Adam Bannon

Chief Operating Officer, CodeClan

IFSDG:  How long have you worked in CodeClan?

Adam:  I have worked for CodeClan since March 2016

IFSDG:  How many people work at CodeClan?

Adam:  35 people split across our Edinburgh / Glasgow centres  

IFSDG:  What is the vision for CodeClan in Glasgow?

Adam:  CodeClan's vision is to play a leading role educating and enabling individuals into employment within Scotland's growing digital economy.

How we will achieve this is primarily through our immersive 16-week Professional Software Development Course targeted at career changers.

We opened our Glasgow campus at Tontine in January 2017, with 60 students graduating in our first year in Glasgow. In 2018 we aim to double the volume of graduating students and number of Glasgow partners looking to hire our graduates. To support this we moved into Clockwise in March 2018 to support our growth plans for Glasgow.

IFSDG:   What's a typical day for you?

Adam:  In a operations role like mine there is no typical day - this variety is one of the key reasons I enjoy it so much.

IFSDG:    Why did CodeClan choose to locate in the IFSD in Glasgow?

Adam:  We've had a fantastic response to our programme from both companies and students in Glasgow, so being in the heart of the city is important to us from an access and course operational delivery point of view - we want our students to be able to get to CodeClan with a minimum of fuss and to provide the environment that supports the relevant networking activities we run for our students and industry partners.

IFSDG:     Three good things about working in Glasgow?

Adam:  The People certainly do Make Glasgow, the vibrancy and diversity of the city and the opportunity the City provides for networking.

IFSDG:    What is your biggest business achievement to date?

Adam:  Every day CodeClan is connecting Scottish companies with relevant and skilled digital talent, including within a number of Glasgow based FinTech companies. Winning the Best Education Provider / Training Programme at the 2017 Scottish Digital Tech Awards was pretty good as well!

IFSDG:    What is the best investment you ever made?

Adam:  Moving to Glasgow from Sydney with my wife Alex in 2016.  

IFSDG:    Which businessperson or company do you most admire and why?

Adam:  Kerry Packer who changed the nature of how cricket was played and watched around the world in the late 1970s.

IFSDG:   What did you want to be when you were a child?

Adam:  An Australian Cricketer - however recent events have made me thankful for my complete lack of sporting ability.  

IFSDG:     What do you do to relax away from the office?

Adam:  Given I have just had twin boys in January, the office is a far more relaxing environment right now.  

IFSDG:           I-Phone or Android?

Adam            iPhone

IFSDG:           Favourite band?

Adam:            Dire Straits

IFSDG:           Favourite sport?

Adam:            All sport is my favourite sport

IFSDG:           Favourite movie?

Adam:            The Goonies

IFSDG:           Sunshine or snow?

Adam:            Right now…. Sunshine for sure!

IFSDG:           and finally, what three words sum you up?

Adam:            Cool - Calm - Collected 

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