006) and deputy Chairman of the Edinburgh International Film Festival (2002-2011).

He was awarded a CBE in 2003 for services to Enterprise and Education.

He has a degree in Computer Science (1973) and has been awarded Honorary Doctorates by Robert Gordons, Abertay, Heriot-Watt and Edinburgh Universities.

He was widowed in 2001 and has two grown up children (Niall, 1980 and Claire 1989).