GovSec Online

Government IT Security Conference

23 September 2020

Virtual Summit




Madeline Carr

Professor of Global Politics and Cybersecurity, UCL; Director, RISCS Research Institute in Socio-technical Cyber Security

Professor Carr is the Director of the UK-wide Research Institute in Sociotechnical Cyber Security (RISCS) which looks at the human and organizational factors of cybersecurity. She is also the Director of the Digital Technologies Policy Lab which supports policy making to adapt to the pace of change in society’s integration of digital technologies. Her research focuses on the implications of emerging technology for national and global security, international order and global governance.

Professor Carr has published on cyber norms, multi-stakeholder Internet governance, the future of the insurance sector in the IoT, cybersecurity and international law, and the public/private partnership in national cyber security strategies. Her book US Power and the Internet in International Relations is published by Palgrave MacMillan. Professor Carr was the Co-lead on the Standards, Governance and Policy stream of the UK’s £24M PETRAS research hub on the cyber security of the Internet of Things. She is now the lead on the Economics and Law lens of the new PETRAS National Centre of Excellence in Cybersecurity of the IoT.

Professor Carr is a member of the World Economic Forum Global Council on the IoT. She is also the Deputy Director of a new Centre for Doctoral Training in Cybersecurity at UCL which focuses on the interdisciplinary nature of these problems.

Jonathan Craven

Head of Information Governance / Data Protection, North West London NHS Foundation

After first training as a psychologist, Jonathan has spent most of his career working in the ‘Holy Trinity’ of public sector employers – local authority, NHS and the police service – in information governance. Throughout that time, he has led organisational change to raise awareness, improve training, and promote better governance and security processes and behaviours.

He is currently Head of Information Governance and Data Protection Officer for Central & North West London Foundation NHS Trust, leading on strategy and implementation.

He is also an associate of iStorm Solutions, an award-winning consultancy focused on helping organisations deliver successful cyber security, data protection and GDPR compliance.

Adam Gwinnett

Head of Strategy, Enterprise Architecture & Cyber Security, Metropolitan Police Service

An experienced Enterprise Architect and Cyber Security lead with 15+ years in Criminal Justice focusing on strategic IT enabled business change. Focused on driving improved user experience through modern security controls, specialising in Identity.

Helen Williams

Operational Security Manager, Metropolitan Police Service

Full bio to follow

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.

Mary Umoh

Head of Information Security, London Borough of Tower Hamlets

Mary has more than 25 years working experience in various Local Authorities in London, having started and progressed in traditional IT roles, looking after various infrastructure and communication technologies, progressing with emerging innovations and advancements. She is one of the pioneer Information Security leads in Local authorities with 16 years CISSP certification and experience developing and owning Information security strategies of the various authorities she works for.

She has also remained the pioneer member of the London WARP, now renamed ISfL;  the collaboration forum that has supported her members tirelessly as they walk through the maze of delivering effective, efficient and demonstrable Cyber security strategies while providing a strong lobby voice at all levels of the UK government.

Mattie Yeta

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.

Dariusz Glowinski

Senior Network Security Engineer, DWP

Dariusz is a registered MOR® Risk Management Practitioner and an IT professional with twenty years of experience working across a broad spectrum of platforms within a variety of roles

Dariusz’s holistic approach to Information Technology borders on the evangelical and underpins organisational goals and objectives within an ethical business context. He excels at facilitating and preserving robust stakeholder relationships across functional areas by demonstrating professional acumen, risk cognizance and personal integrity.

Dariusz is a great advocate of mentoring within the Information Technology domain and has set up various initiatives to educate people in general IT issues.   One such initiative was the setting up of anti-cyber fraud and cyber-crime seminars for the technologically naïve, ageing, generation, the so-called ‘Silver Surfers’. Another series of workshops to which Dariusz has devoted a lot of time is aimed at parents, and their children, to raise awareness of cyber-bullies using ‘social media’ to bully their fellow pupils.

Andrew Gogarty

Chief Security Evangelist, Secon Cyber

As Chief Security Evangelist, Andrew Gogarty helps clients understand the business value of security. By taking on the challenging role of educating organisations on how to improve their cyber security maturity, he enables clients to achieve their desired business outcomes.

Gogarty aims to raise general awareness of security issues, the evolving threat landscape, and how organisations can go about even the most complex situations. After 17 years working with customers across all sizes and industry verticals, he takes an outcome based approach that leverages the in-depth knowledge he has gained throughout his career in the cyber security industry.

Previous Speakers


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.

Ben Bulpett

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.

Rob Otto

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.

Cherry O’Donnell

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.

David Higgins

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.

Tony Walsh

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.

Martin Sivorn

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.

Andrew Gogarty

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.

Rik Ferguson

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.

Helen Hosein

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.

Lorraine Dryland

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.

Alan Back

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.


Will Davies

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.

Trevor Camp

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.