Spectra Expands Leadership Team

We are delighted to announce that Spectra are expanding our leadership team. Our Chief Science Officer, Dr Dan Sprague, is extending his role to include Chief Technology Officer, and we have three new team members: Chris Crowther (Chief Information Officer), Steve Williams (Head of Business Development) and Dr Ben Brown (Chief Medical Officer). These appointments will significantly strengthen Spectra’s expertise in Security and Defence, Finance and Healthcare. Their extensive experience will also support Spectra’s ambitious growth plans.

Dr Daniel Sprague

Chief Technology Officer & Chief Science Officer

dan_sprague2In his CTO role, Dan leads Spectra’s technology and software delivery. A full-stack developer, Dan has extensive experience in developing and managing production level systems, database design, system testing architectures, and implementing security protocols. He is also experienced in front-end software development and UX design. As CSO, Dan leads the Data Science / Artificial Intelligence team. He is an expert in statistical modelling and machine learning. He also acts as an external academic supervisor for PhD/MSc students at the University of Warwick.
Dan holds a PhD in Complexity Science from the University of Warwick where he also obtained an MSc in Complexity Science. Previously he read Physics (MPhys) at the University of Oxford. He is also a Certified Prince2 Practitioner with experience of Agile project management.

Chris Crowther

Chief Information Officer

chris_crowther2Chris has over 25 years’ experience in the information assurance and security domain. He is uniquely qualified to understand the evolving threat environment, as well as having an exceptional track record of driving and delivering change in complex organisations. He is a global digital leader with senior experience with the UK military and other Government Departments, US Military and Federal Government, the United Nations, KPMG and Airbus. Amongst a plethora of awards and accolades from the UK and US, Chris’ contribution to the world of Information Risk was recognised in 2016 by his qualification as a CESG Certified Professional Lead Security and Information Risk Advisor. Chris is co-founder and chair for the West of England Cyber Cluster.

Steve Williams

Head of Business Development

steve_williams2Steve is an established leader with over 30 years experience in the capital markets and an extensive background in technology infrastructures. He is the General Manager of DXC Fixnetix. Previously Steve was Global COO for Equities Electronic Markets at Citigroup and General Manager for BNP Securities where he oversaw the firm’s Japanese business and headed all equities trading across the region.

Dr Ben Brown

Chief Medical Officer

ben_brown2Ben is a practising General Practitioner (GP), and expert in developing advanced analytic clinical software. In addition to his medical training, Ben has qualifications in health informatics (PhD), public health (MPH), and leadership (MSc). Ben’s unique career provides him with insights into the challenges of day-to-day clinical practice, combined with the skills to harness data science to address them. This has allowed him to build a strong track record of developing software implemented into NHS clinical practice. His work has been published in over 40 peer reviewed scientific papers, and has won awards from the International Medical Informatics Association, British Computer Society, and Royal College of General Practitioners.