Speakers for Security 360-Talk to the Board 2019

The speaker panel for 2019 is currently being produced. We would very much value your input into companies, topics or specific persons you may like to see present. Please email if you would like to suggest speakers for this event.

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Having worked in IT for nearly 40 years, specialising in information risk, protection, security and compliance for the latter 26 years or so, Marcus decided to retire in mid-2017 but was quickly lured back to take on an advisory role for a Tier 1 UK bank.  At the start of 2018, Marcus also joined the Cymmetria Advisory Board as Chief Risk Officer.

In his previous role at Lloyd’s Marcus was responsible for ensuring that risks to IT and information were understood and correctly mitigated in a cost effective manner throughout the corporation, both in the UK and in its overseas locations.  His role extended to providing second line of defence assurance to this effect to Executive, Senior and Line Management.  Marcus also had corporate responsibility for Data Protection and Privacy and provided thought leadership on emerging digital related risks pertinent to the Lloyd’s market.

Prior to joining Lloyd’s, Marcus was a Principal Advisor for KPMG, working in IT Advisory and specialising in information security strategy definition and implementation.  Before that Marcus was Head of Information Security for Abbey National plc, a leading UK bank, a position he held for six years following seven years as Information Risk and Security Manager for Barclaycard, a leading card issuer and merchant acquirer and part of Barclays plc.

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Air Marshal Sir Christopher Coville was born in Liverpool in 1945, and joined the Royal Air Force in 1964 as a Flight Cadet at the RAF College Cranwell.  After flying training, he served several tours of duty as an operational Lightning and Phantom pilot in the Air Defence role. His early career included staff and command appointments, including commanding No 111 (Fighter) Squadron, a spell in the Falkland Islands in 1983 as Officer Commanding Operations Wing, and later command of RAF Coningsby, where he flew the Tornado F3 and displayed the Hurricane and Spitfire of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight. He is also a qualified helicopter pilot, having converted to Gazelle and Whirlwind. In July 1992, on promotion to Air Vice-Marshal, he was appointed Air Officer Commanding Training Group, with responsibility for all RAF Air and Ground Training, as well as overall supervision of the Red Arrows. In September 1994 he became Assistant Chief of Defence Staff Operational Requirements (Air Systems), in which post he oversaw the largest re-equipment programme for the RAF since the War, and had responsibility for the MOD’s Air Research Programme. On promotion to Air Marshal in 1998, he was appointed as Deputy Commander-in-Chief, Allied Forces Central Europe. In this role, he was responsible for development of NATO’s Combined Joint Task Force (CJTF), and he was involved at the Operational Level of Command in the conflict in the Balkans. Additionally, he was charged with leading the Czech Republic and Polish Armed Forces successful integration into the integrated military structure of NATO. He assumed the appointment of Air Member for Personnel (an RAF Board position as the RAF’s HR Director) and Commander-in-Chief Personnel and Training Command in March 2001, and retired from the regular RAF in May 2003. He continued flying in the RAFVR, on the Tutor aircraft in support of the Air Cadet Organisation, until May 2012, when he finally left the service after 50 years flying in uniform. He has since recommenced gliding with the Devon and Somerset Gliding Club, and is the Hon President of No 2 Flying Training School, the home of Air Cadet gliding.. The Air Marshal was awarded The Queen’s Commendation for Valuable Services in the Air in 1988, the CB in the 1995 New Year’s Honours List and became a Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath in the New Year’s Honours List of 2000. In recognition of his work integrating the Czech Republic’s Armed Forces into NATO, he was awarded the nation’s Gold Commemorative Medal in 2001. He is a Fellow of both the Royal Aeronautical Society and the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, and is a founder graduate of the Open University. From 1995-2003, he was President of RAF football, President of Combined Services FA in 2003, and an Honorary Vice-President of the Football Association from 1996-2003. He is now President of the RAF Veteran’s team. Sir Christopher has enjoyed a successful second career in business and in the Third Sector. He is past Chairman of Westland Helicopters Ltd (2005-February 2011), and past Chairman of the European Aerospace Companies’ Rotorcraft Group (2004-12). From 2003-20010 he was President of the Aircrew Association. He was until 2017 Senior Defence and Security Advisor to Dell EMC/RSA, a global ICT Company, where he established a national reputation for his campaign to promote Cyber as a major UK commercial opportunity. Indeed, in recognition of his leadership role in Cyber, her is a member of the Information Assurance Advisory Council (IAAC) community of interest, and is a member of the Security Awareness Special Interest Group (SASIG).  In addition, he was until August 2014 Chairman of the Forces Pension Society, and is past-President of the Regular Forces Employment Association and a Life Vice-President of the European Area of RAFA. He sits on the Councils of several civilian and service charities, and has recently embarked on a part time career as a Guest Lecturer on cruise ships. From 2014-2018, he assumed the Chair of the British Helicopter Association, which represents the interests of all civilian helicopter operators and manufacturers, and was a full Council Member of the European Helicopter Association. A keen glider pilot, he was appointed President of Air Cadet Gliding in June 2015. Since 2017, he has been Chairman of the Strategy Board of the Aviation Skills Partnership (ASP).

