Colonel (Retd) John Doody FBCS FCMI CITP IISP MIOD

John Doody is the Author of “From Stripes to Stars” and Director of Interlocutor Services Limited, a company established in 2003 to promote Information Assurance and Cyber Security issues both nationally and internationally, the company offers a range of services including Marketing, Communications, Public Speaking, Strategy Reviews, Information Assurance, Cyber Security and Information Technology, these services are geared to the strategic level within government and industry.

Prior to this John served at CESG/GCHQ for 10 years in the appointment of Head of Information Assurance Customer Services. John has a wealth of knowledge across the whole spectrum of Cyber Security and Information Assurance. In this latter appointment he was a major contributor to CESG’s move to a commercial business footing. John also had a role as a Non-Executive Director to a security company as well as providing Strategic Advice to a number of major UK and US IT Security companies. John’s recent major role was as the Global Strategic Cyber Security Adviser to Ultra Electronics Limited where he reported directly to the CEO on Cyber Security matters. He also provided Strategic Advice to FireEye, Booze Allan and Safenet, three large US Cyber companies. John has the unique experience of having held appointments in Defence, the Intelligence Services and Industry.

John is currently a Deloitte Associate.

John is a retired officer of the UK Royal Corps of Signals, a Corps in which he served for 33 years rising to the rank of Colonel.

John is a qualified engineer and has held a number of strategic engineering appointments in the UK Ministry of Defence including system support to PTARMIGAN and WAVELL, the army’s tactical communication and CIS systems, Director in the Procurement Executive as Project Director for Army Electronic Warfare, Battlefield Target Engagement System (BATES), Air Defence CIS system (ADCIS) and WAVELL managing £1B of programmes.

John has also worked in the R&D environment working on Electronic Warfare Simulation. John also served in various operational environments including Loan Service to the Trucial Oman Scouts (A Paramilitary Force) in the Middle East.

John has chaired many international committees dealing with Cyber, Information Assurance, Communications and Interoperability. John is well known on the national and international Cyber/ Information Assurance Conference circuit where he has chaired many events and has given over 100 talks on Cyber and Information Assurance. John is a renowned Evangelist for Cyber Security and Information Assurance.

John held the position of an International Class Director for the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA) International (Fairfax Virginia USA). John is a past President and Vice-President of the AFCEA UK WEST Chapter and he served as a Member at Large for AFCEA London in the early 90s. John was also the Cyber Security Lead for the BCS Security Community of Expertise.

John was awarded the CESG/GCHQ Directors Medal in 2003.

John was elevated to the Infosecurity Europe Hall of Fame in 2012.

John was nominated “Godfather of Cyber Security 2021” at the Unsung Cyber Heroes Award Ceremony in the city of London in October 2021

Keynote speaker

Steven Bartlett

9-year-old Founder of the social media marketing agency 'Social Chain' and Investor On BBC's "Dragons' Den,

Steven Bartlett is as a speaker, investor, author, content creator and the host of one of Europe’s biggest podcasts, ‘The Diary of a CEO’. In 2021 Steven released his debut book ‘Happy Sexy Millionaire’ which was a Sunday Times best seller.

Steven is particularly focused on inspiring a new generation of entrepreneurs and creators from a BAME background.

Steven has invested in and joined the board of Huel, which is the UK’s fastest growing e-commerce company internationally. He’s also invested in, and taken a role as an advisor in atai life sciences – a biotech company working to cure mental health disorders. Other investments focus on blockchain technologies, biotech, space, Web 3 and social media.

Recently, Steven has launched two new businesses, Flight Story & Third Web.

Flight Story is a company focused on building resilient retail investor communities around great public companies. Third Web is a platform that makes it easy to build web3 applications.

At just 29 years old, he is widely considered one of Europe’s most talented and accomplished young entrepreneurs and philosophical thinkers.

Steven Bartlett will join Dragon’s Den from Series 19 in January 2022, as the youngest ever Dragon in the Show’s history.

Keynote speaker

Sarah Armstrong-Smith

Microsoft Chief Security Advisor, Independent Board Advisor, Best-Selling Author, Keynote Speaker and Fellow British Computer Society,

Where others see risk, I see opportunity. I have a passion for pushing the boundaries, delivering capability and challenging the status quo!

Like many IT professionals, my story kick starts in 1999 when I found myself working on the ‘millennium bug’ programme for a large water utility. Way before Simon Sinek, I was driven to constantly ask ‘why’ and ‘how’ to understand what was critical, the impact if something went wrong and how to protect it.

I didn’t know that what I was looking at was business continuity. To me it just felt like common sense, and it was an area that I would grow to excel in.

Over the next 20+ years my thirst for knowledge and passion for tech continued to grow and my career evolved to include disaster recovery, cybersecurity, data protection and privacy. This enabled me to take a wider, holistic approach to problem solving, crisis management and resilience.

Having been on the front line of many major incidents, I have learnt what works well and what doesn’t. Humility, trust and transparency are key, as is a willingness to pivot and change paths when things aren’t going to plan.

