Interview with Mark Holford

Mark Holford trained as a solicitor and worked in two practices before joining Thomas Miller as a claims executive and underwriter in 1978. He worked closely with the company’s IT Director to develop applications using pc and minicomputer technology. He helped to build Thomas Miller’s reputation as a leader in the use of IT in insurance.  He was the first person in his firm outside the IT department with a pc on his desk. He used Borland software to build spreadsheets for the company where he worked for 36 years. He can, says his wife, spot when the results of a calculation are wrong rather than just trust the technology. He is constantly searching for new applications for IT.

He helped to found one of the dot-coms still surviving in the shipping industry, ShipServ, a service to provision ships. He created a campaign to create awareness of Y2K issues in the transport industry: ship2000.com. He is a member of and past chair of the Real-time club, the world’s oldest IT dining club. He was the master in 2020/21 of the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists (WCIT). During the lockdown, as master of WCIT, he helped it prosper in the new virtual world. He is an avid user of new technologies always looking for interesting and beneficial applications. 

He is chair and shareholder of Klipboard, an enterprise mobility platform for business with a securer tablet app. He is an enthusiastic collector of contemporary glass. 

Mark was interviewed by Richard Sharpe for Archives of IT.