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. Martin is also a chairman of Raspberry Pi. 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 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 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.
Vin joined Softcat in November 2015. She is also a Non-executive Director at Sophos Group plc, DWF Group plc, finnCap 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 ZPG plc and Chime Communications plc as well as 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 joined Softcat in October 2015. He is also the Chairman of Galliford Try plc, and a Non-executive Director of Signature Aviation 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., 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.
Peter has notified his intention to step down from the Board, effective 31 December 2019.
Karen joined Softcat in December 2019 as the Board’s Senior Independent Director and Chair of the Remuneration Committee. She is also Chair of Draper Esprit PLC; the Senior Independent Director, Chair of the Remuneration Committee and a member of the Audit Committee at Accesso Technology Group PLC, and the Senior Independent Director and Chair of the Nomination Committee at Micro Focus International PLC. Karen has significant experience of working in the global technology and business sectors. Having commenced her career at ICL, she worked at Hewlett Packard for twenty years, ultimately becoming Vice President and General Manager Worldwide Sales & Marketing for the Business Customer Organisation. She was responsible for sales of all Hewlett Packard’s products, services and software to business customers globally. Since then Karen has held a number of non-executive appointments in a range of technology companies, most recently serving as Chair of The Foundry, a company specialising in developing software for the creative industries, and as a non-executive director of Intelliflo, a SaaS based financial services software company.
Robyn joined Softcat in July 2019. Robyn has been Finance Director of Rightmove plc, the UK's largest property portal, since 2013 and before that previously held senior roles as Financial Controller and Company Secretary. Prior to joining Rightmove, Robyn was Group Financial Controller at the online media business, Auto Trader. She qualified as a chartered accountant in South Africa with KPMG and worked in both audit and transaction services.