Colonel (Retd) John Doody

Industry Expert, British Computer Society

John Doody is 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 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. He has a wealth of knowledge across the whole spectrum of Information Assurance and Cyber Security. In this latter appointment he was a major contributor to CESG’s move to a commercial business footing. He also has a major 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 is a retired officer of the UK Royal Corps of Signals, a Corps in which he served for 33 years to the rank of Colonel.  He 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 Manager for Army Electronic Warfare, Battlefield Target Engagement System (BATES), Air Defence CIS system (ADCIS) and WAVELL. John  has worked in the R&D environment working on Electronic Warfare Simulation.  John has chaired many international committees dealing with Information Assurance, communications and interoperability. John is well known on the national and international Information Assurance and Cyber Conference circuit where he has chaired many events and has given many talks on Cyber Information Assurance. He has delivered over 100 papers on Security.  He is a past President and Vice-President of AFCEA UK WEST Chapter and served as a Member at large for AFCEA London in the early 90s. He is also a member of the BCS Community of Security Expertise.

John is well know in the Cyber and Information Assurance domain having had 59 years’ experience in defence, government and industry and brings a wealth of knowledge to the Cyber and Information Assurance debate.

He is a committed Cyber Security Evangelist

He was recently elevated to the Infosecurity Europe Hall of Fame.

Keynote speaker

Bryan Seely

World-famous hacker,

Bryan Seely is an international keynote speaker, world-famous hacker, Cybersecurity expert, author and former U.S. Marine. Seely became one of the most famous hackers in 2014 when he became the only person to ever wiretap the United States Secret Service and FBI. Shockingly he told the 2 agencies before he was caught, and instead of being sent to maximum security prison, the Secret Service called him a hero and praised his courage and integrity. He has appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington as well as television appearances on Closing bell on CNBC, CNN, FOX News, ABC, NBC and TMZ with Harvey Levin. Bryan is passionate about fighting for consumers rights, privacy and educating the public about how to stay safe in a constantly changing technology landscape. He currently works as a freelance cybersecurity consultant, professional keynote speaker and lives in Seattle with his fiancée and their 3 children.


Daniel Cope

industry-leading expert , Financial Institute

Daniel Cope (Dan) is a renowned, industry-leading expert who frequently speaks at conferences, industry forums and Podcasts. Dan is one of the leading minds in Data Management with expertise across Data Privacy & Protection, Data Governance, Ethics, and Security along with bringing expertise in IT and emerging technology such as AI.

Dan is focused on the practical implementation of Data Protection law and ethical practice, and is passionate about data and noting the personal nature behind it. Ensuring ethical and lawful usage of data, along with challenging industry, Government, etc. around Data usage (NHS Digital, AI). Dan is also passionate about supporting the community and shares his thought leadership to strive to improve individual /personal accountability and understand of Personal Data being used in ethical, proportionate, lawful ways.

With a well-established educational, professional & voluntary background, Dan has a wide range of; Data Privacy, Information security, IT & legal qualifications, (CIPP-E, CIPP/M, CDPO, ISO27001-2, ITIL, BA (Hons) Law, Agile, Prince2, EPA Assessor, Bizz-Design Enterprise Architect, etc.) Dan has held several key senior leadership strategic & operational positions leading Data Management(Quality, Governance, Architecture, Analytics), compliance (Data Privacy, Protection, Governance, etc.), and IT (Change, Project Management, DRP, Cyber & Info Security & Risk), for global & national, internationally recognised B2C & B2B organisations across a wide range of sectors & industries (Finance, Logistics, Consultancy, and more). Dan also has over a decade of voluntary experience within leadership (trustee) & advising on compliance & ethics. These include; Data Privacy Advisor, Vice-President & Vice-Chairman of Prospect UK (London & South East), Committee member & prior Vice-Chairman of The British Computer Society (BCS) for Berkshire & Surrey, National Committee member for BCS Project Management, National Committee member for BCS Young professionals, along with prior roles such as Logistics Chairman Cancer research etc.

