Philip French Profile
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Philip French

Philip is a senior IT professional, experienced in leadership positions such as IT Director / Chief Information Officer (CIO) and Chief Technology Officer (CTO). He has a particular focus on technology strategy, architecture and consultancy.

Adapta clients have included Asthma UK, Earthwatch, Letchworth Garden City Heritage Foundation, the Mental Health Foundation, Pony Club UK, SignHealth, the Royal Society, and the Thames Valley Environmental Records Centre.

Recent experience includes senior management roles at Sopra Steria and its public-private joint venture Shared Services Connected Ltd (SSCL), 2012-2016. Previously (2003-2012), Philip provided IT leadership as a senior civil servant in the Ministry of Justice (CTO) and the National Offender Management Service (CIO). Earlier, as Technical Director, Philip led the European professional services team for Software.com (later known as Openwave), specialising in email and related software, following a similar role with HP Consulting. He has travelled widely and worked overseas in the Americas, Europe and Asia, including having lived for three years in India as a British Council officer.

Philip has significant experience at board level in both commercial and voluntary organisations, as non-executive director, charity trustee and chairman. Philip is currently Chair of Trustees at Eduserv, a not-for-profit IT services business and Chairman at JUXT, a small software development company.

Philip holds several voluntary roles within the Church of England, from local to national levels: churchwarden, lay chair of Rochester Diocesan Synod, member of General Synod. He has advised both the Alzheimers' Society and the Church of England on IT strategy, information security, programme delivery and organisational design, on a voluntary basis. He has also been a school governor and the chair of trustees for Hands of Compassion, supporting primary education in Zambia.

Philip read Natural Sciences and Mathematics (MA MMath) at the University of Cambridge. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Directors, a Fellow of the British Computer Society and a Member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (FIoD FBCS MIET).