Board of directors

Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson, Chairman

Michael became Chairman of Advanced in August 2008 and is also Chairman of the Audit Committee. He founded Elderstreet Investments Limited in 1990 and is its executive Chairman. For the past 30 years he has specialised in raising finance for the smaller companies sector. He was previously chairman of FTSE 100 companies, The Sage Group plc, PartyGaming plc and Computer Software Group plc, the business that later became Computer Software Holdings. He is a director of many quoted and unquoted companies, including Elderstreet portfolio companies.

Vin Murria

Vin Murria, Chief Executive Officer

Vin joined Advanced in August 2008 as Chief Executive Officer with 25 years’ experience of working for private equity-backed and publicly listed companies focusing on the software sector. She was formerly Chief Executive Officer of Computer Software Group plc, which she took private in April 2007. Her previous roles include Chief Operating Officer for Kewill Systems plc, Chairman of Leeds Group plc and non-executive director of Concateno plc. Vin is a partner at Elderstreet Capital and a non-executive director of Greenko plc, and Chime Communications plc.

Guy Millward

Guy Millward, Non-executive Director

Guy joined the Board as a non-executive director in November 2012 and on 10 June 2013 was appointed Chief Financial Officer. He has spent the majority of his career in the IT industry, most recently as Group Finance Director of private equity-owned BigHand Limited. Previous roles include Group Finance Director of listed companies Kewill plc, Alterian plc and Morse plc, and at an IT division of GE.

Barbara Firth

Barbara Firth, Chief Financial Officer

Barbara was previously Chief Financial Officer of Computer Software Group plc where she worked closely with Vin Murria and Michael Jackson until the merger with IRIS Software Group Limited in July 2007. Following the merger Barbara was Acquisitions Director of the combined group until joining Advanced as Chief Financial Officer in September 2009. Following the acquisition of Computer Software Holdings in March 2013, Barbara was appointed Chief Operating Officer with specific responsibility for acquisitions and integration.

Mike McGoun

Mike McGoun, Non-executive Director

Mike was appointed to the Board in November 2012 and chairs the Remuneration Committee. He has a wealth of management experience within the IT industry. After 10 years at IBM, Mike co-founded a successful ComputerLand franchise in 1984. In 1994 he moved to SkillsGroup plc (now known as QA plc) as a main board director with responsibility for corporate development. Most recently he was non-executive Chairman of Tikit plc, a provider of software, consultancy and services to legal and accounting firms in the UK, until its acquisition by British Telecom in November 2012.

Paul Gibson

Paul Gibson, COO

Paul was appointed to the Board of Advanced in November 2012, having been Chief Operating Officer since 2010. Paul was Finance Director at COA Solutions for eight years before its acquisition by Advanced in 2010. Prior to that he was European Finance Director of a NASDAQ-listed systems integrator and spent seven years with Oracle where his final role was as the director responsible for establishing its European shared services centre in Dublin.

Dr Chris Hand

Dr Chris Hand, Non-executive Director

Chris was appointed to the Board in December 2013 and is a member of the Audit Committee and Remuneration Committee. He is Chief Executive Officer of Abingdon Health Limited, a director of Bioscience Ventures Limited and Alta Bioscience Limited and Chief Executive Officer of Molecular Vision Limited. Chris co-founded AIM-listed medical diagnostics company Cozart plc and was Chief Executive until 2007 when the company was sold to Concateno plc. Chris was a non-executive director of Concateno until its sale in 2009 and remained with the company as a consultant until June 2010. Prior to founding Cozart, Chris was Director of Research for the European base of DPC (now part of Siemens Healthcare Solutions).