Meet the Speakers


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.

Board members

Mr. John Hutson serves as Chief Executive Officer, Executive Director of JD Wetherspoon PLC. He Joined in 1991 and was appointed to the board in 1996. He is a graduate of Exeter University and previously worked with Allied Domecq.

Mark Wood CBE is one of the UK’s leading financial figures. He has held several senior positions in global institutions, including Head of Cash Management at Barclays Bank, Chief Executive of Prudential UK and Europe as well as CEO of AXA UK.

In 2006, with £500m of private equity backing, Mark founded Paternoster, which quickly became the market leader in bulk annuities.

A regular media commentator on pensions and insurance, Mark is a Non-Executive Director of the Royal Automobile Club and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the NSPCC.

He received an Honorary Doctorate in Business Administration from Anglia Ruskin University in 2010.

In 2017 Mark was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the British public sector.

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).

Robin Dargue is the Group CIO of WPP and the CEO of Coretech. Appointed in February 2014, Robin’s current focus is to execute the transformation of WPP Groups IT environment to enable the group’s current strategic direction.

Robin joined WPP from Alcatel-Lucent, where he held the role of Executive Vice-President for Business and IT Transformation, and was a member of the Alcatel-Lucent Management Committee. Prior to this, Robin was a business leader in both Royal Mail and Diageo, in charge of business and IT-based transformation programmes. At Royal Mail, he oversaw the introduction of a number of new technology-led products and services for customers, while executing the modernisation of the organisation’s technology assets.

Robin’s background and experience brings a real depth of experience of enabling global businesses to define a clear IT Strategy and Architecture, building capabilities to deliver a new way of operating to drive improved business performance. Robin has a degree in computer science from Strathclyde University.


Robert Coles is a Visiting Professor at Royal Holloway, University of London, where he is conducting his research into security culture change. He also runs his own consulting business. Prior to this, Robert was the first Chief Information Security Officer at GSK from 2013 to 2018.

Robert held several CISO roles prior to joining GSK. He was the first CISO at National Grid and Merrill Lynch before that. In all these roles, he owned the information security risk and was responsible for providing global leadership. He was accountable to the Executive and PLC Boards for establishing information security strategy and direction. Building global information security capabilities and overseeing all of the information security initiatives across the organisations has been his primary career focus.

Delingpole cofounded fintech startup MarketInvoice before going on to set up ComplyAdvantage, a startup that helps finance companies cope with regulation. The company trawls records from around the world to make sure customers are compliant with anti-money laundering and “know your customer” requirements. The company works with over 200 businesses including Azimo and Earthport and has raised $8.2 million from venture capitalists. Cambridge-graduate Delingpole set up The Student Room when he was just 16. The website is now the biggest student forum in the world.

Tim is the CEO and Co-founder of Tessian, the world’s first machine intelligent email security platform to automatically prevent security threats like misaddressed emails, data loss and spear phishing. Tessian makes email safe every day at world-leading enterprises and has been recognised as “Best Security Startup” by WIRED, “Best Machine Intelligence Startup” by Legal Geek and “Best Startup – Gold Category” by Info Security Products Guide. Tim holds three Masters degrees in design, engineering and innovation from Imperial College and the Royal College of Art and formerly worked in HSBC’s Global Banking division — Tim was also listed as one of Forbes “30 Under 30” in European Technology for 2017 and named “Young Entrepreneur of the Year” at the 2018 Enterprise Awards.

Head of Cyber Security, Nominet UK and Board member of the Women’s Security Society

Cath has 18 years’ experience in the cyber security profession having worked for both UK Government and the private sector. A thought leader in her field, she frequently speaks at security and internet conferences and has provided articles and comments for multiple publications. Her career was profiled in the Financial Times and she has appeared on the BBC promoting women into the IT profession.

Cath currently works as Head of Cyber Security for Nominet UK, the internet company best known for running the ‘’ registry and therefore critical to internet operations in the UK. Prior to joining Nominet, Cath worked at GCHQ holding a variety of posts in the field of cyber security. Cath has a BSc in Mathematics, an MSc in Human Computer Interaction and is CISSP qualified. She was awarded Security Champion at the Women in IT awards 2015 and sits on the board of the Women’s Security Society.

Matt Middleton-Leal is General Manager EMEA and Board member at Netwrix Corporation. With 19 years spent working in the security industry, Matt brings significant experience to his role at Netwrix. He has worked for many organisations, specialising in areas such as risk management, identity and access management, application, network and database security. Matt most recently held the position of V.P. Northern Europe at CyberArk Software, where is oversaw five consecutive years of 45%+ per annum revenue growth. Prior to CyberArk he held the position of Business unit executive at IBM Security Systems. Matt joined IBM from CA where he had spent six years, working on their largest information security projects. Matt is a CISSP® – Certified Information Systems Security Professional.

Ben is the SailPoint EMEA Security IQ Sales Director, where he is responsible for leading SailPoint’s Identity & Access Governance for Files and Data platform across the EMEA region working with the local sales teams, partners and customers.  He works across the organisations lines of business in the evolution of the product and go to market strategy and speaks on the topic of Identity Governance for Files and Data for SailPoint in the EMEA region.  With over 25 years’ experience in software sales leadership positions; Ben’s knowledge of Software Identity Market is extensive. Ben has travelled extensively throughout Europe, Middle East & America both through his work responsibilities and with his family.  He has spoken at numerous events on matters such as security, identity management, software compliance, system mapping and Global Account Management.

Mark has  been in the security business for all his working life. His career began in the Royal Navy Submarine Service before later joining the Army before joining  a ‘niche’ part of the MoD. He was one of the founder members of the Centre for the Protection of Critical National Infrastructure – CPNI – where he was responsible for teams that gave holistic threat and vulnerability advice to the owners and operators of the Critical National Infrastructure. He left the public sector and joined Barclays to become Director, Information Risk Management, a similar role to what he does today. After 5+ years he took up a senior consulting role at BAE systems. His final assignment there was to deliver IT and IT security for the 2014 NATO conference in south Wales, which remains the largest and most complex international conference the UK has ever held. Before joining Prudential two and half years ago, he was at a small start-up where he created and delivered an international award winning cyber awareness programme. Finally, Mark has been an active member of the White Hat Ball organising committee for 10 years and currently Chairs the Committee. This is a group of risk and security professionals, drawn largely from the City, who come together to raise funds for NPSCC Child Line. To date they have raised over £2M for the charity, which has helped to change the lives of countless vulnerable children.

David Higgins is the Director of Strategic Accounts, EMEA at CyberArk. With over 10 years’ experience in Privileged Account Security, David is one of the leading experts in understanding the requirements and drivers for managing privileged access security within an organisation, both private and public. David has led some of the largest design and implementation programs of privileged account security with companies across all sectors, many of which are in the Fortune 100. Leveraging this experience, David now works with clients on best practices around privileged management and driving innovative approaches when looking to reduce the risk associated with privileged escalation and exploitation, even more so as organizations embrace cloud platforms and automated processes.

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