Ian Ritchie is the non-executive Chairman of Iomart plc, Scapa, Computer Applications Service, Caspian Learning and the Interactive Design Institute. He founded OWL in 1984 which pioneered hypertext application development (a forerunner to the world wide web) and sold the company to Panasonic in 1989. Since then he has been involved in over 25 start-up high-tech businesses, including Digital Bridges, Voxar, VIS Interactive, Sonaptic and Orbital.
Ritchie is a past-President of the British Computer Society. He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering (FREng) and the Royal Society of Edinburgh (FRSE). He serves on the boards of the National Museums of Scotland, the Edinburgh International Film Festival, the Edinburgh International Science Festival, and Our Dynamic Earth. He is a member of the Advisory Board of Pentech Ventures. He is a Trustee of the Saltire Foundation, The David Hume Institute and the Nominet Trust. He was awarded a CBE in the 2003 New Years Honours list for services to Enterprise and Education.