Manchester and Leeds based Northcoders – one of the UK’s leading coding schools – has grown its senior team with the appointment of Amy Wild who joins as its new chief commercial officer. Amy’s new role will see her lead on the development and execution of Northcoders’ commercial strategies and objectives. She will also head up the sales, partnerships and marketing team.
Amy has worked in sales and marketing roles for over 17 years in the digital, property, construction and aviation sectors. She started her career at Finnair and prior to joining Northcoders she was an associate lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University where she delivered the sales and marketing module on the chartered management degree course. Amy also ran her own consultancy called WildOne Consulting.
Over the years, Amy has built up a strong track record of managing complex commercial situations, thanks to her ability to influence change and deliver strategic leadership. Central to her approach and ethos is balancing people skills with a belief that strong partner relationships are crucial to every business' long-term success.
Commenting on her role, Amy said: “I’ve long admired what Northcoders is trying to achieve, and as soon as I met the team it was easy to see how the company is built on a foundation of passion that is focused on the training and development of people. Its culture and community minded approach also has a strong ethical message which is combined with a well-respected offering in an industry that is set to grow and grow. I see nothing but opportunities for Northcoders and I’m excited to be part of its evolution moving forward.”
Chris Hill – CEO and founder of Northcoders – added “The last year has been a real period of growth for Northcoders and we are delighted to welcome Amy to the team. She brings with her a wealth of industry experience that will directly benefit the business in terms of our commercial activities. Her understanding of what we do, and her appreciation of how we operate, really stood out so I’m confident she will become a central part of our success over the coming years.”
Since its inaugural course in 2015, Northcoders has helped over 500 people switch careers into tech, with average starting salaries of £25,000. As well as the Manchester campus, Northcoders also has a site at tech hub Platform in Leeds.
Over the past 18-months, it has been selected as one of the country's brightest tech stars in Creative England's CE50 list and was named Business of the Year at the 15th Annual Chamber Business Awards. It has also launched scholarship schemes and a deferred payment programme aimed at women and gender minorities, as well as those who identify as BAME or LGBTQ+, have a disability or have had limited access to education, to help address diversity in tech. The firm also relocated its Manchester campus to a new 10,000 sq. ft space at Manchester Technology Centre on Oxford Road.