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					Martyn Thomas CBE FREng
(b. 1948. UK citizen).

Martyn Thomas is an independent consultant systems engineer. He specialises in the procurement, acquisition and assessment of large, real-time, safety-critical, software intensive systems, software engineering, and engineering management. He acts as an expert witness where complex software engineering issues are involved. Martyn works extensively with universities: he serves on the Advisory Board of City University; he is Visiting Professor in Software Engineering at the University of Oxford, and chairman of the executive board for the European Union Framework 7 Integrated Project DEPLOY. 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. In December 1992, Praxis was sold 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 left Deloitte Consulting in 1998 to return to working for himself. Martyn Thomas is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering (RAEng) and of both UK professional computing institutions, the British Computer Society (BCS) and the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET). He represents Computing on the RAEng Standing Committee on Engineering Policy. Qualifications and Honours 1969 1993 1994 2004 2005 2007 2007 BSc (Biochemistry), University College, London IEE Achievement Medal in Computing and Control DSc honoris causa, Hull University DSc honoris causa, University of Edinburgh DSc honoris causa, City University, London CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) for services to software engineering Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering. Current Professional Affiliations

Visiting Professor in Software Engineering, University of Oxford Fellow, Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) Fellow, British Computer Society (BCS) Member, IT Sector Panel, Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) Member, MSc Supervisory Committee, Oxford University Computing Laboratory Member, Advisory Council, Foundation for Information Policy Research Member, External Advisory Panel, Oxford University Computing Laboratory Chair, Steering Committee, INDEED Research Programme, EPSRC Member, UK Computing Research Committee (UKCRC) Member of the Science Council of the European Network of Excellence on Resilience in IST (ResIST) Chair, Executive Board, EU Framework 7 Integrated Project (DEPLOY) Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering Life Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts Member, The Bibliographical Society. Member, The Society of Authors.

Previous National and International Roles
Member, Applications Group, Alvey Committee (1983 – 1986). Member, IT '86 Committee (“Bide Committee”). Member of the STARTS Advisory Board. Member of the SERC Information Engineering Committee, and chair of the Assessment Panel selecting a the proposed IRC in Safety-Critical Systems. Expert advisor to DG XIII of the European Commission on JESSI and ESPRIT. Member of the Enterprise Initiative Review Group, CBI. Author of the CAD strategy in Silicon Towards 2000 (an after-Alvey document). Member of the NATS Research Advisory Council of the UK Civil Aviation Authority. Chair, Industry Steering Committee, Oxford University IGDP (1993 – 1997). Member of the IT (later ITEC) Foresight Panel of the Office of Science & Technology (1994 – 1999). Member of the HEFC Research Assessment Panel for computer science, 1993 and 1996. Member of the Industrial Advisory Board of IEEE Software magazine (1989-1994, 19972006). Chairman of Formal Methods Europe (European Commission) (1991-1994). Member of ITAB, the joint DTI/SERC Information Technology Advisory Board (1990-1994). Member, university review panel for the Oxford University Computing Laboratory 1995. Member, university review panel for the engineering departments, Hull University 1997. Member, university review panel for Bristol University Department of Computer Science 1998. Member of PITCOM (Parliamentary IT Committee) (1985-1998) Member of the Foundation for Science and Technology (1987-1998). Founder Chairman, Safety-Critical Systems Task Force, BCS. Member, Advisory Board, Systems and Software Engineering Centre, DERA, MoD (to 1999) Member, EPSRC Computing College, and of ad-hoc EPSRC programme review committees. Member, Selection Panel for the Interdisciplinary Research Collaborations, 1999/2000 Member, IGDS Steering Group, Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council. Member, EPSRC Critical Systems Panel, 2001. Member, EPSRC Council, 2002 – 2005 Member, Advisory Group, Foresight CyberTrust Project, 2003-2004 Member, Advisory Group, Foresight Intelligent Infrastructures Project, 2005-2006 Chair, External Advisory Panel, Oxford University Computing Laboratory, 2001-2008



