CBE, Vice Chairwoman West Ham FC, NED Taveta, GUS, SyCo, Author and TV personality,
Karren Brady is Vice Chairman of West Ham F.C, a Peer in the House of Lords and features on BBC’s The Apprentice. She is one of the UK's leading Female Business Speakers and is a non-executive director of global media and university businesses.
Karren Brady is recognised as the first woman in football. She was Managing Director of Birmingham City Football Club from 1993 until 2009 and, during that time, turned the Club’s fortunes around. She took over when Birmingham City was in administration and, in her first year at the helm, the Club recorded a financial trading profit. In 1996 the Club made an overall profit for the first time in modern history and in February 1997 she launched the Club on the Stock market; Karren was the youngest Managing Director of a PLC in the UK. In October 2009 Karren sold Birmingham City FC for £82million.
In January 2010, Karren was appointed Vice Chairman of West Ham United FC. Following her first twelve months at West Ham, the Club made a trading profit for the first time in its recent history. Karren has since grown all revenue streams at the Club exponentially. Under her leadership, West Ham has seen an overall income growth of 300%, now valued at £1billion - propelling it to the 15th most Valuable club in the world, and 7th most valuable in the Premier League.
In January 2013 she secured a move for the Club to the former Olympic Stadium in London. The stadium was recently named winner of Stadium of the Year (2017) and its sold out capacity of 60,000 boasts the highest number of season ticket holders in the capital.
Karren has led the West Ham United brand to become one of the fastest growing brands in global football, and one of fifteen leading football brands in the world, with an AA brand rating and a brand value of $303 million. With 42% brand growth in the last two years alone, Karren has successfully led West Ham to be recognised throughout the world as the Premier League’s rising star.
• Cosmopolitan magazine's Woman of the Year, and named in the category of 'Woman Who Has Changed The World'.
• Businesswoman of the Year
• NatWest Spirit of Everywoman Award for services to women in business
• 100 Most Powerful Women in Britain
• London's 1000 Most Influential People
• Britain's Most Inspirational Women by the Breakthrough for Breast Cancer Inspiration Awards
• CEO of the Year Award at the Football Business Awards
• Women’s Hour One of the 100 most powerful women in the United Kingdom
• Top 500 most influential and inspiration people in Britain
Head of Cyber Transformation and GRC, BAeSystems
Purvi Kay is a Chartered Aerospace Engineer with 14 years of experience in various Civil Service Departments and the UK Intelligence Community. The last 10 years Purvi has been working as a Senior Leader in Cyber Security in Government. She has recently transitioned into the Private Sector and taken up a new role with BAeSystems as their Head of Cyber Transformation and GRC.
Purvi has extensive experience in dealing with complex and top priority Cyber Security issues and leading high performing teams to deliver positive security outcomes. Purvi has a keen interest in embedding a security culture within organisations and is passionate about developing the right talent pipeline of security professionals, ensuring they are empowered and equipped with the necessary career and learning and development frameworks to progress their security careers successfully.
Purvi is an active mentor for security professionals and an influential advocate of diversity and inclusion.
Ethical hacker and Cyber Security Specialist,
In his late 20s, Jamie Woodruff is one of the world’s leading authorities on hacking and cyber security.
Woodruff entered the public eye when he successfully hacked Facebook as part of a student competition at Bangor University where he was studying computer information systems. He has since uncovered security holes in numerous high-profile operations, including Kim Kardashian’s website, which he hacked to reveal that it was putting her fans’ data at serious risk.
He is currently Chief technology Officer of an IT Support and Security specialist company in the UK. They specialise in training, cloud solutions, penetration testing and support schools with a full range of IT. He is also the cyber safety advisor for the Cyber Smile Foundation which specialises in online cyber bullying.
Jamie Woodruff talks about the importance of system and network security and is known for disclosing world-wide exploits and vulnerabilities within leading security applications such as Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Apple and Google. He finds existing exploits by infiltrating the companies in question. He demonstrated this by impersonating a Domino’s pizza delivery boy at a large financial institution and gaining access to their server room via pick-locking. All carried out under fully authorised, ethical penetration testing.
Woodruff is now also focusing on AI Security strategy and Development.
Chief Security Advisor, Microsoft
Sarah Armstrong-Smith is Chief Security Advisor in Microsoft’s Cybersecurity Solutions Area. She principally works with customers across Europe to help them evolve their cybersecurity strategy to support digital transformation and cloud adoption, to build stronger defences against cyberattacks.
Sarah has had a long and impactful career in business continuity, disaster recovery, data protection and privacy, and crisis management. This enables her to operate holistically to understand the cybersecurity landscape and how this can be proactively enabled to deliver effective resilience.
Sarah is passionate about empowering and supporting women in STEM, which has earned her the accolade of being named one of the most influential and inspiring women in UK Tech
John Doody is the Author of “From Stripes to Stars” and Director of Interlocutor Services Limited, a company established in 2003 to promote Information Assurance and Cyber Security issues both nationally and internationally, the company offers a range of services including Marketing, Communications, Public Speaking, Strategy Reviews, Information Assurance, Cyber Security and Information Technology, these services are geared to the strategic level within government and industry.
Prior to this John served at CESG/GCHQ for 10 years in the appointment of Head of Information Assurance Customer Services. John has a wealth of knowledge across the whole spectrum of Cyber Security and Information Assurance. In this latter appointment he was a major contributor to CESG’s move to a commercial business footing. John also had a role as a Non-Executive Director to a security company as well as providing Strategic Advice to a number of major UK and US IT Security companies. John’s recent major role was as the Global Strategic Cyber Security Adviser to Ultra Electronics Limited where he reported directly to the CEO on Cyber Security matters. He also provided Strategic Advice to FireEye, Booze Allan and Safenet, three large US Cyber companies. John has the unique experience of having held appointments in Defence, the Intelligence Services and Industry.
John is currently a Deloitte Associate.
John is a retired officer of the UK Royal Corps of Signals, a Corps in which he served for 33 years rising to the rank of Colonel.
John is a qualified engineer and has held a number of strategic engineering appointments in the UK Ministry of Defence including system support to PTARMIGAN and WAVELL, the army’s tactical communication and CIS systems, Director in the Procurement Executive as Project Director for Army Electronic Warfare, Battlefield Target Engagement System (BATES), Air Defence CIS system (ADCIS) and WAVELL managing £1B of programmes.
John has also worked in the R&D environment working on Electronic Warfare Simulation. John also served in various operational environments including Loan Service to the Trucial Oman Scouts (A Paramilitary Force) in the Middle East.
John has chaired many international committees dealing with Cyber, Information Assurance, Communications and Interoperability. John is well known on the national and international Cyber/ Information Assurance Conference circuit where he has chaired many events and has given over 100 talks on Cyber and Information Assurance. John is a renowned Evangelist for Cyber Security and Information Assurance.
John held the position of an International Class Director for the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA) International (Fairfax Virginia USA). John is a past President and Vice-President of the AFCEA UK WEST Chapter and he served as a Member at Large for AFCEA London in the early 90s. John was also the Cyber Security Lead for the BCS Security Community of Expertise.
John was awarded the CESG/GCHQ Directors Medal in 2003.
John was elevated to the Infosecurity Europe Hall of Fame in 2012.
John was nominated “Godfather of Cyber Security 2021” at the Unsung Cyber Heroes Award Ceremony in the city of London in October 2021