July 9th 2019 | Central London


Chi Onwurah MP

Chi Onwurah is a British Member of Parliament representing Newcastle upon Tyne Central and is also Shadow Minister for Industrial Strategy Science & Innovation.

From Sept 2015-October 2016 Chi was Shadow Minister for Culture and the Digital Economy. From Jan 2013 - Sept 2015 Chi was Shadow Cabinet Office Minister leading on cyber security, social entrepreneurship, civil contingency, open government and transparency. From Oct 2010 – Jan 2013 Chi was Shadow Minister for Innovation, Science & Digital Infrastructure working closely with the Science and business community, with industry on Broadband issues, and on the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill. Chi continues to encourage women in STEM.

Prior to Chi’s election to Parliament in May 2010 she worked as Head of Telecom's Technology at the UK regulator Ofcom focussing on the implications for competition and regulation of the services and technologies associated with Next Generation Networks.

Prior to Ofcom, Chi was a Partner in Hammatan Ventures, a US technology consultancy, developing the GSM markets in Nigeria and South Africa. Previously she was Director of Market Development with Teligent, a Global Wireless Local Loop operator and Director of Product Strategy at GTS.  She has also worked for Cable & Wireless and Nortel as Engineer, Project and Product Manager in the UK and France

Chi is a Chartered Engineer with a BEng in Electrical Engineering from Imperial College London and an MBA from Manchester Business School. She was born in Wallsend and attended Kenton Comprehensive School in Newcastle, where she was elected the school’s ‘MP’ in mock elections aged 17.

Twitter: @ChiOnwurah

Emil Lupu, Professor of Computer Systems Imperial College London and Deputy Director PETRAS IoT Hub

Emil Lupu is Professor of Computer Systems in the Department of Computing at Imperial College London. He leads the Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research and the Resilient Information Systems Security Group at Imperial College London. He serves as Associate Director with the Institute for Security Science and Technology and is the Deputy Director of the PETRAS IoT Security Research Hub – Cybersecurity of the Internet of Things. His research interests focus on the cyber security and resilience of systems including their physical, digital and human characteristics and their ability to continue operating even when they have been partially compromised. For further information please visit: rissgroup.org

Twitter: @LupuEmilC

Angela Parratt, Head of IT & Digital Services, Bath and North East Somerset Council

Angela is Head of IT & Digital Services at Bath and North East Somerset Council which includes the UNESCO world heritage City of Bath.

Local Government is fiscally challenged. Making recommendations on what public money to invest in cyber security compared to delivering front line services requires even more careful consideration when there is so little money about.

Council services support you, your friends and families in their everyday lives, from cradle to grave. Closer working with Health and other agencies enables Councils to deliver better, more integrated services, but this brings other challenges such as different security standards and protocols which are sector or organisation based.

Angela knows as we all do that it’s a case of 'when not if' - so investment decisions in cyber security have to be thought about in that context.

Her career to date spans Local Government, Health, Consultancy, Financial Services and Utilities.

Twitter: @bathnes

Vince Warrington, Global Assurance & Cyber Security Specialist

Vince Warrington is a leading Information Assurance and Cyber Security expert with over 15 years’ experience heading-up large-scale, organisation-wide IT and cyber security programmes for central Government departments, blue chip private companies and well-known voluntary organisations across the globe.

Vince is an influential member of the Information Assurance Advisory Council (IAAC) and the UK Cyber Security Forum. He is currently advising on strategies to encourage more young people to consider a career in cyber security - especially females and those on the Autism spectrum.

 Vince has recently helped to develop the internal Security Operation Centre and threat intelligence network for the Department of Work & Pensions along with its latest cyber security strategy. He has also delivered successful business change in cyber security programmes and IT security operations for organisations including the Metropolitan Police Service, Foreign & Commonwealth Office, HM Treasury and most recently, the Financial Conduct Authority. 

