Director of Policy & Research – Socitm, Programme Manager – Local CIO Council
Martin leads Socitm’s policy and research activities on redesign and digital transformation of local public services. His current work covers digital innovation in government, health and social care integration, diversity and digital skills in the workforce, and cyber security. He represents Socitm on a number of national boards in these fields and is programme manager for the Local CIO Council. A graduate of the Universities of Wales, Waterloo (Canada) and Birmingham, his local government career spans planning, housing, leisure and recreation, IT and information services. He is a past president of Socitm. In Brazil and central Asia, he has contributed to the British Council’s e-governance programmes. He has served as an associate lecturer for the University of Birmingham’s Public Service MBA in the UK and Hong Kong, a senior lecturer for the Open University Business School and an external examiner for Henley Business School. Currently, he sits on computer science, customer services and industry advisory boards for the universities of Hertfordshire, Kingston and Loughborough.
Sanjiv is a specialist Cyber Senior Investigating Officer with more than 20 years of law enforcement experience within both strategic and operational roles. He specialises in developing both proactive and reactive responses to serious, organised and complex pure cyber-crimes involving network intrusions, malware, phishing, and DDoS attacks. He is an experienced cyber investigator across business sectors and in collaborative working with governmental and private sector agency partners. He has coordinated investigative actions across local, national and global levels.
As a Senior Investigation Officer he is, on an ongoing basis, responsible for setting investigative strategies on varied serious cybercrime operations with a London nexus. He drives the day-to-day operations of the Metropolitan Police Service FALCON Cyber Crime Unit comprising of 40-plus investigators across digital forensics, enforcement and operational support functions. He directly leads the Digital Forensics Capability and Operational Development teams. Sanjiv is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional.
Mark is a Principal Information Assurance Architect within Cisco’s UK Public Sector team. He advises UK Government clients on cyber security with particular focus on cryptography, network security architecture and compliance. He is a regular external speaker and has presented at various industry events including InfoSec Europe, Cyber Security in Healthcare and Cisco Live.
Mark has worked in the security industry for over 15 years and has held various technical consultancy roles including five years working directly within Cisco’s healthcare team. In addition, he has worked on a number of major Public Sector programs including PSN, HSCN and N3.
When he isn’t working directly with clients, Mark chairs the Common Criteria Network Internal Technical Committee (iTC). The group is responsible for developing the global product assurance standards for network and firewall devices that many governments require products to adhere to.
Mark holds a first class degree in Microelectronics and Software Engineering, is a CESG Certified Senior IA Architect and has held his CCIE for over 15 years.
Partner, Privacy & Data Protection at Bird & Bird LLP
Gabriel advises on a range of international data compliance projects, including the implementation of global data management strategies, GDPR projects, international data transfers and local data compliance. He represents various clinical trial, PV, value demonstration and healthcare organisations in Europe and the US.
Additionally, Gabriel has robust experience of advising clients on guarding against and mitigating potential cyber intrusions and computer breach events for a broad range of major multinationals.
Professor of Cyber Systems Engineering, University of Warwick
Professor Carsten Maple is Professor of Cyber Systems Engineering and Director of Research in Cyber Security at the University of Warwick. Professor Maple has published over 200 peer reviewed papers and is co-author of the UK Security Breach Investigations Report 2010, supported by the Serious Organised Crime Agency and the Police Central e-crime Unit.
His research has attracted millions of pounds in funding and has been widely reported through the media. He has given evidence to government committees a variety of issues in technology, policy, research and education, and has worked with various departments and organisations such as the National Police Chiefs’ Council, the College of Policing, Interpol, the Equality and Human Rights Commission, the Department of Business Innovation and Skills, to name a few.
Professor Maple is Chair of the Council of Professors and Heads of Computing in the UK, is a member of the BCS Accreditation Working Group and was a member of the Shadbolt Review of Computer Science Advisory Group. He is also committee member on the Engineering Professors Council and is a member of the EPSRC UK Robotics and Autonomous Systems Management Board.
Head of IT Audit & Assurance Services West Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust
Gary has over 15 years experience within IT audit and assurance provision and currently manages the WMAS Information Security & Assurance Service (ISAS) which is delivered to numerous public sector clients. Whilst the WMAS ISAS provides a wide range of IT consultancy services Gary has focused upon cyber security during the past 10 years during which time he obtained multiple cyber security accreditations including ‘Tiger Scheme Senior Security Tester’.
Gary manages and undertakes penetration tests and assurance engagements for national and local NHS organisations (including Health Education England), private sector healthcare providers, DEFRA and the UK Cabinet Office. He has identified critical ‘zero-day’ (previously unknown) vulnerabilities in multiple systems and liaises with national bodies such as CESG, CertUK and NHS Digital in relation to cyber security related issues.
President of Socitm and CIO of Norfolk County Council
Geoff Connell is a highly experienced local public sector ICT manager who is currently responsible for technology and information management at Norfolk County Council. He has previously led teams in multiple London Boroughs to modernise and optimise ICT infrastructures, as well as delivering digitally enabled transformation programmes to implement new organisational delivery models. This work has led to Geoff being awarded with numerous top CIO and Digital Leadership awards from various prestigious organisations.
Geoff is active in Local Government programme management, knowledge sharing and policy development through his role as Socitm President and board membership of sub-regional, regional and national groups including Socitm and the Local Public Sector CIO Council.
Ed is the current European Chief Information Security Officer of the Year, UK Security Professional of the Year, and Security Leader of the Year and has been recognised for his massive contribution and sharing of best practice with the wider security world.
