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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.

 

If you are interested in joining our board, please contact us.

EMMA DANIELL

Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner for Warwickshire

I am passionate about serving communities to make a positive difference. I worked in a variety of roles as a police officer for 17 years before moving to be the Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner of Warwickshire Police. This role enables me to bring together my operational experience to drive strategic changes to ensure that the community receives value for money, effective policing. The board roles I have within Oversley Ltd provide me with the commercial acumen to support the vision of the companies.

 

I am tenacious in my approach and am always seeking to implement learning across policing and partners to improve approaches within my team, and across communities and partner agencies. I believe wholeheartedly in prevention and am pleased to have been invited to sit on the board of the West Midlands Cyber Resilience Centre. Cybercrime is the biggest threat to our communities security and I look forward to increasing the reach of the centre so we can educate and secure more businesses in the region against criminals.

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DAMIAN BARRATT

West Midlands Police

Assistant Chief Constable Damian Barratt has responsibility for regional serious and organised crime along with regional and national counter terrorism.

 

Damian started his policing career with West Mercia Police in 1995 working in a variety of roles in local policing in North Worcestershire, before specialising in leading public protection, serious and major crime investigations.

 

In 2016, after becoming the Head of Specialist Operations for the Strategic Alliance between West Mercia and Warwickshire, he oversaw the transition of resources to significantly develop the Regional Organised Crime Unit (ROCU) for the West Midlands. He then took up the role of Head of Operations in the ROCU for two years.

 

In 2018 he returned to West Mercia, initially as Head of Major Investigations and then, upon promotion to Detective Chief Superintendent, as Head of Crime and Vulnerability. Damian led the investigation into maternity services in Shropshire and Telford, following the Independent Ockenden Review, and also Operation Harmonica, the response to an Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Exploitation in Telford.

 

He brings a wealth of experience with 28 years in policing spanning a number of roles.  He graduated from the Strategic Command Course in 2022.

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GARY THOMAS

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

at The Children's Society

Director of Children and Family Services at NYAS (National Youth Advocacy Service)

 

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.  He appreciates the need for all organisations in all sectors to have strong cyber security governance in place to protect their data and assets.

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MARTIN NASH

Director of CDS Defence and Security

CDS Defence and Security are an outstanding organisation, trusted with some of the most important cyber security measures across the nation. Martin's experience and sector knowledge will help the West Midlands Cyber Resilience Centre grow across the region and go from strength to strength.

CDS Defence and Security is a highly respected company with connections across the nation. Their professionalism and progressive approach in helping the nation in becoming cyber safer is an excellent partnership for the Centre.

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CENTRI VAULT

Founded in 2019 and now part of the Vault UK Group, CentriVault offers a comprehensive range of cyber security and connected services. In 2021, they achieved Certification Body status and linked with Cyber Essentials, developing cyber security investment modelling tools with several academic cyber clusters. Today, they service customers with collectively over 20,000 employees in just the UK alone.

 

Additionally, they have taken over the Cyber Advisory Services - a free to use service for any of their Managed Security Service Provider (MSSP) customers - as a unique offering providing organisations who have suffered a cyber-attack with dedicated online support.

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