Professor Martyn Harrow

Chief executive - Jisc


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.


Martyn has extensive strategic experience in both public and private sectors.  Before taking up his position as head of Jisc in February 2012, he was director of information services at Cardiff University where he was responsible not only for IT but also the university’s library service, media centre and high performance computing. Previous to that role, Martyn led ICT for global companies within Unilever and ICI. At various times he was responsible for IT across the USA, Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia while based in the UK and the Netherlands.  He also has experience in local government, having held a senior role at Avon County Council.

Martyn holds a degree in maths with statistics and computing from the University of Bath, and is a member of various professional societies including the British Computer Society and the Institute of Management Services. He also sits on the Universities Modernisation Fund cloud advisory group.

Martyn knows Jisc well as he benefits from long-standing experience on the Jisc board and is a director of Jisc Advance and Jisc Collections. 

Media coverage

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