Posted on July 19, 2018 by staff

Five new directors to join Tech Nation board


Five entrepreneurs and business leaders have agreed to join the board of government-backed organisation Tech Nation this summer.

The new board members from Sheffield, Cardiff, Edinburgh and London will help guide the organisation in its role of accelerating the growth of the UK’s digital tech sector.

The new recruits to the board are Lesley Eccles, co-founder of FanDuel and founder and CEO of Relish; Adam Hale, chairman of DevOpsGroup; Enterprise Nation founder Emma Jones; David Richards, founder and CEO of WANdisco; and Sarah Wood, co-founder and chair of Unruly.

“I’m delighted to announce this very strong board that is passionate about promoting the digital tech sector right across the United Kingdom,” chief executive Gerard Grech said.

“Tech Nation has ambitious plans to step up its support of UK entrepreneurs in digital tech and to build digital skills and connect expertise across the country to make sure we continue to be a global tech powerhouse.”

The Tech Nation board also includes Grech and Passion Capital partner Eileen Burbidge.

Tim Luke, vice president of technology, media and telecoms at Barclays, and Wendy Tan-White, BGF advisor and former CEO of Moonfruit, have agreed to re-join the board.

Grech added: “I would also like to thank Eileen Burbidge, Wendy Tan-White and Tim Luke who have agreed to continue their excellent and much-valued work on the Tech Nation board.”

Burbidge said: “Right across the nation, communities are seeing startups forming and scale-ups growing, providing great jobs and opportunities. One of the best things about the UK tech industry is that those who have already had success are willing to pay it back and work with others to make their ambitions come true.

“With thanks to Robin Klein and Herb Kim who have recently completed their tenure, I’m looking forward to our new board continuing to inspire and help accelerate the next generation of UK digital tech talent.”