Sam Trendall, Editor, PublicTechnology (Summit Chair)
Sam Trendall is editor of PublicTechnology, the UK’s leading source of daily news and analysis for anyone interested in how the public sector is using technology and digital platforms to transform citizen services. Sam has been a technology journalist for over 10 years and worked for various IT and business publications before joining PublicTechnology in June 2017.
Daniel Patefield, Head of Programme, Cyber and National Security, techUK
Daniel has been Head of Programme, Cyber and National Security at techUK since February 2020, having previously been a Programme Manager working across Cyber and Central Government Programmes.
Lord Arbuthnot of Edrom, Chairman of the Information Security Advisory Council
Lord (James) Arbuthnot is Chairman of Electricity Resilience, a new venture to improve resilience in the event of power outages, and of the Advisory Board of Thales (UK), a defence and technology company, and a director of Gusbourne Estates, an English wine company.
He is Chairman of the Nuffield Trust for the Forces of the Crown, of the Information Assurance Advisory Council and of the Airey Neave Trust and an Advisory Board member of Montrose Associates and of RUSI. From 1987 to 2015 he was a Conservative MP, serving as a Government Whip, Pensions Minister, Minister of State for Defence Procurement, Opposition Chief Whip, and from 2005 to 2014 Chairman of the Defence Select Committee. He became a member of the House of Lords in 2015.
Before becoming an MP James practised at the Chancery Bar. He is married to Emma, the Senior District Judge of England and Wales.
Rebecca Chapman, Police Superintendent and Director, North East Business Resilience Centre
Rebecca is a Superintendent with 27 years policing experience across uniform and CID disciplines, both at a District level and Central Departments such as Intelligence, Legal Services, Performance, Policy, Criminal Justice and Custody. She has a keen interest in collaboration and the cyber world, having worked on many collaborative projects, she has a proven track record of delivery as a project manager. Rebecca is a Firearms commander, Post Incident Manager, CBRN commander and works for the South Yorkshire Force. She is currently seconded to the North East Transformation, Innovation and collaboration (NETIC) team working on collaboration opportunities in digital forensics, cyber volunteers and forensic Collison. Rebecca is married to a fellow officer, lives in Sheffield, has two teenage children and a dog.
Gus Tugendhat, Founder, Tussell
Matthew Gould, CEO NHSX
Matthew is the CEO for NHSX, a new body set up to ensure that staff and patients have the technology they need. He has said his priorities are to reduce the burden on clinicians, to put services and information into the hands of citizens, and to ensure that clinicians can safely access patient data from wherever they are in the system.
For the past 3 years, he has been the Government's Director-General for Digital and Media Policy. Before that he was British Ambassador to Israel, where he set up the UK-Israel Tech Hub, and the UK Government's Director of Cyber Security. As well as Israel, he has done postings in Tehran, Islamabad, Washington and Manila.
Matthew is married with two daughters. He is a keen but incompetent show-jumper
Dr Claudia Natanson, Information and Cyber Security Specialist
Dr Claudia Natanson is a highly respected information and cyber security professional and thought leader within the international arena. A recognised top technology influencer by the Financial Times, her experience and expertise covers diverse industry sectors, FTSE 100, Fortune 500, government and growing organisations. She is Founder of the Corporate Executive Programme (CEP), a body that unites senior decision-makers from leading companies and public sector organisations across the world to discuss business impacting risks, and security related issues and threats. She is a European Commission security expert and has served as board, steering committee member and programme chair for the Forum of Incident Response and Security Teams (FIRST).
Matt Warman MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Minister for Digital Infrastructure), Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Matt Warman was appointed as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport on 26 July 2019.
He was an Assistant Government Whip from 23 April 2019 to 25 July 2019.
Jamie Davies, Public Sector Sales Manager, Egress Software Technologies
An experienced member of the Egress Team, Jamie uses his considerable information security expertise to help enterprise organisations to achieve key business aims by overcoming secure data sharing and collaboration challenges. Jamie has experience in working with both SMEs and global organisations, providing guidance and advice, and implementing technology in their complex networks. Working alongside technical and strategic personnel at Egress, Jamie plays an integral part in the delivery of an innovative data security platform designed to mitigate risk by enabling users to securely share all forms of electronic data.
Richard Meeus, Director of Security Technology & Strategy EMEA, Akamai
Richard is Akamai’s EMEA Director of Security Technology and Strategy. With over 20 years’ experience, Richard is responsible for designing and building secure solutions for some of the world’s most influential organisations. Starting out as a hardware engineer, his career has progressed alongside the tech industry as a whole, transitioning from a hardware to a software focus.
