If you would like to meet with any of the team throughout the day, or to hear more on CivTech 5.0 please introduce yourself, or ask at the Registration desk.

The CivTech team is small, passionate and determined to make the most of the unprecedented opportunities that driving daring and innovation in the public sector brings. It’s got a great mix of public sector and private sector experience, and huge amounts of know-how about both organisational development and business start-up and scaling. As a team we were delighted to win the Scottish Public Sector ICT Team of the Year award in June 2018.

If there’s anything you want to know from them, please contact us at civtech@gov.scot


Barbara Mills
Challenge Manager

Barbara works on Challenges and helps Challenge Sponsors get the most out of CivTech. She’s led the delivery of Olympic venues, run her own business, and consulted on innovation for organisations including the French Atomic Energy Commission. She’s passionate about the wider impacts CivTech can make, including those centred on young people and the rural economy.


Dr Haileigh Robertson                                                                       
Challenge Manager

Haileigh started her career by completing a PhD in the History and Philosophy of early Modern Science at the University of York, before working as a technology curator at the Science Museum and then the National Museum of Scotland. She is enthusiastic about driving innovation with Challenge Sponsors from all across the Public Sector.


Jiveen MacGillivray
Challenge Manager

Over the last twenty-years Jiveen has lead projects and managed programmes to meet the needs of customers and citizens in UK, North America, parts of Asia and the South Pacific. He believes that leadership is everyone’s business. Experienced gained in multinationals, his own business and government, he is accustomed to working with leaders and change makers. What excites and inspires him the most helping Challenge Sponsors to get the most from CivTech and create value for people across Scotland.


Katy McNeil
Public Entrepreneur Lead, Intrapreneurial Leadership Programme

Katy has a twenty-year track record in government across a wide range of areas including policy, delivery, and improvement. A Saltire Fellow, Katy developed her entrepreneurial know-how at Babson College in the USA. Katy leads on the CivTech Intrapreneurial Leadership Programme.


Joe Tree

Accelerator Lead

As a BAFTA Award-winning designer and photographer with two startups under his belt, Joe has a rare mix of creative, tech and commercial experience. He is obsessive about marrying brilliant ideas with exciting technologies to build beautiful things that change people’s lives. He joined CivTech as Head of Product at launch in 2016 and now heads up the Accelerator. As well as overseeing the design and delivery of the extensive Workshop Programme, he works closely with the Challenge Managers on selecting, supporting and mentoring the participating companies. 


Lesley Ercolano
Challenge Manager Support 

Lesley supports the CivTech team and in particular the Challenge Sponsor Managers deliver all aspects of the Challenges. Prior to joining CivTech, Lesley worked at the National Records of Scotland (NRS); preserving and digitising precious and vital records. Her true passion is photography, capturing extraordinary moments in nature and everyday human life.


Lisa Cunningham
CivTech Studio Manager

On discovering that being an itinerant field archaeologist didn’t suit her, Lisa found other outlets for her talents with organisation and people in events management and project support. With experience throughout the public and private sectors, she is delighted to put her energy and enthusiasm into her role as CivTech Studio Manager. Her mission is to connect CivTech with the wider Tech Community.

Alexander Holt
CivTech Head of Strategic Partnerships

Alexander has worked in the Digital Directorate of the Scottish Government since 2014. His current role is as part of the Digital Directorate exploring Emerging Opportunities and Partnerships. Prior to that he set up the CivTech Programme in 2016, for which he won the Scottish Public Service Leadership Award in 2017. Previous roles included running a number of government tech procurements. Before moving back up to Edinburgh he spent eight years in London, six of which were spent growing his own digital creative agency delivering 'super shiny' web apps for Google, PayPal, Sony Ericsson, McDonald's, Adobe and other leading brands. He is massively passionate about the benefits of digital transformation in the public sector which leads to better value services that make our lives better.


Mark Elliott
Programme Director, CivTech

Mark has a long, successful track record working in both the creative and the business sides of the digital and creative industries. While CEO of the highly successful DigitalCity in NE England he helped hundreds of companies grow as fast and effectively as possible, and was a key player in The Difference Engine - Europe’s first tech accelerator. Moving north in 2013 he ran the UP Accelerator, Edinburgh and then joined the fun at CivTech, first as its Head of Accelerator until taking over as Programme Director in summer, 2019.