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Talk to the Board – Meet our 2023 Panel of Directors to date
Dame Inga Beale took over the helm of the 330-year-old City financial institution Lloyd’s of London in 2014, after working in senior leadership roles in some of the world’s largest insurance companies. With over three decades of global business experience she was awarded her Damehood in 2017 for services to the UK economy. Before joining Lloyd’s, Inga was Group CEO of Canopius with its principal operations at Lloyd’s. Prior to that she was on the Global Management Board of Zurich Insurance Group. Earlier roles include Group CEO of Swiss reinsurer Converium, and a variety of international leadership positions for GE Insurance Solutions. She started her career as an underwriter with Prudential in 1982.? During her time at Lloyd’s, Inga developed a culture of innovation and inclusion. She expanded the company’s reach to new, high-growth markets including Asia and the Middle East, and delivered some of Lloyd’s strongest financial results. As the first female CEO of Lloyd’s, she played a key role in changing cultural perceptions and highlighting the importance of diversity and inclusion. Under her leadership, Lloyd’s launched a number of diversity initiatives, including the Dive In Festival, which grew to become the only world-wide insurance industry diversity and inclusion event. Drawing on her own experience at Lloyd’s, Inga discusses what it means to lead cultural change and steer a company through a technological transition without losing its core character. Her talks uncover how successful transformation means establishing a balance between tradition and history, and modernity and innovation. Moreover, she tackles breaking glass ceilings, and building inclusive environments within the workplace. Inga also analyses the reasons behind a lack of trust in both governments and the corporate sector, as well as the rise in public emphasis on corporate responsibility, purpose, ethics and sustainable business models. Inga is a Patron of Insuring Women’s Futures, an alliance of insurance and personal finance professionals helping to improve women’s long-term financial resilience. She is also an ambassador of Stonewall’s Development Council, and was awarded a Damehood for her influential work in driving the inclusion agenda for women and the LGBT community. She has served as President of the UK Chartered Insurance Institute, a member of the Geneva Association Board, and a member of the UK Government’s Financial Services Trade and Investment Board. She now has a portfolio of non-executive director roles for a variety of multinational companies.
Mike Coupe is considered to be a leading business authority. Coupe held the position of CEO for Sainsbury plc from 2014-2020. Before retiring he is credited for turning the company around, through top-level trading, marketing, and online operations. As a business speaker, he instills in his corporate audiences the essential skills he used to lead a market, and share his experience of directing one of the UK’s most established organisations. Coupe joined Sainsbury’s in 2004. Immediately making a positive impression on the company, he rose through the ranks and was appointed responsible for online operations, marketing, and trading in 2010. In 2014, Mike was named CEO of Sainsbury’s, following in the footsteps of Justin King. Using his expert knowledge, he quickly established a strategic review to stay ahead of the evolving retail market. Mike championed Sainsbury’s journey ahead of the competition through a complete digital transformation. From till-free stores to the digitisation of Nectar, the UK’s largest loyalty scheme, through a website and an app, he revolutionised the retail giant’s day to day practices. Coupe lead the business from making 5% of online sales to an impressive 20% and growing. Additional influential roles include the Executive Board Director of Asda and Non-Executive Director at Greene King plc. In 2020, Mike announced Sainsbury’s new, more sustainable operations. The company has invested £1 billion into achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2040, setting the standard for other supermarkets. Mike himself described the decision, stating that “we must recognise that living well now also means living sustainably”, reflecting his commitment to the environment. Mike was director of Covid-19 testing at England’s Test and Trace agency from September through to December 2020 and has been appointed as a non-executive director on the board of NHS England from January 2021.
Alan has over 30 years’ experience of working with global companies and governments on sustainability. In April 2021 he joined Drax as the Group Director of Sustainability. Drax’s ambition is to be the world’s first carbon
negative power station and is the largest producer of biomass for energy. Prior to that, for seven years Alan was in the steel and mining sector as the Global Head of Sustainable Development for ArcelorMittal. He was Co-chairman of Responsible Steel and served on the steering board of the Initiative for Responsible Mining. Alan created and chaired the Ebola Private Sector Mobilisation Group, which was a collaboration of over 100 companies sharing best practice and coordinating the corporate response to Ebola in West Africa. For this he was made a Clinton Global Citizen honouree in 2015. Previous to that he was Sustainability Director for Business and the Community (BITC) where he oversaw all their Corporate Sustainability Programmes. He advised the Virgin Group on sustainable development for seven years. Previously he has worked with global companies as diverse as B&Q where he led their entire Sustainability programme for 10 years. He was instrumental in founding and developing the Forest Stewardship Council. He held similar roles in the Parent company Kingfisher and SABMiller, the multibillion brewery company. For nine years he was a commissioner with the Sustainable Development Commission and he introduced the concept of “choice editing” into the product policy debate. He was awarded the OBE in June 1998, in 2005 the US-based Rainforest Alliance presented him with a lifelong award and in 2013 he was made an Honorary Fellow of the Society for the Environment.
