Biography

Professor Martyn Thomas, CBE, FREng

Martyn Thomas is an independent consultant systems engineer and non-executive director. He is an internationally recognised expert in safety-critical or security-critical, software intensive systems, software engineering and cybersecurity. He has been instructed as an expert witness in complex, high-value litigations in Europe and Australia.

Martyn works extensively with universities and Government: he is a non-executive director (and chair of the Science, Engineering and Evidence Assurance Committee) of the Health and Safety Executive (HSE); a member of the cyber experts group of the Civil Contingencies Secretariat; Livery Company Professor of Information Technology at Gresham College, and Visiting Professor in Software Engineering at the Universities of 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 the National Crime Agency and several Government Departments.

In 1983 he founded Praxis, a software engineering company, to exploit modern software development methods. In 1986 Praxis became the first independent systems house to achieve BS 5750 (ISO 9001) quality certification for all its activities. Praxis became internationally recognised as a leader in the use of rigorous software engineering, including mathematically formal methods for developing and assuring software with very high dependability.  

In December 1992, he sold Praxis to Touche Ross (later Deloitte and Touche), an international  firm of accountants and management consultants, and Martyn became a Deloitte & Touche partner, with world-wide responsibilities for software engineering. He resigned from Deloitte Consulting in 1998 to return to working for himself.

Martyn Thomas is a Fellow 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).

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