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Profile of Martyn Thomas

Board Member Health and Safety Executive

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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 is a visiting Professor of Software Engineering at Oxford University.

He has been a non-executive director of two high-technology spin-off companies and of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). He is currently a non-executive director of the Office of the Independent Adjudicator for Higher Education and a member of the Defence Scientific Advisory Council (DSAC).

Martyn is Livery Company Professor of Information Technology at Gresham College in the City of London. He also works extensively with universities and he is a Visiting Professor at the University of Aberystwyth and at the University of Bristol. He has received honorary doctorates from the universities of Edinburgh and Hull and City University, London. 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

1 Companies, partnerships, trusts or other bodies of which you are a paid employee. Non-executive Director and Trustee, Office of the Independent Adjudicator for Higher Education and visiting professor Manchester University.
2 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 Nil
3 Non-profit making organisations (e.g. charities, housing associations) where you or your close family are Trustees, or on the 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 Nil
4 Any land or property in which a member has a direct interest and is clearly within HSE’s sphere of activities. Nil
5 Membership of local authorities, health authorities and trusts, the Magistrates Bench, and relevant voluntary sector bodies. Trustee, Royal Academy of Engineering and specialist advisor to the House of Commons Treasury Committee and Director and Trustee of Gresham College.
Updated 2018-04-18