Board & Executive Committee

Board Members

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Chris Stone - Non-Executive Chairman 

Chair of the Nominations Committee and of the Cyber Security Committee 

Chris was appointed Executive Chairman in April 2017.  He is the Chairman of AIM listed CityFibre plc, the national alternative provider of wholesale fibre network infrastructure. Chris has also held various non-executive director and chief executive roles of listed and private equity-backed technology companies, including being a non-executive director of CSR plc from 2012 until its acquisition by Qualcomm in 2015. From 2013 to 2016, he was CEO of Radius Worldwide.

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Adam Palser - Chief Executive Officer

Adam joined NCC Group in December 2017. 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.

Brian Tenner - Chief Financial Officer

Brian Tenner joined NCC Group on 1 February 2017. Prior to NCC Group he held a number of senior finance positions with both publicly listed and private multinational companies. Brian was previously Group Finance Director at Renold plc from 2010 to 2016, Scapa plc from 2007 to 2010 and British Nuclear Group from 2003 to 2007. Before that he held a number of senior finance roles at National Grid from 2002 to 2003. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant with PWC in 1994.

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Chris Batterham - Senior Independent Director

Chair of the Audit Committee and 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.

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Thomas Chambers - Non-Executive Director

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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Jonathan Brooks – Non-Executive Director

Chair of the Remuneration Committee

Jonathan Brooks joined NCC Group in March 2017. He was Chief Financial Officer of ARM Holdings plc from 1995 until 2002 and has been a non-executive director of IP Group plc since August 2011. He has also held a number of senior finance and non-executive director positions with other listed and private multinational companies.

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Mike Ettling – Non-Executive Director

Mike Ettling joined NCC Group as non-executive director in September 2017. With strong sector and non-executive experience, Mike was President of US business SAP-Successfactors. 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. He is currently non-executive director of Impellam PLC, an AIM-listed recruitment business and Telkom BCX Ltd, a South African IT and telecommunications business.

Executive Committee

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Steve Boughton - Global Operations Director

Steve Boughton is the Global Operations Director for NCC Group and 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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Robert Horton - Global Head of Assurance Delivery

Robert Horton 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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Rob Koppen - Acting Managing Director, Assurance Netherlands, Fox-IT

Rob is the Director of Finance and Support at Fox-IT, and also acting Managing Director. Focusing on the next phase of growth for the company, Rob is responsible for the professionalisation of Fox-IT, the integration of business operations with NCC Group and the management of the finance and support departments.

Previously, Rob held several functions at board level at professional services organisations (accountancy, consultancy and IT). Rob Koppen was at Cap Gemini for 8 years where he held the position of Business Unit Director, CFO and Commercial Director. Before this he was a partner at Ernst & Young consulting and worked there for more than 12 years.

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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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Ulf Munkedal - Managing Director, Assurance Denmark, FortConsult

Ulf is the Group’s Assurance managing director in Denmark and joined NCC Group through the acquisition of FortConsult in May 2014. Having founded FortConsult in 2002, Ulf grew the business to become a market leader in Scandinavia, and oversaw a smooth transition in integrating the company into NCC Group after the acquisition.

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Roger Rawlinson - Managing Director, Assurance UK & ROW

Roger Rawlinson is responsible for the operational management and growth of the Group's Assurance division in the UK & ROW. 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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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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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.