The IT Livery Company Professor of Information Technology chair was created in 2015 thanks to sponsorship by the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists. This is only the third new Professorship to have been created at the College in over 400 years.

Current Professor

Professor Martyn Thomas CBE

A world-renowned expert in software engineering and cybersecurity, Martyn Thomas CBE is the very first IT Livery Company Professor of Information Technology at Gresham College.

An independent consultant systems engineer and non-executive director, Professor Thomas is an internationally recognised expert in safety-critical or security-critical, software intensive systems, software engineering, and cybersecurity. He is a Visiting Professor in Software Engineering at the Universities of Oxford, Aberystwyth and Bristol. He has given oral evidence to several UK Parliamentary Committees in the House of Commons and the House of Lords, and advised several Government Departments. He has been instructed as an expert witness in complex, high-value litigations in Europe and Australia.

Spanning an illustrious career, Professor Thomas has over thirty years rich and varied experience within the IT industry. In 1983 he founded the software engineering company Praxis which soon became internationally recognised as a leader in the use of rigorous software engineering. Professor Thomas sold Praxis to Deloitte & Touche in 1992 and joined them as a partner with world-wide responsibilities for software engineering. In 1998 he established Martyn Thomas Associated Ltd and has since carried out consultancy work with clients such as Network Rail, the UK National Air Traffic Services (NATS) and the National Bank of Australia.

Professor Thomas works extensively with universities and Government. He is a non-executive director of the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and the Office of the Independent Adjudicator for Higher Education (OIAHE) and a member of the Defence Scientific Advisory Council (DSAC). He has been awarded honorary Doctor of Science degrees by the Universities of Edinburgh and Hull and by City University, London.

Regularly featured in the press and media, Professor Thomas has appeared on BBC television and Radio in a wide variety of programmes and roles. He has co-authored or edited five books, including: Industrial Deployment of System Engineering Methods and Software for Dependable Systems: Sufficient Evidence?

Professor Thomas is a Fellow and a Trustee of the Royal Academy of Engineering (RAEng), which is the UK’s National Academy for Engineering. He is also a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).

Appointed as the first ever Professor of IT at Gresham College, a position sponsored by the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists, Professor Thomas will deliver his first year of lectures on Living in a Cyber-Enabled World:

“In my Gresham lectures I will explore the state of software today, how we got to where we are, and what we shall need to do to shore up the foundations of a digital society that is increasingly built on sand. The lecture series is designed to inform, to entertain, and to stimulate balanced discussions that lead to effective actions. In this I hope to make Gresham College play a leading role in accelerating the transition of the craft of software development into a mature engineering profession.”


In the 2017/18 Academic Year, Professor Thomas will continue his series of lecture on Living in a Cyber-enabled World.

All of Professor Thomas's past Gresham lectures can be accessed here.

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All Professor of Information Technology Lectures
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Computers and the Future

Professor Martyn Thomas CBE
Tuesday, 12 June 2018 - 6:00PM
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Computers and Warfare

Professor Martyn Thomas CBE
Tuesday, 29 May 2018 - 6:00PM
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The Internet of Things

Professor Martyn Thomas CBE
Tuesday, 20 March 2018 - 6:00PM
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Should We Vote Online?

Professor Martyn Thomas CBE
Tuesday, 13 February 2018 - 6:00PM
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Will Bitcoin and the Block Chain Change the Way we Live and Work?

Professor Martyn Thomas CBE
Tuesday, 9 January 2018 - 6:00PM
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Is Society Ready For Driverless Cars?

Professor Martyn Thomas CBE
Tuesday, 24 October 2017 - 6:00PM
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Artificial Intelligence

Professor Martyn Thomas CBE
Tuesday, 13 June 2017 - 6:00PM
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Making Software 'Correct by Construction'

Professor Martyn Thomas CBE
Tuesday, 2 May 2017 - 6:00PM
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What Really Happened in Y2K?

Professor Martyn Thomas CBE
Tuesday, 4 April 2017 - 6:00PM
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The Dilemmas of Privacy and Surveillance

Professor Martyn Thomas CBE
Tuesday, 7 February 2017 - 6:00PM
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Safety-Critical Systems

Professor Martyn Thomas CBE
Tuesday, 10 January 2017 - 6:00PM
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Are you the Customer or the Product?

Professor Martyn Thomas CBE
Tuesday, 18 October 2016 - 6:00PM
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Big Data: The Broken Promise of Anonymisation

Professor Martyn Thomas CBE
Tuesday, 14 June 2016 - 6:00PM
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Cybersecurity

Professor Martyn Thomas CBE
Tuesday, 3 May 2016 - 6:00PM
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Computers, People and the Real World

Professor Martyn Thomas CBE
Tuesday, 5 April 2016 - 6:00PM
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How Can Software Be So Hard?

Professor Martyn Thomas CBE
Tuesday, 9 February 2016 - 6:00PM
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A Very Brief History of Computing, 1948-2015

Professor Martyn Thomas CBE
Tuesday, 12 January 2016 - 6:00PM
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Should We Trust Computers?

Professor Martyn Thomas CBE
Tuesday, 20 October 2015 - 6:00PM
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Living in a Cyber-Enabled World