Professor Martyn Harrow

Chief executive - Jisc

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Martyn leads Jisc and its people. In particular he is implementing the recommendations of the Wilson Review to see Jisc and its related companies smoothly transition to new legal, governance and funding arrangements. He is achieving this while, at the same time, raising Jisc’s profile within the education and research communities. Highlighting ICT issues and the innovative use of digital technologies at the highest levels.


Previously director of information services at Cardiff University, Martyn has extensive experience in both the public and private sectors. His career began in local government where he held a senior role at Avon County Council. Subsequently he was chief information officer for several international companies within Unilever.

At various times he was responsible for IT across the USA, Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia. Before joining Cardiff University, Martyn was vice-president IT for a global company within ICI.  

Martyn is a member of the Jisc board and a former director of Jisc Collections and Jisc Advance.

Media coverage

Putting digital top of the agenda
University Business, October 2014

New computer network for universities launched
Times Higher Education, November 2013