A respected voice within the North West tech scene has been appointed nationwide head of entrepreneur engagement at Tech Nation.

Liz Scott joins the government-backed organisation after 18 years at professional services firm EY, where she was latterly head of digital & innovation in the North West.

Scott, who graduated with a business degree from the University of Salford in 2001, has held 12 roles at EY and was based in the company’s Manchester office.

“I’m crazy excited to be heading down to Tech Nation for day 1 in my new job!” she wrote on Twitter and LinkedIn.

“A lot of you will know that supporting tech entrepreneurs to grow has been THE highlight of my work over the last few years so I’m thrilled to be starting a role that is 100% focused on exactly that!”

Elizabeth Clark, co-founder at Ramsbottom-based Dream Agility, praised the decision to appoint Scott.

While Clark was critical of the lack of Northern representation in Tech Nation's newly announced 'Future Fifty' cohort, she added: “One glimmer of hope is… the departure of Liz Scott from EY [to Tech Nation].”

Tech Nation's latest cohort of 24 fast-growing, late-stage technology companies was dominated by FinTech.

Referring to former body Tech North, which merged with Tech City last year to create nationwide-focused Tech Nation, Clark said: “The tech movement she (Scott) has build around herself there is going transfer into a Tech North revival under the Tech Nation banner.”