Richard is an industry expert in cloud computing, enterprise software and network security. During his time at Akamai, Mirapoint and Prolexic, he has had a strategic role across a broad range of projects including the deployment of DDoS solutions for multinational organisations to protect critical infrastructure and sensitive data. He is a chartered member of the BCS, CISSP, and is a thought leader in the industry.
Simon Fell MP, Chair, APPG on Cyber Security
Simon Fell is the Member of Parliament for Barrow & Furness. First elected in 2019, Simon sits on the Home Affairs Select Committee and Chairs the APPG on Cyber Security. Prior to entering Parliament, Simon was the Director of External Affairs at Cifas, a not-for-profit organisation focussed on tacking fraud and financial crime, and also Chair of the Barrow & District Credit Union.
Irfan Hemani, Deputy Director for Cyber Security, DCMS
Irfan is Deputy Director for Cyber Security at the UK’s Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. He is also the author of the Harvard Belfer Center’s National Cyber Power Index, as well a non-executive Director at a UK not for profit organization focusing on Health and Mental Wellbeing in local communities. Previously, he worked in Deloitte’s Technology Risk Advisory team.
Graham Farrant, Chief Executive, Bournemouth, Christchurch & Poole Council
Graham Farrant has been Chief Executive of the new Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council since 1 January 2019. He has worked to ensure a smooth transition from the four preceding councils to the new Unitary Authority - BCP Council - which is one of the largest in the country and serves a clearly defined urban population in the three towns.
Previously he was Chief Executive and Chief Land Registrar at HM Land Registry. During that time he worked to create a more efficient, highly automated and faster-moving organisation with clarity of purpose and a new corporate strategy to focus on maximising the coverage of the Register and maintaining the integrity of the Register. Graham led the strategic review within HM Land Registry and a wide-ranging transformation programme and built stronger relationships across government and the wider conveyancing industry as a whole, including with local government.
Joseph Byrne, CIPP/E, CIPM Privacy Solutions Engineer, OneTrust
Joseph Byrne serves as a Privacy Solutions Engineer at OneTrust – the #1 most widely used privacy, security and trust technology platform. In his role, Joseph advises companies large and small on EU GDPR, California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), Brazil LGPD, and hundreds of the world's privacy laws, focused on formulating efficient and effective responses to data protection requirements as well as building and scaling privacy programmes. Joseph is a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/E, CIPM) and earned a degree in Engineering from the University of Leeds.
Professor Keith Mayes PhD BSc CEng FIET ACIIS, Director of the Information Security Group, Royal Holloway, University of London
Professor Keith Mayes is a professor of information security and Director of the Information Security Group (ISG) at Royal Holloway University of London. He is an active researcher with 150+ publications. Research interests are diverse, including, mobile communications, smart cards/RFIDS, the Internet of Things, and embedded systems. Keith joined the ISG in 2002, originally as the Founder Director of the ISG Smart Card Centre, following a long career in industry with Pye, Honeywell, Racal and Vodafone. Keith is a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, a Founder Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Information Security, a Member of the Licensing Executives Society and an experienced company director and consultant. He is active in the UK All Party Parliamentary Group on Cyber Security, an Adjunct Professor at the University of Maryland Baltimore County, a Director for the International Cyber Security Centre of Excellence, and a mentor for the London Office for Rapid Cybersecurity Advancement.
Dr Mariarosaria Taddeo, Associate Professor and Senior Research Fellow, Oxford Internet Institute
Julian Knight MP, Chair, Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee
Julian Knight is the Conservative MP for Solihull and has represented the constituency since 2015. He was elected Chair of the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee in January 2020, having been a member of the committee in the previous parliamentary term.
Julian joined the Government in 2018 as a Parliamentary Private Secretary at the Ministry of Justice.
Prior to entering the House of Commons Julian was a personal finance journalist, first at the BBC and latterly at the Independent as personal finance editor. He is also the author of several non-fiction books on pensions, financial planning, and cricket.
John Green, Head of Consultancy – Cyber Security, Six Degrees
John joined Six Degrees recently and brings with him an extensive cyber security pedigree, advising C-suite levels on cyber security strategy across global and complex businesses. John has held positions such as Chief Technology Officer and Chief Information Security Officer across financial, government, and retail organisations over his 25 year career in technology and cybersecurity, and has worked with clients including Vodafone, Oxford Brooks University, Lloyds Bank and Red Bull. In his role at Six Degrees, John heads up the customer-facing Cyber Security Consultancy Services with a team of consultants.
Amo Kalar, Head of Strategic Influence & External Engagement, Cyber at Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Amo is Head of Strategic Influence & External Engagement, Cyber at Foreign and Commonwealth Office, with particular expertise relating to national security, diplomacy and trade promotion. He has also developed a research consultancy business and chaired one of the UK's foremost mental health charities.