Vince has recently been appointed as a Non-Executive Director of specialist recruitment consultancy, CyberOne, to head up a unique CISO-as-service offering that will help businesses safeguard against escalating cyber crime on a flexible basis.

Oliver Madden, Chrome Enterprise Browser Specialist, Google Cloud

Oliver Madden serves as an Enterprise Browser Specialist at Google where he provides support to businesses. In this role, he helps businesses utilize Chrome as an Enterprise grade browser through management tools, building vision, app strategy and deployment. Oliver has been with Google for over 5 years and most recently served as the Chrome Operations Lead for UK and EMEA. He is a Certified Deployment Specialist, Google Administrator and Google Educator.

Chris Wyatt, Public Sector Account Manager, Varonis Systems

Chris Wyatt has been the Public Sector sales lead for Varonis in the UK and Ireland since August 2017, and comes with 8 years’ of experience with organisations such as Perceptive Software and Microsoft. Having worked with some of Varonis’ largest Public Sector customers, he has developed project skills in data governance & data risk assessments including securing and managing unstructured data. Passionate about providing cost saving security and efficiency gains for his customers, Chris has long-standing working relationships within the healthcare and other public sector communities.

Twitter: @varonis

Baroness Kishwer Falkner

Kishwer Falkner entered the Lords in 2004. From 2010-15 she chaired the Liberal Democrats Parliamentary Committee on Foreign Affairs.  She has served on several other senior committees of the Lords, including the Constitution Committee, the Joint-Committee on National Security Strategy and several EU committees.  She was appointed Chairwoman of the EU Sub-Committee on Economic and Financial Affairs in 2015, and has led this cross-party committee’s pivotal work on the EU and Brexit over the last two years. 

Kishwer is Visiting Professor at King’s College and Distinguished Fellow at the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto.  She was Chancellor of Northampton University and has held Fellowships at the University of Oxford (2010), and at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University (2006).  She also served as the UK’s nominee as High Commissioner at the Organisation on Security and Cooperation in Europe in 2016.

Twitter: @KishwerFalkner

Martin Peake, Head of Computer Science, Cleeve School and Sixth Form Centre of Excellence

For many years, Martin worked in the defence sector in Cheltenham, Malvern and San Diego, developing airborne communication systems and managing VAX microcomputers. He then switched to developing official timing and television graphics systems for motorsport, as well as systems for other sports including football and golf. Twelve years ago Martin took the opportunity to retrain to teach Computer Science, and has seen many changes in the subject over that time.

Having included cybersecurity and encryption within his teaching for years, Martin saw the opportunity for Cleeve School to become a Cyber Schools Hub as too good to ignore. He is now working with his team to develop resources, inform colleagues and cooperate with industry partners to inspire, inform and excite learners about Computer Science in the 21st Century.

Twitter: @CleeveSchool

John Bassett OBE

John Bassett is a director of Dianoia Consulting Ltd and co-founder of PS21, the Project for the Study of the Twenty First Century. He worked for GCHQ from 1991 to 2010 in a variety of operational postings at home and overseas. From 2010 to 2013 he was the first Fellow for Cyber Security at the Royal United Services Institute and from 2013 to 2015 a Martin Associate at the Oxford University Global Cyber Security Centre. He has lectured on cyber security and international affairs in Singapore, Abu Dhabi, Madrid, Geneva, the UK Defence Academy and Oxford University among others.

John was educated at Bristol Grammar School, Oxford University and the University of the West of England. He was appointed an OBE in 2003.

Dr Claudia Natanson, CSO, Department for Works and Pensions

Dr Claudia Natanson joined the Department for Works and Pensions in 2015 as Chief Security Officer. Prior to joining DWP, she has been responsible for security in companies such as British Telecommunications and drink giant Diageo and is a senior security expert for the European Commission on many European security initiatives. An industry writer and contributor, Claudia is responsible in DWP for all aspects of security such as cyber, information, personnel and physical as well as the security risk management process that underpins this function.

