Andy is an experienced Senior Advisor with a successful track record helping clients improve and transform their business by managing technology better and creating new technology-based ventures. As a Vice President at marchFIRST (formerly Mitchell Madison Group), Andy led the European B2B e21 Commerce Strategy and IT Strategy Practices. Before becoming a consultant, he attained Board level responsibility in a successful career in software development and systems implementation.
At K2 Systems plc (subsidiary of 4Front Technology Inc.), he was Customer Service and Development Director responsible for all client service and delivery operations amongst other roles. Notable systems implemented in his time at K2/4Front include: bespoke procurement, telesales and billing systems; a call-centre based on workflow and CTI technologies; and a client-server insurance claims handling system, incorporating document image processing. Prior to 4Front, Andy was a Development Executive at McDonnell Douglas Information Systems and also worked for Marconi Defence Systems on a number of electronic warfare and guided weapons projects.
Andy is a Chartered Fellow of the BCS (FBCS), Chartered IT Practitioner (CITP), Chartered Engineer (C.Eng), Fellow of the IET (FIET), and a European Engineer registered at FEANI. He holds a First Class Honours degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering with Computer Science from Queen Mary University of London. Andy is chair of the Remuneration Committee and a member of the Audit and Nomination Committees.
Until recently Gordon was Interim Managing Director at Arden Group Limited, a mid-market unified communications and IT services provider. Arden was successfully sold to Babble Cloud on 19 October 2018. He recently became non-Executive Chairman of Flow Communications Limited, experts in designing, building, implementing and supporting customers’ global IT infrastructure requirements. He currently acts as non-executive Consultant to Adventoris Limited and Ensign Communications Limited. Gordon has been the Non-Executive Chairman of Intrinsic Technology Limited from October 2011 to August 2017, m-hance Limited from May 2014 to August 2016, and Science Warehouse from June 2016 to February 2018. His executive roles have included interim CEO at Comtec Europe Limited (2010/2011) and, more recently, interim CEO at m-hance Limited (2014). Previously, Gordon served as Chief Executive Officer of Azzurri Communications Limited and was responsible for ensuring that it met its financial and growth targets. He has served as the Chief Executive Officer of Ramesys (later RedSky IT) Holdings Limited where he was responsible for the successful turnaround, growth and exit of the business through two significant transactions in December 2005 and January 2007.
Gordon has over 20 years’ IT experience with broad experience of software applications, services, large bespoke developments and telecommunications. He also spent five years at Software AG (UK) where he oversaw all aspects of product and service delivery. Gordon began his career as a programmer at Logica before moving into project management and general management in 1988. He then spent eight years at AT&T Istel where he latterly served as Operations Director in the Manufacturing Division. Gordon holds an honours degree in Computer Science from the University of Strathclyde. Gordon is member of the Nomination Committee.
David is an international expert in intellectual property technology transfer and research management. His international experience includes Japan, Jordan, South Africa, Brazil, Chile, Australia, Argentina, India, Saudi Arabia and Lebanon as well as Europe and the USA. Dr Secher is a Life Fellow and until recently was Senior Bursar at Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge where he was responsible for the investment of a £210 million endowment.
David is Patron of PraxisAuril (formerly Praxis). Until 31 October 2013, he was co-founder and chairman of Praxis. He served as Director of Research Services, University of Cambridge where he was responsible for creating and directing a new division of 80 staff, for designing and implementing an IP policy for the University and for technology transfer throughout the University resulting in £2 million licensing revenue, 40 new licences and six spin outs per year.
David was Chief Executive of N8 Limited, a consortium of eight research-led universities in the North of England, securing initial funding of £6m from Regional Development Agencies. His earlier career was in molecular biology research with MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Celltech Limited and Cancer Research Campaign (now Cancer Research UK). Dr Secher held or was named on three patents and is the holder of the Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion (2007) for creating “environments that favour enterprise, specialising in the practical aspects of commercialising the results of academic research”. He is the Director of Cambridge KT Ltd and Trustee of Cambridge United Charities. David is also chair of the Audit and Market Disclosure Committees, and a member of the Remuneration Committee.
