Sir Bill Thomas
Sir Bill Thomas spent 25 years working in diverse roles in Systems Designers, SD-Scicon and their acquirer, Electronic Data Systems. The British companies merged into and, some would say, transformed the US giant, EDS, and Bill eventually ran the EMEA operation and then oversaw its transition into Hewlett Packard Enterprise Services. Bill was determined in his youth to study Mathematics and work in Defence, inspired by his father’s service career. He combined an active passion for sport with doing enough at school to get started on his career plan and had early roles in mathematical modelling and signal processing, first in Marconi and then SD.
Within EDS, Bill applied his skills to business management and achieved a notable success in a ground-breaking transformation deal with Rolls Royce. Building on that success he was involved in developing the EDS business model, then managing a large part of the company, becoming the first British member of the Executive Committee. Since 2009 Bill has pursued a portfolio career as chair and NED in tech and other businesses and charitable bodies. He was an advisor to the Labour party in opposition on defence procurement and small businesses. He was knighted in the 2020 New Year Honours list.