Moderator

Colonel (Retd) John Doody FBCS FCMI CITP IISP MIOD

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



Keynote speaker

Sarah Armstrong-Smith

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



Keynote speaker

Purvi Kay

Head of Cyber Security Governance Risk & Compliance, 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.

 


Keynote speaker

Stu Hirst

CISO, Trustpilot

Stu is currently CISO at leading consumer review website Trustpilot.

He was instrumental in building Skyscanner’s Security team from 2015-2017, having led them to the final of SC Magazine’s Security Team Of The Year 2017. He has previously worked in security at The Trainline, was part of the Cyber Leadership Team at Capital One UK, Photobox Group and Interim Director at Just Eat Takeaway.com

He has twice been nominated as a finalist for Cyber Evangelist Of The Year at the Scottish Cyber Awards and is one half of Cyber Scotland Connect. Stu has key-noted at numerous leading Security events such as InfoSec Europe, Cloud Expo Europe, BSides (various) and Future Of Cyber Security.