The Leadership Team

Advisory Board

Illustrious. Distinguished. Acclaimed. Rarely do such a group of eminent personalities come together to blaze a trail so bright and to set a guiding force so powerful. A lifetime of experience and expertise they bring defines who we are, our path, and our vision.

Andrew Buxton

Andrew Buxton

Chairman of the Advisory Board

Andrew Buxton joined Barclays Bank in 1963 and retired in 1999 as Chairman of the bank. He has been a member of the Court of the Bank of England and President of the British Bankers Association. He served as a director of several companies, including Smithkline Beecham, Xansa plc, and the Development Bank of Singapore. He also served as chairman of the Saudi-British Business Council. He was made a companion of the order of St. Michael and St. George in 2003 for his services to international trade.

Sug Sahadevan

Sug Sahadevan

Founder & Vice Chairman

Sug started his working career as an Electronics Engineer with GCHQ, Cheltenham, and gradually progressed into programme management while working for Digital Equipment Corporation, Bank of America, Centrica, and Deutsche Bank. He founded Testhouse in 2000 and currently focuses on its global expansion. Sug is involved in a number of charitable and CSR activities. Sug holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electronics Engineering from the University of Ulster in Coleraine, Northern Ireland.

Mark Bedford

Mark Bedford

Member of the Advisory Board

Mark has over 34 years of experience in IT, General Management, Sales, Professional Services, new product release and development, marketing, and people management. He has engaged with several organisations looking to determine the future of technology, enabled companies to improve their profitability, and helped investors determine the viability of technologies. Mark has worked for Microsoft, SAP, Computer Associates, VMware, and other Software and Services companies in various leadership roles.

Graham Smith

Graham Smith

Member of the Advisory Board

Graham started his career in Insurance and went on to work in change delivery, delivering several major change programmes. He moved on to work with a few consulting organisations before setting up his own consultancy in 2009 with like-minded individuals. This business was successful and was eventually acquired in 2017. After advising on the integration, Graham took on a role as a non-executive director. He now advises several companies on their strategy and delivery.

Barry Varley

Barry Varley

Member of the Advisory Board

Barry has been actively engaged in the IT and consulting sectors since the early 1980s. He worked for many years in the mobile telecommunications industry before moving into management consulting and becoming the Head of Practice for a large European company. In 2002, he took on the role of Managing Director of Acutest, helping build it from a small start-up organisation to one of the UK’s leading software testing consultancies.

Executive Management

With 100+ years of exclusive software testing and QA experience among them, Testhouse's visionary leadership are all still a bunch of passionate testers as much as they are entrepreneurs. They have ears on the ground on all the latest technology shifts and QA trends and regularly roll up their sleeves and hit testing platforms and lead debates, events, seminars etc.

Ani Gopinath

Ani Gopinath

Chief Executive Officer

Ani has been involved with Testhouse since its formation, started as a technical consultant specialising in performance testing, and served as the global COO with overall responsibility for UK operations and project delivery globally. Ani is an experienced test practitioner and trainer with over 25 years of experience. Ani has led Testhouse project engagements with IBM, Capgemini, CSC, and Logica CMG. Ani holds a bachelor’s degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from the University of Kerala, India.

Thomas George

Thomas George

Chief Delivery Officer

Thomas is a result-oriented IT professional who guides and mentors global clients and teams on digital delivery and hyper-automation. Well versed in transforming and coaching global clients on their Agile/DevOps transformation journey, he has helped clients establish Testing Center of Excellence and Quality Engineering practices to support enterprise-level bi-modal IT practices. He was part of the ISO/IEC JTC1/SC7 Working Group 7 & has contributed to the latest revisions of ISO 12207 and ISO 15288.

Ajith Kumar

Ajith Kumar

Chief Operations Officer

Ajith is a visionary global HR leader and an expert in HR, & Organizational Transformation and Change Management. In his experience that spans over two decades, he has held leadership roles at companies including IBM, Lenovo, UST, and Ivy Technology. An IIM Bangalore alumnus, Ajith has made it to the list of the 30 best HR leaders in India by the World HRD Congress. He provides strategic leadership for the organizational growth of Testhouse and leads Global HR & Talent Management Strategies.

Paul David Griffiths

Paul David Griffiths

Global Chief Financial Officer

Paul's career is marked by a diverse background and a proven track record of success in various leadership roles. He has a wealth of experience in finance, operations and business development domain and his expertise extends to blockchain, AI, legal affairs and strategic planning. Paul's strategic thinking, financial acumen and operational proficiency has been a driving factor for the growth of various organizations he has been associated with. He has served leadership roles at organizations like Consilience Group Ltd.

George Ukkuru

George Ukkuru

Chief Solutions Officer

George is a performance-driven and seasoned technologist with over 20 years of Quality Engineering experience. He has worked with several Fortune 500 customers to implement Agile Testing Practices like behaviour-driven testing for Functional and Non-Functional Testing, Synthetic Data Generation, Intelligent Reporting and Bots. He has led the Testing and devOps practice at Marlabs, with a special focus on capability development and delivery. George holds a degree in Computer Science & Engineering and a Post Graduate Diploma in IT Management.

Shruti Mishra

Shruti Mishra

Chief Revenue Officer

Shruti Mishra is an accomplished leader with extensive experience in the IT, Fintech, and telecom domains. With a proven track record of consistently delivering results throughout her career, she has built strong and enduring relationships with clients and partners across the globe. Shruti is keen on building relationships and working across cultures and geographies. She has held senior management positions with leading companies such as Huawei, Mutel, Mahindra, and Zaggle.

Malini Valsala

Malini Valsala

Chief Information Officer

Malini joined Testhouse India as one of its founder members and has continued with the journey. Malini started as a tester and executed projects for Testhouse India and then Testhouse UK, after which she started in management. Initially in Test management, then into Delivery Management, and now the Chief Information Officer. She holds a Master’s degree in Computer Applications.

Peter Thompson

Peter Thompson

Director - Australia

Peter is an experienced IT Team Leader, combining over 30 years’ experience in software testing and Quality Assurance with global multi-functional teams in Great Britain, New Zealand, India, and Australia. Peter has headed and advised quality assurance in companies including Barclays Bank, Westpac Banking Corp., Symbian Telecoms, and Bank of New Zealand. Peter has successfully delivered business programmes with high-quality and low-cost solutions.

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