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.
UK Cyber Security Association
Lisa Ventura is an award-winning Cyber Security consultant and is the CEO and Founder of the UK Cyber Security Association (UKCSA), a membership association that is dedicated to individuals and companies who actively work in cyber security in the UK. She has over 10 years’ experience in the cyber security industry and is passionate about raising awareness of being more cyber aware in business to help prevent cyber-attacks and cyber fraud. She is a thought leader, author and keynote speaker and has been published in various publications globally. Lisa is also an advocate for women in cyber security, the cyber skills gap and neurodiversity, and her first book “The Rise of the Cyber Women” was published in August 2020.
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.
Trowers & Hamlins LLP
Mark specialises in commercial litigation, arbitration and conducting investigations with particular emphasis on complex and commercially sensitive disputes involving allegations of fraud.
He has a particular interest in technology, cybercrime and cyber security issues. He has delivered seminars and training on fraud and cyber security issues, including the development of fraud risks
relating to blockchain technology and developments in legal technology. Mark is a contributing author on a whitepaper which illustrates specific cyber security risks in the supply chain including those relating to blockchain and cryptocurrency.
Mark is a member of the Commercial Fraud Lawyers Association and the Fraud Advisory Panel and is widely published on all aspects of fraud including appearing as a panelist on BBC Radio 4 discussing fraud trends.
Mark has been recommended in the guide Chambers and Partners as a leading solicitor in commercial litigation since 2006. He has been described in that publication as "instilling confidence", "has an ease with clients and tells them where they stand" and "brings a practical
client centered approach to the table". In the latest edition of Legal 500 he is described as "savvy, hard-working and keeps his eye on the goal."
Risk Evolves Ltd
Helen is the friendly face of risk
management and compliance.
Her award-winning consultancy, Risk Evolves, helps growing businesses identify, understand and mitigate risks and threats.
Under Helen’s guidance, leadership teams learn that there’s more to compliance
than ticking boxes. By taking a more proactive approach to compliance, actively
seeking out areas for improvement and championing a culture in which everyone
takes responsibility for cyber security and data protection, leaders realise the
benefits of compliance, one of the most overlooked business enablers.
Helen’s commitment to making compliance accessible (and even enjoyable) for all organisations includes giving presentations, delivering training and representing the needs of growing British businesses on several committees.
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.
Forensic Pathways Ltd
As CEO and Founder of Forensic
Pathways Ltd, Deborah has
responsibility for the strategic management and direction of Forensic Pathways, focussing on the expansion of its product and service offering to international markets.
Forensic Pathways adopts a forensic approach to threat intelligence, it identifies compromised data that is on the dark web for a range of UK and international businesses. It monitors social media channels to track what customers, clients, employees and the industry at large is discussing about a company online. Such sentiment analysis is essential when managing an organisations brand reputation. These services are in addition to developing innovative technologies and products in the criminal, forensic and business intel arena.
Deborah is an international motivational speaker and consultant on entrepreneurship and innovation, international trade and corporate social responsibility. She has an Honorary Doctorate: Birmingham City University, Order of the British Empire (OBE), and has been awarded international Woman Entrepreneur of the Year, European Woman of Achievement and British Female Inventor of the Year.
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.
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Our advisory Group ensures the relevance of our services and benefits for all our members.
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