Andrew Conway, new chief technical officer, Xergy

Andrew Conway, new chief technical officer, Xergy

Xergy, the company behind a new digital platform that revolutionises how projects are resourced by championing remote team collaboration, has appointed an award-winning digital head.

Andrew Conway joins as chief technical officer, leading the Proteus development team in Karachi, Pakistan. He will also be responsible for planning and implementing a range of tech strategies to further enhance the profit-boosting operating system.

Proteus, which was launched in May amidst the coronavirus pandemic, comes at a time when companies across multiple industries are looking for support in transforming to a new way of working.

The digital operating system changes the way in which projects are resourced, improving utilisation rates, reducing fixed overheads and matching the best suited freelance talent to these projects as and when needed.

Andrew Conway, based in Broughty Ferry, Scotland, joins after working closely with Xergy’s chief executive, Colin Manson, to develop the initial functional requirements of Proteus.

The former managing director of Scottish digital consultancy, Kolabo, and winner of The Herald’s ‘Digital Professional of the Year’ (2018) is thrilled to join the start-up tech company on a permanent basis.

He explained: “Since starting on the project, I have acted as a sort of ‘stand-in’ chief technical officer for Xergy as we developed Proteus. This has included architecting the technical and functional aspects of the platform and then managing the development team in Karachi, holding in-depth deep dives on the functionality and regular troubleshooting sessions.

“With Xergy going from strength to strength, it was clear a full-time chief technical officer was needed to support this growth. Following a successful fundraising exercise, interest in the platform was accelerated by the oil price crash and Covid-19 as businesses look to solutions which support and enhance remote working in the long-term. The opportunity to join full-time was one I couldn’t resist.

Mr Conway is an experienced digital leader with over ten years’ experience in developing technical concepts. He progressed from web developer to technical director in just a few short years at Blue2 Digital, before becoming managing director of spin-out company, Kolabo.

He has worked with organisations including Rangers Football Club, SSE, Virgin Money, St Andrews Links, The Open (R&A), Dundee City Council and Dundee Football Club.

Founder and chief executive of Xergy, Colin Manson, said: “Since engaging with Andrew a couple of years ago, I have been hugely impressed by both his digital expertise and his commercial savvy.

“His work ethic and determined attitude, paired with a unique ability to communicate his technical knowledge to even the least ‘technical’ stakeholders, has been instrumental in the development of Proteus as an industry disruptor.

Mr Conway added: “The most exciting aspect of Proteus is not a single feature, it’s the fact it combines everything a business needs to transition to a new and more profitable way of working. There has never been such an exciting product to have been launched at such a right time in my view.”

Mr Conway’s appointment as chief technical officer comes just months after the new tech company hired Nigel Filer as chief executive officer, whilst also making several other appointments across its sales and technical support teams in the UK and Middle East. The company has invested significantly in recruitment after securing £3m in private investment.