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Board members and Corporate Governance

Board Members

Chairman
Brian Wallace
Chairman

Brian joined Softcat in May 2013 as a Non-executive Director and was appointed Chairman in July 2014. He is also Chairman of Travelodge and a Non-executive Director of Firstgroup plc. Previously, Brian held executive board positions with a number of FTSE 100 and FTSE 250 companies, most recently as Group Finance Director of Ladbrokes plc. Prior to re-joining Ladbrokes, he was Group Finance Director and Deputy Chief Executive of Hilton Group plc. A Chartered Accountant, he began his career at Price Waterhouse and went on to perform senior finance roles at Geest, APV and Schlumberger. He also previously served as a non-executive director at Scottish and Newcastle plc, Hays plc, Camelot Entertainments plc and the Miller Group.

Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer
Martin Hellawell
Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer

Martin joined Softcat in 2006 as Managing Director and was appointed Chief Executive Officer in 2014. Previously, Martin spent thirteen years at Computacenter plc, where he was responsible for the marketing function, ran Computacenter's French subsidiary and led acquisitions in the United Kingdom, Belgium and Germany. He was part of Computacenter's initial public offering team in 1998, ran operations, chaired Computacenter's international joint venture, ICG, and was Chief Operating Officer of the dot com spin-off Biomni Limited. Martin has also worked for Specialist Computer Centres PLC and for Canalys.com limited as an independent consultant. Martin started his career at Miles 33, a software solutions provider for the publishing industry. Martin earned a BA (Hons) in Management Studies (Marketing) and French from Lancaster University.

Executive Director and Chief Financial Officer
Graham Charlton
Executive Director and Chief Financial Officer

Graham joined Softcat in January 2015. Previously, he spent four years as Finance Director at comparethemarket.com (a trading name of BISL Limited). Prior to that, Graham spent one year as Finance Director at See Tickets (the trading name of See Group Limited) and over five years in various roles, including Group Financial Accountant, Finance Manager and Finance Director, Decision Analytics, at Experian Ltd. Graham is a Chartered Accountant and began his career with Andersen. Graham earned an MA in Natural Sciences from King's College, Cambridge University.

Senior Independent Director and Independent Non-executive Director
Lee Ginsberg
Senior Independent Director and Independent Non-executive Director

Lee joined Softcat in September 2015. He is also a Non-executive Director at Mothercare plc and Trinity Mirror plc, a Non-executive Director and Senior Independent Director at On The Beach Group plc, a Deputy Chairman and Senior Independent Director at Patisserie Valerie Holdings plc and Non-executive Chairman at Oriole Restaurants Limited. Prior to joining Softcat, he spent ten years as Chief Financial Officer of Domino's Pizza Group plc and held the post of Group Finance Director at Health Club Holdings Limited, formerly Holmes Place plc, where he also served for 18 months as Deputy Chief Executive. Lee earned a Bachelor of Accounting (Hons) from UNISA (University of South Africa) and qualified as a chartered accountant at Price Waterhouse.

Independent Non-executive Director
Peter Ventress
Independent Non-executive Director

Peter joined Softcat in October 2015. He is also Deputy Chairman and Senior Independent Director of Galliford Try plc and a Non-executive Director of Premier Farnell plc. Prior to joining Softcat he spent five years as Chief Executive Officer of Berendsen plc, held several senior executive roles, including International President, at Staples Inc., held several senior executive roles, including Chief Executive Officer, at Corporate Express NV prior to its acquisition by Staples Inc. and held a number of other general management positions across a number of different businesses in a variety of industries. Peter earned an MA in Modern History and Modern Languages from Oxford University and an MBA from the Open University.

Non-executive Director
Vin Murria
Non-executive Director

Vin joined Softcat in November 2015.  She is also a Non-executive Director at Zoopla Property Group Plc and Greenko plc, and a Partner at Elderstreet Investments.  Prior to joining Softcat, Vin spent seven years as the founder and Chief Executive Officer at Advanced Computer Software plc prior to its acquisition by Vista Equity Partners in 2015, and five years as Chief Executive Officer of Computer Software Group plc prior to its acquisition by HG Capital and then Hellman & Friedman in 2007.  Previously, Vin was also a Non-executive Director at Chime Communications plc and Chief Operating Officer at Kewill Systems plc.

Named Entrepreneur of the Year in 2014 at the Grant Thornton Quoted Company Awards and Woman of The Year at the 2012 Cisco Everywoman Technology Awards, Vin is a successful entrepreneur with a strong background in technology-based businesses. Vin holds a Bachelor (Hons) in Computer Science and has also completed an MBA and a DBA.

Corporate Governance

 

Softcat has established audit, remuneration and nominations committees. Lee Ginsberg, Peter Ventress and Vin Murria are each members of all three committees. 

Brian Wallace is the Chair of the Nomination Committee, Lee Ginsberg chairs the Audit Committee and Peter Ventress chairs the Remuneration Committee.

 

The terms of reference for the Audit Committee are available as a download here.

The terms of reference for the Remuneration Committee are available as a download here.

The terms of reference for the Nomination Committee are available as a download here.