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The EMIS Group board of directors and senior management team - comprehensive skills and experience.

  1. Mike OLeary

    Mike O'Leary

    Non-executive chairman

    EMIS Group - appointed March 2011

    Mike’s public company main board experience dates back to 1987. He has served AIM-listed, FTSE 250 and FTSE 100 companies during that time in a variety of markets, mostly with a tech focus. He has extensive experience of running global operations and a strong background in the IT industry, as well as an intimate association with the UK and international healthcare sectors. Mike has managed a healthcare division in the US which supplied software and services to over 70,000 primary care physicians. He also has experience of enterprise acute care and departmental solutions in the healthcare sector. Mike’s previous roles have included joint chief operating officer of Misys plc; chief executive of healthcare and insurance divisions of Misys plc; chairman of ACT Medisys; chief executive of Huon Corporation; chief executive of Marlborough Stirling plc; chairman of Digital Healthcare Ltd; and non-executive director of Headlam Group plc.

    External appointments and memberships:

    Non-executive director, Epwin Group plc.

    Committees:

    • Audit committee member
    • Remuneration committee member
    • Nomination committee chair

  2. Andy Thorburn

    Chief executive officer

    EMIS Group - appointed May 2017

    Andy has a proven track record of achievement in his previous roles, both in the UK and overseas, and was most recently Group chief operating officer of Digicel, the Caribbean and South Pacific based communications and entertainment provider, until 2016. Andy was Group chief operating officer from 2014 to 2016 and was responsible for driving significant growth in revenues and profitability, both organically and via mergers and acquisitions. He was previously chief executive officer of Digicel Caribbean and Central America and chief executive officer of Digicel Jamaica. Andy has over 16 years’ experience in the software industry having had senior management roles at INTEC Plc, Chronicle Solutions Ltd and a number of Benchmark Capital Portfolio companies (including Kalido Inc and Orchestria Ltd). Andy was also a managing director within BT Group.

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  3. Peter Southby

    Peter Southby

    Chief financial officer

    EMIS Group - appointed October 2012

    Peter has over 20 years of experience in finance, mainly in a public company environment, including ten years at board level. He has led numerous corporate transactions including fundraising and acquisitions. His experience has given him an in-depth knowledge of strategy across multiple industry sectors with a particular focus on support services. Peter also has lead responsibility for a number of shared service functions. Peter was formerly financial director at ENER-G plc; finance director at Augean plc; and has held senior financial positions at White Young Green plc and Leeds United plc, having started his career at Arthur Andersen.

    External appointments and memberships:

    Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (Fellow)

  4. Robin Taylor

    Robin Taylor

    Senior independent non-executive director

    EMIS Group - appointed March 2010

    Robin joined EMIS Group as senior independent non-executive director and chair of the audit committee on 1 March 2010 and brings many years’ experience as a plc director. Robin has held a variety of financial and general management roles in both Europe and North America. He has experience of financial reporting, financing, transactions and risk management. Robin’s previous roles include chief financial officer of Intec Telecom Systems plc; chief financial officer of ITNET plc; chief financial officer of JBA Holdings plc; and non-executive director of Phoenix IT Group plc and Fusionex International plc..

    External appointments and memberships:

    Non-executive director of FDM Group plc
    Non-executive director of Alfa Financial Software Holdings PLC
    Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland

    Committees:

    • Audit committee chair
    • Remuneration committee member
    • Nomination committee member

  5. Kevin Boyd

    Kevin Boyd

    Non-executive director

    EMIS Group - appointed May 2014

    As a current FTSE 250 group finance director, Kevin brings real-time financial expertise and software systems knowledge to the Board. Together with Kevin’s experience of running complex businesses and corporate transactions, the Board considers his financial and investor relations experience to be of particular value to the Board. Kevin was previously group finance director at Oxford Instruments plc; group finance director at Radstone Technology plc; and finance director at Siroyan Ltd, and has held senior financial positions at TI Group plc.

    External appointments and memberships:

    Group finance director at Spirax‑Sarco Engineering plc
    Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (Fellow)
    Institution of Engineering and Technology (Fellow)

    Committees:

    • Audit committee member
    • Remuneration committee member
    • Nomination committee member

  6. Andy McKeon

    Non-executive director

    EMIS Group - appointed February 2013 (re-appointed September 2015)

    Andy’s extensive knowledge of the NHS and experience in shaping health policy adds invaluable expertise to the Board discussions. He is an advocate for change which benefits patients. The Board believes Andy brings an independent view and is well suited to the chairmanship of the remuneration committee. Andy was formerly interim chief executive of the Nuffield Trust; managing director, Health at the Audit Commission; departmental board member at the Department of Health (director general responsible for policy and planning); head of primary care, Department of Health; deputy chief executive of the Barts and London NHS Trust; and adjunct professor of the Institute of Global Health Innovation, Imperial College London. Andy was formerly vice-chair at the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)

    External appointments and memberships:

    Chairman of the Nuffield Trust

    Committees:

    • Audit committee member
    • Remuneration committee chair
    • Nomination committee member

  7. David Sides

    Non-executive director

    EMIS Group - appointed January 2017

    David is the president and CEO of Streamline Health Inc. a Nasdaq-listed company. Prior to joining Streamline Health, David was CEO of iMDSoft Inc., a provider of clinical information systems and electronic medical records for critical, perioperative and acute care organisations. David previously worked at Cerner Corporation, serving as the managing director of Cerner UK & Ireland, and later as senior vice president worldwide consulting. He led Cerner’s professional services in 24 countries and was accountable for every implementation and all consulting work carried out by Cerner.

    External appointments and memberships:

    President and CEO of Streamline Health Inc.
    American College of Healthcare Executives (Fellow)

    Committees:

    • Audit committee member
    • Remuneration committee member
    • Nomination committee member