Ian Ritchie is not an easy man to summarise, when I look at his background I’m simply left wondering how he managed to fit it all in. I’m really only going to be to scratch the surface here so please look him up but he is the Non-Exec chairman of Iomart PLC, Computer Applications Service and Krotos, he founded OWL in 1984 which pioneered hypertext application development – a forerunner to the worldwide web – and since then he has been involved in over 40 high tech start-ups.
He is a board member of the Edinburgh international science festival, a founding member and chairman of the Scottish Software federation and on and on… so please take a look at his webpage coppertop.co.uk to learn more! I wanted to add that he was also awarded a CBE in 2003 for his services to enterprise and education and is a fellow and past president of the British Computer Society.
He is also a published author and for the last 30 years has helped to build Scotland as a centre for high growth technology companies.
As if all this wasn’t enough he even has that very modern hallmark of over achievement his very own Ted Talk where he very amusingly talks about his encounters with Sir Tim Berners Lee.
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Bruce Wright is the founder and Managing Director of Pathfinder Executive Search Ltd and has over 14 years Recruiting, Staffing and Executive Search experience. Over 12 years of this has been spent in Executive Search. He has been helping top Enterprise Software companies find senior level executives and helping build world class teams across Europe and North America since 2003. Unlike many Executive Search Professionals who claim to work across borders, he really has placed Senior Professionals with Enterprise Software companies in France, Germany, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, The Netherlands, UK and North America. Often working across borders simultaneously for the same client – this generates a synergy that makes for truly outstanding results. He is also a committed endurance athlete who has competed in challenges around the world, including the infamous Marathon des Sables, Zurich Ironman and the magical Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc. In addition to UTMB he has twice run 100 miles non-stop.