Our senior teams

The EMIS Group Board of directors and senior management team - comprehensive skills and experience to provide effective leadership of the Group.

  1. Patrick De Smedt

    Chair

    EMIS Group - appointed January 2020

    Skills and experience:

    International business experience including a diverse portfolio of main Board level appointments in public and private equity-backed companies varying in size up to multi billion pound turnover.

    Entire executive career spent in the software sector, primarily with Microsoft, across a range of largely general management roles throughout Europe.

    Experience in manufacturing, construction, recruitment and financial services sectors.
    Expertise in driving innovation and growth, bringing focus to customer centricity and development of successful go-to-market strategies.

    External appointments and memberships:

    Senior Independent Director, PageGroup plc
    Non-executive Director, Kodak Alaris Holdings Ltd
    Non-executive Director and Chair of Divitias Holdco Limited

    Previous roles:

    Chair of Microsoft Europe, Middle East and Africa, vice president of Microsoft Western Europe, general manager (founder) of Microsoft Benelux, non-executive director and chair of the remuneration committee of Victrex plc, senior independent director and chair of the remuneration committee of Morgan Sindall Group plc, senior independent director and chair of the remuneration committee of Anite plc and non-executive interim chair of KCOM Group plc.

    Committees:

    • Remuneration committee member
    • Nomination committee member

  2. Andy Thorburn

    Chief Executive Officer

    EMIS Group - appointed May 2017

    Skills and experience:

    Andy has over 19 years’ experience in the software industry in the UK and internationally. He has skills and experience in driving significant growth in revenues and profitability for companies through organic growth as well as mergers and acquisitions. He has a track record in creating value in software and communications industries and 30 years' experience in senior management and executive positions.

    Previous roles:

    Group chief operating officer of Digicel Group, chief executive officer of Digicel Caribbean and Central America, chief executive officer of Digicel Jamaica, chief executive officer/president roles at Intec Telecom Systems plc, Chronicle Solutions Ltd and a number of Benchmark Capital Portfolio companies (including Kalido Inc. and Orchestria Ltd) and a managing director within BT Group.

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  3. Peter Southby

    Peter Southby

    Chief Financial Officer

    EMIS Group - appointed October 2012

    Skills and experience:

    Peter has over 25 years’ experience in finance, mainly in a public company environment, with over half of this at board level. He has proven ability in corporate transactions, including fundraising, acquisitions and disposals. Peter has a as detailed knowledge of strategy across multiple industry sectors, with a focus on support services.

    External appointments and memberships:

    Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (Fellow)

    Previous roles:

    Finance director at ENER-G plc and Augean plc, senior financial positions at White Young Green plc and Leeds United plc and trained with Arthur Andersen as audit manager.

  4. Andy McKeon CBE

    Senior Independent Non-executive Director

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

    Skills and experience:

    Andy has a deep knowledge of the NHS and extensive experience in shaping health policy. He has extensive knowledge of European and American healthcare and is an advocate for change that benefits patients. Andy has broadly based non-executive director experience across the private and public sectors and over 20 years’ senior and board-level management experience in major organisations.

    External appointments and memberships:

    Chair of the Nuffield Trust

    Previous roles:

    Interim chief executive of The Nuffield Trust, managing director of health at the Audit Commission, departmental board member at the Department of Health (director general responsible for policy and planning), head of primary care at the Department of Health, deputy chief executive at the Barts and London NHS Trust, adjunct professor of the Institute of Global Health Innovation, Imperial College London and vice-chair at the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).

    Committees:

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

  5. Kevin Boyd

    Kevin Boyd

    Non-executive Director

    EMIS Group - appointed May 2014

    Skills and experience:

    Kevin has considerable senior management and listed company experience coupled with real-time financial experience and software systems knowledge. He has experience of running complex business and corporate transactions.

    External appointments and memberships:

    Group finance director at Spirax‑Sarco Engineering plc
    Member of the 100 Group
    Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (Fellow)
    Institution of Engineering and Technology (Fellow)

    Previous roles:

    Group finance director at Oxford Instruments plc and Radstone Technology plc, finance director at Siroyan Ltd and held senior financial positions at TI Group plc.

    Committees:

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

  6. Jennifer Byrne

    Independent and Designated Non-executive Director

    EMIS Group - appointed May 2019

    Skills and experience:

    Jen has extensive commercial experience in the global software sector and a strong track record in using technical insight to deliver challenging and technically complex engineering programmes. She has an in-depth knowledge of finance and engineering as well as strong leadership skills. Jen is a strategic thinker with experience of companies in a growth phase.

    External appointments and memberships:

    Chief operating officer, G-Research
    Non-executive director, RUAG Holding AG

    Previous roles:

    15 years at the Lockheed Martin Corporation. Latterly as vice president, Space and Missiles Systems.

    Committees:

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