Julian Wheatland was formerly Chairman of SCL Group and COO & CFO of the Cambridge Analytica / SCL group of companies. From 2015 to 2018 he oversaw the growth of the group into one of the most influential data analytics companies in the world, employing ground-breaking analytics technology and targeted communications which have shaped the advertising industry and the debate around data privacy and personal data. In 2018, following the media controversy surrounding Cambridge Analytica, Wheatland stepped into the role of Group CEO in order to “clean up the mess”.
Julian is a veteran of fast-growing technology companies and an expert in the opportunities, pitfalls and dangers that scaling technology businesses can bring. He is a serial entrepreneur who has spent 25 years investing in, managing and advising breakthrough technology companies: matching their strategies to markets, managing the challenges of rapid growth, and delivering value for customers and investors.
Julian Wheatland now serves as CEO of Brava Systems, the Enterprise Management System for the real estate industry. He began his career at PA Consulting, advising clients on the impact and opportunities created by online innovation. He moved into fund management in the mid-noughties investing into early stage cleantech and security tech companies and, from there, founded Hatton International, a specialist technology commercialisation business.
Prior to Brava Systems, Julian was CEO of Cornerstone FS plc, a fintech company which he listed on AIM in 2021. He speaks publicly on managing tech growth, technology strategy and marketing, entrepreneurship, data ethics and the impact of AI on corporate operations.
Meet our esteemed Co-Chairpersons
Lady Olga Maitland
Lady Olga 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.
Meet our 2023 Panel of CISOs and Luminaries to date
Derek is an experienced leader with over 20 years of professional experience in cyber security and risk management. He is currently the CISO for Deliveroo, where he is developing and implementing a security strategy and roadmap to support the company’s ambitious goals. Prior to Deliveroo, Derek was the Chief Security Officer for TalkTalk, where he joined post their cyber attack in 2015 to rebuild the brand and protect TalkTalk’s critical infrastructure, assets, and customer data. He is also currently the CISO Advisor for Square Enix West, where he is helping build and steer their cyber security programme, and on the Advisory Panel for AND Digital overseeing their Cyber Security strategy.
Previously, Derek was the Global Head of Security and Risk Management (CISO) at Electronic Arts (EA) where he led a large, global team to protect EA’s intellectual property and sensitive data. Prior to EA, he spent over 6 years at Deloitte where he managed and performed a multitude of information security and risk management engagements for global Fortune 500 companies across various industries.
Jonathan Luff is the co-founder of Epsilon Advisory Partners, and CyLon Ventures, advising and investing in outstanding technology companies since 2013. Companies in the CyLon portfolio include Tessian, Immersive Labs, Senseon, Zamna, Dig Security, and Worldr, collectively valued at more than $1bn. From 1998-2012 he served in the British Diplomatic Service, and as an advisor to the Prime Minister at 10 Downing Street, specialising in national security issues, technology and innovation. He has lived and worked in London, Paris, Cairo, Riyadh and Baghdad.
With 28 years’ experience in the Cybersecurity space, Peter is a seasoned global practitioner and technology pioneer, having created numerous offerings in this space. His background spans from operational security response management, systems engineering, and complex technical vendor integrations — to strategic alliances throughout the security and risk markets. His areas of expertise are in Public Key Cryptography (PKI), Secure Communications, Endpoint Protection and Threat & Risk management. He has developed and brought dozens of security products to market internationally and is on a constant journey, assisting partners and clients as the Cybersecurity market continues to meet the challenges of the day.
Máté Barany has over 12 years of experience working on complex implementation projects across EMEA. Previously as a Solutions Architect and now as an Account Executive, the key to Máté’s success is focusing on the End User Experience – implementing a “Customer First” approach when working with Partners and Customers – while at the same time ensuring key business and technical requirements are met. Máté loves a challenge and believes there is always room for improvement.
Michael is a technology leader with over 28 years of experience in guiding international public sector organizations, DAX 30 businesses, and mid-sized international firms through strategic technology initiatives.
He is an expert in digitization and IT transformation and a thought leader in cyber security, organizational risk management, and IT compliance.
