The event will come to life with talks, discussions, and debates across a wide range of digital skills topics within Scotland.


  • Gillian Arnold FBCS – BCS President - March 2023 - March 2024
  • Holly Porter – Managing Director, BCS Institute
  • Karen Meechan – CEO, ScotlandIS
  • Ketty Lawrence, Vice Chair, Scotland Women in Technology
  • Sally Dyson, Head of Digital, Scottish Council of Voluntary Organisations
  • Tandy Nicole, Women in Tech campaigner, Software Product Management & Advisory Board Member at Scottish Government
  • Phil Ford, Head of Digital Technologies and Financial Services, Skills Development Scotland
  • Kirsty McFaul, Computer Science lead, Education Scotland
  • Martin McGuire, Director, Scotland for WorldSkills UK
  • Frances Woodifield, Learning & Skills Strategy Manager / CCLG Development Manager, South of Scotland Enterprise
  • Julia Adamson, Managing Director, Education & Public Benefit, BCS
  • Zoe Spilberg, Director of BCS L&D
  • Dan Aldridge, Head of Policy, BCS
  • Tony Pitchford, Acct Director, BCS


10:00am - Registration
10:30am - Opening address - keynote speaker - tbc
10:55am - Developing an adaptable and digital workforce for economic recovery - employer panellist
11:35am - Creating a diverse and inclusive digital panel of under-represented groups
12:15pm - Lunch (complimentary)
1:00pm - Innovation to create a vibrant technology economy - keynote speaker
1:15pm - Supporting digital growth in emerging sectors - employer panellists
1:50pm - Scottish policy makers and educators response's to the day's discussion's
2:30pm - Networking break
2:55pm - Fireside Chat - celebrating women in tech - International Women's Day
3:35pm - Networking drinks and canapes - (complimentary)
5:00pm - Close


The Digital Skills Network event is supported by Skills Development Scotland and will bring together representatives from across industry, education, local government and policy makers, who will come together to discuss their experiences of digital transformation so far, their strategy for the future and the opportunity to build an inclusive and diverse talent pipeline.

This event will come to life with talks, discussions, and perspectives across a wide range of digital skills topics including:

• The existing initiatives in Scotland to bridge the gap between education and industry.

• How to meet industry demand with a supply of diverse, skilled talent and the inclusion of underrepresented groups through a range of programmes and pathways into employment;

• You'll get to hear about the digital skills growth within emerging sectors.

• Policy makers and educators will discuss and respond to the discussion points made on the day.

We will close the event with a fireside chat in support of International Women’s Day, followed by networking drinks.

Who is this event for:

  • Employer's (tech, emerging sectors, SME's)
  • Individual's leading digital skills strategy
  • Educator's
  • Local government
  • Those involved with digital inclusion and diversity workplace initiatives

Our events are for adults aged 16 years and over.

BCS is a membership organisation. If you enjoy this event, please consider joining BCS. You’ll be very welcome. You’ll receive access to many exclusive career development tools, an introduction to a thriving professional community and also help us Make IT Good For Society.

Join the BCS Skills Network

For overseas delegates who wish to attend the event, please note that BCS does not issue invitation letters.


BCS is following government guidelines and we would ask attendees to continue to also follow these guidelines. Please go to for more information, advice, and instructions.

This event is brought to you by: BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT and BCS Digital Skills Network

BCS Digital Skills Network - Scotland
Date and time
Wednesday 8 March, 10:00am - 5:00pm
Clayton Hotel
286 Clyde Street
G1 4AZ