Mark Taylor

Company: Sirius

Job Title: CEO

Mark is Founder and CEO of Sirius, and a veteran of the Open Source world.
Founded in 1998, Sirius is now the UK's Open Source flagship, serving Central and Local Government, Big Business, and the NHS with massive and innovative Open Source solutions.

In 2004 Mark founded the Open Source Consortium, which he lead as President for the first 4 years bringing Open Source Advocacy front and centre to the Government of the day.

After resigning from the OSC Mark acted in an advisory role to George Osborne, Liam Maxwell, and the team that would bring Open Source, Open Standards and Open Data as THE central plank of the incoming Coalition Government’s Technology and Digital Policy.

From 2011 Mark chaired the Cabinet Office’s ‘New Suppliers to Government’ Working Group, instrumental in generating the new ideas leading to GCloud, the Digital Marketplace, and other breakthroughs in enabling Technology SMEs to gain a bigger share of Central and Local Government business.

In 2016 Sirius brought the first ever Open Source security product, StrongSwan, through CESG’s CPA security accreditation to have it certified for use at the highest level in Central Government, a world first.

Mark has spoken out around the world for well over a decade on the benefits of Open Source, has written numerous articles, and has been widely quoted in the press. These days he spends his time with organisation like the Food Standards Agency, Greater London Authority, GCHQ, Europol, The National Grid, RS Components, Gatwick Airport, the NHS, and many others pushing Open Source software deep into the heart of the Enterprise…

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