John Hamer, Chairman
John Hamer joined the group in January 1983. He has a BSc. Hons. in Computer Science from Leeds University and was Chief Executive of the group between 1992 and July 2001 when the group had multiple business streams, each with its own Chief Executive. John became Chairman of the group in July 2001 when the group focused on the Fidessa business by divesting the help desk and call centre software businesses.
The Board considers the Chairman's role to be similar to that performed prior to July 2001 when there were multiple businesses and there to be no conflict with Chris Aspinwall, the Chief Executive, who was already the Chief Executive of the Fidessa business prior to July 2001. He currently has no other material business commitments.
Chris Aspinwall, Chief Executive
Chris Aspinwall joined the group in August 1986 as a software engineer and was appointed to the Board in 1992. He became Chief Executive of the Fidessa business in 1992 and has grown it to its current world leading position. In July 2001 he became group Chief Executive. He has a BSc. Hons. in Computer Science from York University.
Andy Skelton, Chief Financial Officer
Andy Skelton joined Fidessa in October 2015 as Chief Financial Officer. He was previously Deputy Chief Financial Officer at CSR plc, a global fabless semiconductor company that was listed on the London Stock Exchange and on NASDAQ, before its acquisition in 2015 by Qualcomm Incorporated. Prior to joining CSR, Andy held a number of senior finance positions at Ericsson and Marconi, including 2 years as Chief Financial Officer of Ericsson Nikola Tesla in Zagreb, Croatia. He has a BA in Accounting and Finance from Heriot Watt University and qualified as a chartered accountant in 1994.
Richard Longdon, Senior Independent Non-Executive Director
Richard Longdon was appointed to the board in March 2017. Richard has had a highly successful executive career in the technology sector having spent 33 years with AVEVA Group plc (AVEVA). Richard was chief executive officer at AVEVA for 17 years and retired from that role and as a director of AVEVA in December 2016. Richard has been Chairman of Process Systems Enterprises Ltd since January 2015.
Ron Mackintosh, Independent Non-Executive Director
Ron Mackintosh was appointed to the Board in 2004. Ron has held a number of senior executive positions in European technology companies. Between 1992 and 2000 he was Chief Executive of Computer Sciences Corporation’s (CSC) European business which had revenue of $2.5 billion. He has been Chairman of each of CSR plc, SmartStream Technologies Limited, Northgate Information Solutions plc, Differentis Limited and Alertme.com Limited and is a former director of Gemplus SA.
Elizabeth Lake, Independent Non-Executive Director
Elizabeth Lake was appointed to the Board as a non-executive director in October 2008. Until June 2009, Elizabeth was a director and president of Securities Processing Solutions International, a subsidiary of Broadridge Financial Solutions, Inc (Broadridge), a global provider of technology based outsourcing solutions to the financial services industry. She was a partner in the consultancy practice of KPMG and has also held senior executive positions at CSC Index within the financial services sector and at Ziff Davis Technical Information Company, where she was responsible for software products and services for the financial services industry.
John Worby, Independent Non-Executive Director
John Worby was appointed to the Board as a non-executive director in May 2014. John is a chartered accountant who is an experienced executive and non-executive director. In 2013 he retired as Group Finance Director of Genus plc, having previously been Group Finance Director and Deputy Chairman at Uniq plc (formerly Unigate PLC). John is the senior independent director and Chairman of the Audit Committee at both Carr's Group plc and Hilton Food Group plc and has held a number of other non-executive positions including at Connect Group PLC (formerly Smiths News PLC) and Cranswick plc. John is a member of the Financial Reporting Review Panel.
Ken Archer, Independent Non-executive Director
Ken Archer joined the Board as a non-executive director in November 2014. He is Chairman of Gresham Technologies plc (formerly Gresham Computing plc), where he has been a non-executive director since 2010. Ken was Chief Executive Officer of SmartStream Technologies until 2009 and prior to that, the President, European Business Development of Computer Sciences Corporation where he managed the sales team responsible for large scale outsourcing projects across Europe. Ken has also worked at J.P. Morgan, where he served as VP, Information Services and subsequently at Mercantile Information Services and The Savings Corporation.
Ishbel Macpherson, Independent Non-Executive Director
Ishbel Macpherson joined the Board as a non-executive director in May 2017. She has a background in investment banking and a broad range of non-executive plc board experience. Ishbel is currently senior independent director and chairman of the remuneration committee at both Dechra Pharmaceuticals plc and Bonmarché Holdings plc (where she also chairs the audit committee) and non-executive director and chair of the remuneration committee at Galliford Try plc. She has previously served as a non-executive director and chaired various board committees at Dignity plc, Synthomer plc, Speedy Hire plc, May Gurney Integrated Services plc, Hydrogen Group plc, Game Group plc and MITIE Group plc. Prior to her non-executive directorships, Ishbel worked for over 20 years in investment banking specialising in UK mid-market corporate finance with Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein, Hoare Govett and Barclays.