Report | Enhancing Cross-Sector Collaboration: Digital skills in the UK

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WIG is delighted to launch the first in a new series of reports that examine key topics for UK society and economy through our unique cross-sector lens, to see how and where enhanced collaboration could drive progress.

Here we have convened representatives from organisations across the sectors to share insights into improving digital skills in the UK; an issue of ever increasing relevance across all industries, regions and demographics.

Any feedback, including suggestions for future report topics, is most welcome via email to [email protected]


  • Dr Mark Kennedy

    Associate Professor

    Imperial College London

    Dr. Kennedy's research focuses on the emergence of new markets and industries and the more basic building blocks of organising—categories, identities, forms, strategies, practices, reputation criteria and so on. Within this broad topic, he pays particular attention to meaning construction processes, often by using text-mining techniques to extract and analyze patterns of association among actors, ideas and objects as they appear in conventional and new social media. His publications have appeared in American Sociological ReviewAcademy of Management JournalOrganization ScienceJournal of Managment Studies, and Research in the Sociology of Organizations. Dr. Kennedy was educated at Northwestern University and Stanford University. He received his Ph.D. (Joint Program in Management and Organizations and Sociology) and MBA degrees from Northwestern and its Kellogg School of Management and his A.B. in Philosophy (Program in Formal Systems) from Stanford. Before coming to Imperial, Dr. Kennedy was at the University of Southern California's Marshall School of Business.  Dr. Kennedy also has substantial work experience in consulting and high technology. Before becoming an academic, he was a Principal in the management consulting unit of Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) and, before that, a software engineer and product manager for a Santa Clara, CA-based startup. As a consultant, Professor Kennedy has served clients in technology, healthcare and entertainment on difficult issues at the intersection of strategy, leadership, and organisational change.

  • Jane Dickinson

    Digital Skills Lead

    Open University

    Jane Dickinson is the Digital Skills Lead at the Open University. Working with various teams across the university, Jane is passionate about creating digital skills solutions to help organisations develop their digital talent. Most recently, Jane has created a number of digital retraining programmes , which aim to bridge skills gaps and enable individuals to access in demand jobs with local employers. Jane previously worked as a Senior Manager for CompTIA, the global IT industry association, and has worked in the IT training field for over twenty five years.

  • Vinay Menon

    Global Lead - Artificial Intelligence Practice

    Korn Ferry

    Vinay Menon is based in Korn Ferry’s London office and has worked internationally on numerous high profile leadership searches and consulting projects within the Services and Software space. He also leads the firm’s Artificial Intelligence practice globally. Apart from sales, delivery and product roles, Vinay specialises in mandates centred on ‘building a digital enterprise’ with a focus on Cloud, Artificial Intelligence, Data Analytics and the Internet of Things. He’s viewed as trusted advisor to his clients, helping them articulate their people strategy needs through a series of c-suite hires. Recent mandates include the CEO for a USD 500mn global software business, Executive Vice
    President (Global Sector Sales leads) for an IT Services firm; Digital General Managers (Regional Sales & Account Management) for a Services firm; SVP (General Manager) EMEA for a software firm, Global Head of Artificial Intelligence; Global Head of RPA, Global Head of Product and Digital Delivery Leaders. Prior to his current position, he worked for a boutique search firm as the Head of their London office, specialising in the Technology sector and helping organisations build teams in APAC, Europe and North America. Early in his career Vinay worked as Project Director at the University of Oxford and as a journalist for a newspaper and TV station in New Delhi. He has a number of publications in Forbes Magazine.

  • Martin Howlett

    Former Director of Partnerships

    Youth Federation

    Though Martin has recently moved on to a new role with the IAAC, he answers here in relation to insights derived from four years of skill pipeline development with young people through the Youth Federation.

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