Head of Innovation & Partnerships
College Development Network
Gina Wilson is Head of Innovation and Partnerships at College Development Network (CDN). CDN is a skills and sector development agency; supporting the workforce across Scotland’s colleges. With particular enthusiasm for digital skills and data analytics, Gina promotes sector innovation by networking colleges and enhancing their expertise. From October to December this year, Gina is supporting a Short Life Working Group to develop the Digital Ambition 2030 for Scotland’s Colleges.
Gina is a member of the Steering Group for the Scottish Government's Learning and Skills Action Plan for Cyber Resilience and the Scottish Funding Council’s College Quality Partnership Group.
After spending 15years in policy, public affairs and programme management in national voluntary sector organisations, Gina joined CDN from the think tank Carnegie UK Trust. While there, she worked across the UK and Ireland advancing innovative practice through public, private and third sector partnerships. Gina led the Trust’s impactful work to challenge the assumption that all young people are ‘digital natives’ (#NotWithoutMe). Gina also designed and worked on progressive place-based regeneration interventions; innovation in high street and peri-urban enterprise; the development of interactive data platforms; and public service hackathons.
Passionate about social inclusion and justice, Gina is an experienced Children’s Panel Member, former Independent Prison Monitor and a Trustee of the Digital Xtra Fund.