Digital Lancashire appoints Duncan Sandford as managing director

Digital Lancashire has appointed Duncan Sandford, who has worked in the digital sector for more than 20 years, as its managing director.

Duncan has experience as both a business owner and consultant. After gaining an Economics degree at Aberystwyth, he worked in several blue chip companies before holding board positions in numerous agencies and advising and working with venture capitalists. He also founded and managed his own digital and data agency for 14 years.

Tom Stables, Digital Lancashire chairman, said: “We’re at a crucial stage in our plans to promote the high-quality digital businesses and organisations in Lancashire and through collaboration with many of the key skills and knowledge partners and a program of highly relevant, regular events, we are confident of raising the profile of businesses, skills and achievements worldwide.

"We have a fantastic story to tell and a digital workforce that is pioneering real innovation and attracting investment."

Digital Lancashire's aim is to develop the digital economy across Lancashire. Duncan’s role will be to deliver a new strategy to enhance the organisation's role by focusing on skills, networking and events, and knowledge in the sector.

The membership-based organisation has become the recognised sector expert and thought leader for many of the key organisations, from local government, academic institutions, education, employment and training groups.

We have a fantastic story to tell and a digital workforce that is pioneering real innovation and attracting investment.

Duncan said: "There is a big educational challenge to communicate, clarify and change the perceptions that exist about digital, how powerful it can be and how vital it is that we achieve heavy investment into every aspect of the sector.

"We have exciting programs of events and workshops planned over the next two years and will work tirelessly to link digital, industry and economic value."