Colonel (Retd) John Doody FBCS FCMI CITP IISP MIOD

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, 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. He 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.

He also has 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 and Safenet, two large US Cyber companies. He 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 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 managing £1B of programmes. John has also worked in the R&D environment working on Electronic Warfare Simulation.  He has also served in various operational environments including Loan Service to the Trucial Oman Scouts 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 many talks on Cyber and Information Assurance.  He is a renowned Evangelist for Cyber Security and Information Assurance.

He has held the position of an International Class Director for the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA) International (Fairfax Virginia USA). He is a past President and Vice-President of the AFCEA UK WEST Chapter and served as a Member at Large for AFCEA London in the early 90s. He was also also the Cyber Security Lead for the BCS Security Community of Expertise

John has supported a number of Charitable organisations including SSAFA,  Help for Heroes and The Army Benevolent Fund (ABF)

John was awarded the CESG/GCHQ Directors Medal in 2003

He was elevated to the Infosecurity Europe Hall of Fame in 2012

Keynote speaker

Frank Abagnale

Keynote Speaker, Catch me if you can

Frank Abagnale is one of the world’s most respected authorities on forgery, embezzlement, and secure documents. For over 40 years he has worked with, advised, and consulted with hundreds of financial institutions, corporations and government agencies around the world. Mr. Abagnale’s rare blend of knowledge and expertise began more than 50 years ago when he was known as one of the world’s most famous con men. His riveting story provided the inspiration for Steven Spielberg’s 2002 film, Catch Me If You Can, starring Leonardo DiCaprio as Abagnale and Tom Hanks as the FBI agent fast on his heels. The Tony-Award winning musical, Catch Me If You Can, directed by the legendary Jack O’Brien, opened on Broadway at the Neil Simon Theatre.

“I chose to immortalize him on film because of what he’s done for the country for more than 30 years.” -Steven Spielberg 

Mr. Abagnale has been associated with the FBI for over 40 years. He lectures extensively at the FBI Academy and for the field offices of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. He is a faculty member at the National Advocacy Center (NAC) which is operated by the Department of Justice, Executive Office for United States Attorneys. More than 14,000 financial institutions, corporations and law enforcement agencies use his fraud prevention programs. In 1998, he was selected as a distinguished member of “Pinnacle 400” by CNN Financial News - a select group of 400 people chosen on the basis of great accomplishment and success in their fields.  In 2004 Mr. Abagnale was selected as the spokesperson for the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) and the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA).  He has also written numerous articles and books including The Art of the Steal, The Real U Guide to Identity Theft and Stealing Your Life.


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.


Daniel Selman

Data Protection Officer, Camelot Group

Daniel has been working in Data Protection since 2008 when as a civil servant in the MOD he was appointed to jointly lead the team delivering the responses to the 90+ recommendations arising from the Data Handling Review and Burton Report.  In 2016 he made the move to the Private Sector and has subsequently worked for Direct Line Group, Informa and Goldman Sachs before taking up his current role as Data Protection Officer for Camelot Group.

Keynote speaker

David Hollies

Inspector, West Midlands Regional Cyber Crime Unit

David has worked in a wide variety of roles – both uniform and investigative – since joining West Midlands Police in 2006. He has been responsible for the Pursue strand of the West Midlands Regional Organised Crime Unit response to Cyber Dependent crime since 2018. This incorporates reactive and proactive investigations targeting subjects engaged in Cyber Dependent criminality, Dark Web commodity suppliers and the development of Technical Intelligence capabilities to support activity across the region.

Keynote speaker

Dr. Emma Philpott MBE

CEO, IASME Consortium

Dr Emma Philpott MBE: Emma is CEO of the IASME Consortium Ltd, a company which focuses on information assurance for small companies and the supply chain.  IASME worked with the UK government to develop the Cyber Essentials scheme and was awarded the contract to be the sole NCSC Cyber Essentials Partner from April 2020.  IASME and the network of almost 200 Certification Bodies certify more than 500 companies per month.

Emma is also Founder and Manager of the UK Cyber Security Forum, a network of more than 600 small companies working in cyber security across the UK.  The Forum is leading on an initiative to train unemployed neuro-diverse adults in cyber security and supporting them to find employment.  23 of these individuals found employment in the last year.

In 2019 Emma was honoured to be awarded the MBE for services to Cyber Security.

Keynote speaker

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. 

Keynote speaker

Laura Elliott

Account Director, Darktrace

Laura Elliot is an Account Director at Darktrace, the world’s leading AI company for cyber defence. Laura advises companies from a variety of industries on the use of machine learning and AI to protect cloud, email, IoT, networks and industrial systems. This includes insider threat, industrial espionage, IoT compromises, zero-day malware, data loss, supply chain risk and long-term infrastructure vulnerabilities. Laura holds a BA from Durham University.

Seminar speaker

Grant Paling

Head of Managed Services, 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).

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.

Keynote speaker

Richard Parlour

Chairman of the EU Task Force on Cybersecurity Policy for the Financial Sector,

Richard Parlour is chairman of the EU Task Force on Cybersecurity Policy for the Financial Sector, and has been a member of the DCMS Cyber Experts Working Group and chairman of the FSB Home Affairs Committee. He is also a rapporteur on the new EU Task Force on Improving AML Effectiveness, and on the Integrity and Compliance team at B20. Richard is an experienced international financial markets lawyer. His firm, Financial Markets Law International ( has a particular specialism in deterrence of cybercrime, and assists in cyber resilience, cyber investigations and training.

Keynote speaker

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.


Greg van der Gaast

Head of Information Security / Digital IT, 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 1990’s. A frequent speaker about bringing visibility, care, and accountability to the Information Security profession, he is an expert in building efficient InfoSec organisations by enabling leadership, addressing root causes, and harnessing human potential.

He is the Head of Information Security at the University of Salford in addition to having his own consultancy, CMCG, which helps others deliver effective and accountable information assurance.