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Profile of Martyn Thomas

Board Member Health and Safety Executive

Martyn Thomas

Martyn is an independent consultant software engineer with particular expertise in safety-related and other critical computer systems. He graduated as a biochemist but immediately went into computing. He founded the software engineering company, Praxis, in 1983 and sold it to Deloitte and Touche in 1992, becoming an international partner in Deloitte Consulting. He left Deloittes in 1997 to return to working for himself.

He has been a non-executive director of two high-technology spin-off companies and of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA).

Martyn works extensively with universities; he is a Visiting Professor at the Universities of Manchester, Aberystwyth and Bristol and a Fellow of Gresham College in London. He has received honorary doctorates from the universities of Bath, Edinburgh and Hull and City University, London and is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering. He was awarded a CBE for services to software engineering in the 2007 New Year's Honours.

Martyn also chairs the Science and Engineering Assurance sub-committee, which provides assurance to the HSE Board on the quality and relevance of its science strategy and delivery.

Register of interests


Companies, partnerships, trusts or other bodies of which you are a paid employee.



Companies and organisations in which you or your family or close associates:

a) has/have a controlling interest, or

Martyn Thomas Associates Ltd

b) is/ are a Director or Partner, or

Martyn Thomas Associates Ltd

c) has/have shares or securities with a nominal value of more than £25,000 or one hundredth of the total issues share capital, and

National Grid PLC

d) could be involved in the supply of goods or services to, or have business dealings with the HSE



Committee of Management or other controlling body and which might receive grants, carry out activities designed to promote or develop the organisation, or have other significant dealings with the HSE



Any land or property in which a member has a direct interest and is clearly within HSE’s sphere of activities.



Membership of local authorities, health authorities and trusts, the Magistrates Bench, and relevant voluntary sector bodies.

Director and Trustee of Gresham College.

Director and Trustee Canada-UK Council

Updated 2018-08-13