CS Advisory Board
Graduated in 1986, BSc(Hons) in Communication Engineering
Mark joined Logica Space and Defence Systems in 1986, and spent the next six years working mainly in the civilian aerospace sector for the European Space Agency (ESA) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) on a variety of projects including the International Space Station, the UK's Space Technology Research Vehicle (STRV) project and the Hipparcos Space Astrometry Mission. Following the UK's withdrawal from the ESA manned space programme, Mark joined a newly-formed aerospace consultancy in 1992, again working mainly for ESA and NASA on earth observation and satellite communications projects, and was part of the European team on the Consultative Committee for Space Data Standards which eventually merged into the International Standards Organisation (iso). In 1997 he joined the UK Ministry of Defence, leading a number of projects in the Applied and Corporate Research Programmes (ARP/CRP), before moving to the business management software company, Sage, in 2001. At Sage Mark was responsible for the market-leading small business product range, leading a department of over 100 software architects, developers, designers and test professionals. In 2014, he joined an early-growth SaaS business, JustAccounts, providing accounts and payroll services to the accountancy sector.
Professor Mark Harman
Mark is a full-time Engineering Manager at Facebook London, while also acting as a part-time Professor of Software Engineering in CREST (the Centre for Research on Evolution Search and Testing), SSE (the Software Systems and Engineering Group), and the broader Computer Science Department at University College London.
Mark’s research interests include source code analysis, testing, and search based software engineering. Up until 2017 he was the Director of CREST, a multidisciplinary research center within the University which applies algorithms and methods to the analysis and improvement of Digital Humanities and Arts, and he was also head of SSE.
Mark has lead a number of industrial projects with companies such as Visa Inc, Google, and Microsoft, and previously co-founded the test optimisation start-up MAJICKE and the app analytics spin-out APPREDICT.
Prior to joining University College London, Mark was Professor of Software Engineering at King’s College, London, and held positions at Brunel University, Goldsmiths College and University of North London.
Mark obtained a MEng in Software Engineering from Imperial College London and completed his PhD at the Polytechnic of North London in 1992.
Jonathan joined Datix in 1995, and has grown the business into a widely respected international healthcare patient safety reporting and learning software company. Datix is used by the majority of the NHS and has customers as diverse as Canadian health authorities, large hospitals in the Gulf States and the Veterans Health Administration and Military Health System in the USA. Jonathan has also led Datix through two highly successful management buyouts backed by private equity. Jonathan stepped down as Chief Executive in 2014 to pursue his interests in patient safety and software, and remains on the board of Datix.
Jonathan holds a BSc in Computer Science from Durham University.
Dr Neil Hunt
Neil has been at Netflix for over eighteen years, serving as its Chief Product Officer up until 2017 where he led the product team in the building, design and optimization of the Netflix experience.
Prior to Netflix, Neil worked in various engineering and product roles at the software test tool companies Pure Software and its successors, Pure Atria and Rational Software. Before that, Neil was engaged in research in computer vision and image processing at the University of Aberdeen, Schlumberger Palo Alto Research Labs, and Teleos Research.
Neil has also been a member of Logitech's board of directors since September 2010; he holds a BSc in Computer Science and Electronics from Durham University, and a Doctorate in Computer Science from the University of Aberdeen.
Anne-Marie Imafidon, MBE
Anne-Marie has always been interested in business, Maths and technology. Her rather unique set of achievements include passing two GCSEs aged ten (Mathematics & ICT), holding the current world record for the youngest girl ever to pass A-level computing (aged 11), a Guardian ‘Top 10 women in tech you need to know’ and being one of the youngest to be awarded a Master's degree in Mathematics and Computer Science by the University of Oxford, aged 20. She was also named the UK IT Industry & British Computer Society’s Young IT Professional of the Year in 2013, Red Magazine’s ‘Woman to Watch’ 2014, won a Points of Light award from the UK Prime Minister in October 2014 and was named the 8th Most Influential woman in IT in 2016. Anne-Marie has also been listed as one of Management Today’s 35 Under 35 and was on the Timewise List of 50 Power Part Timers.
