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EuSpRIG 2014 Management Committee

Patrick O'Beirne, (Chair), Systems Modelling Ltd, Ireland
Angela Collins, (Secretary) Community Health Partnerships
Grenville Croll, (Previous Chair)
David Colver, (Treasurer) Operis PLC, UK
Pat Cleary, (Founder) Retired, Formerly University of Wales Institute, Cardiff, UK
Ray Butler, (Founder) Retired, Formerly Highways Agency, UK
David Chadwick, (Founder) University of Greenwich, UK
Simon Thorne, University of Wales Institute Cardiff School of Management, Department of Information Systems, UK (+44 2920 416398)
Jocelyn Ireson-Paine, Spreadsheet Factory, UK
David Ward, Baker Tilly, UK
Tie Cheng, Softeam, France
Morten Siersted, F1F9
Colin Kerr, Standard Life Assurance Limited
Felienne Hermans, Delft University of Technology

The EuSpRIG management committee is the main executive body. It meets monthly by teleconference to manage and plan EuSpRIG’s affairs. The Officers comprising Chairman, Treasurer, Secretary and the remaining committee members are nominated at a biennial AGM which occurs after the main conference to which all EuSpRIG delegates are invited. The present committee were nominated at the AGM in Paris on 3rd July 2009.

Committee member emails:

grenville at
dcolver at
pob at
D.R.Chadwick at
PMCleary at
Popx at
sthorne at
Chengtie at
David.Ward at
a.collins at
ray.butler at
felienne at
msiersted at
colinkerr.xls at

EuSpRIG 2014 Conference Organising Sub-Committee

Grenville Croll
Pat Cleary (Chair)
Patrick O’Beirne
David Colver
Simon Thorne

The Organising Sub committee plans and executes each EuSpRIG conference. They are responsible for organizing the venue, accommodation, catering, agenda, dinner, prizegiving and sponsorship. The chair of the organizing committee reports back to the management committee on a monthly basis.

EuSpRIG 2014 Conference Programme Sub-Committee

Grenville Croll
Jocelyn Ireson-Paine
Simon Thorne (Chair)
David Ward
David Colver

The Programme Sub Committee manages the peer review process for papers submitted to EuSpRIG. They liaise with likely, aspiring and regular authors, providing advice and guidance on the submission of papers and abstracts. The Programme chair despatches papers for peer review and manages the collation of reviews and feedback to authors. The committee provides advice and guidance on the acceptance and rejection of papers. The chair of the programme sub committee reports back to the management committee on a monthly basis.

Marketing Sub-Committee

Patrick O’Beirne (Chair)
Grenville Croll
David Colver
David Ward
Carol Orr (co-opted)

The Marketing Sub Committee meets by teleconference on an ad-hoc basis. The committee has been responsible for EuSpRIG’s new logo and website which were completed in November 2009 following extensive consultation. The committee is now focused on securing advertising and sponsorship for EuSpRIG and for coordinating marketing, advertising and sponsorship activities for the EuSpRIG 2012 conference.
The chair of the Marketing sub committee reports back to the management committee on an ad-hoc basis.


Ray Butler - EuSpRIG Founder

Ray Butler worked as an IS auditor for the UK Tax authorities for almost 30 years, during which time he trained tax inspectors in Information Systems audit and spreadsheet testing and was a member of the team that developed the SpACE spreadsheet testing methodology and software tool. He is a founding member and past chair of the European Spreadsheet Risks Interest Group (EuSpRIG) and past president of ISACA's Northern England Chapter. He has written and spoken about IS and Spreadsheet auditing in UK and international publications and conferences. He was Head of Information Policy and Security at the UK Late Highways Agency. He is a Certified Information Systems Auditor
(CISA) and a Fellow of the Institute of Risk Management.

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Ray Butler

David R Chadwick - EuSpRIG Founder

David R. Chadwick, EuSpRIG founder member, presenting Alan Rust and Brian Bishop with the 2006 Student Prize. Alan and Brian delivered an excellent paper on their work concerning software for the testing of spreadsheet formulae.

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David R Chadwick

Pat Cleary - EuSpRIG Founder & EuSpRIG 2010 Organising Chair

Pat had 30 years industrial experience mainly in supply chain and ICT related roles before entering academia at University of Wales Institute Cardiff (UWIC) as a senior lecturer in Information Systems. His research interests are:

• information systems development methodologies
• E-Commerce particularly in developing countries
• the management of the risks associated with the use of spreadsheets

He supervises research students in all three areas and is a founder member of EuSpRIG.

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Pat Cleary

Grenville J Croll

Grenville J. Croll is a specialist in spreadsheets, spreadsheet applications and spreadsheet risk research. He has extensive experience in business management and has consulted in the areas of risk management, monte carlo simulation, project management, financial modelling, financial forecasting and food process optimisation. He is the previous chairman of EuSpRIG, the spreadsheet risks research organisation. His recent work in Software Engineering, Theoretical Physics and Cryptography is published on, Cornell University’s moderated scientific repository.

