Professor Martyn Thomas

IT Livery Company Professor of Information Technology, Gresham College


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 and a Visiting Professor in Software Engineering at the Universities of Aberystwyth and Bristol.

He is a member of the Health and Safety Executive where he chairs the Board’s science, engineering and evidence subcommittee.

Professor Thomas has worked in the software industry for almost 50 years. 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 Associates Ltd and has since carried out consultancy work on major projects and Departments and as an expert witness in complex, high-value lawsuits in Europe and Australia. 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, including serving as a director of the Serious Organised Crime Agency and as a member of the Science Advisory Council of the Ministry of Defence.

Regularly featured in the press and media, Professor Thomas has appeared on BBC television and radio. He has co-authored or edited five books, including: Industrial Deployment of System Engineering Methods,  Software for Dependable Systems: Sufficient Evidence? and a biography of the typographer and OUP archivist, Harry Carter.

In 2007 he was awarded a CBE for services to software engineering and elected as a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering. He has received honorary Doctorates from the Universities of Bath, Edinburgh and Hull and from City University London.

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