North's new tech industry body launches search for chief executive

The Software Alliance board, back row L-R: Tara Simpson (Instil Software), William Hamilton (formerly of Liberty IT), Sam Mawhinney (Liberty IT), Andrew Gough (GCD Technologies). Front L-R: Michael Gould (interim chief executive of The Software Alliance), Tom Gray (Kainos), Lorna McAdoo (Version 1), Mark Owens (Civica NI), John Healy (chair).

THE Software Alliance has launched the search for a chief executive to lead the new industry-led body.

Set up last year as the voice of the north’s £1.7 billion software industry, the alliance will appoint a permanent CEO in the coming weeks to act as the main representative for the NI software sector.

The body has been established as a vehicle to lobby on strategy and policy development for the tech sector.

Founding firms include Allstate NI, Kainos, Liberty IT, Civica NI, GCD Technologies and Instil Software.

The umbrella group is now seeking a new permanent chief executive to lobby political figures, policy officials and wider stakeholders.

Former Allstate NI boss John Healy is the chair of the Software Alliance. He said the group has grown fast in its first year.

“From a group of six independent companies, we have developed into an organisation that represents thousands in the industry.

“As our membership continues to grow, we are pleased to be in a position to recruit a permanent chief executive who will act as our main representative, leading the organisation forward as we work together on the issues that impact the industry as a whole.

“I would encourage any senior professionals who feel they have the relevant skills and experience to get in touch with us about this exciting and rewarding position."