Scotland’s first digital skills academy has appointed a former Electronic Arts (EA) Senior Development Director as its first Chief Executive Officer (CEO).
With 25 years of experience, Harvey Wheaton will take the appointment in the key role, and will help lead it to success when CodeClan opens its doors in October.
Mr Wheaton has had many roles in the past in software development teams around the world, including ICI, Astra Zeneca, Cap Gemini, JP Morgan Chase, helping these companies transform the way they develop, test and deploy their products and services using Agile methodologies.
He was also instrumental in setting up EAs UK Fusion Group, as well as being responsible for managing the creation of the Harry Potter games across all platforms.
Energetic and results focused, Mr Wheaton is known for his collaborative management style and track record for delivery in complex and fast paced environments.
Mr Wheaton said: “Code Clan embodies everything that I care about – technology, education, start-ups and Scotland – so I am delighted to be joining the team.
“Just now, the digital sector in Scotland is experiencing unprecedented growth, with the emergence of international brands like Skyscanner and FanDuel and ambitious start-ups launching every week. But if we don’t do something to bridge the digital skills gap in Scotland soon then the extraordinary growth we are seeing will be under threat.
“CodeClan offers practical help, a real solution to this problem, and it is a privilege to be part of this exciting venture.”
And Oxford graduate in philosophy, politics and economics, coming from a non-traditional background in technology himself, Mr Wheaton is keen to encourage others to make the switch and start a digital career.
Rebecca Heaney of CodeClan said: “Harvey has a very specific blend of experience and knowledge coupled with the passion and vision needed to make CodeClan achieve its ambitious targets. He has first hand experience of working in start-ups as well as international giants and understands the needs of both. This makes him uniquely placed to lead CodeClan as it strives to create the talent desperately needed by all types of business today.”
Industry led and Government backed, the academy’s curriculum has been tailored to fit real time market demands in Scotland and is working with the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA), to offer its graduates ‘Professional Development Awards’ in Software Development.
Wheaton is also Chairman of Scrum Alliance, a membership organisation that encourages and supports widespread adoption and effective practice of ‘Scrum’, a key Agile software development methodology for managing product development.