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 Malpass, Finance Director
Andy Malpass joined the group in 1995 as Finance Director and has over 20 years experience in the software industry, with both private and public companies. He has a BA Hons. in Accounting and Finance from Lancaster University and is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants. He is also a non-executive director and the chairman of the audit committee at Kainos Group plc.
Ron Mackintosh, Senior Independent Non-Executive Director
Ron Mackintosh was appointed to the Board in June 2004. He is also non-executive chairman of Nomad Digital Ltd.
Ron has held a number of senior executive positions in European technology companies. Prior to its acquisition by Qualcomm Incorporated in 2015 he was Chairman of CSR Plc, a global fabless semiconductor company, which was a UK listed FTSE 250 company as well as being listed on NASDAQ. Between 1992 and 2000 he was chief executive of Computer Sciences Corporation’s (CSC) European business which had revenue of $2.5 billion. He is also a former director of Gemplus SA, and the former chairman of each of Smartstream Technologies Ltd, Northgate Information Solutions plc, Differentis Limited and Alertme.com Limited.
Elizabeth Lake, Independent Non-Executive Director
Elizabeth Lake was appointed to the Board as a non-executive director in October 2008. Elizabeth is a director and President of Securities Processing Solutions International at Broadridge Financial Solutions, Inc. A leading 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 consultancy 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 joined the Board as a non-executive director in May 2014. John is a chartered accountant who is an experienced executive and non-executive director. John is the Senior Independent Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee at Connect Group PLC (formerly Smiths News PLC), where he has been a non-executive director since 2006. John is a member of the Financial Reporting Review Panel.
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 was also Senior Independent Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee at Cranswick plc until July 2014.
Ken Archer, Independent Non-executive Director
Ken Archer joined the Board as a non-executive director in November 2014. He is Chairman of 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 JP Morgan, where he served as VP, Information Services and subsequently at Mercantile Information Services and The Savings Corporation.