Manchester Digital is proud to be a democratic organisation that is governed by a twelve strong Council who are elected yearly by the membership.
The Council makes sure that the organisation is delivering the right activity for its members, agrees a stance on key issues facing the industry as well as rolling up their sleeves and helping us with some of our day to day activities.
Each month we will give you an insight into what our elected Council Members do, what they hope to bring to Manchester Digital and what part they will play in shaping the future of the industry.
What is your name?
What is the day job and who do you do it for?
I’m a lecturer in Computer Science at the University of Manchester. I run the careers laboratory, for around 800 undergraduate students studying Computer Science, Software Engineering and Artificial Intelligence which matches undergraduate and postgraduate students with the best industrial placements, internships and jobs that are on offer. I also have responsibility for our industry club, which builds closer collaboration between the University of Manchester and key employers of Computer Scientists.
How long have you been an MD Council Member and what projects/initiatives/events have you worked/are working on?
I was elected as a council member in July of last year. I’m working in the education special interest group, which will be meeting again shortly.
What are the key benefits you bring to the organisation?
I have a broad knowledge of Computer Science from primary education (running a code club) through to secondary (supervising undergraduate projects in schools) and higher education (research & teaching) and how it relates to the needs of a diverse range of employers, from small start-ups to large multi-national corporations.
What do you think is biggest challenge we face as an industry?
What will you be recommending that Manchester Digital tackle next?
To pick a particular age range in education e.g. 14-16 or 16-18 and concentrate out how MD can support digital activities in this area.
What contribution to the digital industry would you like to be remembered for?
As an educator.
What will the digital industry in the North West look like in 10 years?
“It's hard to make predictions, especially about the future.”