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 and 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 (BA Honours in History), Christopher worked for British Olivetti until 1974 when he joined the ACT Group, the second UK IT company to be listed on the London Stock Exchange in 1979. He served on the Group plc Board between 1983 and 1994, undertaking a number of senior roles. In 1995, he joined the former Sanderson Group, becoming Group Chief Executive later that year. In 1999, Christopher led a 'take private’ of the former Sanderson Group with the support and backing of the Alchemy Plan. Following restructuring and the demerger of the original Group, the business focused primarily on UK commercial markets, which retained the Sanderson name, gained admission to the London Stock Exchange AIM market in December 2004.
Ian was appointed to the Sanderson Group plc Board in 2013 and has over 30 years' experience in software and IT services. He began his career in electronics before moving on to the computer industry in 1979 when he joined ACT Group plc. As a local board member, he helped establish an international IT business. In 1996, Ian joined Mitsubishi Electric as International Project Director. In 1999, he was appointed Consulting Director of Talgentra Ltd, where he developed a new consulting services business which rapidly expanded overseas. In 2005, Ian became Managing Director of the multi-channel division of Sanderson. Having made a major contribution to the Group's strategy and driven the development of the multi-channel business, Ian was appointed Group Chief Executive in June 2015.
Richard joined the Sanderson Group plc Board in October 2017 bringing significant commercial and finance experience predominantly from software and IT services businesses. After graduating from the University of Plymouth, 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 Paterson 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 until November 2004.
David has considerable business experience including with Financial Objects plc, Cyan Technology plc and Sanderson Group plc as a non-executive director between IPO in 2004 up until 2012. David was Chairman of Tinglobal Group plc until May 2014, when he led a successful trade sale to Singapore Listed, Declout Plc.