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Meet the Delegates: Cross Creative

Cross Creative is TRC's seven-month training programme for leaders in Scotland's booming digital and tech sectors. Now in its eleventh year, Cross Creative brings together a diverse group of talented individuals who meet once per month for training sessions on themes ranging from the art of negotiation to building creative teams. On top of that, there's also an international business trip! This year we're off to Canada.

It's a career-defining programme that has been proven to transform businesses and careers.

 

Here are the brilliant delegates of this year's cohort.

Anne Brooks - Founder and CEO, Minute HR

With over 20 years in hospitality and retail management, Anne has first-hand experience of the strain HR bureaucracy puts on small business resources. After two years in Tech Operations management, she founded MinuteHR to give small businesses this time back. MinuteHR’s mission: to give small businesses more time focus on their customers, people and business growth with a low cost, user-friendly, digital HR admin solution.

My favourite quote/saying is…
“You don’t build a business – you build people – and then people build your business” - Zig Ziglar.

I got into digital because…
I wanted to understand how developing digital/software products could improve efficiency in everyday life, both for individuals and businesses. Retraining and joining the tech industry, these past three years have been a steep learning curve, but tremendously enjoyable.

Something people would be surprised to learn about me is…
Art is my escape. I produce paintings, prints and collages. A couple of years ago I had a quick stop over in Vienna; I made a B-line to the Belvedere museum and finally got the chance to see Klimt’s The Kiss up-close… breathtaking.

Brian Baglow - Co-Founder and CEO, Jukebox Labs

Brian has worked with pioneering companies including DMA Design, Rockstar Games and Digital Bridges, as well as numerous start-ups across the digital technology and creative sectors. A serial entrepreneur, Brian is the founder and director of the Scottish Games Network, the co-founder and CEO of Jukebox Labs and the Commercial Director of CodeClan. Brian is also a part-time lecturer on interactive media at Edinburgh Napier University. 

If I could give any piece of career advice it would be...
Don't be afraid to change - the plan, the strategy or your career. Don't get trapped in a situation where you feel you have no control. Change it.

I applied for Cross Creative because...
Cross Creative is a genuinely world-class programme which will help me to understand more, achieve more, become a more effective leader - and ride the digital technology wave into a bright, shining future - in cyberspace!

The best thing I've ever seen is...
My darling children (turning into total geeks, just like their Dad, despite their very best efforts)

James MacIver - Senior Technical Lead, Streamba

Streamba is focused on optimising supply chains globally within the energy sector. They build supply chain management products, and drive process improvement and aid decision making through their intelligent supply chain platform VOR. As Senior Technical Lead, James works closely with customers to ensure Streamba's solutions are continually delivering value. This involves identifying areas of improvement within the customer's processes, and then managing the teams who take full ownership of designing, building, and maintaining the solutions. 

I applied for Cross Creative because…
I'd heard from past participants that Cross Creative was genuinely a life changing experience for both them and their businesses so it was a no brainer. It's a chance to further develop my business skills, meet people in all walks of the digital sector and take what I learn to help scale our company to the next level.

If I could give any piece of career advice it would be…
Know when to take a break! It's easy to get caught up in the daily grind, miss important things and not be at your best.
And stop being so conservative! Don't limit your ambitions, keep challenging yourself - anything is possible!

My top desert island disc would be…
Midnight Organ fight by Frightened Rabbit. I've been listening to this album non stop for the last 10 years.

Jemma Goba - Founder and Managing Partner, Tanami

After gaining more than ten years' experience in broadcast television (BBC / North One / Maverick TV) and advertising (McCann) Jemma founded Tanami in 2013. After four years in business, Tanami was acquired by integrated marketing and media group Cello Signal, which includes The Leith Agency, Stripe and Signal. Tanami produces work nationally and internationally, from television adverts to social content, 360-degree videos to aerial photography and all in between. Jemma also sits on the board of The Leith Agency.

My favourite quote/saying is…
If you always do what you've always done, you'll always get what you've always got!

I applied for Cross Creative because…
The thought of sharing delicious poutine with a fresh bunch of like-minded techy folk hugely appealed.

If I could give one piece of advice to myself at 15 it would be…
Stop worrying - particularly about things that are incredibly unlikely to happen or outwith your control. Sleep is much better for you.

 

Jo Watts - Founder, Effini

Effini is a data science consultancy, which is focused on using data to drive businesses forward. Jo herself has a been on a varied data journey, starting with a PhD in Astrophysics, followed by a period as a software developer and finally spending 15 in years in data analytics within Financial Services, before setting up Effini. Jo is an active advocate of both data and diversity, holding board positions with The Datalab and Scotland Women in Technology.

The best part of my job is…
Being my own boss and getting to choose to do work that really excites me

My goal for 2019 is…
To recruit my first employee (and be able to pay them)

If I could give any piece of career advice it would be…
Never do a job that makes you unhappy

 

Martin Boath - Creative Director, Front Page

Martin is an award-winning designer with over 18 years in the industry. He has worked on a wide selection of disciplines – from branding and copywriting to art direction and strategy – over a variety of industry sectors, for clients such as The Walt Disney Company, 2018 European Championships, Celebrity Cruises, 2015 World Gymnastics Championships, and Burn Stewart Distillers.

I got into digital because...
it was unavoidable! ! I started my career in a different landscape than where we are now, one where – amazingly – digital wasn’t all-consuming like it is now. To *not* be into digital would be madness.

My goal for 2019 is...
implementing all of what I learn from Cross Creative into as many aspects of my working life as I can. Beyond that, it’s starting running again!

If I could give any piece of career advice it would be...
put as much of yourself as you can into everything you do. Enthusiasm and ambition in the long run will get your further than just ‘talent’.

Scott Downie - Chief Technology Officer, TAG Games

Scott has been a key member of the team at Tag Games since graduating from Abertay University in 2009 - initially as a game programmer and subsequently as a team lead. Scott led the programming team on both Moshi Monsters and Angry Birds Action and used his experience of graphics and API programming to create Tag's multi-platform game engine ChilliSource. In 2018 Scott was appointed as CTO with the aim of using his rare mixture of technical expertise and people skills to help shape and influence the future of Tag Games in terms of technology, process and culture.

My favourite quote is...
"Perfect is the enemy of progress"

If I could give any piece of career advice it would be…
Never assume anything, always evaluate what's best for your business or situation and measure the outcomes. That's how you improve.

My top Desert Island Disc would be...
Kendrick Lamar - Good Kid Maad City

 

Tom DeMajo - Founder and Director, Biome Collective

Tom is a UK based artist, designer and developer. He co-founded Biome Collective to support and encourage diverse thinking in the digital sector, and to collaborate with others across a range of disciplines through creative, shared and integrated processes.

I got into digital because...
For me, “digital” represents a very conceptual space with almost infinite potential for creative, cultural, educational and social development. We have always extended our understanding of ourselves and the universe through technology, and the dynamic nature of the digital era allows for the reconfiguration, development and communication of ideas in amazing new ways.

If I could give one piece of advice to myself at 15 it would be...
Don’t bother to compare yourself with others.

Someone I admire is...
I admire people who stand up and challenge the status quo. At the moment, the #metoo movement is having an incredible effect by highlighting the appalling abuse that has gone hidden and unchallenged for so long. I admire the individual and collective determination of movements like that.

 

Find out more about Cross Creative (and register your interest in future editions!) here. 

About the author

Michelle Conlin

Michelle Conlin

Michelle is Marketing Executive at TRC and leads on events.