Anne-Marie is Head Stemette and cofounder of Stemettes – an award-winning social enterprise inspiring the next generation of females into Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics roles via a series of events and opportunities. In under 4 years more than 13,000 girls across the UK, Ireland and Europe have had attended Stemette experiences. As part of the initiative she has also co-founded Outbox Incubator: the world’s first tech incubator for teenage girls. She sits on the boards of Redfield Asset Management, Urban Development Music Foundation and Inspirational YOU.
Previously she has worked at Goldman Sachs, Hewlett-Packard, Deutsche Bank and Lehman Brothers.
Dr Steve Legg
Steve joined IBM in 1982 as a logic designer working on test tools for displays and storage products. He spent 20 years developing storage devices and systems in a range of engineering and development management roles, latterly leading IBM's storage virtualisation strategy as Chief Technology Officer for Storage for IBM UK. Steve has filed numerous patent applications, of which thirty-three patents have been granted, mostly in the field of data storage technologies.
Steve currently leads IBM's University Relations activities in the UK, working with leading universities and higher education authorities to build strategic relationships and foster opportunities for collaborative research. He represents UK University Relations interests in IBM European and Corporate fora.
Steve graduated from Cambridge University with an MA in Electrical Sciences in 1981, and was awarded a DSc. honoris causa by Queen Mary University of London in 2016 for his work in innovation and in digital arts & humanities. He is a Visiting Professor in Computer Science at the University of Surrey and he serves on the Capability Committee for the ESRC.
A Silicon Valley Leader and CEO of innovative new Cyber Security firm Trust Networks Inc, Simon served in the US Department of Defense and helped bring high speed innovatio n practices from industry into the DOD and broader US government. Most recently he worked in support of the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy in the Executive Office of the President, contributing to the President’s Strategy for Innovation.
Prior to his government service, Simon ran the Developer Relations teams for Google Apps, Google Search, and Google’s Cloud Platform (AppEngine, Google Compute Engine, Google Storage, Prediction, BigQuery, and more) across the world in 26 countries in the Americas, EMEA, and ASIAPAC from Google’s worldwide HQ in Mountain View, CA.
Prior roles Simon has held include Chief Architect of BT’s Cloud Computing Platform, Technical Director of Microsoft’s Mission Critical Program, Director of Avanade’s UK Infrastructure Practice, and Developer & Technical Evangelist at Microsoft with a background in software performance analysis. Simon also launched a small startup, HyperScalar, in the software performance field, in which he holds five patents.
Simon is a passionate supporter of Bletchley Park and the legacy of Alan Turing, and during his time at Google he helped retrieve Alan Turing’s papers for Bletchley Park, while actively contributing to the fundraising strategy for Bletchley and the modernization of the site.
Simon holds a BSc (Hons) Computer Science from Durham University, and is also a member of the North American Development Board for Durham Alumni.
Dr Rashmi Misra
Rashmi works for Hewlett Packard Enterprise as GM Worldwide Media & Entertainment; she has worked in the telecom industry for 22 years, managing network applications, cloud, OSS, IoT and M2M businesses for HPE. She previously led Motorola's worldwide System Integration practice deploying multiple E2E IPTV systems. During this time, she has been at the forefront of telecom and IP media, owning six international patents for optimization and monetization of traffic on telecom networks.
Rashmi has spent her career in the fast-evolving technology market and service provider business, achieving a reputation for delivering innovation, growth and business transformation.
She graduated from Durham University in 1992 with a BSc in Computing, and has since been awarded a doctorate in Artificial Intelligence from Exeter University and an MBA from Warwick University.
Emmanuel is the head of Zurich-based group ‘Google Research Europe’. Prior to joining Google in 2006 he held a number of roles relating to 3D computer graphics, image processing and special effects, working at various companies including Apple Computers, Nothing Real, Sony Pictures ImageWorks and Thomson Digital Image.
