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

Alexis Conran

British Actor, Writer and TV presenter

Alexis Conran, TV Presenter, Times Radio Presenter and Actor (LAMDA trained) is best known as the man who identifies, uncovers and helps us to protect our businesses and ourselves against scams. As writer and presenter of the highly acclaimed BBC TV show, The Real Hustle, he is in the rare position of being able to advise and educate even the most-foolhardy on issues surrounding security and risk (in the real and virtual world), and identify the human behaviour, communication skills and confidence tricks that the world’s top scammers rely on to achieve their unscrupulous aims. An expert in social engineering, Alexis shares insights into information security and how people are psychologically manipulated into performing actions or divulging confidential information. Alexis also hosts his own weekend review show on Times Radio.

As a charismatic and engaging keynote and after-dinner speaker, Alexis employs his knowledge of the dark and deceptive world of hustling, pickpockets and con-artists to speak candidly on the risks and security threats constantly faced by businesses, and to deliver important messages on the shrewdest ways to protect against the ever-increasing number of scams. His recent clients include Google, IBM, the RSA Security Conference, Experian, RBS, Halifax, Aviva, Facebook, Porsche, VISA, The Metropolitan Police and the City of London Police Fraud in Action Unit.

Alexis’s main keynote topics include, but are not limited to: The psychology of deception - How the brain can be fooled by assumption. The anatomy of a scam - How a handful of scams that have existed for thousands of years still catch people out. Social Engineering - How it works and why it is so successful. Why systems fail - The human face of security. Trust and Transparency - How to stay safe in an uncertain world. Confidence - Like fitness, confidence can be broken down and learnt like any skill. The Art of Story Telling - Every sale or scam relies on a believable story. Learn how to tell engaging and convincing stories.

Alexis can adapt his style to deliver entertaining after dinner cabaret which includes showing off his genius sleight of hand techniques to the amazement of large audiences. His after-dinner topics, include, but are not limited to: Achieving outcomes using sleight of hand techniques. Renowned topical scams. True tales of the Hustler

Alexis currently hosts his own weekly show, on Talk Radio. He has been part of several Channel 5 programs all focused around how to keep people safe from scams and sharp practices.

He also contributes to ITV’s This Morning and BBC Radio 4 and 5Live, and was crowned champion of Celebrity MasterChef 2016.

Keynote speaker

Robin Smith

Head of Cyber and Information Security, Aston Martin

An experienced privacy and security programme leader, focusing on foresight strategies to transform organisations. Worked across law enforcement, health and UK think tanks to promote 'freedom through information'.


Eliza May Austin

CEO and Co-Founder, and PocketSIEM

Eliza-May Austin is the CEO of a tech startup specialising in cyber defence through adversary emulation purple teaming and the building corporate defences against cyber attacks. She also Co-founded the subsidiary PocketSIEM, the world's most cost-effective SIEM service.

Keynote speaker

Lisa Forte

Social Engineering and Cyber Security Expert,

Lisa Forte Social Engineering and Cyber Security Expert Lisa Forte started her career in security trying to stop pirates from attacking ships off the coast of Somalia. She then worked in UK Counter Terrorism Intelligence before moving into one of the UK Police Cyber Crime Units. She founded her own company, Red Goat Cyber Security, in 2017 and has become one of the leading voices on cyber security issues.

Lisa Forte is a professional speaker, trainer, entrepreneur, documentary personality and vlogger and was named one of the Top 100 Women in Tech.
Forte is an expert in risk management, insider threats, social engineering, and helping large companies improve their incident response plans and rehearse for a cyber-attack. Forte passionately supports the “tech for good” philosophy.

Forte has starred in several documentary films and is a regular on BBC news, radio and in national papers. In 2020 Lisa co-founded a “cyber for good” movement called Cyber Volunteers 19. The group provided pro bono help and advice to help protect hospitals around Europe from cyber-attacks during the pandemic.

As a speaker, Forte is internationally recognised and furnishes audience with high energy presentations centred around storytelling. Forte’s YouTube vlog,
Rebooting, has attracted big names in cyber security and focuses on debating hot and controversial issues in security.

Forte delivers dynamic and engaging presentations that draw on her expert personal experiences, other areas of risk management as well as research she has carried out herself. An experienced cyber security trainer, Forte knows how to effectively communicate her message to all types of audience in a lively, informative and engaging manner.

Keynote speaker

Richard Parlour


Chairman EU Task Force on Cybersecurity Policy for the Financial Sector, Co Rapporteur EU Task Force on Improving AML Effectiveness Across Europe, Member B20 Integrity and Compliance Task Force. Richard has been involved in the combat of financial crime since the earliest draft of the First EU Money Laundering Directive. He has been a member of the HM Treasury Money Laundering Experts Group, an advisor to JMLIT and a number of Financial Intelligence Units, and a member of the DCMS Cyber Experts Group. He has since advised all types of financial institution on cybercrime and financial crime issues, putting training programmes together and carrying out investigations and enhanced due diligence in 140 jurisdictions worldwide. He is a regular speaker on cybercrime related issues at various conferences internationally. He is currently working on melding the climate and planetary agendas with the global cybercrime agenda, under a new initiative called Anti Terracide Financing. He was awarded Strategic Regulatory Advisor 2020.

Keynote speaker

Shawnee Delaney

CEO, Vaillance Group

Intelligence poacher-turned-gamekeeper Shawnee Delaney is a decorated Intelligence Officer and licensed Private Investigator who has conducted thousands of public and private investigations. She is an Insider Threat subject matter expert who deploys war stories, humor and charm to bring unrivalled insight into the nexus of espionage and the corporate world.

