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.
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. He 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.
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.
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.