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PIB-d has just two directors. But we benefit from the advice of two observers to our board meetings, each representing one of the company’s institutional investors. Brief bios follow.

  • John Harrison is a founder and director of PIB-d. He has been active in the identity management field since setting up Edentity, a pre-cursor to PIB-d, in the year 2000. He has led various advisory projects for public sector bodies, and several consortium funding bids. He is named inventor on two UK identity-managements patents. Prior to his interest in identity management, he worked as an engineer for a large chemical company, as a management consultant, and as a developer and financier of power stations. He holds a first-class degree in engineering from the University of Bristol, and an MBA from ISA, the graduate programme of the French grande ecole HEC.

  • Paul Hopkins is also a founder and director of PIB-d. He is a specialist in management of IT services and projects, with a particular focus on the Higher Education sector, and currently works as interim IT director in the sector as required. For the four years to 2008, he served as director of information systems and services at Newcastle University, where - among other responsibilities - he led the much-praised re-engineering of the postgraduate recruitment process. He has been chair of the Russell Group of IT Directors (RUGIT), chair of UCISA Procurement Group and a core member of the HEFCE Shared Services Advisory Board. Prior to joining Newcastle, he spent over 20 years working for companies such as Procter & Gamble, British Gas, and Coopers & Lybrand

  • Professor Di Martin acts as an observer of PIB-d’s board meetings, representing the interests of the University of Hertfordshire where – as dean and chief information officer – she has responsibility for the leadership and strategic direction of the University’s information services, information technology and learning resources provision. She has pioneered the creation of integrated 24/7 facilities and services both on campus and online, and has - as result - contributed to the work of a number of sectoral bodies, including JISC. Professor Martin joined the University in 1991. She graduated from the University of London, subsequently gaining qualifications in information management, teaching and human resources management.

  • Matthew Dovey also acts as an observer of PIB-d’s board meetings, representing the interests of Jisc – where he is Programme Director for Digital Infrastructure (e-Research). His work includes engaging with e-Research communities on the use of the UK e-Infrastructure and the building and deployment of Virtual Research Environments.