A certified Case Officer and alumnus of "The Farm", the CIA’s iconic training facility; Shawnee spent nearly a decade with the Defence Intelligence Agency conducting clandestine Human Intelligence (HUMINT) operations all over the world, including four combat zone tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. She will, for the right price, tell you the story of the time Al-Qaeda issued a fatwa against all female intelligence officers and tried to kidnap her. Thereafter, alongside the Department of Homeland Security, she coordinated and managed intelligence community relationships in the protection of U.S. critical infrastructure and industrial control systems.

Shawnee's civilian client back catalogue boasts industries including celebrated bêtes noires Big Pharma and Big Tech. She led the development and implementation of Uber's first ever Insider Threat program, with special focus on their autonomous vehicles program. She also led complex corporate investigations all over the globe targeting fraud, platform abuse, data exfiltration, and attribution of unauthorized disclosures.

At Merck Pharmaceuticals she created and personally delivered a cutting-edge training program to over 5,000 employees as part of their Intellectual Property and Trade Secrets protection program, setting a record for positive employee feedback that, to her knowledge, still stands to this day. There she also created interactive, multidisciplinary training packages for 45,000 employees on Insider Threat, workplace violence and active shooter awareness that had an emphasis - despite the inherently dry nature of some of the material - on engagement, impact, and fun.

Shawnee specializes in Insider Threat program management, Insider Threat vulnerability assessments, media leaks, counterintelligence operations, surveillance/counter-surveillance, cyber technologies/threats, counter-terrorism, HUMINT operations, international policy/government relations, and counter-proliferation. She holds an M.A. in International Policy Studies with a Specialization in Counter-Terrorism and Counter-Proliferation, and a M.S. in Cyber Security.

In 2019 Shawnee founded Vaillance Group, specializing in Insider Threat vulnerability assessments, program development, and training. In the fight against both malicious and unintentional threats, Vaillance leverages Shawnee’s unparalleled knowledge of Insider Threat to protect its clients’ assets, people, and information.


Steve Mulhearn

Director Fabric Solutions 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


Richard Walters

CTO, Censornet

He is responsible for the current and future development of their autonomous, integrated cloud security platform. He was previously Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer at SaaSID, a UK-based IDaaS and CASB vendor, which was acquired by Intermedia in 2013. He subsequently served as Intermedia’s Senior Vice President of Security Products. In his earlier career, Richard was CTO of Integralis, Europe’s largest security integrator, for six years. Richard has 30 years of experience in the IT industry, starting with blue-chip vendors such as Digital, Dell, and Panasonic. With a strong technical background, dating back to VAX VMS and Unix System V, and over 15 years in C-level positions focused on information security, he has in-depth knowledge of operating system and database security, intrusion detection systems, email and web security, identity and access management, cloud and mobile security. Richard has a thorough understanding of risk management and of standards, regulations and legislation such as ISO27001, PCI DSS, the DPA and GDPR. He also spent over 10 years consulting with FTSE100 companies on all aspects of security


Dr Beverley McCann

Principal Analyst Consultant, Darktrace

Beverly McCann is Principal Analyst Consultant at Darktrace, a global leader in cyber security AI. At Darktrace, she works closely with strategic customers to investigate and respond to sophisticated and novel cyber-threats. She also works closely with the Darktrace SOC team to proactively alert customers to emerging threats and helps customers integrate Darktrace with other security solutions. Beverly holds a Doctorate (PhD) in Biological Sciences from the University of Cambridge and a MBA from the Quantic School of Business and Technology.


Damiete King-Harry

Cloudflare Solutions Engineer, Cloudflare

Damiete is a Solutions Engineer at Cloudflare, providing infrastructure and architecture consulting for organisations of various sizes. With great experience across a variety of sectors, his career has recently been focused on enterprise security and performance. Outside of work, Damiete is a big fan of the outdoors, travel and new experiences.



Wilson Sanders

Head of Business Development, Kaseya/ IT Glue AND Unitrends/Spanning

Wilson has successfully led the business development team in EMEA from conception, proving integral to driving the region’s remarkable growth since the 2017 opening of the EMEA office in Reading, UK. Wilson regularly speaks at events and is an expert in how to help businesses become leaner, fitter and smarter.


Ben Jenkins

Senior Solutions Engineer, Threatlocker

Ben Jenkins is a senior solutions engineer with over 8 years of experience working within the technology sector. Ben specialises in working with SME’s, helping them implement technical solutions that will grow and scale their businesses. As a ransomware expert, Ben spends most of his free time educating others about the importance of cyber security. Ben has presented at many major events across the globe, and taken part in various panel discussions. Before joining Threatlocker, Ben worked in a variety of roles from support technician, to systems engineer. Together, these roles have enabled Ben to become the technology expert he is today.


Deryck Mitchelson

C-Suite Advisor and Field CISO, EMEA, Check Point Software Ltd

Deryck is a commercially focused C-suite executive distinguished by expertise in cyber security and cloud, with global experience in delivering major secure transformational business-change across both private and public sectors. His strategic leadership at Brightsolid Consulting, Wood Mackenzie and NHS Scotland provided Deryck with the platform for building and delivering IT and Security strategies and application of emerging technologies, delivering a positive impact to both business goals and bottom line. In his current role at Check Point he acts as a security evangelist, advising C-Suite leaders on digital transformation underpinned by security resilience and strategy. He is a recognized thought-leader and visionary, named in the top 20 IT influencers in the UK by computer weekly, winner of Holyrood’s prestigious digital leader of the year award and recognised by as one of the top 100 transformational and disruptive CIOs in the UK.