Keynote speaker

Mike Jones

Mike Jones (sting3r) is a former member of Anonymous hacktivist group. He has been associated with groups such APT28 as well as other notorious groups. After an extended law enforcement investigation mike now dedicates his efforts to helping corporations across several industries defend against methodologies various groups employ. Along with penetration testing and public speaking he continues to develop exploit code and find new ways to push the envelope of security.


Tate Chakrabarti

Senior Privacy Counsel , Reckitt Benckiser plc

Tate Chakrabarti is Senior Privacy Counsel at Reckitt Benckiser plc. He is an English qualified lawyer with over a decade’s experience in the field of data privacy and also commercial law.

Reckitt Benckiser plc is a FTSE listed company. Their well-known brands are available in nearly 200 countries and include (amongst others) Durex, Dettol, Nurofen and Scholl. Tate is responsible for providing the company with strategic and practical legal advice on a range of data privacy issues for global business operations including drafting and negotiating data transfer and processing agreements, data breach preparedness and response, multi-jurisdictional marketing practices, global data transfers, data retention, notification of data losses to a data regulatory body, privacy litigation, eCommerce matters and data localisation requirements.


Geoff White

Investigative Journalist Covering Technology, ,

Ever wondered how the latest developments in technology are affecting our world? Geoff White has. He dives deep into these issues as an accomplished keynote speaker and prolific writer, having spoken on panels and chaired debates at venues ranging from London's Chatham House think-tank to the Latitude music festival. His reports for Channel 4 News and BBC Radio 4 aim to create real-world change, with a particular focus on e-crime and cybersecurity: his words have brought about arrests, regulatory investigations and legislative action. Geoff also created the Data Baby project, a unique experiment which used a fictional online identity to expose how our personal data is being used - and abused - online. He recently completed a 10-part series delving into the shadow dark web economy that feeds on stolen personal data, hacked computers and corporate incompetence. He is also the co-creator of The Secret Life of Your Mobile Phone, a live, interactive phone hacking stage performance which shows how the global technology industry is harvesting the data leaking from your handset.


Helen Williams

Cyber Protect Officer , North West Regional Organised Crime Unit (NWROCU)

Helen Williams has worked in the North West Regional Organised Crime Unit for the last 4 years.

As a Cyber Protect officer her role is to ensure that the region is a safe place to live and work online by highlighting the impact of cybercrime and simple steps you can take to protect yourself.  Being part of a national network linked into the National Cyber Security Centre, the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau and Action Fraud, Helen is strategically placed to learn about the latest cyber threats and advice.

She talks regularly at business networking events and conferences around the region as well as giving support to victims. She has advice on everything from how to create a strong password to how to use public Wi-Fi safely, plus a wealth of stories about how businesses in the region are being affected by Cyber Crime.


Holly Grace Williams

Technical Director , Secarma

Holly Grace Williams is the Technical Director of Secarma. She holds a MSc in Information Security, from Cardiff University. Her early career was spent in various communications and security roles in the British Army. Although in her current position there is a much stronger focus on offensive security, specifically penetration testing and cybersecurity consultancy.

Seminar speaker

Charl van der Walt

Chief Security Strategy Officer , SecureData - Part of Orange Cyberdefense.

Charl is the founder of SensePost – an international penetration testing company serving customers on 5 continents – where he still forms part of the management. Over almost 20 years at SensePost he acted in various roles including CEO for about 5 years. After merging SensePost with UK cybersecurity services provider SecureData, he took a diverse role with the group that includes leading its research unit, directing security strategy and also leading the ‘Security Intelligence Unit’, which amongst other things runs a significant Vulnerability Management, Managed SIEM and Threat Hunting (MDR) operation .



