Jiscom is a company limited by guarantee and a wholly owned subsidiary of Jisc, the charity that champions the use of digital technologies in UK education and research.

Our Board of Directors, who bring significant experience from the digital technology commercial sector, oversee Jiscom.

They are:

  • Chair, Paul Layzell
  • Stuart Curzon, Phil Male, Tim Marshall, Mark Smith and Tim Wright

Professor Paul Layzell (Chair and Jisc trustee)

Paul is Principal of Royal Holloway, University of London, having previously held senior positions in the Universities of Sussex and Manchester. A specialist in software engineering and systems his most recent work considered the technical and ethical issues of sharing client data in the NHS, Social Services and Education systems. He has had a strong interest in the cultural contribution that can be made by higher education. Paul is Chair of AQA Education, one of the UK’s largest examination bodies and has previously been Chair of Eduserv. He brings immense knowledge of the HE sector, particularly with respect to its commercial aspects.

Professor Mark Smith (Non-executive director and Jisc trustee)

Mark was appointed Vice-Chancellor of Lancaster University in 2012. He is a distinguished physicist with research interests in advanced magnetic resonance techniques. After a period in industry in Germany and with CSIRO, Australia's national science agency, and his first academic post at the University of Kent Mark returned to the University of Warwick where he was originally awarded his PhD. At Warwick he became Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and subsequently Deputy Vice-Chancellor. Mark has a number of external appointments including being a member of the Board of the UK Research Reserve; member of Ampère Prize Committee and member of Engineering and Physical Research Council's Strategic Advisory Network.

Tim Marshall, OBE (MD)

Before joining Jiscom Tim was CEO of Janet(UK) managing the UK’s advanced research and education network where he was also the UK’s representative on the Global NREN CEO Forum. He is a strong advocate of shared services and was one of the drivers behind the Jisc shared data centre. He has a particular interest in generating new revenue streams to support public enterprise. Before Janet(UK) he was involved in TV and media holding senior positons in the BBC and Walt Disney. In 2015 he was awarded the OBE for his charitable work supporting Service and Ex-Service personnel.

Stuart Curzon (Non-executive director)

Stuart is currently Senior Vice-President, EMEA, for RedSeal Inc, a fast growing US company providing cyber security solutions to the Global 2000. A highly experienced international sales leader, he has worked with some of the world’s leading technology companies across telecoms, IT, Services and software. Following appointments with Compaq and Microsoft, Stuart joined Verizon Business rising to become Group Vice President EMEA Sales responsible for over $2bn of revenue. While at Verizon he was responsible for winning the contract to supply the backbone for Janet5, the UK’s advanced research and education network.

Phil Male (Non-executive director)

Phil is an alumnus of UK2 Group, one of Europe’s largest hosting businesses, Phil is an alumnus of Imperial College in computing. He is a major innovator in the telecommunications industry having been the original Technical Director at Demon Internet. He went on to hold senior positions in Thus and Cable & Wireless and over the last 20 years he has held executive director positions in several FTSE companies. Phil has significant IPO and M&A experience, venture capital and private equity and has operated in start-ups through to global companies in disruptive technology and high growth environments.

Tim Wright (Non-executive director)

Tim works as a consultant with a range of organisations including National Audit Office, Lockheed Martin, Hewlett Packard and UK Government. Following senior IT positions with Halliburton Company and AMEC plc Tim became CIO and Digital Leader at the Department of Education where he drove major organisational transformation and delivered IT operational excellence for the coalition government right across the UK education sector. Using a wealth of experience of IT business change in both the public and private sectors he is particularly interested in building strong relationships between IT, external partners and the business to deliver value and operational efficiency.