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Grenville Croll

Patrick R O’Beirne – EuSpRIG Chairman

Patrick has 40 years of professional experience, 25 of them in his own company Systems Modelling Ltd. in Ireland. His current focus is on spreadsheet quality assessment and training. He is the author of 'Spreadsheet Check and Control', ISBN 190540400X, and software tools.

He is a Fellow of the Irish Computer Society; was the chair 2004-2007 of the European Spreadsheet Risk Interest Group (EuSpRIG), and the chair of the Software Testing Interest Group in Ireland (SoftTest).

He has extensive experience in general IT consultancy, systems selection, and software maintenance for businesses.

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Patrick R O’Beirne

David Colver - EuSpRIG Treasurer

David Colver is Joint Chief Executive of Operis, a London-based firm engaged in various activities involving financial modelling.

Previously he worked for Strategic Planning Associates, a Washington-based strategic management consultancy that is now part of Oliver Wyman, and before that spent eight years in the corporate finance department of N M Rothschild, specialising initially in the analysis of major projects in the natural resources sector, turning later to the privatisations on which that bank was a prominent adviser.

David holds a degree in Computer Science from Christ’s College, Cambridge. He has also completed the Corporate Finance Programme of the London Business School, and the Owner-President Management Programme of the Harvard Business School.

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Angela Collins - EuSpRIG Secretary

Angela is a Finance Manager (Modelling) at Community Health Partnerships. She has a wide range of financial modelling experience gained both in practice and industry. She has particular expertise in building and reviewing complex valuation and PFI/Infrastructure models. Angela works closely with a large team of non-modellers and is especially interested in improving the modelling skills of non-technicians.

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Angela Collins

Morten Siersted

Morten Siersted is the Chief Executive of F1F9 and co-creator of the spreadsheet engineering system known as the FAST Standard. He has unrivalled experience in developing robust and efficient spreadsheet modelling processes, modelling teams and capacity for both F1F9 and its clients.

Morten started his career as a project finance modeller with a number of private sector companies and banks. In 1999 he co-founded F1F9 to deliver financial modelling training to the project finance market. In 2005 Morten established F1F9’s own modelling team in New Delhi, which now comprises over 30 modellers and is among the world’s largest spreadsheet development groups.

Morten Siersted
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Simon Thorne - EuSpRIG 2010 Programme Chair

Dr Simon Thorne is a Lecturer in information systems and computing at the University of Wales Institute Cardiff. Simon completed his PhD in 2008 on the subject of alternative modelling techniques for the reduction of error in decision support spreadsheets. He has presented papers at EuSpRIG, Sprig and the spreadsheet track of the Hawaii International Conference on Systems Science. Simon continues to research and supervise students in the emerging discipline of spreadsheet research.

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Simon Thorne
A youthful Simon Thorne accepting the 2004 David Chadwick prize from Ray Butler in 2004 at Magdelsberg, Austria. Professor Roland Mittermeir looks on from the left.


Tie Cheng

Tie Cheng holds a first class Master 1’s Degree in Computer Science from the University of Paris 6, and a Master’s Degree in Science and Executive Engineering from Mines Paristech, where his major was Management of Information Systems.

After graduation, he joined Total in Belgium as SAP process expert where he supervised the evolution and implementation of SAP in sales offices, plants and subsidiaries. He then moved to the UK and joined UBS Investment Bank as a quantitative analyst. His job involved various applications developed in different languages, including spreadsheets. As a result he has a particular sensibility about how different technologies are chosen and applied in the industry. He moved back to France in September 2009, and now pursues a PhD in Computer Science in École Normale Supérieure Paris and École Polytechnique. Tie Cheng’s current research interests cover abstract interpretation based formal methods, program verification, static analysis of software, functional programming and spreadsheets.

Tie Cheng joined the EuSpRIG Committee in September 2009. His ambitions are to bring more diversity to the group, to promote spreadsheet risk awareness and to contribute to development of related industrial & academic research.

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Tie Cheng

Colin Kerr

Colin Kerr is an Actuary at Standard Life Assurance Limited. He moved to their systems department early in his actuarial training, just as punched cards were disappearing, and progressed to mainframe Systems Designer, having learnt Assembler and Cobol on the way. At the start of the new millenium a shortage of actuaries, brought about by the mandatory Pensions Sales Review, tempted him away to actuarial work. He developed a specialist interest in Excel/VBA, and saw an opportunity to apply software engineering practice into spreadsheet development. Most recently was working on Solvency 2. At the July 2012 EuSpRIG conference he presented "Hands-Off Spreadsheets".

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Colin Kerr

Felienne Hermans

Felienne is a researcher at the Delft University of Technology. She recently graduated and her PhD thesis centers around techniques to extract information from spreadsheets and present that in a visual way, to support users in improving and understanding them. In 2010 Felienne founded Infotron, a start up that uses the algorithms developed during the PhD project to analyze spreadsheet quality for large companies. In her spare time, Felienne volunteers as a judge for the First Lego League, a world wide technology competition for kids.

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Felienne Hermans
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