Tom Benham, Inoapps’ Custom Apps team lead.

A FORMER school teacher who retrained for a career in the technology sector just four years ago has been promoted into a senior role at Aberdeen-headquartered IT consultancy Inoapps.

Tom Benham, who joined the business as a Junior Developer in 2017 after completing an intensive 16-week CodeClan technology sector retraining programme, has become Inoapps’ Custom Apps Team Lead.

Based in the company’s Technology Division, located within Linlithgow’s Oracle Campus, Tom will now oversee a team of developers, taking responsibility for project delivery and resource management. As part of the new role he will also support colleagues on business development activities across the UK, reporting to Inoapps’ VP of Ideation, Dermot Murray.

Prior to pursuing a technology career, Tom graduated with a teaching degree from University of Glasgow and then spent more than a decade as a primary school teacher in North Lanarkshire where he progressed to Principal Teacher level.

Tom is one of 24 colleagues recruited to Inoapps since forming its 2016 partnership with CodeClan, Scotland’s industry-led digital skills academy which is focused on bridging the nation’s IT skills gap. On joining Inoapps, he undertook an initial 18-month graduate development plan, followed by further internal and external training, which put him on his current trajectory.

Commenting on the promotion, Phil Burgess, Managing Director of Inoapps EMEA, said: “I congratulate Tom on making this next step of his career into this key leadership role. His progress highlights the impact of the significant training investment we’ve committed towards our colleagues and underlines the success of our partnership with CodeClan, which has enormously benefitted Inoapps through the diversity of talent they’ve brought into the tech sector.”

Tom said: “I’m delighted to take on this new challenge, heading up the Custom Apps team. The mentoring and coaching I’ve received since joining Inoapps has been invaluable in enabling me to progress my career and move into this new role.”