Recent Invited Speaker at conferences (since July 2002): July 2002: CoLogNet/FME, Copenhagen. September 2002: Dependability. AMSD/DDSI workshop, Brussels. October 2002: Dependability and Industry, Added value. DDSI Final Conference, Brussels. October 2002: China/US/Europe workshop on software engineering, Macau. April 2003: Keynote Speaker, International Symposium on Autonomous Decentralised Systems, Pisa, Italy. May 2003: The Modest Software Engineer. Centre for Software Reliability Conference, London. September 2003: Issues in Safety Assurance. Safecomp, Edinburgh. Published in, Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Volume 2788, Sep 2003, Pages 1 - 7 August 2004: Engineering Judgement. Australian Workshop on Safety Related Programmable Systems, Brisbane May 2005: Harry Carter. St Bride Institute, London. Harry Carter. Oxford Guild of Printers, O.U.P, Oxford June 2005 Keynote, 10th International Conference on Reliable Software Technologies, York, UK. July 2007 Dependable Software. Federal Aviation Authority conference, New Orleans. September 2007 Sufficient Evidence? Keynote, Ada UK conference Building better, safer software. Manchester, UK. December 2007 Exploiting engineering ingenuity to protect personal privacy. Information Commissioners’ Conference Surveillance Society: Turning Debate into Action., Manchester, UK. January 2008 On-time, on-budget, on-spec government information systems, Oxford Internet Institute / Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology conference: Truly Transformative Government, London, UK. September 2008 Principles of Sociotechnical Systems Engineering, St Andrews, UK. October 2008 Assurance of sociotechnical systems. IET System Safety Conference, NEC, UK November 2008 Software Engineering Issues in System Dependability, RAEng mission to Tokyo, Japan. December 2008 Formal Aspects of Safety Critical Systems, London January 2009 Strategies for Government, Scottish Parliament Science Seminar, Edinburgh. June 2009 Digital Footprints, the Science, Cheltenham Science Festival July 2009 Simple words on complex systems. LSCITS workshop Keynote, St Anne’s College, Oxford

Summary of Positions
1998 – Chairman, Martyn Thomas Associates Limited. Consultant in the procurement, acquisition and assessment of large, real-time, software intensive systems. Clients include Railtrack plc/ Network Rail, UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), National Air Traffic Services (NATS), Airservices Australia, DERA/MoD, National Australia Bank, Buro Happold, Wragge LLP, Freehills. Member (non-executive director) Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). Chairman, FirstEarth Limited. Assurance and Innovation Director, Aspect Assessment Limited. Partner, Deloitte & Touche Consulting Group, Chairman and Managing Director of Praxis plc. International responsibility for advanced software engineering and world-wide leader of Year 2000 services. Founder and Chairman of Praxis plc. Responsible for all aspects of establishing a new, independent software company and growing it from 2 staff to ~200 staff. Trustee of staff pension fund. Director of staff share ownership trust. Team Leader, later Systems Manager and Deputy Director, South West Universities Regional Computer Centre. Designer, Standard Telephones and Cables. Systems Programmer, University College London, and Delft, Netherlands.

2002 – 2005 2001 – 2003 2001 – 2003 1992 – 1998 1983 – 1992

1975 – 1983 1973 – 1975 1969 – 1973

Broadcasts Formal Methods, BBC RADIO 3 SPECTRUM, 1990; Computers can't fail, can they?, BBC 1 ELECTRIC AVENUE, February 1990; Computer Software Safety, BBC 2 ANTENNA, September 1990; The Network BBC RADIO 4, May 2nd 1994, June 28th1994, July 12th1994, July 26th 1994; Cafe Internet, MERIDIAN TELEVISION, June 1996; CNN Interview on Intranets and Futures Technology, March 1997. Evidence (on behalf of UKCRC) to the House of Commons Home Affairs Select Committee on ID Cards: BBC PARLIAMENT, February 29th 2004. Several interviews relating to the National Programme for IT in the NHS from 2006/2009. Several interviews on privacy and technology from 2007/2009. Books: The Fell Revival, Describing the casting of the Fell Types at the University Press, Oxford, and their use by the Press and others since 1864. Martyn Ould and Martyn Thomas, 186pp. Old School Press, Hinton Charterhouse 2000. Harry Carter – Typographer. Martyn Thomas, Anne Rogers and John A Lane,120pp. Old School Press, Hinton Charterhouse 2005. Three Pieces. Three previously unpublished articles by Harry Carter, edited and with an introduction by Martyn Thomas and Anne Rogers. Software for Dependable Systems: Sufficient Evidence? Edited by Daniel Jackson, Martyn Thomas and Lynette I Millett, National Academies Press, Washington 2007. Contact Details: Address for all communication: Holly Lawn, Prospect Place, BATH BA2 4QP, UK Telephone: +44 01225 469441/335649 ; Mobile: +44 07970 826812 website:

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