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Corporate Governance

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Chris Stone - Non-Executive Chairman

Appointment to the board: 6 April 2017

Committee membership: Nomination (Chairman) and Cyber (Chairman)

Career experience

Chris has held various non-executive director and chief executive roles of listed and private equity-backed technology companies. He was CEO of Northgate Information Solutions plc, a UK listed company, from 1999 to 2008, when it was sold to a private buyer, and stayed as CEO until 2011. From 2013 to 2016, he was CEO of Radius Worldwide. During this period he was also a non-executive director of CSR plc, and Chair of the Remuneration Committee, from 2012 until its acquisition by Qualcomm in 2015. Chris was also Chairman of AIM listed CityFibre plc from January 2017 until June 2018, when it was sold to private equity buyers.

External appointments

Chris is also the Chairman of Everynet BV, a privately owned Internet of Things infrastructure business, and Chairman of AIM listed Idox plc.


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Adam Palser - Chief Executive Officer

Appointment to the board: 1 December 2017

Committee membership: None

Career experience

Prior to NCC Group, Adam was the CEO of NSL Ltd, the public services provider. He joined NSL in 2015 and led the successful transformation and sale of the business for its private equity owner, leaving in March 2017. Before that he held a number of senior roles at QinetiQ between 2003 and 2013, most recently as EMEA Business Development Director. Prior to that, Adam had responsibility for QinetiQ’s cyber, information warfare and professional services businesses.

External appointments

Adam does not currently have any external appointments.


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Tim Kowalski - Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary

Appointment to the board: 23 July 2018

Committee membership: None

Career experience

Tim is an accomplished CFO with significant listed company experience. Prior to joining NCC Group, Tim was Group Finance Director of Findel Plc between 2010 and 2017 and prior to that held similar roles with Homestyle Group Plc and N Brown Group Plc. Tim qualified as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG.

External appointments

Tim does not currently have any external appointments.


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Chris Batterham - Senior Independent Non-Executive Director

Appointment to the board: 1 May 2015

Committee membership: Audit (Chairman), Cyber, Nomination, Remuneration.

Career experience

Chris is a qualified chartered accountant and was Finance Director of Unipalm plc, before becoming CFO of Searchspace Limited until 2005.

External appointments

Chris is currently a non-executive director of Blue Prism Group plc and Nanoco Group plc.


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Jonathan Brooks – Independent Non-Executive Director

Appointment to the board: 16 March 2017

Committee membership: Remuneration (Chairman), Audit, Cyber, Nomination

Career experience

Jonathan was Chief Financial Officer of ARM Holdings plc from 1995 until 2002. He has also held a number of senior finance and non-executive director positions with other listed and private multinational companies, including directorships with Aveva Group plc and FDM Group (Holdings) plc.

External appointments

Jonathan has been a non-executive director of IP Group plc since August 2011.


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Mike Ettling – Independent Non-Executive Director

Appointment to the board: 22 September 2017

Committee membership: Audit

Career experience

With strong sector and non-executive experience, Mike was President of SAP-Successfactors globally. He has had an extensive executive career in global technology businesses including NorthgateArinso, Unisys, Synstar and EDS and was formerly a non-executive director of Backoffice Associates LLC, a US PE-backed data business, and also formerly a non-executive director of Telkom BCX Ltd, a South African IT and telecommunications business.

External appointments

Mike is currently CEO of Unit4, a world leader in enterprise applications for services and people organisations. He is also a non-executive director of Impellam PLC, an AIM listed recruitment business, and Topia Inc, a Silicon Valley cloud relocation software business.


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Jennifer Duvalier – Independent Non-Executive Director

Appointment to the board: 25 April 2018

Committee membership: Cyber, Nomination, Remuneration

Career experience

Jennifer was Executive Vice President of People at ARM Holdings plc, with responsibility for all People and Internal Communications activity globally, from September 2013 to March 2017.