David is currently Director of the Centre for Cyber and Security Sciences at City University London. In his early career, he was employed as an engineer in signals intelligence in the Royal Air Force followed by a period of intensive research into surveillance systems at the Royal Signal and Radar Establishment, Malvern. He spent three years developing highly secure communications for surveillance satellites for Hughes Aircraft Corporation in the United States of America. Later, he became a senior partner with PA Consulting Group where he undertook surveillance and intelligence systems research for Ministry of Defence (Navy) and was responsible for consultancy in secure communications and surveillance systems for world-wide clients.
Since 2003, David has been researching internet security at City University focused on cyber terrorism and organized cyber crime for both the UK government and commercial companies. However, he still maintains an active interest in radar surveillance research. Professor Stupples is a member of the Defence Scientific Advisory Council (DSAC), the Defence Procurement Agency’s Independent Advisory Board on Systems Integration, and he consults world-wide in cyber intelligence. David is a member of the Remuneration and Nomination Committees.
Ruth has over 15 years’ experience in the fields of security, intelligence, cybercrime and risk management. She brings to the Board extensive experience across defence and law enforcement sectors and within financial services, developing and implementing cyber risk governance frameworks.
Ruth is currently Director of Transformation Risk at Lloyds Banking Group. She was previously a director of Cyber in the Financial Services Department of KPMG. She served as the Head of Specialist Operational Support and also as the Head of Intelligence at the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre, where she delivered the first ever strategic threat assessment on child abuse in the online environment. Prior to this, Ruth served in intelligence and security in the British Army.
Ruth read Arabic and Modern Middle Eastern Studies at Oxford University and is a keen linguist, speaking Arabic, French and German. Ruth is a member of the Remuneration and Nomination Committees.
Tom is founder and CEO of Crossword. He is also a Non Executive Director of the BBC. Tom was until recently Managing Director of Consumer Markets at Callcredit Information Group, the private equity backed UK credit reference agency sold to GTCR of Chicago in 2014. Whilst at Callcredit, Tom founded Noddle, a credit reporting service that eventually grew to four million users and was acquired by US-based Credit Karma in 2018. Prior to Callcredit, Tom founded and was CEO of Garlik, a venture capital-backed identity protection company, sold to Experian in 2011. Earlier, Tom served as Chief Information Officer of Egg Banking plc, which at the time was a pioneering main market listed UK internet bank. His earlier career included positions at Goldman Sachs, PwC, Cap Gemini and the London Stock Exchange.
Tom chaired the UK Government Technology Strategy Board’s Network Security Innovation panel. He was a member of the High Level Expert Group on Cyber security at the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), a Geneva based UN-agency. Tom is an Honorary Fellow of Jesus College, Oxford and an Advisory Fellow at St Anne’s College, Oxford. He was awarded a Doctor of Science (Honoris Causa) by City, University of London, an Honorary Doctor of Technology by the University of Wolverhampton and was appointed a CBE in the 2018 Birthday Honours for services to Technology and Philanthropy.
Mary was most recently Chief Operating Officer for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and previously Chief Financial Officer at Cordium Consulting Group Limited, a leading provider of governance, risk and compliance services with operations in London, Hong Kong, Malta, New York, Boston and San Francisco.
Mary brings over 20 years’ experience of working alongside business leaders. She has demonstrated a track record of managing finance teams to ensure timely delivery of relevant financial information to all stakeholders, providing clear leadership, continuous process improvement, and excellent communication. She also brings to Crossword extensive experience of working in acquisitive businesses and providing transactional support.
Mary graduated from University College Galway, Ireland and has a post graduate diploma in Business Studies from the same university. She is an associate member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants. Mary is a member of the Market Disclosure Committee.
Sir Richard brings to the Board extensive experience across government, education and global business. Sir Richard joined MI6 in 1966 undertaking various overseas and head office roles before being promoted to Chief of the Secret Intelligence Service in 1999. He retired from the Service in 2004.
Sir Richard is presently Chair of Trustees of University of London. He was previously Master of Pembroke College, Cambridge from 2004 to 2015 and also served as a Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge between 2005 and 2010 and Chairman of Trustees of the Cambridge Union Society from 2006 to 2015.
Sir Richard is Chairman of Ascot Underwriting Limited at Lloyd’s of London and a Director of Kosmos Energy, the New York Stock Exchange listed oil and gas exploration company, and holds several advisory roles.