Brian Sims

Advisory Council formed for International Cyber Expo 2022

NINETEEN GROUP – the organiser of International Cyber Expo – has now formed the Advisory Council for this year’s event, which runs at London’s Olympia on Tuesday 27 and Wednesday 28 September. Security Matters is once again serving as a Media Partner for the show.

Chaired by Professor Ciaran Martin CB, former CEO of the National Cyber Security Centre, the Advisory Council brings together 30 of the most well-respected industry figures from the Government, private and academic sectors. All are united by their shared passion and commitment to combat the issues brought about by tomorrow's interconnected world.

Importantly, the Advisory Council will also shape the event’s overarching agenda, drawing on their expertise, experiences and insights from the cyber security area.

The International Cyber Expo endeavours to be an event ‘for the community, by the community’. Every effort has been made to form a diverse and esteemed panel of experts from all disciplines to provide an array of perspectives: from insurance, legal and vocational considerations through to law enforcement and academia. Moreover, the Advisory Council has been intentionally created with an even split of gender representatives, while Nicola Whiting MBE has been engaged to offer a voice on behalf of the neurodiverse community.

Advisory Council in 2022

Members of the International Cyber Expo Advisory Council for 2022 are:

*Alison Wakefield (professor of criminology and security studies, University of West London)

*Alonso Jose da Silva II (head of cyber threat intelligence, KPMG UK)

*Berta Pappenheim (managing director, CyberFish)

*Chris Greany (director of security, Pay.UK_

*Chris White (head of cyber and innovation, The South East Cyber Resilience Centre)

* Ciaran Martin CB (University of Oxford and former CEO, National Cyber Security Centre)

*David Mudd (global head for digital trust assurance, BSI Group)

*Dr David Scholefield (CISO, Flexys Solutions)

*Don Randall MBE (senior advisor, Don Randall Associates)

*Dr Emma Philpott MBE (CEO, IASME)

*Flavia Kenyon (barrister, The 36 Group)

*Gareth Wharton (cyber CEO, Hiscox)

*Graham Ingram (CISO, University of Oxford)

*Jessica Figueras (vice-chair, UK Cyber Security Council)

*John Davies (co-founder and chair of Cyber Wales, Board director and skills growth lead for UKC3 and CEO at Pervade Software)

*Lisa Forte (partner, Red Goat Consulting)

*Professor Lisa Short (director and co-founder, P&L Digital Edge Limited)

*Lisa Ventura (founder, Cyber Security Unity)

*Mahbubul Islam (CISO, Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service)

*Matt Horne (deputy director for investigations, National Crime Agency)

*Matthew Evans (director of markets, TechUK)

*Michelle Ohren (head of cyber and innovation, The West Midlands Cyber Resilience Centre)

*Nicola Whiting MBE (chief strategy officer, Titania Group)

*Paul Chichester (director of Ooperations, National Cyber Security Centre)

*Professor Richard Benham (global expert in data management, artificial intelligence and cyber security, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)

*Simon Newman (head of cyber and business services at the Police Digital Security Centre, Police Crime Prevention Initiatives)

*Tracy Buckingham (deputy director of security and cyber security exports, Department for International Trade)

*Vicki Gavin (head of information security and compliance and former chair, Kaplan International and The Women’s Security Society)

*Vladlena Benson Professor of cyber security management and director of the Cyber Security Innovation Centre, Aston University)

*Zak Doffman (CEO, Digital Barriers)

Furtner information on each member of the Advisory Council can be accessed online at

Continued collaboration

Advisory Council chair Ciaran Martin commented: “The current threat landscape means that it’s more important than ever for the cyber security community to come together and support each other. Continued collaboration across all sectors, whether public or private, and involving our peers will help us overcome the issues we face as we become more dependent on technology.”

Martin added: “I’m honoured to serve as the chair of the International Cyber Expo’s Advisory Council and look forward to supporting the event in its determined bid to add value, share knowledge and assist in shaping the future of the cyber security sector as well as the show itself.”

Bob Rose, Advisory Council lead and Government liaison for International Cyber Expo, stated: “International Cyber Expo’s mission is to create an inclusive event that brings together the cyber security community to learn and explore the issues and challenges involved with key topics in the cyber realm. We strive to make sure that our agenda is compiled from having listened to that community and that’s precisely why we have a high-level team of advisors from various backgrounds and disciplines in the field.” said.

In conclusion, Rose observed: “We’re thrilled to have these remarkable individuals on board and now very much look forward to producing a quality show for visitors and exhibitors alike.”

Point of convergence

International Cyber Expo has emerged as the cyber security event where business, innovation and education converge. Over two days, industry veterans, newcomers, technical experts, executives and investors are invited to address the issues of tomorrow’s interconnected world right in the heart of London.

The Expo endeavours to be the hub of global and inclusive collaboration. It features informative seminars delivered by experts in the field, including immersive demonstrations of the latest cutting-edge technologies.

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