Jane is an international MD & CMO – with expertise and experience in leading and transforming digital tech content and data subscriptions and a proven record of accelerating revenue and profit growth in data, media, B2C and B2B businesses. Jane is currently Executive Advisor to high-growth digital tech B2B/B2C content and data subscription businesses. She is a Non-Executive Director of TMT Analysis, a tech start-up providing data and analysis to the telecoms Industry. Prior to this, for the past 17 years Jane was Chief Marketing Officer at Euromoney Institutional Investor Plc and a Board Director of this FTSE 250 international information company.

Paul is a Chairman/NED, Global CxO, investor, executive coach and board advisor with an impressive track record of delivering business growth in global organisations large and small (Startups, ScaleUps, Corporates) – uniquely combining startup speed at scale. As Founder and CEO at Innovation Excelerated and Executive Chair, Global iLabs he drives an innovative portfolio of high growth, disruptive technology start-ups/scale ups plus coaching and Board advisory services. He a founding member and Executive Director at ScaleUp Group – successfully growing several UK scaleups with experience from £4bn+ in exits. He was previously Chief Customer Innovation Officer, Group Technology Officer and SVP Global Services at BT where he launched many innovative services and global businesses supporting revenues of >£3bn plus was a member of several global boards and the main Group Diversity, Risk and Technology Boards. He is an alumnus of London Business School, University of Essex and University of York. He started his career as a Apprentice and Professional Technician and working in the family retail business. He is a Chartered Engineer (CEng), Fellow of Institute of Engineering and Technology (FIET), Fellow of Institute of IT (FBCS) and Freeman of the City of London.

Peter Wanless, CB is an English executive and former civil servant. Since 2013, he has been the chief executive officer of the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC). After joining the Civil Service, Peter held a variety of posts at the HM Treasury, including Head of Private Finance Policy, and Principal Private Secretary to three Cabinet Ministers. Peter later held senior positions within the Department for Education and Skills and its successor the Department for Children, Schools and Families. He was CEO of the Big Lottery Fund between February 2008 and May 2013. Since June 2013, he has been the chief executive officer of the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC). He is a non-executive director of The Kemnal Academies Trust (TKAT), which operates academy schools in South East England. In the 2007 New Year Honours, he was appointed Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB) for his role as Director of School Performance and Reform in the Department for Education and Skills.

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Ali specialises in security transformation of businesses, delivering global information security at strategic, tactical and operational level. He has over 19 years’ experience in IT and Information Security within the Finance sector. Alongside heading global security, Ali has been appointed as GRC and Data Protection Officer for many organisations. Ali is currently Chief Information Security Officer at The British Land Company Plc.. A FTSE 100 real estate investment company with a property portfolio around £17 billion which includes exciting developments such as Regent’s Place, Broadgate, Paddington Central and the most significant opportunity at Canada Water, where British Land have amassed a 53-acre scheme and are now master planning a new urban centre for London. Prior to this he was Group Chief Information Security Officer at MS Amlin. He is a member of FCA Insurance Sector Cyber Coordination Group (ISCCG) and Lloyds Cross Market Cyber Risk Forum.

