Melinda Matthews Clarkson
Digital skills academy CodeClan has appointed a former senior figure at technology giant IBM as its new Chief Executive Officer, as it looks to build on its presence across Scotland in 2018.
Melinda Matthews Clarkson, who has more than 25 years’ experience in the technology sector, says she plans to extend CodeClan’s operations beyond the Central Belt, and expand its successful partnerships in the coming months.
Originally from the US, Ms Matthews Clarkson has lived in Scotland for the past 10 years, and was until recently vice president of commerce partnerships at IBM. She has been heavily involved in bringing a range of new product offerings in cloud, SaaS, eCommerce and digital marketing to the marketplace.
She said: “There is a real buzz about the technology sector in Scotland and we need to fuel it by getting more and more talented digital professionals into the marketplace. With more than 90 per cent of our graduates finding work within five months, there are very compelling reasons for people to get involved.
“CodeClan has ambitious plans for growth - we’ll be expanding our course numbers in 2018, giving more people a career pathway into the thriving digital economy. We’re also looking at delivering our courses beyond the Central Belt making access easier for people in other parts of the country. This will be backed by more partnerships with business. It will be a win for students, businesses and the sector as a whole.
“I first came across CodeClan through my work mentoring some of the exciting startups in the tech sector. The team is multi-talented and they cover far more than just teaching students how to code, they provide an understanding of the industry that helps the students grow and enhances their approach.
She takes over the reins from acting chief executive Adam Bannon.
Polly Purvis, chair of CodeClan, said: “I’m delighted Melinda is joining CodeClan to lead its energetic team through the next stage of growth. Her passion, knowledge and experience will be pivotal in driving CodeClan forward as we move into a new chapter, building on our success to date.
“Having someone with a background spanning both sides of the Atlantic will provide us with a unique insight into the way technology and its teaching is evolving. This will keep our courses current and give our students an education that is unmatched in terms of relevance and value.”