Jon Ashton, Director of Cyber Security and Information Risks, HMRC

Jon Ashton is the Director of Cyber Security and Information Risks in HMRC. He has spent most of his working life in public service. He was the Director of Information Assurance and Director of Cyber Security at GCHQ before moving to his current Directorate at HMRC in May 2016.

Martin Sadler OBE, University of Bristol

Martin is Special Advisor to the Vice Chancellor, on Industrial Strategy, at the University of Bristol. Previously, he was VP for research at Hewlett Packard Enterprise, where his lab developed early behavioural approaches to identifying sophisticated cyberattacks and many of the security mechanisms in HP’s PCs and HPE’s servers.

He chairs a number of academic advisory boards, and has been a part of many research council panels and working groups for over 20 years. Over the past year he has chaired the external Expert Advisory Group for the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport’s Secure by Design project team focusing on securing consumer Internet of Things devices.

Martin’s first degree was in Mathematics. He was awarded an Honorary DSc, from the University of Bath in June 2009, an OBE in the New Year Honours List in 2013, and an Honorary Fellowship, from Royal Holloway, University of London in 2014.

Twitter: @BristolUni

Tom Haye, Chief Officer and National Lead CSCV Programme, Hampshire Constabulary

Tom Haye is a Special Constabulary Chief Officer and has served in the Special Constabulary for 27 years. In his regular day-job job Tom is the CEO of Opses Ltd where he heads up a multi-million pound company that specialises in mobile communications solutions for the police and government markets around the world. Tom leads a national NPCC Policing Programme introducing Cyber Special Constables and Cyber Police Volunteers (The Cyber Specials Cyber Volunteers Programme - CSCV) into police forces, regional crime units and national law enforcement agencies. The CSCV programme is an innovative scheme which seeks to bring valuable expertise to law enforcement by drawing on the skills and knowledge of those within the digital sector willing to volunteer in policing. Tom sits on the National Crime Operations Coordination Committee where he leads on transforming and improving the workforce through this programme.

Twitter: @HantsCOTom | @UKCSCV

Daniel Helps, Head of Fraud Operations, Counter Fraud & Investigation Directorate National unit hosted at Thurrock Council

Dan started his career in central government agencies responsible for fighting crime later holding specialist positions with HM Customs & Excise and now local government. Qualified as forensic computing specialist, one of the units in the directorate Dan is responsible for is the Digital Forensic & Cyber Crime Unit. Dan’s directorate has a focus on detecting volume and serious complex crime for the Council and supporting the wider public sector, including 3 police forces and 22 local authorities around the UK.

Jon Townsend, Chief Information Officer, National Trust

Jon Townsend is a leader in technology. He moved to his new role as the Chief Information Officer for the National Trust in August of last year. Previously he was the Director of Technology & Information Security. He holds an MBA with the Open University and an MSc with Cranfield University in the Design of Information Systems. He previously held a commission as an Officer in the British Army, fulfilling a variety of technical and leadership roles culminating in Regimental command. Upon leaving the military he became a senior civil servant responsible for developing cyber security and intelligence capability for the Department for Work and Pensions. He is also a Certified Data Protection Practitioner with the British Computer Society, a Certified Information Security Manager with ISACA and GIAC Certified Enterprise Defender with SANS.

Greg Charman, Senior Cyber Security Manager, Darktrace

Greg is a Senior Cyber Security Manager at Darktrace, working across EMEA. Since joining Darktrace he has worked with customers across finance, retail, and biotechnology helping them understand and implement artificial intelligence for cyber defence. Giving technical demonstrations and discussing The Enterprise Immune System, Greg attends numerous events across the continent. Prior to Darktrace, he began his career as a Geophysicist, primarily focused on imaging technology in the Energy sector. He holds a Masters in Geophysics from The University of Leicester.