Hazel McPherson

Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) | [FCA CF] Significant Management, ALD Automotive UK

Hazel is a seasoned Information Security expert with over 20 years of experience in technology and security. As the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) at ALD Automotive, she is responsible for the strategic direction and oversight of the organisation’s information and cyber security initiatives, ensuring the protection of critical assets and customer data.

Throughout her career, Hazel has demonstrated a relentless commitment to enhancing the security posture of all organisations she has worked for. Her expertise encompasses a wide range of domains, including risk management, regulatory compliance, threat intelligence, incident response, and security awareness training.

Under her leadership, ALD Automotive has implemented innovative security solutions that have protected the organisation against evolving cyber threats, whilst also fostering a culture of security awareness among employees and stakeholders. Her strategic approach to information and cyber security aligns with the local and global business objectives, ensuring a balance between security and operational efficiency.

Prior to joining ALD Automotive, Hazel held several leadership roles in healthcare, local government, manufacturing, and distribution, where she honed her skills and garnered a deep understanding of the information and cyber security challenges facing us all personally and professionally.

Hazel holds a master’s degree in cyber security (MSc) and several industry certifications, further underscoring her commitment to professional excellence. She is a staunch advocate for diversity and inclusion in technology and information security, actively mentoring aspiring professionals and championing initiatives aimed at fostering a more inclusive industry. In 2023 she became a Director of BSides Bristol and successfully re-launched this important community conference for the South West.

As a visionary leader and trailblazer in information security, Hazel continues to drive innovation and excellence in her role as CISO, setting new benchmarks for security in the financial services landscape.