Martyn Thomas

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Martyn Charles Thomas, CBE
EducationCity University (GB)
The University of Edinburgh
The University of Hull
University College London, U. of London
Occupation(s)Owner, Principal Consultant and Expert Witness at MTAL,

Software Engineer,
Chair of the IT Policy Panel at IET,
non-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,
non-executive director at UK Government Agency.
Known forSoftware engineering, policy, management and quality, for safety-related and other critical or complex systems.
ChildrenMatthew Fitzthomas Rogers

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 University of Manchester, and a Fellow and Emeritus Professor at Gresham College. He lives in London.

Current career[edit]

Fellow, Emeritus Professor and member of Council. Gresham College,
Visiting Professor of Software Engineering at Aberystwyth University, UK,
Fellow at The Royal Academy of Engineering,
Member at UK Computing Research Committee,[3]
Owner, Principal Consultant and Expert Witness at MTAL.,[4]

Past career[edit]

Non-executive director of the Health and Safety Executive (HSE),[5]
IT Livery Company Professor of Information Technology at Gresham College,[6][7][8]
Member of Advisory Council at Foundation for Information Policy Research,
Non-executive Director of the Serious Organised Crime Agency,
Non-executive Director of the Office of the Independent Adjudicator for Higher Education,
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,[9]
IEE Achievement Medal, Computing and Control,
Who's Who.


  1. ^ "List of Fellows".
  2. ^ "Martyn Thomas CBE BSc CEng FBCS FIET HonDSc: Chair of the Information Technology Policy Panel". UK: IET. Archived from the original on 3 February 2014. Retrieved 28 January 2014.
  3. ^ "UKCRC Members".
  4. ^ "MTAL Website".
  5. ^ "HSE new appointments".
  6. ^ "Current IT Livery Professor".
  7. ^ "Gresham College Speaker Profile".
  8. ^ "Gresham College Cyberliving lecture series by Professor Martyn Thomas Profile".
  9. ^ "Dr. Thomas: Oration". University of Bath. Retrieved 18 August 2017.

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