Professor Martyn Thomas

IT Livery Company Professor of Information Technology, Gresham College


Martyn Thomas is an internationally recognised expert in safety-critical or security-critical, software intensive systems, software engineering and cybersecurity. He is experienced in communicating science to non experts.He was the first Professor of IT at Gresham College: his 19 public lectures are online at and he can offer shorter talks on any of these subjects.
He founded the software company Praxis in 1983 and he would be happy talk about what it’s like to set up a new company, why you might want to do so and how to do it.
Martyn works extensively with universities and Government: he is a member of the cyber expert review group of the Cabinet Office; Fellow of Gresham College and Visiting Professor in Software Engineering at the Universities of Manchester and Aberystwyth and previously at Bristol and Oxford. He has been a director of the Health and Safety Executive and of the Serious Organised Crime Agency and served on the advisory groups to several Government Departments. He is a member of the Ministry of Defence DSEC ISTA register of security cleared science and technology con- sultants and undertakes specific projects for MoD and other agencies.
Martyn is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and he was awarded a CBE in 2007 for services to software engineering. He has received honorary degrees from four universities.