Our BoardBoard Members

Our Board

Suzy Glass – Chair

Suzy Glass is a producer and facilitator. She moves ideas around between people, with a focus on transition and emerging futures.

Suzy is interested in finding ways to build collective knowledge and intelligence. She designs and implements learning and engagement processes that support us to think beyond our individual boundaries. Her work helps people to frame and broach complex problems that contribute to shifting paradigms. Suzy is a big fan of uncertainty: this is where powerful ideas take on their form.

Liz Green

Liz leads on workforce development for the youth work sector, digital youth work, international youth work and learning for sustainability.

“I’ve been involved in youth work since I was a teenager myself, and with a background in community and voluntary sector youth work, I’m now Workforce & Practice Manager at YouthLink Scotland, the national agency for youth work. I believe that youth work and informal education are routes helping young people to create a fairer world and that arts and culture give us different ways to understand and critique our environment.

I first connected with Civic Digits through developing digital youth work.

I love the way that Clare and her team bring creativity and technology together to address social issues. The projects, like The Big Data Show, enable impactful learning for young people, shining a light on the complex challenges they need to navigate. And supporting their knowledge and understanding to make decisions, have agency and be more powerful.

I’m excited to be a part of it!”

Ciara Mitchell

Ciara Mitchell is currently Customer Advocacy Director at Quorum Cyber.

She was previously head of Scotland’s Cyber Cluster with a remit to support and grow the Scottish cyber sector. Prior to this having spent 20 years at BT Global Services in a number of senior management and engineering roles, including as Head of Global Product Management in the Security Intelligence division. With an MBA from Heriot Watt Edinburgh Business School, Ciara was previously a board member for UK Cyber Cluster Collaboration (UKC3) which was an organisation she helped to set up along with other UK cyber cluster leads and the UK Government.


Aileen Appleyard

After completing an MA at the University of Glasgow, Aileen Appleyard spent the first 10 years of her career focused on policy and economic development.

During this time she completed an MBA at the University of Strathclyde. This was followed by a period in financial services and management consultancy. As a Consultant and Change Programme Manager Aileen was successful in shaping and implementing business growth plans in professional services, financial services and education sectors.

Aileen has successfully directed and delivered strategic change initiatives cross-divisionally and across multiple regions. She is interested in organisational models, business development and collaboration. 

Aileen joined Edinburgh Innovations in 2015 to lead the transformation of the Consultancy operation. In July 2020, Aileen took on the role of Head of Business Development for the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Science.