Manchester Digital has appointed Rachel Tsang and Ben Davies to its board.

Tsang is currently deputy director for Digital Identity at the Government Digital Service, responsible for live service operations, while Davies is the group marketing director at award-winning tech and life sciences-focused VC Praetura Ventures.

Alison Ross, chair of Manchester Digital’s board and chief people and operations director at Auto Trader, said: “Both Rachel and Ben bring with them very strong skill sets and multiple strengths to complement our existing board members, so we’re very pleased to welcome them to the board.

“They’re both very committed to supporting and growing our tech and digital eco-system at a very exciting time for the tech industry.

“They will also give invaluable support to our wide programme of events and initiatives to grow diversity and inclusion within the tech industry, as well as shaping and influencing policy.”

Tsang, who was previously held a number of digital, programme delivery, policy and strategy roles across government including HM Treasury, Department for Education, Ministry of Justice and Department for Work and Pensions, said: “Manchester Digital plays a huge role in connecting different organisations, championing digital skills and tackling barriers to inclusion.

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“As the sector continues to grow in the region, so does Manchester Digital’s significance and impact in these areas. Manchester Digital is a positive force for good and with so much growth and potential in Manchester, so it’s a privilege to join the board at this time.”

Davies has extensive experience in the funding space and said: “I’ve admired Manchester Digital for a long time and supported the team with events in a previous role.

“Having worked with similar organisations, Manchester Digital’s reputation within the public and private sector has always been exceptional and I’m looking forward to being part of the story. We want to support more Manchester breakout success stories and continue to bring the ecosystem together.”

The pair join the following existing board members: Alison Ross, Auto Trader (chair); Tom Amies-Cull, Dentsu Aegis (vice chair); Katie Gallagher, Manchester Digital (managing director); Shaun Fensom (secretary); Hilary Stephenson, Nexer Digital; Paul Bason, Manchester Metropolitan University; and James Wilkinson, Zuto.

Manchester Digital is the city’s leading trade body, supporting the tech and digital sector with a unified voice since 2001.

The not-for-profit organisation is independently funded through membership and represents the entire digital and tech ecosystem across Greater Manchester, with a wide range of business types, models, sizes and capabilities making up our community.

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