He advises small and large enterprises ranging in size from 20 to 220,000 employees in the medical, pharmaceutical, biotech, translation, and manufacturing industries worldwide, just to name a few.
Throughout his career Michael has led complex, diverse organizations toward enhanced operations while saving hundreds of millions in operating costs.
He is passionate about mentorship, coaching, and removing cultural barriers. He was born in the USA, raised in Texas, and has travelled the world helping people maximize potential. Michael lives in Germany and is focused on family, volunteer work, and supporting a multitude of international clients at Hays.
Rob started e2-assure after realising that the traditional delivery model for Security Operations Centres (SOCs), focused on technology over people and processes, wasn’t working. Organisations were struggling to resource their teams, struggling to deploy, onboard, and tune their SIEM tools, and as a result, failing to build an effective security operation. Nearly 10 years on, e2e-assure is a thriving intelligence-led threat detection and response SOC that focuses on working with its customers and partners to deliver effective, 24/7/365 security operations.
Dr Paul Kennedy is Chief Engineer – Cyber and CEMA with over 10 years of experience in operational cyber security. At QinetiQ, Paul has worked on cybersecurity for the F-35 combat jet and has worked with the MOD in developing novel cryptographic techniques and advising senior stakeholders on future developments in cryptography. A former RAF Officer, he has worked in military cyber and communications across the UK, NATO, and in the Falkland Islands. Describing himself as a recovering academic, he was previously an Engineering Degree Programme Leader at the University of Glasgow.
With over two decades of dedicated service in the field of cybersecurity, Paul Mackie has established himself as an inspiring and trusted professional in the industry.
His unwavering commitment to helping world-class businesses understand and effectively manage their security risks, coupled with his focus on pragmatic and proportionate controls, has helped ensure consistent value and return of defensive investment for the firms he has worked with.
Paul possesses the ability to identify emerging trends and bring teams together for mutual success. His problem-solving skills enable him to quickly address root issues and deliver pragmatic and practical solutions. His driving force is an unwavering dedication to delivering outstanding quality and making a positive difference in the world.
As a highly capable information security professional, Paul has successfully delivered strategic transformations, provided effective management, conducted comprehensive assurance, offered valuable consultancy, and demonstrated exemplary security leadership to both UK based and global businesses including Associated British Foods, The Bank of
England, Octopus Investments, Gatwick Airport, The ANZ Bank, NTT DoComo, and King’s College London.
Currently serving as the CISO for Fern Trading, Paul is responsible for a multi-billion-pound portfolio business operating in the telecommunications, renewable energy, construction, and healthcare sectors, where he continues to excel in driving strategic security initiatives and fostering a culture of resilience within the portfolio firms.
Coming from a background in cyber risk specialising in supply chain security, I quickly recognised the huge process issues, sunk cost, lost opportunities, and valuable business hours wasted by clients and suppliers alike, all trying to run disparate supply chain assurance programmes in a mutually exclusive way.
This led me to co-found Risk Ledger, the technology platform that combines a security governance platform with a secure social network. Clients using our platform have seen their cost of running a supply chain security programme reduce by over 70% whilst collecting better quality and more actionable data over their suppliers.
Risk Ledger is the enabler for assurance programmes to:
● rapidly and easily scale across whole supply chain networks;
● allow the electronic collection of self-assessed assurance data;
● deliver continuous real time monitoring & alerts of supplier security controls;
● provide the tools for just one FTE to run entire assurance programme for 1000’s of suppliers.
Take a look at the Risk Ledger web site (https://riskledger.com) to see our growing client list serving multiple industry sectors, FTSE100 companies, leading commercial enterprises and key government departments.
I and my team are innovating and pushing mutual supply chain assurance and security governance into the twenty second century. Come and join us on the journey!
🏆 2022 Financial Times Tech Champion – https://www.ft.com/content/dd04f86d-14a1-4359-9c94-0225c564bf02
🏆 Forbes List 30 Under 30 – Manufacturing & Industry.
🏆 Winner of the 2019 Cyber Den Award sponsored by the UK Government’s National Cyber Security Centre.
🏆 Winner of the 2019 Most Innovative Cyber Company Award sponsored by TechUK.
As a highly motivated security leader, experienced in designing and building security first solutions, I possess the key skills for full stack on-premise and cloud development. Experienced in a range of large and small scale projects allows me to apply in-depth technical knowledge and industry experience to deliver the most appropriate solution.
Translating technical requirements to business stakeholders ensuring transparency and understanding. With a desire to continuously improve and learn, I have a passion for innovation and enjoy working both independently and/or within a team to achieve targets.