Board & Senior Management

Board Members

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Paul Mitchell - Non-Executive Chairman

Chairman of Nomination Committee

Paul Mitchell was appointed Non-Executive Chairman of NCC Group in 1999. He is Non-Executive senior partner of Rickitt Mitchell & Partners Limited, a corporate financial advisory firm based in Manchester. He is also a Non-Executive Chairman of Styles & Wood Group plc and a Non-Executive Director of Little Green Paint Company Limited. He is a qualified chartered accountant.


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Rob Cotton - Chief Executive

Member of Nomination Committee

Rob Cotton was appointed Chief Executive in 2003, having joined the Group as Finance Director and Managing Director of Escrow in 2000. He steered the Group through its move to the London Stock Exchange's main market in July 2007 following admission to AIM in July 2004, and through a management buy-out in April 2003. As well as delivering consistent organic growth in revenue and profits, he has instigated and overseen a series of strategic expansion plans including the acquisition of complementary businesses worldwide. A qualified chartered accountant, he previously held a number of director and senior management positions in industry.


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Atul Patel - Group Finance Director

Atul Patel joined the Group initially on an interim basis on 18 February 2011 before being appointed to the Board on a full time basis on 19 April 2011. He was formerly a Divisional Finance Director within Tribal Group PLC, responsible for the Government and Health division, operating the finance and support functions as well as advising on business transformation and business integration. A qualified chartered accountant, Atul joined the management consultancy division of PricewaterhouseCoopers after qualifying, where he focused on performance improvement and business transformation within global organisations.


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Debbie Hewitt - MBE Senior Independent Non-Executive Director

Chair of Remuneration Committee & Member of Audit and Nomination Committees

Debbie joined NCC Group in September 2008. She has an MBA, is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development and was awarded an MBE for services to Business and the Public Sector in 2011. She is Non-Executive Chairman of Moss Bros plc and Non-Executive Director of The Restaurant Group plc and Redrow plc. She also holds a  Non-Executive Director role in private companies White Stuff, Visa Uk, Evander, Domestic and General and BGL Group


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Thomas Chambers - Non-Executive Director

Chair of Audit Committee, Member of Remuneration and Nomination Committees

Thomas joined NCC Group in September 2012. Thomas was CFO of smartphone operating systems developer Symbian Limited from 2001 until its sale to Nokia Oyj in 2009, and prior to that, CFO of DSL provider First Telecom. He is a chartered accountant and has held roles with Kleinwort Benson, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and Price Waterhouse. He is also a Non-Executive Chairman at recruitment company Propel Ltd and a Non-Executive Director of Kings Arms Yard VCT plc and Niu Solutions Ltd.


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Chris Batterham - Non-Executive Director

Member of Audit, Remuneration and Nomination committees.

Chris is a qualified chartered accountant and was finance director of Unipalm plc, the first Internet service provider to IPO from 1996 to 2001. He was then CFO of Searchspace Limited until 2005. He is currently non-executive chairman of Eckoh plc and a non-executive director of SDL plc, Iomart Group plc and Toumaz Group Ltd.


Senior Management

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Roger Rawlinson - Group Managing Director, Assurance

Roger Rawlinson is responsible for the operational management and growth of the Group's Assurance division. He has worked for NCC Group for over 20 years in a variety of testing and consultancy roles and was appointed a Director in 2004.


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Robert Horton - European Managing Director, Security Consulting

Robert Horton is the Managing Director of NCC Group's European Security Consulting division. He joined NCC 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 testing companies in to the Group. Robert was a Director of NGS Software, a security testing company he co-founded from its foundation through to it successful integration of the company into the Group.


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Daniel Liptrott - Managing Director, Escrow

Daniel Liptrott is responsible for the management and strategic development of the Escrow division globally. Daniel joined the Group in November 2013 from private practice where he had been a corporate partner at a number of international law firms. From 2006 to 2011 he had been the Group's outside counsel at Eversheds LLP and has advised on a range of issues including its move to the Main Market of the London Stock Exchange in 2007 and each of the Group’s subsequent acquisitions. 


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David Hallam - Commercial Director

David is responsible for developing the Group's Total Assurance offering and educating organisations on the need for a joined up approach to information assurance across all aspects of security, performance and availability. David joined NCC Group in 2010 as co-founder of SDLC Solutions. Prior to this, he held senior project, programme & test architect roles within many organisations.