OUR ADVISORY GROUP
The Cyber Resilience Centre for the West Midlands has established an Advisory Group featuring a range of industry professions from all backgrounds to help support the growth of the centre.
As members of the West Midlands cyber community, our Advisory Group Members provide guidance, advice and influence the direction of the centre.
You can find out more about our Advisory Group Members below.
Stuart Hadley is the Global Commercial Director of Birmingham based CyberQ Group, an award winning cyber security services provider. Stuart has 23 years’ experience in the IT and security sector working in technical and project management roles. Stuart has worked with organisations such as IBM, Lloyds Bank and a number of public sector bodies.
During the past five years, Stuart has supported business and public sector bodies with their digital transformation strategy.
Paul Street joined Colmore BID in January 2019 as
a Special Projects Officer for the BID’s Safe and Sound
working group. Safe and Sound focuses on delivering a
safe and secure Colmore Business District for everyone
who works, visits or passes through. The working group provides a visible Security Team patrol providing business and public reassurance, as well as specific projects aimed at tackling public safety issues such as national security, crime and anti-social behaviour.
Paul recently completed a 12 month contract delivering award-winning work for Soho Road BID after a varied and highly decorated 30 year career with West Midlands Police. He has extensive specialist experience in regional Counter Terrorism Policing as well as Local Policing in challenging areas such as Birmingham City Centre and Handsworth. Within his last 6 years of service Paul joined the Birmingham Partnership Team and worked alongside the Birmingham Community Safety Partnership as their strategic lead project officer for thematic priorities such as Urban Street Gangs, Serious Youth Violence, Violence Vulnerability and Early Help, and Crime ASB and Community Justice.
Federation of Small Businesses
Helen is the friendly face of Federation of Small Businesses.
She is the FSB’s representative on Cyber Crime for the West Mids. She has also contributed to the development of British Standard BS31111 providing guidance on how to make cyber security a routine topic of boardroom conversation.
If you’re interested in combining people, processes and technology to achieve robust compliance, you may like to follow Helen’s blog or connect with her on LinkedIn.
PROFESSOR PRASHANT PILLAI
University of Wolverhampton
Professor Prashant Pillai is currently
working as a Professor in Cyber Security
and Director of the Wolverhampton Cyber Research Institute at the University of Wolverhampton. Professor Pillai has 18 years of research experience and specialises in the areas of communication networks and cyber security. Over the years, Prof Pillai has led several national/international research projects funded by various funding agencies like Innovate UK, ESA, EU, etc. in the areas of cyber security. He has been invited for talks at various international conferences and has co-edited 4 books and has co-authored over 98 peer reviewed papers in leading journals and conferences and 4 book chapters. With educational background in Electronics and IT security and an avid interest in Artificial Intelligence, Prof Pillai has a passion of researching complex issues that lie in the interaction of these areas. His current research interest lies in the application of AI and developing novel security solutions for safety critical systems (like smart grid, autonomous cars, aeronautical systems and robotics). He is also a serial entrepreneur who has founded two cyber security start-ups Cydon Ltd. and OnlynShield Ltd. He is a Senior Member of IEEE, a Fellow of the HEA and a Fellow of the BCS.
Andy was introduced to IT back in 1989
whilst working within the nuclear
industry. His career since has taken him through various sizes of businesses and public sector bodies. He provided innovation, with strong engineering principles, to various digital transformation projects and programmes.
Over the years he has been using these skills in the sphere of cyber security to help businesses protect their technology and services from theft, damage or business disruption due to cyber-attacks.
This year at Zenzero, Andy has taken on the responsibility for the strategic direction of cyber security tooling and management; and how those become part of their service catalogue. He is working to ensure these services are effective in supporting small and medium sized businesses to meet - cyber security - certifications such as Cyber Essentials.
As part of bridging the gap between small and medium sized business, and larger national initiatives, Andy is helping Zenzero support the Police CyberAlarm rollout to their MSP customers.
Tim Pinnell has worked in
telecommunications cyber and information
security for over twenty years. From the early World Wide Web days to today’s globally connected information services, Tim brings a wealth of experience in security, compliance, and governance.
Throughout his career he has played a leading role in adopting, consulting and implementing information security compliance standards, including ISO 27001, PCIDSS and Cyber Essentials, helping organisations understand the risks facing their businesses and the controls needed to mitigate them.
Elhadj Benkhelifa is a Full Professor of Computer Science with almost two decades of research experience. Elhadj is Head of Professoriate at Staffordshire University and the Founding Director of the Smart Systems, AI and Cybersecurity Research Centre (SSAICS).
Elhadj research interests cover different aspects of digital transformation and emerging technologies, including, cloud computing, Blockchain, Service Computing, Cybersecurity, Data (Governance, Semantics, analytics, Social Networks), Artificial Intelligence and Software Engineering methods. Elhadj is currently leading an important initiative, in partnership with Staffordshire Police, to reduce online fraud and cybercrime and their impact on organisations.
Elhadj is an international speaker who has co/edited 20+ conference proceedings and special editions of Scientific Journals; published 150+ peer reviewed research papers in conferences and journals; supervised to completion several PhD projects; led on a number of (national and international) collaborative projects; and chaired/organised many prominent IEEE international conferences.
Elhadj is a Co-Founder of emergingtecnetwork.org, an international body that promotes research and dissemination of research in emerging technologies. He is also a Director at Yotta Laboratories Ltd. Elhadj is a Senior Member of IEEE, co-founder of the IEEE UK&I Section’s Education &STEM Office, Member of the Evidence Based Practice Board for Staffordshire Police, a Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy and Prince2 Practitioner
Cyber Security Consultant for CGI
Nicola is currently a consultant within cyber security services for CGI in the UK. Being one of the largest cyber security practices helping clients manage complex security challenges, The group provides a balanced portfolio of services across many sectors such as Space, Defence and Intelligence, Energy and Utilities, as well as the commercial sector. Engagements include the design and delivery of major transformational programmes, consultative assignments, and the provision of a range of operational security managed services.
With 25 years’ experience within Information Technology gained from serving in the Armed Forces as well as a multi-national Retailer.
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Our advisory Group ensures the relevance of our services and benefits for all our members.
We are looking to increase our Advisory Group – please send your expressions of interest!