Our Trustees

Our Board of Trustees are critical to the governance and strategic delivery of DigiLocal. We are hugely grateful for their contribution of time and expertise in supporting our work.

Abdullahi Farah – Abdullahi is the Manager for the Bristol Somali Resource Centre. The Somali Resource Centre (SRC) is a project that provides services for the local communities especially (the hard to reach) communities. Volunteers previously ran it but in February 2008, it received funding from CAH to continue its work. The centre has a management committee of 12 overseeing the staff.

The SRC offers support, advice and guidance to the Somali community in the area. It also offers a space for the community to meet and undertake training and to find out how to access mainstream services. It aims to get the voice of the Somali community heard in the area, promote community cohesion and reduce the isolation of Somali people.
 
Ali Hassan – Sayidali is an IT manager at local a housing association in Bristol, socially and culturally connected to many parents who send their children to the DigiLocal.

Three of Sayidali’s children attend Barton Hill DigiLocal, and he believe’s that all children to have the right education before they reach adult life.

“I can use my Information Technologies skills and relationships with the communities to contribute to a cause I really care about children education.
Everyone has Value. Everyone has the potential to give back. That’s why I am a Trustee of Digi Local.”
 
Angela Loveridge – Angela is the founder and CEO of Better Together. Angela delivers e-safety workshops that offer practical advice to parents and carers to protect children online. She holds an MSc Information Technology and worked in a High Street bank in various roles before becoming a financial crime analyst. More recently, she successfully achieved an EPICT Licence, which is an internationally recognised qualification that acknowledges the online safety expertise of professionals who work with children and young people.

Angela has received training on a Home Office endorsed course to raise awareness of the PREVENT initiative which is aimed at preventing individuals from getting involved in or supporting terrorism, in all its forms. Angela is also currently working on a new venture. Her vision is to identify the next generation of cyber security professionals.

Angela is also mother to two daughters that attend DigiLocal @ Barton Hill Settlement.

Angela is our Trustee Designated Safeguarding Lead, working closely with the CEO to ensure safeguarding is core to everything we do. Any safeguarding questions can be directed to the CEO, or to Angela via safeguarding@digilocal.org.uk

See also our Safeguarding page.
 
Bakoto Jobe – Bakoto was an attendee at DigiLocal for over a year when we started at Barton Hill Settlement. In addition to attending club sessions, she also helps out volunteering to mentor other young people that have just started with the club. She has continued developing her computing skills and has been given a lot of opportunities that support her career choices for the future.

Bakoto is currently in college studying Computer Science. She has completed work experience placements with Reach Robotic, Engine Shed and Kinneir Dufort through Babbasa thanks to links with DigiLocal.
 
Craig Oram – Craig is a Finance Manager with GIST and a Chartered Management Accountant with over 15 years experience. Progressing through the finance structure from clerk to management accountant, Craig learned about the leadership of individuals and how control along with accurate, timely reporting are the foundations of a successfully finance department. In particular he excelled at analysing, forecasting and providing insight into the activities of the company.

Craig is self-driven to generate data and reporting capabilities that have become an integral part of the daily business activities across all levels. He has a keen interest in the development of systems and the implementation and design of reporting structures.

Craig’s in-depth knowledge of the performance and cost drivers along with a good commercial acumen have led to responsibility for tender and presentation responses. He has expertise in liaising with individuals from major passenger vehicle manufacturers, winning a number of contracts along the way.

Craig is also father to a daughter who has attended DigiLocal @ Bradley Stoke since November 2017.
 
Heather Macdonald Tait – Heather is the founder and CEO of WhyCommunications Ltd. Heather helps leaders in technology companies to tell the world WHY they and their products are worth giving a damn about. She has over 15 years’ experience in corporate communications and technical product marketing, and can articulate a company’s value to customers, investors, employees, and media targets.

Heather has worked at the front line of the M&A process within the semiconductor industry including preparation of documentation for due diligence process and board communications. She has worked on rebranding with corporate and scale-up businesses, bringing her understanding of the subtle qualities of a great brand, where to spend and where to save. She has also built long-lasting contacts in key press and analyst communities leading to mutually beneficial symbiotic relationships.

Heather also has experience in HR management in fast-growing organisations, with a special interest in internal communications, growing and nurturing of company culture.
 
Michael Bartley – Mike is the founder and CEO of Test & Verification Solutions Ltd (TVS). Mike has a PhD in Mathematics from Bristol University, an MSc in Software Engineering, and an MBA from the Open University, and over 25 years of experience in software testing and hardware verification. He has built and managed state-of-the-art test and verification teams in a number of companies (including STMicroelectronics, Infineon and Elixent/Panasonic) who still use the methodologies he established.

Dr. Bartley is currently Chair of the Bristol branch of the British Computer Society and Chair of the High Tech Sector Group of the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), is a Technical Advisor to the National Microelectronics Institute (NMI), Chair of the Industrial Advisory Panel for University of Bristol Computer Science, and holds a PGCE. He has had over 20 articles published on the subject of verification and outsourcing.
 
Nicholas Flaherty – Nick Flaherty is a Bristol-based freelance technology writer, analyst and consultant who has covered the semiconductor and electronics markets for over 20 years, the last 15 in Bristol. He writes the Startup Blog for Electronics Weekly and blogs at The Embedded Blog and Portable Multimedia.

He has worked for Electronics Times and Electronic Engineering, edited MicroTechnology Europe and Electronic Product Design and started Automotive Electronics, as well as writing for many multinational semiconductor companies. He contributed to the NESTA report on the SW electronics industry, Chips With Everything.

He is also a member of the SouthWest Microelectronics Leadership Group, and sits on the the High Tech Sector Group of the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).