Martyn Thomas

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Professor Martyn Charles Thomas, CBE
Nationality British
Education City University (GB)
The University of Edinburgh
The University of Hull
University College London, U. of London
Occupation Owner, Principal Consultant and Expert Witness at MTAL,

Software Engineer,
Chair of the IT Policy Panel at IET,
on-executive director at Office of the Independent Adjudicator for Higher Education OIAHE,
Member at Defence Scientific Advisory Council,
Fellow at the Royal Academy of Engineering,
Member at UK Computing Research Committee,
on-executive director at UK Government Agency.
Known for Software engineering, policy, management and quality, for safety-related and other critical or complex systems.
Title Dr, Prof. CBE

Prof. Martyn Thomas CBE FREng[1] FIET FRSA (born 1948) is a British independent consultant and software engineer.[2]


Martyn Thomas founded the software engineering company Praxis in 1983, based in Bath, southern England. He has a special interest in safety-critical systems and other high integrity applications. He has acted as an expert witness involving complex software engineering issues.

Thomas was born in Salisbury, southern England. He studied biochemistry at University College London, graduating in 1969, when he started working in the field of computing. Between 1969 and 1983, he was employed at universities in London and the Netherlands, at STC working on telecommunications software, and at the South West Universities Regional Computer Centre in Bath.

In 1983, Thomas founded Praxis with David Bean, where he encouraged the use of formal methods within the company for software development. In 1986, Praxis became the first independent systems house to achieve BS 5750 (later ISO 9001) certification for all its activities. Praxis became internationally recognised as a leader in the use of rigorous software engineering, including formal methods, and grew to around 200 staff.

In December 1992, Praxis was sold to Deloitte and Touche, an international firm of accountants and management consultants, and Martyn became a Deloitte Consulting international partner whilst remaining chairman and, later, managing director of Praxis. He left Deloitte Consulting in 1997.

He is currently director of Martyn Thomas Associates Limited and a visiting professor at the Oxford University Department of Computer Science, and the University of Bristol. He lives in London.

Current career[edit]

on-executive director of the Health and Safety Executive (HSE),[3]
Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Audit Committee at Office of the Independent Adjudicator for Higher Education (OIAHE),
Livery Company Professor of IT at Gresham College,[4][5][6]
Visiting Professor of Software Engineering at Oxford University, UK,[7]
Member at Defence Scientific Advisory Council,
Fellow at The Royal Academy of Engineering,
Member at UK Computing Research Committee,[8]
Owner, Principal Consultant and Expert Witness at MTAL.,[9]
Associate at Virtual PV – high integrity pharmaceutical apps,[10]
Writer at the National Centre for Universities and Business (NCUB)[11]

Past career[edit]

Member of Advisory Council at Foundation for Information Policy Research,
Fellow at British Computer Society,
Chair, Executive Board at DEPLOY Project,
Member, "Sufficient Evidence" study at National Academies / CSTB,
Chair, Steering Committee at DIRC,
Member of Council at EPSRC,
Member of Advisory Group at OST Foresight programmes,
Partner at Deloitte Consulting,
Founder/Chairman/managing director at Praxis,
Chairman at Praxis Critical Systems,
Deputy Director at SWURCC,
Software Engineer at STC.

Honors and awards[edit]

Commander of the Order of the British Empire, CBE,
Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering,
Honorary DSc (Hull),
Honorary DSc (Edinburgh),
Honorary DSc (City),
Honorary DSc (Bath), Dr of Engineering[12],
IEE Achievement Medal, Computing and Control,
Who's Who.


External links[edit]