Gillian Docherty, Chief Executive Officer of The Data Lab, received a Doctor of Technology (DTech) at Robert Gordon University (RGU)’s graduation ceremony on the 13th July.
The university has chosen to confer the degree on Docherty in recognition of her leading role in the IT industry, where she became a role model in a sector where women are often under-represented, and her leadership of The Data Lab, a Scottish Government-sponsored innovation centre.
The Data Lab’s core mission around innovation and the development of new data science capabilities has led to support for a number of RGU researchers over the years, as the two organisations work to benefit society and the economy.
Professor Ferdinand von Prondzynski, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of RGU, commented: “It is truly a pleasure to be able to recognise Gillian’s achievements with this honorary doctorate. Her career in technology absolutely speaks for itself and she is an excellent example for our young aspirational graduates. RGU has worked closely on a number of innovative projects with Gillian and her colleagues at The Data Lab and we are extremely proud to be able to honour her in this way.”
It is truly a pleasure to be able to recognise Gillian’s achievements with this honorary doctorate – Professor Ferdinand von Prondzynski, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of RGU
Docherty has over 25 years’ experience working in the technology sector, after graduating from the University of Glasgow with a degree in Computing Science.
Prior to joining The Data Lab in 2015, she held a range of senior leadership roles at IBM UK, including Leader for Software Business in Scotland, Systems and Technology Sales Leader, and Territory Leader for General Business Scotland.
Docherty was named CEO of the Year at the ScotlandIS Digital Technology Awards and delivered a TEDx talk – “2037 – Who’s leading? Who’s following?” – and she was a listed as one of the top 10 most influential data professionals in the UK.
Gillian has also been recently named Digital Leader of the Year 2018 by DigiLeaders UK.