Martin Hellawell
Chairman
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Martin Hellawell
Chairman

Martin joined Softcat in March 2006 and was appointed Chairman in April 2018. He previously spent twelve years as Chief Executive and Managing Director during which he led the company through a highly successful IPO and its first two years as a PLC. Prior to Softcat, 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.

Graeme Watt
Executive Director and Chief Executive
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Graeme Watt
Executive Director and Chief Executive

Graeme joined Softcat in April 2018. With 30 years of experience in the IT distribution industry, Graeme was most recently Senior Vice President EMEA, Advanced and Specialist Solutions, Tech Data Corporation ("Tech Data"), a position he held from March 2017. He was promoted to that role when Avnet's Technology Solutions business was acquired by Tech Data in early 2017. Prior to that, he was President for Avnet Technology Solutions, EMEA for almost seven years and a member of Avnet's Global Executive Committee. He previously spent six years at Bell Micro (as President of Global Distribution) and his earlier career included roles at Tech Data (President EMEA) and Computer 2000 (Managing Director UK & Ireland).  Graeme is a qualified accountant (ICAEW).

 

Graham Charlton
Executive Director and Chief Financial Officer
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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.

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

Lee joined Softcat in September 2015. He is also a Non-executive Director at Trinity Mirror plc, Chairman 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.

Vin Murria
Independent Non-executive Director
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Vin Murria
Independent Non-executive Director

Vin joined Softcat in November 2015. She is also a Non-executive Director at Sophos Group 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.

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

Peter joined Softcat in October 2015. He is also the Chairman of Galliford Try plc, and a Non-executive Director of BBA Aviation and Staples Solutions B.V. 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., 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.