Mark O'Conor, the SCL Chair, on the Society's new home, added potential and some exciting things to come.
It has been a while coming, but last week the SCL moved into a new home. The team are now settling in to our first standalone office in Paintworks, the entrepreneurial heart of Bristol.
Thanks to the continued support of the SCL membership and the skillful leadership of Chief Executive Caroline Gould and the team, SCL is entering an exciting new phase. The new office provides additional workspace to allow us to expand our workforce when the time is right and to give partners, freelancers and, of course, our members a creative space to work on SCL business and projects.
In this light, the move reflects a step up in our ambitions. When the trustees need to brainstorm, SCL HQ will be the perfect place to do it. When the team plan new events, they can accommodate extra hands if necessary. It is also ideally placed to reach out to the local business tech community.
I’m certain, and I’m sure my fellow Trustees agree, that this change of scene should herald a new dynamic within the team and the Society as a whole, fostering an even greater sense of community as we now have our own heartland.
Remarkably Caroline has managed the move without any discernible slackening in SCL activities, a couple of which exemplify our intention to reach out and work with others in the sector.
Firstly, our Data Protection Hackathon is set for 16 June at the University of Law’s Moorgate Campus. We’ll be inviting teams to join in to create a GDPR Toolkit for SMEs and we are delighted that the ICO will be partnering with us and that Elizabeth Denham, the Information Commissioner, will be there to present the prizes at the end of the day. For participants, it will be a great opportunity to put all that hard-earned GDPR expertise to use for a greater good.
To follow that, at our Annual Conference on 27 September one of the highlights of the day will be what promises to be a fascinating discussion between our President, Professor Richard Susskind, and Lord Briggs who, as you all know, is the judge leading the charge to online courts.
These partnerships and connections mean a great deal to the Society and, as I said in my last post, they are a core part of our strategy for the next five years as they allow us to make the most of our own efforts.
With our networks growing and a permanent HQ now established, we are well placed to thrive as we head to our 50th birthday.
*I offer my apologies to Curtis Mayfield