Ed is the CIO of DP Governance, and the former Head of Cyber Security for the UK Tax Authority HMRC. Ed designed and built the Cyber Security capability for HMRC, developing two intelligence driven Cyber Security Command Centres; the first in-house developed capabilities in UK Government. Ed implemented security controls across all HMRC’s email domains and reduced phishing emails purporting to be the UK Tax Authority by 500 million in 2016 through spearheading the use of DMARC.
Steve Kennett served 23 years in the Royal Air Force (RAF) from 1978 to 2001 as a telecommunications engineer. He served at various bases in the UK and worldwide, specialising in data communications, cryptography, and data protection (cyber and information security).
On leaving the RAF, Steve held senior positions at Kingston Communications and Centrica where he was responsible for the data and IP networks, and One Tel ISP, where he held responsibility for all aspects of IP and ISP operations, design, and strategic management.
Steve joined Ofcom in June 2005 as the head of spectrum services, where he was responsible for all aspects of enforcement and interference policy, business governance and due diligence. He introduced major legislation and policy changes into Ofcom, including the Wireless and Telegraphy Act 2006, Radio Equipment and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment Act 2005 and the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000.
During his time at Ofcom, Steve was chair of the Satellite Monitoring MOU committee within the European Conference of Postal and Telecommunications Administrations (CEPT) of the European communications office.
He left Ofcom on a high after being part of the successful Ofcom Olympics Spectrum Delivery team responsible for keeping the spectrum for the London 2012 Olympic Games free from interference.
Steve joined Jisc (which provides digital services for UK education and research and operates the Janet network) in January 2013 as the head of operational services and senior information risk owner (SIRO). He was initially responsible for ensuring that appropriate supplier relationships (contractual and otherwise) were in place to support the network and its services. He also ensured that the services provided over the network were delivered according to the company’s stated service levels and policies and met customer expectations.
Steve is currently the security director and SIRO responsible for Jisc’s response to the increasing cyber security threat. He provides leadership for the development of cyber security strategy and policy. Steve is responsible for ensuring that an extensive programme of enhanced cyber security services and initiatives are maintained to protect the network, meet the needs of Jisc’s members and customers, and maintain a high level of cyber security across the Janet network and other Jisc services.
Deputy Director for Infrastructure, Bangor University
Mr Simone Barbaresi is Deputy Director for Infrastructure at Bangor University’s IT Department responsible for servers, desktops, networks, storage, data centres and network services. Simone has worked in the system infrastructure IT industry for over twenty five years. The last ten years has seen him managing various high profile projects within Bangor University, the most recent of these include: Active Directory, Office365, Windows 7, Data Centre Refurbishment, Core Refresh, IT Infrastructure Specification.
Gabe Chomic is a technologist at heart who has been tinkering with things from an early age. He currently leads the information security and architecture efforts at a large national charity and serves as President of the ISSA-UK Chapter. In various past lives, he has performed in-depth security engineering in heavy industry & SCADA environments, analysed international business and security processes in fourteen countries, and dabbled in government IT. His current passions involve the economic drivers behind insecurity, the cascading effects of small business failure, and the changing perception of information security in the public eye.
Chief Digital and Information Officer, Leeds City Council
With more than 28 years’ experience, 16 in CIO and equivalent roles, Dylan Roberts currently holds the position of Chief Digital and Information Officer for the Leeds City Council and three NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups with an external focus on delivering better outcomes for the people and economy of Leeds.
Roberts oversees a range of collaborative change programs at a national, regional and city level. These include the Leeds Health Digital and Information Program spanning deliverables across the health and care system and the independent sector, the award winning Data Mill North open data platform and Observer Top 50 radicals Urban Sustainable Development Lab.
Dylan sits on the National Information Board and as chair of the Local CIO Council leads local public CIO’s contributions and influence into government policy and strategy. He is placed at No 4 of the 2017 CIO 100 that recognises the most transformative and disruptive CIOs in the UK.
David joined BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT in 2006. He is Director for Policy and Community, and founded and chairs the Federation of Informatics Professionals in Health and Social Care. After a physics degree at the University of Southampton, David started his career in IT, then moved into a variety of marketing, communications and policy roles.
He has worked in a range of organisations from technology startups to global technology firm Intel Corporation. David’s background covers science and technology, marketing and communications, public policy and politics. In addition to being a Fellow of BCS, he is also a Fellow at the Institute of Directors and of the RSA.
Chief Digital and Information Officer, Leeds Teaching Hospital
Richard is an internationally recognised leader in digital strategy and technology. In 2017, he was named the UK’s number one CIO in CIO Magazine’s CIO100 list.
Speaking at Public Cyber Security, fresh from two-and-a-half years as CIO of the Health Services Executive Ireland, Richard will explain how Wannacry created the perfect storm for creating a new digital team and why the crisis provided the catalyst for forming, storming and norming a digital team at a new pace.
An IT professional with over 20 years of experience in the industry with five of those focussing on Information Security. Currently working for F5 Networks as a Senior Systems Engineer specialising in network and application security with expertise in SSL/TLS, PKI, cryptography, information risk management, and compliance & regulation (including GDPR).
A regular speaker at industry events and contributor to media opinion pieces on cybersecurity, David also advises Public Sector clients on the secure delivery of applications across on-prem and cloud deployments. David recently graduated Royal Holloway University with a MSc in Information Security, specialising in OT & IoT security.