Callum Sinclair, Head of Technology & Commercial at Burness Paull, has taken up a coveted role as part of the Scottish AI Leadership Circle, recognising his expertise and commitment to Scotland’s tech sector.

The Scottish AI Alliance Leadership Circle has been formed to help Scotland become a leader in in the development and use of trustworthy, ethical and inclusive artificial intelligence (AI) technologies.

The Leadership Circle will work to deliver the new artificial intelligence strategy, including the development of the AI Playbook, an open and practical guide which aims to help the public, industry, public sector and academia understand and realise the benefits offered by artificial intelligence.

“It is a real privilege to sit on the Scottish AI Leadership Circle, in such esteemed company,” commented Callum.

“Having had a life-long passion for technology and enjoyed over 20 years advising clients in the tech sector, I look forward to contributing to such a positive initiative for Scotland’s rapidly scaling AI offering, and the wider technology ecosystem of which it forms a key part.

“AI already supports and enables so many organisations and yet we are just at the start of the journey. Scotland has the opportunity to become a world-leader in AI which deploys ethics, trust and inclusiveness by design.  This is an exciting venture to be part of and one that will have real benefit to Scotland and beyond.”

Members of the Leadership Circle are:

  • Gillian Docherty OBE, CEO of The Data Lab and Chair of the Scottish AI Alliance Leadership Circle
  • Ms Rachel Aldighieri, Data & Marketing Association
  • Dr Christopher Austin, Kheiron Medical Technologies
  • Mr Michael Boniface, Opportunity North East
  • Mrs Catriona Campbell, EY
  • Mrs Joanna Campbell, Dumfries and Galloway College
  • Prof David Harrison, University of St Andrews/iCAIRD
  • Dr Ewa Luger, University of Edinburgh/Alan Turing Institute
  • Dr Julie McElroy
  • Ms Sam Rhynas, Effini
  • Prof Michael Rovatsos, University of Edinburgh
  • Prof Marian Scott, University of Glasgow
  • Mr Callum Sinclair, Burness Paull LLP

Economy Secretary Kate Forbes said:

“I am delighted the Alliance’s Leadership Circle has such a dynamic, incisive, international and representative membership to drive forward delivery of our strategy and help further develop and strengthen our AI ecosystem over the next five years. By working together we can maximise the potential economic and social benefits of artificial intelligence and send a strong signal to the world about our ambitions for Scotland.”

Chair of the Scottish AI Alliance Gillian Docherty OBE said:

“We were delighted with the response to the publication of Scotland’s AI Strategy and the breadth and experience of those who applied to join the Leadership Circle.  We are excited to host our first meeting and the members will bring a wealth of strengths to the Leadership Circle which will oversee all the work required to deliver the Strategy.”