Monday, 21 September 2021 08:44

CodeClan appoints Harvey Wheaton as its first CEO

Harvey Wheaton, CEO of CodeClan

Scotland’s first digital skills academy, CodeClan, has appointed a former COO of Electronic Arts, Harvey Wheaton, as its first chief executive officer.

Harvey will play a key role in launching the academy in Edinburgh as it prepares to open its doors for the first cohort of students next month.

With more than 25 years’ experience in software development, Harvey previously held the titles of chief operations officer and senior development director at Electronic Arts, as well as positions at ICI, Astra Zeneca and JPMorgan Chase.

He has also coached a variety of software development teams from around the world, including video game companies and large financial institutions, helping them change the way they development, test and deploy their products and services using Agile methodologies.

In 2000, Harvey helped open JPMorgan Chase’s first Scottish office, growing it from 20 people to 300 by 2003. He also assisted with the launch of high-growth start-up SuperMassive Games, running a studio of over 100 developers working for customers Sony.

Harvey Wheaton, CodeClan CEO, said: “CodeClan embodies everything that I care about – technology, education, start-ups and Scotland – so I am delighted to be joining the team.

“Just now, the digital sector in Scotland is experiencing unprecedented growth, with the emergence of international brands like Skyscanner and FanDuel and ambitious start-ups launching every week. But if we don’t do something to bridge the digital skills gap in Scotland soon then the extraordinary growth we are seeing will be under threat.

“CodeClan offers practical help, a real solution to this problem, and it is a privilege to be part of this exciting venture.”

CodeClan’s Rebecca Heaney added: “Harvey has a very specific blend of experience and knowledge coupled with the passion and vision needed to make CodeClan achieve its ambitious targets. He has first-hand experience of working in start-ups as well as international giants and understands the needs of both. This makes him uniquely placed to lead CodeClan as it strives to create the talent desperately needed by all types of business today.”

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