The Board of Sanderson Group plc consists of three executive and two non-executive directors. All executive directors are subject to election by shareholders at the first opportunity after their appointment and to re-election at regular intervals thereafter.
The Board meets on a monthly basis and retains full and effective control of the Group. Additional meetings are arranged as appropriate to consider Group strategy, acquisition and disposal strategies, internal controls, risk analysis and the annual budget.
Day-to-day management of the Group's activities is undertaken by a senior management team comprising senior directors together with the executive directors.
Following graduation from Nottingham University, Christopher worked for British Olivetti until 1974, when he joined the ACT Group, which became the second UK IT company to be listed on the London Stock Exchange in 1979. He served on the ACT Group plc Board between 1983 and 1994, undertaking a number of senior roles. In 1995, he joined the former Sanderson Group plc, becoming Group Chief Executive, later that year. In 1999, Christopher led a ‘take private’ of the Group with the support and backing of the Alchemy Plan. Following the restructuring and demerger of the original Group, the business which was focused primarily on UK commercial markets and which retained the Sanderson name, gained admission to the London Stock Exchange AIM market in December 2004.
Ian was appointed to the Board in 2013 and to the position of Chief Executive in June 2015. He has over 30 years’ experience in software and IT services. Beginning his career in electronics, he moved into the computer industry in 1979, when he joined ACT Group plc, where as a local board member, he helped establish an international IT support and software services business. In 1996, Ian joined Mitsubishi Electric of Japan and as International Project Director, he was instrumental in the formation of an ISP (Internet Service Provider) and online financial services business, successfully launching a range of innovative projects in the UK and Europe. In 1999, he joined Sanderson being appointed Consulting Director of Talgentra Limited, one of the Group subsidiaries and where, he developed a new consulting services business which rapidly expanded overseas. In 2005, Ian became Managing Director of the Sanderson multi-channel retail division of Sanderson and drove the growth of the division.
Richard joined the Board in October 2017, bringing significant commercial and finance experience predominantly from software and IT services businesses. After graduating from University, Richard worked for RM plc, where he trained to become a Chartered Management Accountant and undertook various financial management roles across the business. In 2003, Richard joined Capita plc and in 2005, was appointed as Finance Director of ‘Service Birmingham’. He moved to Capita’s IT services business as Finance Director in 2008 and undertook a number of acquisitions leading to promotion to Divisional Finance Director of Capita’s IT Services Consulting Division. In 2012, Richard left to become Commercial Finance Director at Pattonair before re-joining Capita in 2015, where most recently he was Chief Operations Officer for Education Software Services.
John has extensive City experience as an investment analyst. He was Managing Director of Albert E Sharp Securities stockbrokers from 1993 until the acquisition of Albert E Sharp by Old Mutual in 1998 and he was instrumental in setting up Arden Partners in 2002, where he was a Director. John was very influential in enabling the flotation of Sanderson in November 2004 and he is Chairman of the Remuneration Committee
David has considerable business experience which has included Financial Objects plc, Cyan Technology plc and latterly Sanderson Group plc, where he has served as a non-executive director between IPO in 2004 up until 2012, re-joining as a non-executive director in June 2015. David was Chairman of Tinglobal Group plc, until May 2014, when he led a successful trade sale to DeClout Limited, listed on the Singapore Exchange. David is Chairman of the Audit Committee.