IT leaders appoint Dynamo vice chairs as Bob Paton steps down

High profile figures from Sage, SAP and Ubisoft take up roles at North East IT sector network

©www.neildenham.co.uk Back (from left): Stuart Lynn, Neil Hemming, and Bob Paton. Front (from left) Charlie Hoult and Giselle Stewart
Back (from left): Stuart Lynn, Neil Hemming, and Bob Paton. Front (from left) Charlie Hoult and Giselle Stewart

New vice-chairs have been appointed to IT sector network, Dynamo, as Bob Paton steps down.

Neil Hemming, of global business software leader SAP; Stuart Lynn, of software giant Sage; and Giselle Stewart, of interactive entertainment business Ubisoft, have taken on the roles, bringing with them years of experience within high profile digital businesses.

They will replace Mr Paton, a Dynamo founder and managing director of Accenture’s Newcastle Delivery Centre, who is standing down following his recent appointment as Interim Chief Executive of the North East Local Enterprise Partnership.

Dynamo chairman Charlie Hoult said: “It is great news for Dynamo that we are able to welcome three leading figures from the North East’s IT community as our new vice-chairs.

“Their outstanding business credentials and breadth of expertise will strengthen further Dynamo’s mission to develop and enrich the region’s IT capabilities.”

Mr Lynn, Sage’s Chief Technology Officer and Chief Information Officer, said: “This is a wonderful opportunity for me to use my skills and experience to help the IT sector have an even greater influence and impact on the North East’s business landscape.”

Mr Hemming, SAP Managing Partner, who also sits on the North East LEP’s Innovation Board, said: “It is an honour to be invited to be a Vice-Chair of Dynamo and to be enlisted to help the region develop an even more dynamic and sustainable IT sector providing high quality jobs for the North East.”

Ms Stewart, who manages corporate affairs for Ubisoft in the UK, said: “I am deeply passionate about the industry and am looking forward to championing the sector as one that is pulling its weight and having a positive effect on the region’s prosperity.”

Founded through a collaboration between a wide range of major IT players, Dynamo aims promote the North East’s skills nationally and internationally, while highlighting career opportunities in the sector.

During Mr Paton’s time as vice-chairman, the organisation’s achievements include bidding and winning a tender to create a University Technical College in Newcastle, setting up the Dynamo Apprentice Hub, introducing SME tech firms to HMRC’s Government Digital Service, and helping Newcastle Gateshead Initiative with inward investment projects North East.

Paying tribute to his contribution, Mr Hoult said: “Bob has worked tirelessly for Dynamo and for the greater good of the North East’s IT sector.

“He is well-respected within the region’s business community and beyond and his knowledge and influence will be crucial in his new role at the North East LEP, particularly with the Northern Powerhouse starting to gain momentum.”

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