Board of Directors

Mike Danson

Chief Executive Officer

Mike Danson founded Datamonitor Plc, an online information company, in 1990. In 2000, Datamonitor completed its flotation on the London Stock Exchange and was sold to Informa for £502 million in 2007. GlobalData acquired the Datamonitor Financial, Datamonitor Consumer, MarketLine and Verdict businesses from Informa Plc in 2015.

Bernard Cragg

Executive Chairman

Bernard Cragg is Executive Chairman of GlobalData Plc. Bernard qualified with Price Waterhouse as a chartered accountant before joining Carlton Communications becoming Chief Financial Officer and Finance Director. Bernard was the Chairman of Datamonitor Plc and during his time there he was an integral part of the executive team that oversaw the rapid growth of the business and its eventual successful sale to Informa in 2007.

Murray Legg

Non-Executive Chairman

Murray Legg is a Chartered Accountant with over 35 years of audit and advisory experience gained with PricewaterhouseCoopers in the UK where he held a variety of senior management, governance and client roles. As a partner he spent 15 years auditing and advising a number of major UK companies whose operations covered a broad range of industry sectors. Murray is currently also a NonExecutive Director of Sutton and East Surrey Water Plc.

Peter Harkness

Non-Executive Director

Peter Harkness has more than 32 years’ experience as a Director or Chairman of several successful businesses, predominantly in the media sector.  In addition to leading a number of private equity deals, Peter has also spent a total of 18 years as a NonExecutive Director of 5 quoted companies, including Walker Greenbank Plc and Chrysalis VCT Plc, and has twice been a Plc Chairman. Peter was a Non-Executive Director of Datamonitor until its sale to Informa and was chairman of the Butler Group until its sale to Datamonitor. Peter has also undertaken board roles in the Third Sector and is currently chair of a charitable trust which manages arts and sports facilities in Gloucestershire. Peter’s experience and understanding of the media and information subscription sector is an excellent asset for the GlobalData Board, in particularly how we sell and the selling process.

Graham Lilley

Chief Financial Officer

Graham joined the Group in 2011 and progressed through to Group Finance Director before becoming Chief Financial Officer in January 2018. Graham started his career at PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he qualified as a Chartered Accountant and subsequently joined Datamonitor when it was part of the Informa Group. Graham’s involvement and experience in data subscription businesses provides a valuable view on financial performance and understanding of the business model.

Annette Marie Barnes

Non-Executive Director

Annette joined the Board in February 2017. In her Executive Career, Annette was most recently Managing Director of Wealth & Mass Affluent for Lloyds Banking Group and CEO of Lloyds Bank Private Banking Limited. Prior to that, Annette was Managing Director of Bank of Scotland (Retail). Annette has over 30 years of Financial Services experience, working for Lloyds Banking Group, Bank of America, MBNA Europe Bank Ltd and NWS Bank Ltd. Annette is also a NonExecutive Director of Leeds Building Society. Annette’s prior experience has given her an excellent understanding of Technology, product channels to meet customer needs, Operational Management and Risk Management.

Andrew Day

Non-Executive Director

Andrew David Day, is currently employed as Chief Data Officer for J Sainsbury plc where he has responsibility for delivering commercial and customer value through data, analytics and data science. Andrew was previously Business Intelligence Director of News UK Ltd. and prior to that General Manager of Business Intelligence for Telefonica UK Ltd. Andrew has a successful track record for implementing transformational data driven change in each of his roles.