Emmanuel’s areas of interest include Machine Learning, Computer Vision, 3D Computer Graphics, Analog Electrical Engineering, Signal/Image Processing, Information Retrieval, Cryptography, Crypto-Currencies, Compression and Low-Level Optimization. He has held multiple roles at Google from working with the SRE organization to help design and build some of Google’s planet-scale operational functions, to organizing the brand new research team based in Zurich which has now become Google Research Europe. He has also led a team of over 200 engineers focused on improving various aspects of Google’s search engine.
Emmanuel obtained an MSc in Computer Science from Ecole des Mines de Saint-Étienneand a DEA in Computer Graphics/Artificial Intelligence from Université Jean Monnet.
Dr Antony Rowstron
Ant Rowstron is Principal Researcher and Deputy Lab Director at Microsoft Research in Cambridge, where he has worked as a researcher for the last 17 years. He leads the Systems and Networking Group and is currently focussing on creating the technologies and systems that will underpin the future cloud. Prior to his role at Microsoft Research, Ant worked in both the Computer Laboratory and the Laboratory for Communications Engineering at Cambridge University, while also consulting for Olivetti and Oracle Research Laboratory (ORL), which became Research Cambridge in 1998.
In 2016 Ant was awarded the ACM SIGOPS Mark Weiser Award and in May of 2010 he was elected as a Fellow of the British Computer Society. He also received a DPhil in Computer Science in 1997 from the University of York and his MEng in Computer Systems and Software Engineering in 1993.
Professor Paul Spirakis
Paul is a Chair and Professor in the Computer Science Department at Liverpool and an international leader on algorithms, complexity, distributed computing and algorithmic game theory. His work is characterized by the use of Applied Probability.
Paul received his five year Engineering Diploma from the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), and his MSc and PhD from Harvard University. He has been a faculty member of NYU Courant (U.S.) and is also a Professor at Patras University (Greece). He directs the initiative of Networks Sciences and Technologies of the School of EEE-CS at the University of Liverpool, and was also the President of the Computer Technology Institute (CTI) of Greece till November 2016.
Professor Spirakis has co-authored over 380 papers in the most significant journals and conference proceedings in computer science. He has co-authored three scientific books and several book chapters, and is a Member of Academia Europaea. He is also an inaugural Fellow of the European Association for Theoretical Computer Science (EATCS) as well as its President (since July 2017). Paul is a Member of the ACM Europe Council and has been the Chair of the EU ERC Panel on Informatics (2015-16), a member of the EU ISTAG, and a National Representative in the IST Committee of the EU. Paul has chaired the program committees of some of the most prestigious conferences in the Foundations of Computer Science, and acts as editor for a number of international journals.
Giselle Stewart, OBE
Giselle is the Director of UK Corporate Affairs for Ubisoft, where she works to establish the optimal environment for games development to flourish in the UK whilst also looking for opportunities for Ubisoft’s UK businesses.
Passionate about the join-up between education and industry, Giselle chairs the Games Council at Creative Skillset, looking at how match-funding can enable the talent pipeline. She is also on the Employers Steering Group of Next Gen Skills Academy, developing apprenticeships and leading the skills agenda for DynamoNE, and is a Trustee of Northern Futures, a University Technical College dedicated to the ‘creative, digital and IT'(CDIT) and health sciences sectors.
Ensuring access routes for highly-skilled migrants to the industry is of high importance to Giselle, who works closely with the Migration Advisory Committee to ensure they understand the growth challenges and evolving talent requirements for the sector.
Giselle is a Director of TIGA, the games developer’s trade association and Vice-Chair of Dynamo NE.
Since joining Reflections as General Manager in 1996 with a mandate to grow and re-structure the company, Giselle has managed the business from an independent studio through the transitions of becoming publisher-owned and integrated three times, via GT Interative, Infogrames/Atrai and in 2006, Ubisoft.
