Ian Ritchie CBE, FREng, FRSE, FBCS
Ian Ritchie is the non-executive Chairman of Iomart plc, Tern plc., Computer Applications Services Ltd., Krotos Ltd., and Shotscope Ltd. He founded OWL in 1984 which pioneered hypertext application development (a forerunner to the world wide web) and sold the company to Panasonic in 1989. Since then he has been involved in over 30 start-up high-tech businesses, including Digital Bridges, Voxar, VIS Interactive, Sonaptic and Orbital.
He serves on the board of the Edinburgh International Science Festival and Chairs the Board of Our Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh’s Science Centre. He is a Trustee of the Saltire Foundation and The David Hume Institute. He is a Fellow and a past-President of the British Computer Society (1998-99), was a Vice-President of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (2012-2016), and a member of Scotland’s Cultural Commission (2005-2006).
He was a board member of Channel 4 TV (2000-2006) and deputy Chairman of the Edinburgh International Film Festival (2002-2011).
He was awarded a CBE in the 2003 New Years Honours list for services to Enterprise and Education.