Board of directors

Fundamental to good governance and the strategic direction of the group is ensuring the board has a diverse balance of skills, experience and knowledge. You can find out more about each of Gattaca’s board members below.


Patrick Shanley – Chairman

Appointment Group and Board: December 2015


Skills and experience

Patrick has extensive boardroom experience and is currently Chairman of chemicals business, Accsys Technologies. Patrick has previously been CFO of Courtaulds plc and Acordis bv, CEO of Corsadi bv, Chairman of Cordenka Investments bv and of Finacor bv. Patrick began his career working for British Coal where he qualified as a chartered management accountant. He has a strong operational, restructuring, merger and acquisition background within a manufacturing environment.



Keith Lewis – Chief Operating Officer


Group: July 1993

Board: September 2012


Skills and experience

Keith is a fellow of the Institute of Recruitment Professionals who joined the business in 1993 as a senior consultant, before progressing to his current position. Keith is also on the steering committee for the Engineering and Technical sector at the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC).



Salar Farzad – Chief Financial Officer

Appointment Group and Board: June 2017


Skills and experience

Salar joined the company from Zodiak Media, a television production company where he was Group Chief Financial Officer from 2014 to 2016.  Prior to this, Salar held senior financial roles at Macmillan Science and Education, 2Entertain, MTV Networks International and EMI. He qualified as an ACA with PricewaterhouseCoopers.



George Materna – Non-Executive Deputy Chairman

Appointment Group and Board: July 1984


Skills and experience

George has 40 years’ experience in the recruitment industry and is the founder of the Group, having founded Matchmaker Personnel in 1984 and Matchtech Engineering in 1990, before combining the two businesses in 2002 to form Matchtech Group plc. George is a fellow of both the Institute of Recruitment Professionals and the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.



Ric Piper – Senior Non-Executive Director

Appointment Group and Board: July 2006


Skills and experience

Ric read Economics at Cambridge University and qualified as a chartered accountant in 1977. He held senior finance roles in ICI, Citicorp, Logica and WS Atkins. He was Group Finance Director of WS Atkins from 1993 to 2002. Since 2003, he has operated at Board level and has advised on the growth and development of main market, AIM and privately owned companies. Ric is a partner at Restoration Partners and is a member of the Financial Reporting Review Panel.



Richard Bradford – Non-Executive Director

Appointment Group and Board: August 2011


Skills and experience

Richard has a background in solutions and services businesses. He was Chief Executive of AIM-listed Carlisle Group from 1997 to 2008, up to and including the merger to create Impellam Group, and subsequently Chief Executive of LPM Group. He is currently Chief Executive Officer of UK-based InHealth Group, a leading provider of diagnostics and imaging services.



Mark Mamone – Non-Executive Director

Appointment Group and Board: December 2016


Skills and Experience

Mark Mamone joined the board in December of 2016 and brings with him over 30 years of experience within the IT Industry.  Mark has held senior roles in a variety of organisations including British Telecommunications, Computer Science Corporation and BAE Systems.  Mark is currently the Group Chief Technology Officer at Serco, and the Chief Information Officer for the UK & Europe Local & Regional Government Division.  Mark’s experience and knowledge in the innovative use of Technology and Digital Transformation will build upon Gattaca’s existing Digital Marketing Strategy.



Roger Goodman – Non-Executive Director

Appointment Group and Board: April 2015


Skills and experience

Roger is the former Chairman of Networkers International plc and is currently Chairman of Apogee Corporation and a non-executive director of another private company. He was previously a Director of Asset Skills, one of the sector skills councils and was an executive director of MITIE Group plc from which he retired in 2012.