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.

Murray Legg

Non-Executive Chairman

Murray has been a Non-Executive Director of the Company since 2016 and has been Non-Executive Chairman since April 2021. He is a chartered accountant with over 35 years of audit and advisory experience at PwC where he was a Partner for 24 years. During this time he had senior management, governance and market facing roles with major UK companies across a range of industry sectors including the media sector.

Murray is currently also a Non-Executive 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. She is GlobalData’s Senior Independent Director and Chair of the Remuneration Committee. 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 Non-Executive Director of Leeds Building Society, Quilter Investment Platform Limited and Quilter Life & Pensions Limited. 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 Group Chief Data Officer for Pepper Financial Services Group where he is responsible for driving the adoption of data, analytics and machine learning across the group businesses to drive positive commercial and customer outcomes. Prior to joining Pepper, Andrew was Group Chief Data Officer at J Sainsbury Plc, Business Intelligence Director at News UK and General Manager of Business Intelligence at Telefonica. With over 25 years’ experience of commercially orientated data and analytics experience, Andrew has a successful track record for implementing transformational data driven change across a number of industry sectors.

Julien Decot

Julien is a veteran technology executive with more than 20 years’ experience working across Silicon Valley and Europe across multiple senior roles in major consumer internet companies including Amazon.com, eBay, Skype and Facebook. He joined Skype in 2007 where he built the team in charge of Strategy, Business Development and Corporate Development, and managed the strategic partnership between Skype and Facebook. Prior to joining Facebook, he founded a mobile messaging company called TextMe, which reached 40M users and is now a profitable and successful business.

He joined Facebook in 2016 to lead Platform Partnerships for EMEA and since 2018, has looked after their ecosytem of marketing partners to build innovative technologies and solutions for Facebook’s clients around the world. Julien holds a B.A in Finance from ESCP Europe in Paris, as well as an MBA from UC Berkeley.

Catherine Birkett

Catherine is CFO for GoCardless, a global leader in recurring payments. Before joining GoCardless in 2018, Catherine was CFO for one of Europe’s fastest growing telecoms providers, Interoute, where she took the business from $20m to $800m in turnover over 16 years, leading equity and debt raises, including an inaugural high yield debt issue. While there, she also completed 10 acquisitions, including one for a business half the size of Interoute, before overseeing a successful exit of the business in May 2018.