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Management team 

Andrew Brode, Non-Executive Chairman

In 2012 Andrew acquired an initial shareholding in ITG and joined the board as a non executive director in November 2012. In 2014 Andrew subscribed for further shares in ITG that increased his shareholding to 22 per cent. of the issued share capital of the Company prior to Admission. He was appointed non executive chairman of the Company in February 2018. Andrew is a chartered accountant and was chief executive of Wolters Kluwer (UK) plc between 1978 and 1990. In 1990 he led the management buyout of Eclipse Group Limited, which was sold to Reed Elsevier plc in 2000. In 1995, he led the management buy in of RWS Holdings plc, a company whose shares are traded on AIM, which is now Europe’s largest technical translation group. Andrew is chairman of RWS Holdings plc, Learning Technologies Group plc and a non executive director of a number of private equity backed media companies.

 

Alan Calder, Chief Executive Officer

Alan founded IT Governance Limited in 2002, became a director in April 2002 and began working full time for the company in 2007. Prior to this Alan had a number of roles including CEO of Business Link London City Partners from 1995 to 1998 (a government agency focused on helping growing businesses to develop), CEO of Focus Central London from 1998 to 2001 (a training and enterprise council), CEO of Wide Learning from 2001 to 2003 (a supplier of e learning) and the Outsourced Training Company (2005). Alan was also chairman of CEME (a public private sector skills partnership) from 2006 to 2011. Alan graduated from the University of Witwatersrand in 1978 and then moved to the UK. Alan has written a number of books about IT management including the definitive compliance guide “IT Governance: An International Guide to Data Security and ISO27001/ISO27002” (co-written with Steve Watkins), which is in its 6th edition and is the basis for the UK Open University's postgraduate course on information security” and “IT Governance – Guidelines for Directors”.

 

Steve Watkins, Executive Director

Steve joined the Group in 2008 having previously worked for HM Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate (2001 to 2006), Focus Central London (1999 to 2001), Business Link London City Partners (1997 to 1999) and OCE from 1994 to 1997. Steve has a various times worked as a consultant to a number of organisations. Steve is responsible for managing a number key customers and for technical matters for the Group. Steve is Chairman of the UK ISO/IEC 27001 User Group; an ISMS (& ITMS) Technical Assessor for UKAS a role in which he assesses certification bodies offering ISO 27001 (& ISO 20000-1) accredited certification and Forensic Science Laboratories to the InfoSecurity aspects of the FSR Code; Chair Elect of IST/33, the UK committee that mirrors SC27 and is responsible for UK contributions to ISO 27001, ISO 27002 and related information and CyberSecurity standards; and is a member of others standards committees responsible for privacy and IT Service. Steve has written a number of books relating to data protection and cyber security, including ISO 27001, a pocket guide.

 

Christopher (Chris) John Hartshorne FCCA, Finance Director

Chris joined the Group in April 2017 as Finance Director. Chris qualified as a Chartered Certified Accountant with Deloitte in 2007 and subsequently worked for PwC. In 2015, Chris joined MM (UK) Limited as financial controller before leaving to take up his position with the Group.

Neil Acworth, Group Chief Information Officer

Neil joined IT Governance in 2012 as Chief Technology Officer and Chief Information Officer having previously worked at Featurespace where he was chief technology officer (2011 to 2012), Cambridge Assessment (2009 to 2011), Sequel Business Solutions Limited (2006 to 2008 and 1999 to 2004) and Close Brothers Treasury Services (2005 to 2006). Neil is responsible for the Group’s information technology systems including its nine websites and Vigilant, the Group’s software development subsidiary.

Richard Piper, Independent Non-Executive Director

Ric read Economics at Cambridge University and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1977. He held senior finance roles in ICI, Citicorp, Logica and WS Atkins, where he was Group Finance Director from 1993 to 2002. He is currently chairman of Turbo Power Systems Limited and a non executive of AIM quoted Gattaca plc. In the last five years he has also been chairman of AIM quoted Concepta plc and Lakehouse plc and a non executive director of AIM quoted Electron Technology plc and Turbo Power Systems, Inc, Precision Midstream plc, and Waterman Group plc. Ric is a partner at Restoration Partners and is a member of the Financial Reporting Review Panel.