Steve Mulhearn

Director Enhanced Technologies UKI & DACH, Fortinet

Steve has over 20 years of experience in the cybersecurity sector. He has a wealth of knowledge on the security pain points faced by companies in almost every sector, ranging from financial services to manufacturing. Steve is also an expert on IoT security and how companies can best protect themselves from emerging threats. His experience of working both with Service providers and Enterprise gives him a unique view of the different requirements in not only securing networks but also in offering security services to the market


Eliza May Austin


Eliza is the CEO of th4ts3cur1ty. company, an intelligence lead adversary emulation purple teaming specialist organisation. Eliza founded the Ladies of London Hacking Society (LLHS) a social enterprise committed to teaching and sharing technical knowledge among women in the infosec community.

Seminar speaker

Chris Cheyne

CTO, Si Consult

Chris Cheyne is the SOC Director and CTO for SI Consult, a global organisation empowering its clients with bespoke cyber security procedures and technology.
Responsible for operating five Security Operation Centres across the UK, Middle East and India, Chris specialises in threat hunting and intelligence, endpoint detection and response, SOC monitoring, behavioural analytics, EUBA, SIEM and more.
With over 12 years of experience in security operations and management services, his objective is to place the power of his SOC team into his clients’ hands, and to provide complete visibility of security events and threats within their environments.
Chris has been pivotal in building Si Consult’s capabilities in Managed Security Services and has experience in delivering SOC detection and response services for household names across multiple sectors, including Finance, Insurance, Healthcare, Retail, Aviation and Education.
With an industry-leading team of 150 analysts behind him, he ensures that clients receive the highest degree of protection against today’s cyber threats.

Seminar speaker

Gerard McGowan

Consultant, OneTrust Vendorpedia

Gerard McGowan serves as a consultant for OneTrust VendorpediaTM – a purpose-built software designed to operationalize third-party risk management. In his role, Mr McGowan advises enterprise companies throughout their third-party risk management implementations to help meet requirements relating to relevant standards, frameworks, and laws (e.g. ISO, NIST, SIG, GDPR and CCPA). Mr McGowan works with clients to centralize their third party information across business units, assess risks and performance, and monitor threats throughout the entire third-party relationship, from onboarding to offboarding.

Seminar speaker

Pavel Mucha

Systems Engineer, Cybereason

Pavel Mucha is a Senior Pre-Sales Specialist at Cybereason and one of the good guys working tirelessly to give our customers the upper hand against adversaries. His experience with Cybereason and McAfee makes him a valuable asset for anybody needing to understand how to defend their organisation against the next generation of cyber threats.


Mariana Pereira

Director of Email Security Products , Darktrace

Mariana Pereira is the Director of Email Security Products at Darktrace, with a primary focus on the capabilities of AI cyber defenses against email-borne attacks. Mariana works closely with the development, analyst, and marketing teams to advise technical and non-technical audiences on how best to augment cyber resilience within the email domain, and how to implement AI technology as a means of defense. She speaks regularly at international events, with a specialism in presenting on sophisticated, AI-powered email attacks. She holds an MBA from the University of Chicago, and speaks several languages including French, Italian and Portuguese. 


Anthony Roberts

UK Technical Lead, Cynet

Anthony has 20 years experience in IT, mostly focusing on security pre-sales \ consulting, specialising in Information Security, Content Security and Cyber Security. Within the last 14 years Anthony has worked for various security vendors such as Symantec and Trend Micro, he also spent time working at HP as a trusted security advisor to enterprise customers, within this time Anthony developed solid end to end customer solutions to address business and technical challenges, gaining deep experience in solution design, project implementation and operational support across multiple technologies and platforms, including virtual, physical and cloud infrastructures. Anthony is passionate about helping customers develop strong Cyber security defences, by understanding each customer need, and making sure technology fits the need and business processes.


Grant Paling

Head of Managed Services UK, SecureData, Part of Orange Cyberdefense

Grant Paling has over 12 years of experience in Cyber Security and has worked with some of Europe’s largest companies, assisting in their drive to improve security maturity. In his current role, he runs Managed and Assessment Services in the UK as well as serving the wider SecureData organisation as Service Owner for Cyber Intelligence Services and the Pan-European Computer Security Incident Response Team (CSIRT).

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