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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.

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DEBBIE O'SHEA

National Express
 

Debbie has been with National Express for 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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JAYNE MEIR

West Midlands Police

Assistant Chief Constable (ACC) Jayne Meir started her policing career within the Metropolitan Police in 1996. During her time there, she was involved in numerous operations, including supporting the response to the July 7 2005 terrorist attacks and coordinating Counter Terrorism policing for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

After 20 years’ service within the Metropolitan Police, ACC Meir transferred to West Midlands Police in 2016 to become the local policing commander for Wolverhampton. She then became Director of Intelligence in 2018, before being appointed as an ACC in May 2019.

ACC Meir currently holds responsibility for the crime portfolio, and is married with two children. She is also currently training to complete a half marathon.

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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. 

Gary 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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NICOLA LOWERY

Assistant Police and Crime Commissioner

West Mercia Police

Nicola Lowery is the Assistant Police and Crime Commissioner’s for West Mercia. Her role is to represent John Campion in communities across West Mercia, specifically Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin. Her portfolio includes cyber and economic crime, domestic abuse, child exploitation and sexual violence.

Nicola is a former Borough Councillor in Telford and is passionate about reducing crime, raising awareness of cybercrime and online safety and championing the voice of victims.