External appointments

Jennifer is currently the Senior Independent Director of Trainline plc, a non-executive director and Chair of the Remuneration Committee of Mitie Group plc and of Guardian Media Group plc. She’s a non-executive director of The Cranemere Group Ltd, a member of The Council of the Royal College of Art and Chair of its Remuneration Committee, and is a senior adviser to the Cleveland Clinic London and to the Corporate Research Forum.


Executive Committee

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Steve Boughton - Global Operations Director

Steve is responsible for the operational efficiency and effectiveness of the Group around the world. He joined the business in March 2018 and previously served as Managing Director of QinetiQ’s technical advisory business, leading software and service subsidiaries in the UK, Canada and Australia. Most recently Steve was the Chief Operating Officer of the NSL group, supporting the business through its sale in 2017.


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Yvonne Harley - Group Head of Communications

Yvonne joined the Group in July 2018. With over 25 years in communications, Yvonne has international experience across a wide range of industry sectors including broadcasting, telecommunications, finance, oil and gas, and shipping. Former roles include Head of Communications roles at V.Group, BP and Castrol. Her experience and education covers the whole spectrum of stakeholder management – from public affairs to employee engagement and media relations.


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Robert Horton - Global Head of Assurance Delivery and Acting Managing Director (Fox-IT)

Rob joined the Group in 2008 and has managed and grown security consulting services in the Assurance division, as well as overseeing the integration of a number of the acquired security consulting companies into the Group. Rob was a director of NGS Software, a security consulting company he co-founded, from its formation in 2001 through to its acquisition by and successful integration into the Group.


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Simon Fieldhouse - Global Managing Director, Escrow

Simon joined NCC Group in September 2019 and is responsible for the management and strategic development of the NCC Group Escrow Division. Prior to NCC Group, Simon was the CEO of, an international value-added reseller of Hybrid IT Solutions operating in the UK, USA, Europe and South Africa. He joined Hardware Group in 2004 as founding employee and led the growth and scale up of the business over 14 years in various roles including Global Sales Director and Chief Commercial Officer. Simon’s early career includes International Marketing Director of Type 20 SRL, a subsidiary of eyewear giant Luxottica Group, and has also launched several start-ups in the Sports & Media Sector.


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Nick Rowe - Managing Director, Assurance North America

Nick is Managing Director of the North American Assurance division. Nick joined the company in 1998 and has held positions in business development, sales, consulting and operations management. Following a series of acquisitions in the USA, Nick has been focused on managing the complexities of business integration and growing the Group’s North American operation since relocating from the UK in 2013.


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Max Baldwin - Group Sales and Marketing Director

Max joined the Group in October 2019 and has responsibility for Group level sales & marketing activities while also providing support to the regional business units in meeting their sales goals and objectives. Max joins from Ultra Electronics where he was responsible for the sales, marketing and strategy of the Communications, Security and Cyber portfolio. Previously holding senior executive business growth, leadership and transformation roles in Airbus, AusNet Services, IBM and L-3, his experience spans multiple sectors: Aerospace, Defence & Security, IT Global Services, Energy and Education.


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Tomas Sorensen Boye - Managing Director, Assurance Denmark and Nordics (FortConsult)

Tomas is the Group’s Managing Director in Denmark. He joined the Company in 2016 as Commercial Director and took up the position of Managing Director in April 2018. Over a 20-year career in the technology industry, Tomas has focused heavily on increasing the value that various products and services bring to customers. Prior to NCC Group, Tomas has held senior roles within KiSS Technology, Cisco and GreenWave Systems.


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Ian Thomas - Managing Director, Assurance UK & ROW

Ian joined NCC Group in December 2018 and is responsible for the Group’s UK and ROW Assurance division. Prior to that he was UK MD at Sopra Steria for two and a half years, following a successful Interim career working for a number of global businesses and Private Equity backed firms, in Managing Director and Sales Director positions. He was at Cable&Wireless for eight years, where he ran global Service Assurance and the Wholesale and Public Sector divisions. Ian’s early career includes 14 years at British Airways running contact centres and offshore operations.


