We are delighted to introduce the DSP board’s new Vice Chair, along with three new board members.
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.
“I share the Digital Skills Partnership’s vision to create a digital skills ecosystem here in Cornwall to support Cornwall’s future in the future digital economy. I strongly believe that Cornwall has the companies, learning organisations and the people that can make Cornwall an international destination for digital skills and companies within the upcoming 4th Industrial Revolution.”
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.
“It’s incredibly important that we make technology and the digital world more accessible, inclusive and diverse. I’ve been using my platform to educate people on the importance of everyone having a seat at the table, and I’m excited to see how joining the DSP board can help. One of my strengths is the ability to get stuff done and to drive real change forward, and I’m really looking forward to getting stuck in”
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.
“Higher digital skills are also becoming more essential, not just to work in a digital industry, but also the industries of the future. I would say that all industries are becoming digital industries. The lack of digital skills affect individual quality of life, but also the ability of both individuals and organisations to contribute to an increasingly digital society and economy.”
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.
“Digital skills are so important in navigating the digital world we now live in. In Cornwall, we have a fantastic tech industry, my aim is to be a part of ensuring that we are encouraging and facilitating the development of the skills people need to be a part, of and continue the momentum of growth of the digital sector in Cornwall and beyond.”