Chief IT Architect, The Francis Crick Institute
Charles has recently joined the Francis Crick Institute, Europe’s largest biomedical research institute, as their Chief IT Architect, Head of Software Engineering and Chief Information Security Officer. He is currently working on high performance compute and adversarial machine learning techniques within biomedical research. Charles is an expert on 5G technologies and previously was BT’s lead architect on their 5G delivery.
Greg van der Gaast
Head of Information Security, University of Salford
Greg has over two decades of technical and management experience in Information Security, starting as one of the most notorious hackers of the late 1990s. A frequent speaker about bringing visibility, care, and accountability to the Information Security profession, he is an expert in building efficient InfoSec organisations and programmes by enabling leadership, addressing root causes, and harnessing human potential.
He is currently the Head of Information Security at the University of Salford where he will also be lecturing on practical information security management in the coming year.
He also has his own consultancy, CMCG, to help others deliver effective and accountable information assurance.
Sustainability Lead – Service Strategy, Defra
Mattie Yeta is the Sustainable ICT lead for Defra, PhD researcher and won the sustainability leader of the year award 2019. She led the creation of the UK Government’s sustainable technology report 2017, and the Sustainable IT industry guide which was endorsed by 16 multinational organisations including the United Nations.
Her work is driven by a passion for building a better world through business, partnerships and innovation. Committed to achieving the best possible outcomes for people, Mattie received Defra’s Corporate Services Award for “Leading through change” in 2017, recognising her contribution to driving transformational change.
She chairs the Defra e-Sustainability Alliance which includes private sector organisations (15 multinational organisations) and their supply chains and leads sustainable IT in Defra.
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Chief Digital and Information Officer, Leicestershire County Council
Jayne joined Leicestershire County Council at the beginning of 2018, bringing significant private sector experience. Her fresh perspectives come from heavy-weight roles in high pace environments such as WPP and Capgemini.
Jayne was appointed as the council’s first CDIO, with a strong mandate to innovate, increase the pace of change and create a more agile function. She has made an immediate impact, launching a programme of innovation to the council’s elected members. Her approach is loosely based on skunkworks and she’s driving short, sharp pilots with ideas welcomed from all areas of the business and the outside world.
EMEA Identity Platform Director, SailPoint
Ben is the SailPoint EMEA Identity Platform Director, working across the region he supports the local SailPoint teams, partners and customers in helping define their strategy and adoption of an integrated Identity Governance platform.
With over 25 years’ experience in the software industry; where he has led teams, in the development and implementation of complex IT Security solutions in areas such as; Access Management, Identity Management, Data Governance and Database etc across multiple verticals.
Ben has travelled extensively throughout Europe, Middle East, Africa & America through his work responsibilities. He has spoken at numerous events on matters such as Security, Identity Governance and various related privacy issues.
Professor John Walker CFIP
Advisory Board, Research Centre in Cyber Security, University of Kent; Visiting Professor, School of Science and Technology, University of Nottingham
A specialist providing consultancy to Middle East based organisations, government, and military clients. 22 years in Royal Air Force Security/Investigations and Counter Intelligence operations within a SCIF/Comint/Sigint environments, working alongside GCHQ, CESG, UK and US Agencies, ITSO and Systems Security Manager for CIA Accredited Systems, Visiting Professor School of Science/Technology – Nottingham Trent University [NTU], Advisory Board, Research Centre in Cyber Security (KirCCS) – University of Kent, Mentor to Tallinn University (Estonia) Masters Students Cyber Research, Practicing and Registered Expert Witness, Certified Forensics Investigator Practitioner [CFIP], Editorial Member at MedCrave Research for Forensics & Criminology, ENISA CEI Listed Expert, Editorial Member of the Cyber Security Research Institute [CRSI], Digital Forensics/Cyber Security Listed Trainer in Dubai for Certified courses, Fellow of Royal Society for the Arts [FRSA], and a Belkasoft (Digital Forensics) Partner.
EMEA Field Chief Technology Officer, Ping Identity
Rob is a Senior Technical Architect for Ping Identity in the UK and also the EMEA representative to the Ping Identity CTO Office. Rob holds a BSc (Computer Science) degree from Pretoria University and has nearly 20 years experience in identity and access management. He has worked on complex implementation projects in the UK, USA, Europe and South Africa. His current area of focus is on applying industry standards like OpenID Connect and OAuth 2.0 to enable businesses to interoperate and securely expose data and API’s.
Yochana Henderson MBE
Head of Digital Identity Management, UK Parliamentary Digital Service
Yochana Henderson is a leading Identity and Security expert working in the Parliamentary Digital Service.
Yochana started her career in the Army and after 5 years and a tour of Afghanistan joined the Parliamentary Digital Service.
Yochana was a key member of the Digital Service response team during the cyber-attack against Parliament in 2017.
Most recently Yochana received an MBE for her parliamentary and voluntary services.
Product Service Owner – Identity and Access Management, UK Parliamentary Digital Service
Cherry has been with the Parliamentary Digital Service for coming up to 2 years after joining in June 2017. She started as an Active Directory Specialist until being awarded the Role of Product Service Owner in June 2018. Cherry manages the engineers in the team and reports into the Head of Identity and Access Management. As a team, she manages all aspects of ‘Identity’ within Parliament. Maintaining the onsite Directory and PKI infrastructure, in addition to their Azure presence.
