The Digital Skills Partnership is made up of a strategic board that drives direction and activity, and a wider partnership representing key sectors in Cornwall. We also have a community of hundreds who subscribe to our newsletter, get involved in events and research, and help to make sure that digital skills are at the heart of Cornwall’s future.
Californian living in Cornwall with 2 boys and a chef. Consultant, Founder of TECgirls, Chair of CIoS Digital Skills Partnership and CIoS Employment & Skills Board member. Former Director at Bluefruit.
Our new Vice Chair Paddy Paddison is Chief Information and Technology Officer at Wildanet Limited, a Cornish based internet service provider bringing hyperfast and super-reliable broadband services to homes, businesses and communities throughout the South West. He brings to the table skills gained over the last 30 years in many diverse roles from the military to computer games development.
Tanuvi is the Co-Founder and CEO at Data Duopoly.
She is an invited speaker on how digital tech and data will make busy environments safer at the Big Data LDN 2021 conference, and a thought leader of the European Tourism Association (ETOA) panel, at Travel Technology Europe 2020 (TTE). Her activities have been recognised by the travel industry, including being a Finalist for the Booking.com Playmaker of the Year Awards 2020 and the technology sector, as a TechNation Rising Star Regional Winner 2021. She has been named as a ‘business leader to watch’ by Insider Media in their ’42 under 42’ class of 2021.
She is sits on the St Ives Tate Advisory Committee, and has worked with charitable organisations, including Marie Curie and Asha for Education, where she won the Microsoft Accelerator’s EdTech Hackathon, with a central challenge of: ‘How can we reduce the levels of youth unemployment in rural India?’.
She is a Chartered Accountant, having previously worked at Ernst and Young, graduated from Cambridge University reading Economics and completed a Masters in Entrepreneurship. She takes the lead on the financial and business strategy at Data Duopoly, which solves the issue of congestion and frustrations experienced by visitors by offering personalised incentives to discover and navigate venues. She is passionate about data, AI and improving access to digital skills here in the South West.
Lyssa is the founder of Kraken Marketing, which specialises in helping tech companies level up and say no to vanilla! They help brands realise you don’t need to be boring to be seen as professional or taken seriously. Lyssa is a STEM ambassador and a member of Google’s Women Techmakers program which provides visibility, community, and resources for women in technology.
Chief Information Officer at the Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust. Digital Health leader and BCS/IET Fellow, with a multi-sector track record in thought leadership, technology/programme delivery and IT service innovation.
Laura has worked in a broad range of roles across the creative sector, with a particular focus on screen & digital, and with businesses at various stages of growth. Having started in corporate communications and advertising, she studied for an MBA and worked with management consultancy Telos Partners for several years, before moving to the British Film Institute. As a freelancer, she has run projects for the British Film Commission, Raising Films, the UK Film Centre in Cannes and a delegation to the GREAT Festival of Creativity in Shanghai. She is now a business advisor for Cultivator Cornwall and set up a new screen agency in the region in 2019. She is on the Board of Cornwall & Isles of Scilly LEP’s Digital Skills Partnership and is also a member of their Creative Industries Taskforce. Laura is passionate about sustainable growth and is a founder of Goodfest Cornwall, as well as being on the journey to make Screen Cornwall a B Corp.
As a producer, Laura has made several shorts, including most recently DOG YEARS for BFI NETWORK, and has executive produced many more through her talent development work at Screen Cornwall. Feature credits include award-winning feature documentary SONS OF CUBA, which was broadcast by BBC Storyville, and Associate Producer on iFeatures project MAKE UP. Her latest release in September 2021 is low-budget Cornish feature THE TAPE.
Martin is Curriculum Development Manager at The Cornwall College Group. His role involves talking to employers about their skills needs, and developing education programmes that address those needs. His previous work for the Institute of Coding brought him together with academics, educators, employers, and third sector organisations, to increase employable graduates from digital courses across the UK.
Cornwall 30 under 30 (2018) Award Winner. Dedicated to ensuring that Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly benefit from the skills funding available to help individuals achieve their career goals and enable businesses to thrive and become more sustainable.
Passionate about finding ways to inspire and motivate the young people that make up the future workforce of Cornwall.
Digital Peninsula Network (DPN) is the largest network of ICT and Digital businesses in Cornwall. We offer a range of services including; training provision, networking events and marketing support and represent the views of businesses in the ICT / Digital sectors based in Cornwall, helping to attract funding and further support for businesses.
As Deputy team lead for digital at Truro & Penwith College Naomi develops new programmes of study across levels 3 – 6, working in conjunction with local industry to meet current and future digital skills shortages. She brings her links to education, outreach, and curriculum development to the DSP, with a focus on developing a collaborative, dynamic, innovative, and exciting approach to meeting the digital skills challenge.
Head of Cornwall Business Development – Innovation, Impact and Business at University of Exeter
Over 30 years public sector experience including responsibility for a number of District & Unitary services, SRO for the Councils successful £20m Digital Cornwall Programme and instigator of the pioneering devolution model for the Cornwall’s Library Services. Passionate about driving customer centric continuous improvement through a blend of people and digital.
Head of Marketing & Membership for Software Cornwall, helping to promote, grow and support the software, tech and digital industries in Cornwall. A tech enthusiast with over a decade of experience in marketing, predominantly for SME’s, I am passionate about creating positive, sustainable change and innovating both through technological developments and the processes used to promote them.
A founding director of Headforwards, Toby Parkins combines technical knowledge with a highly driven, commercial perspective to produce the latest approach to a range of business activities. He is also founder of the Agile on the Beach conference and the Cornwall Digital Meetup Group. He is President of the Cornwall Chamber of Commerce, chairman of Tech South West and a founding director of Software Cornwall.
Naomi’s role as deputy team lead for digital at Truro and Penwith college provides her with the opportunity to develop new programmes of study across levels 3 – 6, working in conjunction with local industry to meet current and future digital skills shortages, such as those identified in the June 2022 report by the Digital Skills Partnership (HotSW).
Naomi hopes to bring to my links to education, outreach, and curriculum development to the DSP, with a focus on developing a collaborative, dynamic, innovative, and exciting approach to meeting the digital skills challenge in Cornwall.
Martain is the Curriculum Development Manager for Computing and IT at Cornwall College in Camborne. He has been working in Computing for his whole career, both in higher and further education. Throughout that time Martain worked with employers to ensure that learners leave with the skills that are relevant for employment in their chosen industry.
Martain hopes to use his experience and the experience of his friends and colleagues he has met along the way to support and guide the work of the DSP to reach as many people as possible and hopefully have a positive impact on people’s lives.
For the last decade I’ve worked in the creative and charity sector and I hope to being lots of transferable skills to this role. I’m fanatical about innovation and creative problem solving, and I am always looking for new ways to engage with people, especially those who currently have fewer opportunities.
As well as my new role with the CIoS DSP, I’m a trustee at Cornwall Museums Partnership. Previously I was Head of Communications & Development for Kneehigh Theatre and delivered digital marketing and fundraising for rainforest charity Cool Earth.