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 currently sits on the boards of Alternative Networks plc, Astro Malaysian Holdings Berhad, Astro Overseas Limited and Astro All Asia Network Limited. Bernard qualified with PricewaterhouseCoopers 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 PwC in the UK where until retirement in 2013 he held a variety of senior management, governance and client roles. As a partner he spent 15 years supporting and advising a number of major UK companies whose operations covered a broad range of industry sectors. Murray is currently a Non-Executive Director of Tower Bridge Ventures and Sutton and East Surrey Water plc.

Peter Harkness

Non-Executive Director

Peter Harkness has more than 30 years’ experience as a director or chairman of several successful businesses, predominantly in the media sector. Peter has played an active role in a number of private equity deals and has gained extensive experience on the boards of both public and private companies. He is currently chairman of the travel media group, Volanti Holdings and e-commerce group MyTimeMedia. Peter was a non-executive director of Datamonitor until its sale to Informa. He was chairman of the Butler Group until its sale to Datamonitor and was executive chairman of media monitoring group, Precise Media, now part of WPP.

Graham Lilley

Chief Financial Officer

Graham Lilley joined the Group in 2011 as the group financial controller before progressing to group financial director and company secretary. 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.

Annette Marie Barnes

Non-Executive Director

Annette Marie Barnes is now progressing a plural NED career. Until January 2018, Annette was employed as Managing Director, Wealth & Mass Affluent and was previously CEO of Lloyds Bank Private Banking Ltd. In her most recent role, Annette had responsibility for Lloyds Banking Group’s Wealth & Mass Affluent businesses with circa £40bn of assets under management. Prior to that, Annette was Managing Director of Bank of Scotland (Retail). Annette has over 30 years of financial services experience gained with Lloyds Bank, Bank of Scotland, Bank of America, MBNA Europe Bank Ltd and NWS Bank, with a specific focus on customer service, IT and risk.

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.