The Connected Digital Economy Catapult (CDEC) has appointed five new non-executive directors to its board, including a former chief financial officer (CFO) of Skype and the founder of brightsolid, which owns Friends Reunited, Chris van der Kuyl.

CDEC is a not-for-profit organisation that aims to support innovation in the digital economy. It builds platforms on which UK innovators can innovate quickly, so that new digital products, solutions and services can be accelerated to market. Catapult centres are established and overseen by the Technology Strategy Board (TSB).

Shesgreen has worked in a series of successful start-ups, while van der Kuyl is one of Scotland's leading entrepreneurs and professor of digital entertainment at the University of Abertay Dundee.

The other directors are David Docherty, CEO of the National Centre for Universities and Business, angel investor and past president of TIGA, Ian Baverstock and Southampton University's Professor Dame Wendy Hall, an expert in web technologies, digital libraries and human computer interaction. Hall was also the first non-American to be elected president of the Association of Computing Machinery.

These directors will join existing non-executive board members former ARM CEO Warren East and head of digital at TSB Nick Appleyard, chief executive Neil Crockett and chairman Andy Green.

"We have worked hard to bring together a team with a wide variety of backgrounds, and we are all united by the desire to help UK-based entrepreneurs grow successfully and help ignite the UK economy," said Green.

"Our first task is to advise and support Neil and his executive team in the strategic development of our business plan and the critical resource choices to support our vision of igniting digital innovation to power sustained economic growth in the UK."

An example of a CDEC platform is the recently launched Open Health Data Platform.