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Tech North Announces First Advisory Board

A year after former deputy prime minister Nick Clegg announced the Tech North initiative, part of the Government-funded Tech City UK, the first advisory board has been announced.

Tech North has a £2m budget from Innovate UK, the Government agency, with an aim to attract and develop talent, entrepreneurship and investment in the North of England.

The executive chair of Tech North and board member of Tech City UK, Herb Kim, is leading the advisory board with five other leaders from the digital community in the North of England - including Huge Campbell, managing partner of GP Bullhound, Alex Depledge, chief executive of, David Richards, chief executive of WANdisco, Mike Bracken, chief digital officer of the Co-Operative Group and UK management director at Sage, Lee Perkins.

Claire Braithwaite, head of Tech North said that they have ‘ambitious goals’ to evidence growth in digital employment, start-ups and digital investment but is ‘confidence the experience and expertise of our new board will ensure we can fulfil this vision’.

Mr Kim said: “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.”

Daniel Koseoglu, Director at Sheffield-based specialist technology recruitment firm Affecto, said: “Tech North is a great initiative in the North of England to inspire and help grow fantastic digital start-ups and support the digital community.

“The advisory board will support the Tech North team to help harness the talent in the digital sector and members in the digital community, who I also have the pleasure of working with day-to-day. I look forward to seeing the results in the future.”

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