Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Bernard Melson – Chairman

Bernard Melson has worked with small and large organizations alike to define, implement and execute strategies and plans linked to the needs of business, its overall owners and shareholders’ goals. Working alongside key individuals, he has brought about necessary and desired change to bring efficiencies that improve the way companies work and to realize an increased return on their investment.

With over 40 years’ experience in IT and business, Bernard has developed a strong set of skills from his time working in the banking, legal, manufacturing and legal sectors.

Most recently, Bernard turned around Testing Solutions Group before selling it in an MBO to his then management team in 2016.

An experienced player, Bernard strives to bring about the results that key stakeholders desire, be they business owners, charitable trusts or commercial organizations.

Mac Miller – Deputy Chairman

Mac is a Programme Test Manager and has over 35 years IT experience in various roles and is a founder member of the TMMi Foundation. He holds ISEB Foundation and Practitioner Certificates in Software Testing and is also a trained CMMi assessor. Mac also has certification in ITIL Service Management and is a Prince2 Practitioner. He has also taken part in a number of CMM and TMM based assessments with a number of organizations.

Geoff Thompson – Company Secretary

Geoff is one of the founder members of the TMMi Foundation; he is focused on improving the way we test and sees TMMi as a direct influence in this goal. As a the UK Managing Director of Planit Ltd he encourages all of his clients to improve the way they work. He is a founder member of the International Software Testing Qualification Board (ISTQB) and is currently the Chairman of The UK Testing Board. He co-authored the bestselling Software Testing book on – BCS book Software Testing – An ISTQB foundation. He is also is Vice Chairperson for the BCSSIGIST. In 2008 Geoff was awarded the European Testing Excellence Award, and in 2015 he was also awarded the Software Testing Lifetime Achievement Award.

Fran O’Hara – Chief Finance Officer

Fran is (co)founder and director of Insight Test Services, providing test consulting, training and managed test services; Insight Consulting, providing process improvement services; and RPI Alliance, advancing process improvement know-how. He specializes in pragmatic approaches to process improvement with a particular emphasis on people issues. Fran is a regular speaker at conferences, including ICSTest, SofTest, BCS SIGiST, EuroSTAR, European SEPG and the U.S. SEPG. He is an ISEB/ISTQB tutor, a trained SEI CMM lead assessor and TickIT auditor, a fellow of the Irish Computer Society and co-founder of the Irish SIG in Software Testing.

Erik van Veenendaal – Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Management Executive

Erik van Veenendaal ( – former vice president of the International Software Testing Qualifications Board (ISTQB) – is a leading international consultant and trainer, and a recognized expert in the area of software testing and requirement engineering. He is the author of a number of books and papers within the profession, one of the core developers of the TMap testing methodology, a participant in working parties of the International Requirements Engineering Board (IREB). He is one of the founding members of the TMMi Foundation, the lead developer of the TMMi model and currently leading the TMMi and Agile project. Erik is a frequent keynote and tutorial speaker at international testing and quality conferences. For his major contribution to the field of testing, Erik received the European Testing Excellence Award (2007) and the ISTQB International Testing Excellence Award (2015).

Lev Lesokhin – Advisor

Lev Lesokhin is responsible for CAST’s market development, strategy, thought leadership and product marketing worldwide. He has a passion for making customers successful, building the ecosystem, and advancing the state of the art in business technology. Lev comes to CAST from SAP, where he was Director, Global SME Marketing. Prior to SAP, Lev was at the Corporate Executive Board as one of the leaders of the Applications Executive Council, where he worked with the heads of applications organizations at Fortune 1000 companies to identify best management practices.

Lev also served three years as a consultant at McKinsey & Company, dealing with issues of business strategy, IT management, metrics and outsourcing. He began his career at the MITRE Corporation before moving to the private sector, where he spent several years as a developer and project manager, and has managed large client relationships for a systems integrator. Lev holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management.

Bill Curtis – Advisor

Dr. Bill Curtis is an industry luminary who is responsible for influencing CAST’s scientific and strategic direction, as well as helping CAST educate the IT market to the importance of managing and measuring the quality of its software. He is best known for leading development of the Capability Maturity Model (CMM) which has become the global standard for evaluating the capability of software development organizations. Bill has a passion for software analysis and measurement because, after improving development process, it is the next wave of software engineering improvement.
Prior to joining CAST, Bill was a Co-Founder of TeraQuest, the global leader in CMM-based services, which was acquired by Borland. Prior to TeraQuest, he directed the Software Process Program at the Software Engineering Institute (SEI) at Carnegie Mellon University. Prior to the SEI he directed research on intelligent user interface technology and the software design process at MCC, the fifth generation computer research consortium in Austin, Texas. Before MCC he developed a software productivity and quality measurement system for ITT, managed research on software practices and metrics at GE Space Division, and taught statistics at the University of Washington. Bill holds a Ph.D. from Texas Christian University, an M.A. from the University of Texas, and a B.A. from Eckerd College. He was recently elected a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers for his contributions to software process improvement and measurement.

Steve Connell – Advisor

Steve formed and continues to lead the Home Office Technology, Test Design and Consultancy Services (TDCS) function, that now shares professional, public sector-side QA and Test services across a number of government departments in the UK. Civil servants lead the team of circa 350 QAT specialists with productive partnerships formed with the private sector, helping to bring further scale, value and innovation. Steve is a strong believer in developing and investing in people and capabilities in order to deliver strong business performance. The service was the first in the UK to attain TMMi Level 5 accreditation in 2012 and the team have since built on this to create innovative automation, performance and integration methods and frameworks across large scale agile delivery environments and are currently developing a broader QA function.
-2014 TDCS Team Winners of the European Software Testing Award
-2012 Winner of the BCS UK IT Industry Award for IT Manager of the Year

Brian Wells

Brian Wells – Advisor

Brian has worked as a senior consultant within organizations at various levels since 1997. This includes assessment of maturity of current test and quality related processes using TMM, defining and implementing achievable process improvements and robust metrics measurement programmes. He is a founder member of the TMMi Foundation. He has been engaged as a speaker for a number of different events throughout Europe covering a wide range of testing subjects. He is an accredited TMMi Lead Assessor, holds ISEB Foundation and Practitioner Certificates in Software Testing and is a certified ISEB trainer and a trained CMM assessor. He is also co-author of “Test Maturity Model Integration – Guidelines for test Process Improvement” and is now based in France.

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