Michael Danson
Michael Danson
Chief Executive Officer

Mike Danson is Chief Executive of GlobalData Plc. He 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.

Bernard Cragg
Bernard Cragg
Chairman

Bernard Cragg is Chairman of GlobalData Plc. 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 PriceWaterhouse 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 which oversaw the rapid growth of the business and its eventual successful sale in 2007.

Mark Freebairn
Mark Freebairn
Non-Executive Director

Mark Freebairn is the head of the CFO practice and a member of the Board Practice at Odgers Berndtson, one of the UK’s leading executive search firms. Mark has over eighteen years of experience in the recruitment and executive search industry working principally in Board level recruitment. Mark has been retained by a number of quoted companies across a broad range of industry sectors to find and recruit both Executive Directors and Non-Executive Directors who can help deliver on their strategic and operational objectives.

Peter Harkness
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. Heis currently Chairman of Chrysalis Venture Capital Trust Plc, 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.

Kelsey van Musschenbroek
Kelsey van Musschenbroek
Non-Executive Director

Kelsey van Musschenbroek joined the Group as a Non-Executive Director on 1 September 2010 upon the acquisition of Canadean. Prior to this, Kelsey was one of the founders of Canadean and has been a Director of Canadean since its beginnings in the early 1970’s as a specialist strategic think tank for the food and drinks industry. Kelsey has a wealth of experience in market research and analysis including the food and drinks industry, and in particular European soft drinks. After graduating from St Andrew’s University, he joined the Financial Times, finishing his time there as Commercial Editor with special responsibility for the international food and drinks industries.

Simon Pyper
Simon Pyper
Chief Financial Officer

Simon Pyper is Chief Financial Officer of GlobalData Plc. Previously,Simon was Group Finance Director of Datamonitor Plc until its sale to Informa Plc. During his tenure at Datamonitor Plc he supported the business as it delivered significant increases in revenues, earnings and shareholder returns. Simon received an MBA from Henley in 2003 and is a qualified accountant.

Murray Legg
Murray Legg
Non-Executive Director

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.

Graham Lilley
Graham Lilley
Group Financial Director and Company Secretary

Graham joined the Group in 2011 as the Group Financial Controller before progressing to Group Financial Director and Company Secretary. Graham started his career at PriceWaterhouse Cooper, where he qualified as a Chartered Accountant and subsequently joined Datamonitor when it was part of the Informa Group.