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


10:30am - Open - Zoe Spilberg, BCS Director - HOST
10:35am - Keynote speaker - Government Minister
10:55am - Developing an adaptable and digital workforce for economic recovery

Facilitator: Tony Pitchford, BCS Acct Director

  • Tich Kent, Senior Software Developer, Amazon
  • Kirsty McIntosh, Head of Partnerships at Scottish Tech Army/Vice Chair at Seescape
  • Mazars
  • Dr Colin Smart, Enterprise Architect Lead-Director, Deloitte

11:35am - Creating a diverse and inclusive pipeline of under-represented groups

Facilitator: Dan Aldridge, Head of Policy, BCS

  • 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
  • Toni Scullion, Computing Science Teacher, founder of dresscode & co-founder of

12:15pm - Lunch (complimentary) and networking
1:00pm - Powering the Future of Work - fast-tracking people and business for success

  • Loral Quinn, CEO from Codeclan

1:30pm - Supporting digital growth in emerging sectors

Facilitator: Matt Ford, BCS L&D Director

  • Joshua Ryan-Saha, Director, TechTravel for Scotland
  • Albert Nicholl, Chair, Gendius Data Genius (Medical Technology)

2:10pm - Scottish policy makers and educators' response to the day's discussion's

Facilitator: Julia Adamson, Managing Director, Education & Public Benefit, BCS

  • 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
  • Chris Shekleton, Director for Scotland, QA

2:50pm - Networking Break
3:15pm - Fireside Chat (Women in Tech/International Women's Day)

  • Gillian Arnold FBCS – BCS President - March 2023 - March 2024
  • Holly Porter – Managing Director, BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT
  • Karen Meechan – CEO, ScotlandIS
  • Wendy Goucher, Consultant, Arcanum, Vice-Chair BCS ISSG

3:50pm - Networking drinks and canapes - (complimentary - supported by BCS Women)
5:00pm - Close


The Digital Skills Network Scotland event supported by Skills Development Scotland is a unique opportunity to hear from and network with 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. Plus, delegates will be the first to take away a copy of our brand-new BCS Report ' Scotland's Labour Market 2023'.

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
This event is sold out