Vin Murria OBE
As a leading software and technology entrepreneur, Vin Murria has created and led numerous growth strategies, which have delivered substantial returns for shareholders.
During her executive career, she was the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Advanced Computer Software Group plc from 2008 until 2015 where she built the business organically and through acquisition from an initial cash shell to its eventual £725 million sale to Vista Equity Partners, generating significant double-digit returns for its shareholders. The business was named Tech Company of the Year (2014) having grown to be the 3rd largest UK headquartered software business. Prior to Advanced Computer Software, Vin was Chief Executive Officer of Computer Software Group plc from 2002 until 2007, completing a number of acquisitions, including a merger with IRIS Software, and subsequently exiting the business to Hellman and Friedman at a £500 million valuation. Prior to this, Vin was at Kewill Systems plc (1986-2001) where she was Group Chief Operating Officer.
Vin is also presently a non-executive director of Softcat plc, a leading provider of technology solutions and services, and Bunzl plc, the international distribution and services group, as well as Chairman of MAC1, a standard-listed acquisition vehicle. She was awarded an OBE in 2018 for services to the digital economy and was previously a non-executive director of DWF plc, finnCap plc, Sophos Group plc, Zoopla Group plc, Greenko Group plc and Chime Communications plc as well as a Senior Advisor at NM Rothschild and an Operating Partner at HG Capital.
Vin was named Asian Woman of the Year (2010), CISCO’s Woman of the Year (2012) and Tech Entrepreneur of the Year (2012).
Paul Gibson has had a highly successful career in the TMT sector, most recently as the Operating Partner responsible for software investments at MXC Capital. He held non-executive director and advisory roles at Castleton Technology plc and Tax Systems plc until their respective take private transactions to private equity backed vehicles in 2020 and 2019 respectively.
Previously, Paul held the board position of Chief Operating Officer of Advanced Computer Software Group plc prior to its acquisition by Vista Equity Partners. Prior to this, he held a number of senior roles in both financial and operational capacities, latterly as Finance Director of Redac Limited, the Alchemy backed turnaround that was subsequently sold to Advanced Computer Software for £100 million. The foundations of Paul’s career were built at Unigate, GrandMet (now Diageo) and Oracle.
Tony Morris has over 15 years’ transacting experience as principal and advisor in M&A and equity capital markets, and has previously worked with Vin on M&A and capital raising activities for Advanced Computer Software plc.
He is a co-founder and director of Tessera Investment Management, a strategic advisory firm which provides specialist transaction support to organisations undertaking corporate development activity. Prior to co-founding Tessera in 2012, Tony spent four years in the investment team at Marwyn Capital, an investment firm, having previously started his career within Leveraged Finance at Barclays Bank.
Tony also currently serves as a non-executive director of Michelmersh Brick Holdings Plc, the AIM-listed specialist brick manufacturer.
Ben Shaw has worked extensively in private equity and investment management. He was a co-founder of the Marwyn Group, based in London and Jersey, an award-winning fund management and advisory business that created a portfolio of listed businesses, developed in partnership with leading institutional investors.
During Ben’s time at Marwyn, portfolio companies raised over £5 billion of funding through a combination of Marwyn’s own capital and active co-investment program, delivering over 30 per cent. annual investment returns. Marwyn originated over 10 investment vehicles prior to Ben’s departure, investing in partnership with experienced management teams across a range of sectors including automotive, computer software, media and entertainment, training, drug testing and laboratories, leisure, reinsurance, food and confectionary, construction and heavy aggregates, and completed the acquisition of over 50 businesses. Significant companies in the Marwyn portfolio in the period included Entertainment One plc (ETO), Advanced Computer Software plc (ASW) and Breedon Aggregates plc (BREE).
Ben has broad private and listed company board level experience.
Independent Non-Executive Director
David is a non-executive director of Parity Group Plc, an IT services and consultancy business and is chairman of its remuneration and audit committees. He is also a non-executive director and audit committee chairman of Best of the Best plc, an organiser of weekly competitions to win cars and other luxury prizes.
Previously he was the finance director of Penna Consulting plc from 1999 to 2016. David has held a number of board positions in public companies over the past 30 years across a various sectors including HR consultancy and recruitment, IT services, financial markets, motor retailing and advertising.