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.
Ron Mackintosh, Senior Independent Non-Executive Director
Ron Mackintosh was appointed to the Board in June 2004. He is Chairman of CSR Plc. 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 is also a former director of Gemplus SA, and the former chairman of each of Smartstream Technologies Ltd, Northgate Information Solutions plc and Differentis.
Philip Hardaker, Independent Non-Executive Director
Philip Hardaker joined the Board as a non-executive director in February 2005. Philip is an experienced Chartered Accountant who previously served for 20 years as a partner in KPMG UK. As a partner he led teams providing audit, advisory and transaction due diligence services to a broad portfolio of clients.
In addition, he held a series of managerial and leadership positions in KPMG, both in the UK and overseas. Philip is a Trustee of Charities Aid Foundation, chairing the Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee and is a director of CAF Bank Limited. Until June 2012, he served as Chairman of The St. John of Jerusalem Eye Hospital.
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.
Mark Foster, Independent Non-Executive Director
Mark Foster was appointed to the board as a non-executive director in October 2012. Mark is also an independent director of Heidrick & Struggles International Inc, the NASDAQ-quoted global search organisation.
Mark was Accenture’s Group Chief Executive, Global Markets and Management Consulting where he had overall responsibility for Accenture’s global management consulting practice consisting of some 15,000 professionals and $4bn of revenues. Mark is also one of four commissioners of the newly formed Independent Commission for Aid Impact, charged with overseeing the c£8bn of UK International Aid spend to ensure value for money on behalf of the UK Parliament and the tax payer. In addition, Mark is Chairman of the International Business Leaders Forum, an NGO dedicated to engaging business leaders in global development issues, and he has been on the board of the Royal Shakespeare Company since 2005.