David has over 30 years’ experience as a Chief Information Security Officer in the Finance Sector, a Magic Circle law firm and a FinTech Startup, specialising in information risk, cyber security and data protection.


In addition to his technology background (he has a degree in Electronics and is a CISSP, a CISM and a CISA), David has a masters in Internet and Telecoms Law (LLM).


Outside of work, David’s current interest is historic encryption devices and he has been assisting Bletchley Park with some exhibits and often presents to local schools on “keeping secrets” to help promote science and technology (STEM) as a career.

Dan has a real passion for technology, in particular information security and has more than 14 years working in and building very successful leading-edge technology sales teams. He started out in various new business sales roles before progressing into exec leadership with innovative cyber security start-up Sipera Systems, the first worldwide market leader in solutions for the rapid, simple and secure adoption of Unified Communications (UC).  Backed by several high-profile VCs including Sequoia Capital.  Sipera Systems achieved huge success and in 2012 was wholly acquired by Avaya Inc., one of the largest Unified Communications and Contact Centre software vendors in the world, for a reported double digit multiple. At the end of 2015 the lure of a start-up led Dan to Certes Networks an innovator in encryption management.  Here Dan led the EMEA business to successive years double digit growth, working with some of the most security conscious organisations and governments across the world.  Dan’s true passion to champion UK Cyber Security innovation has been a constant motivation and since 2015 he has been working with several UK-based cyber security start-ups through the Cylon – Cyber London accelerator programme.  In 2019 this passion to work with a UK founded Cyber start up led him to Nominet Cyber where he leads the EMEA business.

Denise Beardon is Head of Information Security Engagement at Pinsent Masons, an international law firm. Prior to joining Pinsent Masons, she worked for The Security Company, a security awareness consultancy, where she was responsible for the creation and implementation of their behavioural change methodology including qualitative and quantitative baseline research. During the past ten years, Denise has worked on many successful behavioural change programmes for a number of high profile organisations. Denise is committed to exploring the interaction between human behaviour and technology and understanding why people do what they do. This insight provides her with the ability to deliver tailored strategic behavioural change programmes that ensure the individual does not feel undermined but empowered to make the right choices. By using behavioural psychology at the heart of her programmes, Denise aims to bring positive change to any cyber security culture. Prior to entering the world of cyber security awareness, Denise was internal communications manager for Cambridge Constabulary following a successful career in marketing communications in the private sector. She has a Masters in Crime Writing from the University East Anglia and is working on her debut novel.

The first 16 years of Graham’s career were spent in the Diplomatic Service engaged in technical security for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. He then moved to the financial services sector where he has held senior security posts with Abbey National, Standard Chartered, Barclays, RBS, HBOS, ING and most recently Nationwide Building Society. Through these roles he has developed a holistic approach to risk management and security, holding responsibility for information risk, IT security, physical security, fraud, money laundering, business continuity planning,
compliance, crisis management and intelligence. He has also worked outside of the banking industry as the Group Head of Information Risk for Centrica. He currently holds the position of Interim Head of Group Security at Camelot Lottery Solutions, where he is responsible for Information, IT, Cyber and Physical Security and their associated risk functions. Graham has a master’s degree in Information Security from Royal Holloway.

Dinis Cruz is a CISO and Transformation Agent, focused on creating teams and environments where security is an enabler and accelerator for the business, while securing and protecting the digital assets from existing threats. Dinis was nominated for CISO of the Year 2019 at #CyberSecurityAwards.