She recently oversaw the domain upgrade to Server 2016, upgrading all domain controllers, Schema and DFL with no downtime for users.
Before her current role, she spent almost 15 years contracting throughout the UK and Europe, enjoying roles with the COOP, Mediacom (part of WPP), Getronics, IBM, Barclays Bank and Unisys. Cherry has been in the Identity / AD fields most of her career.
High Risk Programme Reviewer, Infrastructure & Projects Authority
David has a background in the development and operation of highly secure government systems and operations, he has also acted as interim CISO for finance and high-value retail clients. David led the UK Smart Meters SMETS 2 CNI implementation and is an accredited High-Risk Programme Reviewer for the Infrastructure Projects Authority.
Strategic Account Director, UK Public Sector, Zerto
Tony has over 40 years of experience in the IT industry covering roles from Field Engineer, Technical Support, Trainer, Presales Technical Account Manager and Business Development. He has worked across many verticals including Financial Services, Energy, Telco and latterly Public Sector for companies providing Hardware, Software, Services and combined solutions. Every Public Sector client that he is engaging with right now is on some form of digital transformation journey. They all share a desire to remove barriers, improve productivity and efficiency, and enhance their end user (both internal and external) experiences and he is passionate about how Zerto technology can help to provide the underlying IT Resilience to support this.
Head of Security, Government Digital Service
An experienced Head of Cyber Security with a proven track record in building teams, driving outcomes and delivering digital transformation in a hands-on and strategic capacity.
Martin is responsible for ensuring that the Government’s digital services such as GOV.UK and Verify are safe and secure for all UK citizens, alongside working with other government agencies as part of a coordinated approach to protect the UK from cyber-attack and deliver the national Cyber Security Strategy.
Head of Customer Success, Secon Cyber
Andrew Gogarty joined Secon Cyber in 2002 following his graduation from Kingston University with a BA in Business Studies. With a deep understanding of the security industry and an in depth knowledge of security technology and services, Andrew has helped hundreds of organisations with addressing their cyber security challenges.
As Head of Customer Success he is responsible for key accounts, customer relations, thought leadership and technology partners.
Vice President Security Research, Trend Micro
As VP Security Research at Trend Micro, Rik Ferguson is one of the leading experts in information security. Ferguson is a Special Advisor to Europol, a project leader with the International Cyber Security Prevention Alliance (ICSPA) and Vice Chair of the Centre for Strategic Cyberspace & Security Science. He is actively engaged in research into online threats and the underground economy. With over nineteen years of experience in information security, he has been with Trend Micro since 2007. He previously served as Security Infrastructure Specialist at EDS where he led the security design work for government projects related to justice and law enforcement and as Senior Product Engineer at McAfee focused on network security, intrusion prevention, encryption and content filtering.
Customer Engineer, Google Chrome Browser
Helen Hosein is a Customer Engineer for Chrome Browser, and has worked with several large customers to help them uphold best practice and compliance by making use of Chrome’s management capabilities. Helen is considered an expert on Chrome Browser security both within Google and externally.
Deputy Director of Technology Security, Department for Work and Pensions
Lorraine Dryland is a highly capable Cyber security professional with deep knowledge and skills in Cyber Intelligence and Investigations. Prior to the Department of Work & Pensions, Lorraine’s experience spans such organisations as: Vodafone, Bank of England and the National Crime Agency (NCA). Lorraine has a master’s degree in Forensic Computing and Cyber Crime Investigation.
Sales Director, UKCloud
Alan Back is the Central Government Sales Director at UKCloud. He is passionate about helping the Government to modernise and improve their services for the benefit of the citizen.
Head of Information Security Assurance, Cabinet Office
I lead, data management, data protection and data security within the largest shared service contract in Europe. This incredibly diverse and complex landscape gives me unprecedented exposure to data governance at its vanguard.
I deliver strategic and tactical services for specific contract development/management and specialist projects, across this diverse portfolio of businesses. Providing up to date and best practice information assurance of the end to end lifecycle of data. This holistic approach includes data management, protection, and security including logical/physical security. I manage projects from conception to completion and onwards to business as usual.
I work closely with multiple government departments and private sector commercial clients in the UK, evaluating organisational security frameworks, compliance management and security processes. I use my deep knowledge of risk assessment and management intelligence to develop strategic risk registers for critical infrastructure.
I ensure all security provision follows operational protocol across all aspects including information security, counter terrorism strategy, management of radiological sources, cybersecurity and protection advice. Working at board level, I provide strategic advice to senior leaders, collaborating on creation of successful marketing strategies and identifying opportunities for organisational growth and development.
UK Account Director, Venafi
Trevor is a Strategic Account Director at Venafi covering key sectors in the UK. With over 20 years in the IT industry, he joined Venafi in 2016 after recognising that the majority of the world’s largest and most persistent hacks utilise the privilege escalation that keys and certificates afford sophisticated attackers. Trevor works with encryption and PKI specialists in various organisations, and helps them to escalate the understanding and prioritisation of certificate management to the C-suite within those organisations.