Martyn Thomas

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Martyn Thomas CBE FREng is Vice President of the Royal Academy of Engineering and Chair of the IT Policy Panel of the IET. He has been a visiting Professor at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth and at Oxford and Bristol Universities and a director of the Serious Organised Crime Agency.
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Professor Thomas answers 20 questions, each in under a minute on the subjects of cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, personal safety and his career.

The Worshipful Company of IT Professionals – Professor Martyn Thomas

https://youtu.be/joDhbLiLiXE What is the Worshipful Company of IT Professionals and how has it come to work with Gresham College? —Gresham College Martyn Thomas, Gresham College’s new IT Livery Company Professor of ...
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Why Are Public Lectures Important? – Professor Martyn Thomas

https://youtu.be/yQNx7R17Crs Why are public lectures important? —Gresham College In the age of the computer, is there still a place for the public lecture? Professor Martyn Thomas believes there is and ...
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My Biography – Professor Martyn Thomas

https://youtu.be/enR4FWClSZo Professor Martyn Thomas gives us his biography —Gresham College How does a young man with a bio chemistry degree become a leading figure in software development? Professor Martyn Thomas gives ...
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What Do You Hope to Achieve? – Professor Martyn Thomas

https://youtu.be/4eLmw0xGRXk Professor Thomas explains his ambitions for this incredible series —Gresham College Professor Martyn Thomas is a man on a mission; to make software engineering as formally regulated and professional ...
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Gresham Professors – Professor Martyn Thomas

https://youtu.be/683Y-UPNVm0 Professor Martyn Thomas talks about the Gresham Professors that have inspired him. —Gresham College Although Professor Thomas has no predecessors as IT Livery Company Professor of Information Technology, he ...
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What Attracted You to Gresham College – Professor Martyn Thomas

https://youtu.be/bLNLPrPjiv0 As a new professor in a new professorship, we wanted to know what Professor Martyn Thomas thinks is special about Gresham College?. —Gresham College What brought one of the ...
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What Makes Gresham College Special? – Professor Martyn Thomas

https://youtu.be/yTub-bsjhH0 As a new professor in a new professorship, we wanted to know what Professor Martyn Thomas thinks is special about Gresham College? —Gresham College Professor Martyn Thomas explains the ...
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Professor Martyn Thomas’ Proudest Achievement

https://youtu.be/SgGhtQ_GYVg Professor Martyn Thomas explains what his proudest professional achievement is —Gresham College As a regular expert witness in legal cases, an advisor to parliament on cyber security matters and a ...
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The Current Software Crisis – Professor Martyn Thomas

https://youtu.be/VCiGIM958l0 Cybersecurity is the current software crisis, but it’s not the only one that we’ve been through —Gresham College Professor Martyn Thomas takes us through the software crises that have rocked ...
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The Broken Promise of Anonymization – Professor Martyn Thomas

https://youtu.be/afgYtohhJ6A Professor Thomas explains why anonymizing data doesn’t work —Gresham College We’re often promised anonymity in return for giving our data. Professor Martyn Thomas, the new IT Livery Company Professor of ...
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Biography

Professor Martyn Thomas, CBE, FREng

A world-renowned expert in software engineering and cybersecurity, Martyn Thomas CBE is the very first IT Livery Company Professor of Information Technology at Gresham College.

An independent consultant systems engineer and non-executive director, Professor Thomas is an internationally recognised expert in safety-critical or security-critical, software intensive systems, software engineering, and cybersecurity. He is a Visiting Professor in Software Engineering at the Universities of Oxford, Aberystwyth and Bristol. He has given oral evidence to several UK Parliamentary Committees in the House of Commons and the House of Lords, and advised several Government Departments. He has been instructed as an expert witness in complex, high-value litigations in Europe and Australia.

Spanning an illustrious career, Professor Thomas has over thirty years rich and varied experience within the IT industry. In 1983 he founded the software engineering company Praxis which soon became internationally recognised as a leader in the use of rigorous software engineering. Professor Thomas sold Praxis to Deloitte & Touche in 1992 and joined them as a partner with world-wide responsibilities for software engineering. In 1998 he established Martyn Thomas Associated Ltd and has since carried out consultancy work with clients such as Network Rail, the UK National Air Traffic Services (NATS) and the National Bank of Australia.

Professor Thomas works extensively with universities and Government. He is a non-executive director of the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and the Office of the Independent Adjudicator for Higher Education (OIAHE) and a member of the Defence Scientific Advisory Council (DSAC). He has been awarded honorary Doctor of Science degrees by the Universities of Edinburgh and Hull and by City University, London.

Regularly featured in the press and media, Professor Thomas has appeared on BBC television and Radio in a wide variety of programmes and roles. He has co-authored or edited five books, including: Industrial Deployment of System Engineering Methods and Software for Dependable Systems: Sufficient Evidence?

Professor Thomas is a Fellow and a Trustee of the Royal Academy of Engineering (RAEng), which is the UK’s National Academy for Engineering. He is also a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).

Appointed as the first ever Professor of IT at Gresham College, a position sponsored by the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists, Professor Thomas will deliver his first year of lectures on Living in a Cyber-Enabled World:

“In my Gresham lectures I will explore the state of software today, how we got to where we are, and what we shall need to do to shore up the foundations of a digital society that is increasingly built on sand. The lecture series is designed to inform, to entertain, and to stimulate balanced discussions that lead to effective actions. In this I hope to make Gresham College play a leading role in accelerating the transition of the craft of software development into a mature engineering profession.”