About us

We develop digital capability, skills and talent across the public and third sectors in Scotland. We’re part of the Digital Directorate within the Scottish Government.


Who we are and what we do

Scotland’s future will be forged in a digital world. A world in which digital skills and technologies will transform our lives. We are the centre of excellence for digital capability and we support the Digital, Data and Technology (DDaT) profession within the Scottish Government.

Our team provides high quality professional learning to public and third sector staff to build digital skills and talent. Our aim is to support the transformation of services by being focused on user centred design, maximising the use of digital technologies and using new ways of working.

In a time of significant change, we recognise that digital skills are needed at every level of an organisation and across all job roles and grades. The future of Scotland as a thriving digital nation, as illustrated in the Digital Strategy A changing nation: how Scotland will thrive in a digital world, relies on people being equipped with the best possible learning experiences that empowers them to do their job effectively and with confidence.

Our professional learning offer is aimed at anyone working in the public and third sectors in Scotland. We nurture digital skills, building capacity and capability to support transformation and digital public services. Our team supports the Digital, Data and Technology (DDaT) Profession within the Scottish Government.

You can read more about our impact through our Monitoring Report 2022.


The Stakeholder Forum

The Stakeholder Forum acts as a critical friend to the Scottish Digital Academy. It enables stakeholders to influence the delivery and direction of our professional learning, training and coaching offer to ensure high quality, effective services are provided to meet the needs of the public and third sectors in Scotland.

We work in partnership with the Local Government Digital Office.


Our team

We are part of the People, Strategy and Corporate Services Division within the Scottish Government Digital Directorate. Our extended team comprises the Scottish Digital Academy and the DDaT Profession Team.

For information on digital vacancies, visit Digital, Data and Technology Jobs – Digital Jobs.


Yorath Turner, Deputy Director and Head of Division

Lee Dunn, Head of the Scottish Digital Academy

Robbie Penman, Business Lead

Debbie Gordon, Operations Lead

Dean Rhodes, Senior Agile Coach

Jamie Wardlaw, Lead Specialist

Jonah Coman, Lead Specialist

Maryanne McGoldrick, Digital Talent Partner

Ella Krueger, Digital Profession Manager

Kai Wilson, Digital Capability and Talent Support Officer

Mikayla Scott, Digital Capability and Talent Administrator


Our delivery partners

We work with a range of contracted delivery partners. All partners are registered with Public Contracts Scotland.

    Is the Scottish Digital Academy part of the Scottish Government?

    Yes. The Scottish Digital Academy sits within the Digital Directorate – People, Strategy and Corporate Services Division.

    What is the Scottish Digital Academy Stakeholder Forum?

    Our Stakeholder Forum is a representative group of leaders from public and third sector organisations in Scotland. They act as our critical friend and help us to plan our strategic priorities.

    I’m a learning provider. Can I partner with you?

    We work with a range of suppliers and contractors. If you wish to discuss your services with us, we would be happy to learn more. We are unable to purchase services and products directly and all contracts are procured. Suppliers must be registered on Public Contracts Scotland.

    I wish to make a complaint. Who can I speak to?

    Please direct your complaint to Lee Dunn, Head of the Scottish Digital Academy lee.dunn@gov.scot

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