Dinis is also writing a book called Generation Z Developers (but useful for all Generations) available from Amazon:

Graham currently acts as a self-employed Internal Audit consultant and has over 35 years’ experience as both an external and internal auditor, his present assignment being with a Lloyd’s syndicate. Prior to becoming a consultant in 2016 he spent nearly 20 years acting as the Head of Internal Audit or Senior Internal Audit Manager in a number of UK financial services companies including (one of the principal price comparison service providers), Ageas Insurance Limited (a general insurance company) and the Lincoln Financial Group companies based in the UK (which provided life assurance, personal pensions and investment services). Graham started his career with Ernst & Young where he qualified as a chartered accountant and worked for over 13 years, mainly as an external auditor. Apart from working in the UK, he spent a year working overseas for Ernst &Young in Papua New Guinea and Australia. While working in Papua New Guinea he encountered some more unusual audit clients such as a crocodile farm and the Papua New Guinea Post Office and Telecommunications Corporation. Outside of his job, Graham is a committee member of the Insurance Internal Audit Group in the UK and serves as a school governor at two schools. He has spoken on audit and regulatory matters at a number of external conferences.

Dr. Meakin retired as the Chief Security & Risk Officer at Burberry in mid 2017 and now advises businesses on cyber risk, including security product companies, Fintech startups and some larger international companies. In this role he works with some leading cyber security consultancies, including Cydefence. During 2018 he also acted as interim Chief Information Security Officer at GlaxoSmithKline. Dr. Meakin is a specialist in information and systems security with more than 25 years’ experience. Prior to Burberry he was Chief Security Officer for the luxury goods conglomerate Richemont International SA in Geneva, with oversight of physical, information and cyber security. Previously, he has built and led security functions in a range of Banks, notably the Royal Bank of Scotland, Dresdner Bank and Standard Chartered Bank. He has also been Chief Information Security Officer of BP and Reuters. He was a founding board member of the Jericho Forum, and has served on the Customer Advisory Boards of several specialist security product companies as well as Microsoft, IBM and HPE. He is a regular speaker at industry conferences and public forums on a variety of risk and security topics. He has a Ph.D. in experimental solid-state physics from Cambridge University.

Quentyn has a wealth of experience in both the IT and information security arenas and, in recent years, has focused his attention on building business relationships across the world. Quentyn has driven Canon’s strategy to highlight the importance of document security and help business customers to minimise their security risk. Quentyn strongly believes in educating users about the importance of a comprehensive, overall security framework that will allow Canon’s business customers to improve security in a cost-effective way. During his career, Quentyn has worked in a variety of industries for a number of organisations including outsourced service providers, Internet service providers as well as Dotcom businesses, before moving to Canon in 2000.

An experienced Senior Leader & Corporate Executive, Security & Risk Professional, Ray is a globally acknowledged and well-known thought leader; recognised and highly respected as someone who delivers. Ray has sat on global programmes for the World Economic Forum on Cyber Resilience and the Advisory Board for the Information Security Forum. Ray has held Group CiSO/CSO & EVP roles for BT, National Grid, Interoute, Redwood Technologies and Airbus UK.  He has been fortunate enough to have held global accountability, ranging from consultancy, through to design, build and run of managed services; including full profit and loss ownership for multiple business lines, while combining this experience with protection of Critical National Infrastructure in the Energy and Communications industries.


Lady Olga Maitland, Founder, Defense and Security Forum and Chairman, Copenhagen Compliance – has wide experience in all major Governance, risk Management and Compliance issues in general and global Fraud and Corruption problems in particular. She is a special adviser to a number of dignitaries and a widely sought after speaker at all Major Conferences on several Corporate Governance issues. Lady Olga is a former British MP for the Conservative party. Prior to her political career she was a reporter for the Fleet Street News Agency, a columnist in the London.

Simon Staffell is head of global public affairs at Nominet, where he represents the company’s mission to use technology to improve connectivity, security and inclusivity. He was previously a civil servant and diplomat, serving in the Washington DC, Cairo and a number of roles in Whitehall. He holds a PhD in politics and has specialised in international diplomacy, national security, counter-terrorism, cyber security and the Middle East. He was previously an adjunct Professor at Georgetown University’s Department of Foreign Service.

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