Tech North appoints Advisory Board to accelerate the growth of Northern England’s digital economy

Tech North, October 22, 2015 2 min read

This article was originally posted on the Tech North website.

Yesterday, Tech North announced the first advisory board members who will be working with the organisation to continue its effective support of the North of England’s digital network.

An initiative set up by government-backed Tech City UK, Tech North is focused on attracting and developing talent, entrepreneurship and investment in the North of England.

Herb Kim, Executive Chair, Tech North and board member of Tech City UK, will lead the advisory board with five other additional leaders from the North of England’s digital community including:

  • Hugh Campbell – Managing Partner GP Bullhound
  • Alex Depledge – CEO
  • David Richards – CEO WANdisco
  • Mike Bracken – Chief Digital Officer The Co-operative Group
  • Lee Perkins – UK & Ireland MD Sage


Tech North Advisory Board

Head of Tech North, Claire Braithwaite, will also join the Advisory Board who will work closely together to identify and develop initiatives that address the needs of the region’s digital network.

Specifically, the team of successful digital leaders will provide strategic counsel for Tech North as well as sharing their expertise and experience to ensure the right mechanisms exist to support startups and scaleups in the North of England.

Herb Kim commented: “We’re extremely happy to have recruited such an esteemed group of leaders to help us realise the potential of Tech North and the North’s digital ecosystem. Tech North is lucky to have access to some of the most experienced digital entrepreneurs and business leaders in the North of England.”

Claire Braithwaite, Head of Tech North, commented: “We have ambitious goals to evidence growth in digital employment, digital start ups and digital investment and are confident the experience and expertise of our new board will ensure we can fulfil this vision.”

“We are extremely privileged to have Hugh, David, Alex, Lee and Mike joining our first Tech North Advisory Board. Their governance and guidance will be vital to shaping and informing our plans to support the region and ensuring that we are creating a greater impact for the digital economy as a whole in Britain.”


The announcement comes in the midst of Northern Stars, a programme set up by the organisation to celebrate, connect and champion digital start up talent across the region. The competition is due to culminate in a list of 10 winning start-ups who will receive a package of support from Tech North.

The appointment of the Tech North Advisory Board follows the recent announcement of Eileen Burbidge as Chair of Tech City UK and its new Board members.

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