Ian Ritchie was the founder in 1984 of new media technology company OWL, based in Edinburgh and Seattle, which was sold to Panasonic in 1989. During the past 10 years he has been actively involved in business formation and growth, and is the Chairman of Orbital, Voxar, Digital Bridges and Multicosm, and the deputy Chairman of VIS Entertainment. He is a director of EPIC Group plc and Northern Venture Trust plc. He also serves on the boards of Scottish Enterprise, Channel 4 Television, and the Particle Physics and Astronomy Research Council (PPARC). He is an honorary Professor at Heriot-Watt University and is a past-President of the British Computer Society.
Allan Cantle, formerly of British Aerospace, founded Nallatech in 1993. Since then, Allan and his team have grown the company through reputation and innovation, to become a technology leader in reconfigurable computers for high performance applications in digital signal processing (DSP), imaging, telecomms, aerospace and defence. Nallatech now has over 75% export sales to 21 countries worldwide with 50% of revenues coming from global OEMs based in the United States. The company received its first round institutional funding from 3i and SEP in December 2000. Nallatech is Scotland's largest indigenous electronic systems design house and is headquartered in Cumbernauld with offices in Bristol, England and Orlando, Florida.
Our Chairman for the evening is Nelson Gray, Chief Executive, Gap Fund Managers and Director of The Entrepreneurial Exchange.