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

Nick Hewer

English television presenter and former public relations consultant,

Business magnate and media presenter, Nick Hewer, is a former advisor to Lord Alan Sugar on The Apprentice, having been a prominent figure in British corporations for over fifty years. Utilising his high profile platform across sectors, Hewer has since been involved in presenting television roles, championing small businesses and supporting entrepreneurs. An expert in public relations for the entirety of his career, Hewer offers a unique opportunity as an event speaker, able to share his extensive business and PR knowledge with corporate clients wanting to replicate his success. Additionally, having spent over 15 years in the media spotlight, his status and delivery ensures a captivating and entertaining talk for all in attendance.

Responsible for the management of all Alan Sugar’s business and philanthropic media ventures, Hewer and Sugar's long standing relations began in 1983 when his PR company was hired to represent Amstrad. Having worked his way from trainee to sole shareholder in the capital based PR consultancy, Hewer's dynamic and entrepreneurial approach to business saw him internationally recognised as a leader in the field, and spent an illustrious 21 years as part of the Amstrad management team.

With extensive experience in British business, and an entrepreneurial spirit matched only by Sugar himself, Hewer became an aide on the inaugural series of The Apprentice in 2005. Tasked with casting a critical eye over aspiring entrepreneurs, Hewer’s insight has led to the success of a number of budding business people in the nine years he spent on the show. Gaining a reputation as an effective presenter, with subtly comedic expressions, Hewer soon found himself sought after for further mainstream roles, including as the presenter of Channel 4’s Countdown since 2012.

Combining his status in both business and media, Hewer has utilised the opportunity to promote essential topics including automatic pension enrolment, small business success and charity activities. In 2013 he collaborated with Vista Print to support their campaign that aimed to back the development of SMEs. Hewer is uniquely placed to offer influential keynote talks to a diverse range of audiences. Having amassed an impressive and versatile list of media credits, his profile is guaranteed to ensure event success, and his extensive business experience ensures his content is relevant and invaluable. From entertaining career anecdotes to implementable business advice, Nick Hewer is the ideal guest speaker for your occasion.



Keynote speaker

Greg van der Gaast

Speaks, writes, and consults on how we can approach things differently to provide greater benefit to our organisations and the world.,

Greg started in security as a teenage hacker, once compromising a nuclear weapons facility earning him the title of one of the world’s notorious hackers. His 25-year career has however been focused on building effective assurance as an advisor, author, and CISO. 

Strangely to some, he is a staunch critic of how information security is currently practiced, highlighting its continued failures and how it is in some ways causing more harm than good by ignoring the true causes of problems and the industry being lacking in terms of strategy, business-alignment, and leadership.

He now speaks, writes, and consults on how we can approach things differently to provide greater benefit to our organisations and the world.



Keynote speaker

Carl Miller

Partner, CASM Technology, Research Director, CASM, Demos. Author, The Death of the Gods. Visiting Fellow, King's. International Speaker,

Carl (www.carlmiller.co) is an experienced digital researcher, author and international speaker, interested in how technology is changing society and politics. In 2012 he co-founded the first UK think tank institute dedicated to studying the digital world at Demos, and have been its Research Director ever since. He writes widely on tech and society, including for The Economist, Wired, New Scientist, The Sunday Times, the Telegraph and the Guardian.

In 2018 he released his first book 'The Death of the Gods: The New Global Power Grab', published by William Heinemann and now frequently talks to audiences around the world about how what changes in politics, society, media, crime and warfare means to them.

He Tweets at: @carljackmiller



Keynote speaker

Lisa Ventura

Cyber Security Awareness Consultant, Writer & Speaker | Mindset and Mental Health Support Coach | #MHFA | Diversity & Inclusion Advocate | #ActuallyAutistic,

I am an award-winning cyber security awareness consultant and the Founder of Cyber Security Unity (formerly the UK Cyber Security Association), a global community organisation that is dedicated to bringing individuals and companies together who actively work in cyber security to help combat the growing cyber threat. In addition to this I am a mindset and mental health coach specialising supporting those in cyber security with their mental health, managing stress and burnout and bullying/abuse.

I love writing and I contribute regularly to cyber security and technology publications both online and offline as well as appearing at various industry events, conferences and expos as a speaker and panel moderator/chairperson. As part of my work, I also write and produce numerous white papers, articles, benchmarking reports & blogs.

I sit on the board of Think Digital Partners as their cyber security advisor and is a member of the Advisory Group for the International Cyber Expo. Community is at the heart of everything I do, and I’m also passionate about raising awareness of the importance of cyber security for small businesses and SMEs, and this passion led me to raising awareness of the cyber skills gap, women in cyber security and cyber security as a career path for those who are neurodiverse. In 2018 I was diagnosed as #ActuallyAutistic, and I love working with those from diverse backgrounds to encourage them into careers in cyber and acting as a mentor.

Over the years I have been a finalist for and won numerous awards including 2020’s ITV News National Diversity Awards “Positive Role Model for Gender” award, which was a huge honour, SC Europe’s “Outstanding Contribution to Cyber Security” award, Cyber Security Awards UK “Personality of the Year” and “Woman of the Year”, Women in Cyber Security USA “Supporter of Women” award and Computing Magazine’s “Woman of the Year” award amongst others. I am also a TechWomen100 award winner and in 2021 I was named as one of the “Top 30 Women of Influence in Cyber Security During the pandemic” by SC Magazine and was named as one of the industry's "Most Inspiring Women in 2021" by IT Security Guru.

I’m a lifelong learner and I enjoy taking courses to help me further my skillset. I have a huge interest in all things to do with mind, body, spirit and positivity, and I’m also a fully qualified Reiki Healer and Mental Health First Aider. To relax I enjoy walking with my dog, karate/martial arts, reading, bullet journalling, watching films on my home cinema system and exercising regularly in my home-based gym.