Giselle obtained an MBA from Durham University Business School in 1996.
Dr Chris Sparks
Chris joined Atom Bank, the UK’s first bank built exclusively for mobile, as Chief Risk Officer in October 2015, where he is now a member of the Executive Committee and also Chair of the Executive Risk Committee. Prior to Atom, Chris has held a variety of senior positions in risk and finance at firms including Virgin Money, RBS, GE Capital and HSBC. He has also lectured for a number of years at both De Montfort University and the University of Birmingham.
Chris holds a PhD in Mathematics from the University of Birmingham, plus an MSc in Operational Research from the University of Southampton, a BSc in Maths from the University of Sheffield, and a BA in Humanities with Literature from the Open University.
Lee has worked for Microsoft in various roles for over fifteen years, acting as both Academic and Technical Evangelist before moving on to become CTO of Academic Engagements in 2016, where he engages with academic institutions across the UK. Prior to this, Lee worked for the University of Manchester as the Head of Information Systems, giving him extensive experience of leading both service and delivery teams across both academic and commercial markets.
Lee holds a PGCE in Higher Education Management from the University of Southampton and an MSc in Information Technology from the University of Liverpool.
Ian Ellison Taylor
Ian works for Microsoft as a Distinguished Engineer, focussing specifically on Microsoft’s augmented reality device ‘HoloLens’. Ian has held several roles at Microsoft over the last 25 years, and has been involved in a variety of user experience related initiatives on a number of different teams including Windows 3.1, Windows 95, IE, Java and Windows XP. Ian has also previously worked for Google as Director of Product Management for the Open Web Platform, and is the Co-owner of a technical consultancy agency called Reszolve.
Ian graduated from Durham University in 1990 with a BSc in Computing.
Dr Lincoln Wallen
Lincoln is CEO of DWA Nova, a software-as-a-service company born out of DreamWorks Animation Studios in Los Angeles. He has worked at DreamWorks Animation for 9 years in a variety of roles including Chief Technology Officer and Head of Animation Technology. He was formerly CTO at Electronic Arts Mobile where he was instrumental in shaping EA's approach to the mobile business, which saw EA deliver a strong portfolio of mass market mobile games, as well as games delivering a next-generation consumer experience. Prior to joining EA, Lincoln was with Criterion Software and MathEngine. His early career involved 20 years of professional IT and mathematics research, including two years as BP Venture Research Fellow at the University of Texas at Austin, and latterly as a Reader in Computer Science at the University of Oxford.
Lincoln is a non-executive director of the Smith Institute for Industrial Mathematics & System Engineering, as well as an advisory board member of Hewlett Packard Enterprise and a member of the STEM Advisory Committee of the National Academy foundation.
Lincoln graduated from Durham University in 1981 with a BSc in Mathematics and Physics, before completing his PhD in Artificial Intelligence at the University of Edinburgh.
Professor Paul Watson
Paul Watson is Professor of Computer Science and Director of the Digital Institute at Newcastle University. He is PI of the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Cloud Computing for Big Data and also directed the £12M RCUK-funded Digital Economy Hub on Social Inclusion through the Digital Economy (2009-15). He graduated in 1983 with a BSc in Computer Engineering from Manchester University, followed by a PhD on parallel graph reduction in 1986. In the 80s, as a Lecturer at Manchester University, he was a designer of the Alvey Flagship and Esprit EDS systems. From 1990-5 he worked for ICL as a system designer of the Goldrush MegaServer parallel database server, which was released as a product in 1994.
In August 1995 he moved to Newcastle University, where he has been an investigator on research projects worth over £40M. His research interest is in scalable information management with a current focus on Cloud Computing. He sits on the board of Dynamo North East, an industry-led organisation created to grow the IT economy of the region. Professor Watson is a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of the British Computer Society, and a member of the UK Computing Research Committee. He received the 2014 Jim Gray eScience Award.