Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Dynamo Vice Chairs Speak out; GISELLE STEWART, NEIL HEMMING and STUART LYNN, the New Vice Chairs of Dynamo, Explain Why They Took Up the Roles and What They Hope to Bring

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Dynamo Vice Chairs Speak out; GISELLE STEWART, NEIL HEMMING and STUART LYNN, the New Vice Chairs of Dynamo, Explain Why They Took Up the Roles and What They Hope to Bring

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NEIL Hemming is North East born and bred, but has had to spend most of his working life in exile - a major reason for joining Dynamo.

He explains: "I'm a North East lad but I have, however, spent most of my career in IT and communications having to work in London and other places, so my big passion is to try to build a bigger digital economy in the North East so that future generations of people like me don't have to go to London to have a job.'' After graduating from Newcastle with a degree in computing science, he worked for IBM and other global ITC giants and is now managing partner of German multinational software group SAP.

He also sits on the North East LEP Innovation Board, which has given him an insight into the region's digital sector.

"There's actually a thriving IT sector in the North East,'' he says. "There are jobs going in the North East in high-tech industries and we can't actually fill them. At Dynamo, we want to make something of the IT opportunity that we have to create more jobs in the region and sustainable businesses, to create an even more diverse and vibrant IT economy.'' Giselle Stewart, director of corporate affairs in the UK for Ubisoft, has been in computer games for 20 years.

Recently she has become involved in the national skills agenda as director of trade body TIGA, as chair of the Creative Skillset Council for Video Games and as an advisory board member for Next Gen Skills Academy.

She says: "People imagine computer games to be developed in a creative and visual environment, but it's also extremely maths and physics-based and we are always interested in attracting people with these talents.

"How do we ensure there's a strong and robust talent pipeline in the North East for the future? It's a subject that I am passionate about; Ubisoft is rigorous in selecting talented people and then considers how it can help people to evolve in their career within the company. …

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