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Colin Watt - Global Chief People Officer

Colin is the Global Chief People Officer for NCC Group. He is responsible for the human resources team across the Group. Prior to joining NCC Group, Colin was the Director of Employee Engagement and Relations at Shop Direct, the online digital retailer. He previously held a number of senior leadership roles in Telefonica's O2UK, Research, European and Global HR teams and Co-operative Financial Services.


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Ollie Whitehouse - Chief Technical Officer

Ollie Whitehouse is Chief Technical Officer at NCC Group and is responsible for the Group’s technical strategy, research and development. Over the past 20 years, Ollie has worked in a variety of cyber security consultancy, applied research and management roles, including being responsible for security research & assessment at RIM (BlackBerry) in Europe. Ollie is a research and science advisor to UK Government on cyber security and is also a mentor at the CyLon incubator and board member of the UK Cyber Security Challenge.


The principal Board committees are the Remuneration Committee, the Audit Committee and the Nomination Committee. The Company Secretary acts as Secretary to each of these committees. The Schedule of Matters Reserved for the Board can be found here.

The membership of each of the principal committees is as follows:

Remuneration Committee

  • Jonathan Brooks - Chair
  • Chris Batterham
  • Jennifer Duvalier

The Remuneration Committee makes recommendations to the NCC Group Board on NCC Group’s framework of executive remuneration and determines, on its behalf, specific remuneration packages for each of the executive directors (including bonuses, incentive payments and share options or other share awards), the Chairman and other senior executives.


Audit Committee

  • Chris Batterham - Chair
  • Jonathan Brooks
  • Mike Ettling

The purpose of the Audit Committee is to assist the NCC Group Board in the discharge of its responsibilities for financial reporting and corporate control, including risk and to provide a forum for reporting by the external auditors. The Audit Committee’s mains responsibilities include, inter alia, reviewing financial statements, internal controls and audit findings, advising on the appointment of the external auditor and overseeing the relationship with the external auditor and monitoring their independence and objectivity, reviewing the extent of any non-audit work undertaken by the external auditors and monitoring the Group’s whistle-blowing and anti-bribery procedures.



Nomination Committee

  • Chris Stone - Chair
  • Chris Batterham
  • Jonathan Brooks
  • Jennifer Duvalier

The Nomination Committee is responsible for monitoring the composition and balance of the NCC Group Board, reviewing the leadership needs of the Group, making recommendations to the NCC Group Board on new NCC Group Board appointments, succession planning and reviewing annually the time required from non-executive directors.


Cyber Security Committee

  • Chris Stone - Chair
  • Chris Batterham
  • Jonathan Brooks
  • Jennifer Duvalier

NCC Group has stated on a number of occasions that the responsibility for cyber security rests directly with a company’s Board and should be approached and managed with the same vigour and transparency as audit, remuneration, health and safety and CSR.

This year NCC Group has formed a Cyber Security Committee, led by the Senior Independent Non-Executive Director, and comprising the Non-Executive Directors and the CEO. The CEO will report regularly to the Committee on the performance of the Group’s internal security and defences. The Group believes it is the first listed company to create a Cyber Security Committee at a Board level.

The Group believes that with the ever rising threat of cyber-attacks, all listed companies should have a Board led Cyber Security Committee.


We always work to the highest ethical standards and comply with all laws, regulations and rules relevant to our business. Our reputation is paramount and we take our Corporate and Social Responsibilities very seriously. We realise that our relationships with those we deal with, whether clients, employees, shareholders, suppliers or the local community, are key to our success and as such we take our obligations and commitments to those people very seriously.

We expect the same high standards from those we work with and we are committed to ensuring that there is no modern slavery or human trafficking in our supply chains or in any part of our business.

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We are developing our sustainability programme across the business, which includes looking at equality, diversity, and inclusion, and how we can ensure that we are an attractive and fair employer for all.

As part of this and in line with government regulations, we have again reviewed how we pay female and male colleagues to show our gender pay gap. This is the second year we will be reporting in this way.

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