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ECCI welcomes new team members in innovation and events

ECCI welcomes two new team members this month.

Jamie Brogan has taken up a six-month secondment as Head of Innovation and Skills. He will focus on developing ECCI’s innovative low carbon projects and professional education programmes.

Jamie joins ECCI from his role as Leader of Professional Development at Napier University. An expert in work-based learning, he developed industry partnerships across the university to deliver specialist skills courses. He has more than 20 years’ experience of advising businesses, from small start-ups to senior management teams in some of Scotland’s fastest growing companies.

Alana Tyrell has come on board as Events Administrator. Alana supports the delivery and management of ECCI’s award-winning events and work space and is the main point of contact for any enquiries about hosting meetings, workshops and events at ECCI.

ECCI’s Head of Innovation Charlotte Waugh has left for a secondment with the Bayes Centre as Senior Programme Manager, WAYRA and Bayes, until January 2020. She will run the WAYRA AI and Blockchain Accelerator programme, a joint initiative between the Bayes Centre - the University of Edinburgh's data-driven innovation hub - and WAYRA. WAYRA was set up by Spanish company Telefonica to work with start-ups to generate innovative solutions for its business.

Charlotte will use her extensive experience of supporting low carbon enterprises at ECCI to kickstart the new accelerator. Charlotte joined ECCI in 2011 with the Low Carbon Innovation project, which supported Scottish SMEs to create low carbon products and services. She went on to manage low carbon business development and innovation support, including the centre’s Climate-KIC Accelerator and Greenhouse programmes.

Charlotte Waugh said: "This secondment to the Bayes Centre is an exciting opportunity to build links between the two fast-growing areas of data and low carbon innovation.

"I'm looking forward to applying all that I've learned in delivering cutting-edge business support at ECCI - and bringing back some new ideas and approaches too."

Jamie Brogan, Head of Innovation and Skills, said: “Joining ECCI is a fantastic opportunity to make real headway in reducing our carbon impact – something I’ve always been passionate about.

“With more than 20 years’ experience of supporting business innovation, I’m looking forward to working hands-on with companies of all sizes to help them grasp the opportunities offered by the low carbon economy.

“I love the enthusiasm and can-do attitude you find in the business sector. I’m looking forward to linking this with the expertise at ECCI and across our low carbon networks to drive change.”

Low carbon expertise

From business innovation to climate policy, the ECCI team has a wide range of expertise and experience.