Pathways into tech
Following from the launch of our second iteration of our Local Digital Capital Index which is a guide that describes the impact and value technology can bring to a region, showcasing its strengths and providing direction for development, we are hosting a series of panel discussions aimed at understanding different areas of the UK and the work being done to grow and strengthen the local tech ecosystems.
We were delighted to be joined by:
- Dr Ernest Edifor is a Reader in Digital Education and Director of the MSc and BSc Digital & Technology Solutions at Manchester Metropolitan University
- Emily Hall Strutt is Director of Next Tech Girls at Empiric
- Lucy Kidson is Apprenticeship Programme Manager at AJ Bell
- Julia Bateson is Head of Apprenticeships at TechSkills
- Nimmi Patel is Head of Skills, Talent and Diversity at techUK
Get in touch with us if you would like to join us to discuss any challenges and opportunities in your area and how can we support your local tech ecosystem at [email protected]
techUK – Building Stronger Local Economies
techUK champions the tech sector throughout the UK. We work with local authorities, devolved government, and local and national policy makers to advocate for the tech sector in strengthening economic growth and resilience. We provide opportunities for our members and local stakeholders to meet, build relationships, and collaborate to drive forward local projects. For more information or to get in touch, please visit our Nations and Regions Hub and click ‘contact us’.
Nimmi Patel is the Head of Skills, Talent and Diversity at techUK.
She works on all things skills, education, and future of work policy, focusing on upskilling and retraining. Nimmi is also an Advisory Board member of Digital Futures at Work Research Centre (digit). The Centre research aims to increase understanding of how digital technologies are changing work and the implications for employers, workers, job seekers and governments. She is also a member of Chatham House's Common Futures Conversations.
Prior to joining the team, she worked for the UK Labour Party and New Zealand Labour Party, and holds a BA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from the University of Manchester and is currently studying MA Strategic Communications at King’s College London.
Ileana Lupsa is the Programme Manager for Local Public Services and Nations and Regions, at techUK.
Ileana studied electronics, telecommunications and IT as an undergraduate, followed by an MSc in engineering and project management at Coventry University.
She refined her programme management expertise through her most recent roles working in the automotive industry.
Ileana is passionate about sustainability and creating a positive impact globally through innovation.
Matt is techUK’s Head of Nations and Regions.
Matt is leading techUK’s work with members and stakeholders across the UK to increase the Local Digital Capital across the UK’s nation and regions, build communities and to ensure that digital technology plays a key part the post-COVID-19 levelling-up recovery.
Prior to joining techUK, Matt worked for several national education charities and membership bodies to develop their regional partnerships with schools, academy trusts, local authorities, and other stakeholders. He’s also worked with local authority leaders and other stakeholders to engage communities, work with elected members and improve public services.
He holds a BA in Politics from the University of York and an MA in International Relations from the University of Leeds. Away from work he’s a keen football fan and golfer.
If you’d like to find out more about our work in the nations and regions please get in touch with Matt: