Nicholas (Nic) Birtles
Nic Birtles left university after a boring year for more exciting work in the emerging IT industry. He programmed a LEO machine; successor to the first business computer. Like many who led the growth of the 20th century industry, he soon moved into sales and thence senior management with some of the iconic names of the early industry, including Burroughs in Canada and then ComShare, selling its computer power over telephone lines.
He was headhunted by Ingres, the innovative relational database competitor to Oracle. He was in Silicon Valley for the dotcom boom and bust. Since 2002, Nic has held a portfolio of non-executive roles with growth companies, most recently fundraising for an innovative aircraft design from Aeralis. Nic is a Past Master of the City of London IT Livery Company (WCIT) , where he actively supports their charitable initiatives.