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OUR BOARD

The Cyber Resilience Centre for the West Midlands has a range of organisations joining us at Board level to provide governance, direction and progress oversight.

 

We are currently establishing our Governing Board. If you are interested in joining our board, please contact us.

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IAN VICKERS

METCloud

 

Ian Vickers is the CEO and founder of multi-award winning, cyber secure hybrid cloud platform METCloud, Ian has been a stalwart in cyber security for the region. He has been the Chairperson of the Birmingham Related Crime Steering Group and a Board Member of the Birmingham Community Safety Partnership.


Ian has also been appointed as a board member of the West Midlands Crime Partnership - an initiative developed by the Police Crime Commissioners Office to develop best practices in crime prevention. In addition to local initiatives, Ian was also an active member of the CompTIA UK Executive Council. With more than 22 years’ experience in IT and cybersecurity, the Birmingham-based technology entrepreneur has vast experience in protecting businesses from cyber crimes.

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DEBBIE O'SHEA

National Express

 

Debbie has been with National Express for nearly six years, having first joined as UK IT Director before being promoted to Group CIO in 2017; she has accountability for technology strategy and delivery across the Group which is currently operated via a federated structure. 

 

As one of the Group’s strategic pillars, the past three years has seen a marked increase in technology investment as an enabler and this is planned to continue. KPI improvements across the board have been supported by successful transformation programmes in Digital Web & Mobile Sales Channels, Smart Ticketing and Contactless Solutions, CRM, Yield Management and  Vehicle Safety & Tracking Solutions.  The Group has won innovation awards for a number of it’s Safety and Customer Experience Technology solutions. 

 

Debbie has extensive experience in the Retail sector where she spent most of her career in various senior technology roles prior to joining National Express.  As Group IT Director for HMV she was responsible for technology across HMV brands in the UK, Canada and Japan as well as Waterstones Booksellers.  Before that Debbie spent ten years with the Kingfisher Group heading up Strategic Programme Management,  IT Solutions and  Development Teams. 

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MATT WARD 

Assistant Chief Constable for West Midlands Police 

 

Matt Ward was appointed Assistant Chief Constable in July 2020.  He joined West Midlands Police in 1995, after graduating from Cambridge University.

Before his promotion, Matt worked in a wide range of senior roles. These include being head of local policing in Sandwell and the head of counter terrorism for the West Midlands. 

As ACC, he looks after the security portfolio which includes organised crime, counter terrorism and intelligence.  Matt is also responsible for overseeing the policing response to the Birmingham Commonwealth Games 2022.

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TRACEY ONSLOW  

Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner for West Mercia

Tracey has been the Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner for West Mercia since July 2016 where she is responsible for the cyber, rural, business crime, victims’ services and commissioning portfolio.

During Tracey’s time as DPCC, she has worked on an initiative led by Police and Crime Commissioner John Campion to implement the national campaign Get Safe Online to West Mercia and has invested in a groundbreaking Cyber Programme for Neurodiverse younger people.   

 

Tracey has been chairing the West Mercia Cyber Crime Partnership Group and this year began a series of Cyber Crime Prevention Roadshows for SMEs.

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DEL HEPPENSTALL
KPMG Cyber Security Partner

 

 

With nearly 20 years’ direct experience in Information & Cyber Security, Del has built up a wealth of experience in advising clients on topics ranging from security strategy and organisational design through to technical security solution implementation and operation.

 

Del has led Cyber Security work across multiple sectors, and has worked with many of the UK’s major organisations over the past few years, helping them to transform their security organisations and capabilities. Over the course of his career Del has also provided security insight, expertise and leadership to several central government and public sector bodies.

 

Del has been involved in the delivery of a range of cyber security engagements, including the investigations into numerous security breaches within client environments leading to the successful restoration of services and eradication of the malware or cyber breach.

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GARY THOMAS

Children and Young People (CYP) Services Director for the South

at The Children's Society

Gary brings with him over 20 years’ experience working in the public and third sector at both Director and senior manager level. Gary has extensive experience leading and managing programmes, activities and issues involving young people as well as leading change in the fight against childhood poverty, harm and neglect. 

He has worked in partnership with statutory and non-statutory agencies and commissioners at a national, regional and local level within the children and young people, disability, social care, supported housing and health field.

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KOSTAS GEORGAKOPOULOS

Mondelez International

Kostas Georgakopoulos has had a career in cyber security spanning over 17 years. His career has seen him take on roles with many global organisations including Procter and Gamble (P&G), Bank of China and UBS, he is currently the Global Chief Technology Officer for Mondelez International.

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