I love the many opportunities that technology can bring to advance and transform our society, but I’m also a believer that it must be done in the right way and for the right reasons.

I’m an experienced PR spokesperson and keynote speaker and often talk about the human aspects of cyber, breaking down the silos and why 'resilience' in the face of adversity is a differentiator in a competitive environment.

This led to me publishing my first book ‘Effective Crisis Management’ which explores the traits needed to be an effective leader, no matter what is on the horizon. This quickly became the publisher’s 2022 best seller!

I have been nominated for multiple industry awards, including ‘most influential and inspiring women in UK tech’ and ‘most influential women in cybersecurity’ over the last five years.

I’m currently Chief Security Advisor at Microsoft, where I get to indulge and share my enthusiasm for innovative technology. I work with strategic customers and partners across Europe to help them evolve their digital strategy, to drive positive change.

I’m also passionate about working with SMEs and serve as a Non-Exec Director and Independent Board Advisor, to help businesses navigate their tech journey and create their own path.

Keynote speaker

Kevin Fielder

CISO, Mettle

Innovative and dynamic security professional, with a passion for driving change by successfully engaging with all levels of the business.
Passionate about the benefits of cognitive diversity as a key ingredient of successful organisations.
Team builder, driver of change, focussed on the benefits of supporting and enabling great people to deliver their best; the right processes and technology will follow.
Proven strategic outlook with the ability to engage with all levels of the business to gain buy-in for innovative and effective security programmes.
Demonstrated ability to execute on plans and materially improve organisations security postures.
Loves understanding people and finding parallels between security and everyday life!

Keynote speaker

Daniel Selman

Data Protection Officer, Camelot

Data Protection professional with experience in Defence, Financial Services, B2B and B2C. Key strengths include team leadership, risk advice and management, strategy and policy production, programme and project delivery, senior stakeholder engagement and communication and presentation skills.

Keynote speaker

Yanya Viskovich

Attorney-at-Law, Cybersecurity, Data Protection & Ethics Specialist Senior Manager, Security Consulting, Accenture ASG, Switzerland Chair, Swiss Cyber Institute - Cyber Law & Governance WG Advisory Board Member, IDC Europe CISO Summits,,

Yanya Viskovich is an ex-cybercrime prosecutor from Australia who has spent the past 17 years working on cybersecurity from various angles across the globe, including as an in-house legal advisor for large multinationals, and for the United Nations, for whom she strategized crisis contingency plans during the height of the Syria crisis, and edited and operationalised the UN’s first data protection policy. 

A specialist in human cyber risk, legal data protection and digital ethics, Yanya is a Senior Manager in Security Consulting at Accenture, based in Zurich, Switzerland, helping CISOs, C-Suites and Boards manage the human factor in cyber and build their organisation's cyber resilience. She is a sought-after keynote speaker on cybersecurity and in March 2023 gave her first TEDx talk titled "Burnout Culture is a Cyber Risk".  

Yanya also serves as Chair of the Cyber Law & Governance Working Group at the Swiss Cyber Institute in Zürich, and as an independent expert ethics advisor to the European Commission HorizonEurope programme. She has served as a CISO Summit Advisory Board member of IDC, and as a Judge and Coach for numerous teams competing in the Atlantic Council's Cyber 9/12 Strategy Challenge - the world’s only multidisciplinary cyber simulation competition focused on bolstering resilience for tomorrow's cyber challenges. She has guest lectured on cybersecurity at the European Centre on Privacy and Cybersecurity at Maastricht University, and on data protection at the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland. She is a published thought leader in her field and has contributed to and edited a number of professional standards and publications on cybersecurity, AI, data protection, privacy and data ethics.  

Yanya is an Australian Bar-admitted attorney and Certified Data Protection Officer. She holds a Bachelor of Laws, a Bachelor of International Relations, and a Master of Laws from the Australian National University; a Data Protection Officer certification from the European Centre on Privacy and Cybersecurity at Maastricht University; executive certificates in cybersecurity management from MIT Sloan School and the Geneva Centre for Security Policy, and in applied computer science from EPFL.  

Keynote speaker

Amanda Finch

CEO, Chartered Institute of Information Security (CIISec)

Amanda Finch is the CEO of the Chartered Institute of Information Security (CIISec) and has specialised in Information Security management since 1991. She has always been an active contributor to the industry and for many years she has been dedicated to gaining recognition for the discipline to be recognised as a profession.

Over her career she has been engaged in all aspects of Information Security Management and takes a pragmatic approach to the application of security controls to meet business objectives. Through her work she has developed an extensive understanding of the commercial sector and its particular security needs. In her current role she works with Industry, Government and Academia, assisting all sectors in raising levels of competency and education. 

Amanda has a Masters degree in Information Security, Full Membership CIISec and is a Fellow of the BCS. In 2007 she was awarded European Chief Information Security Officer of the year by Secure Computing magazine, as well as most recently in June 2022 being awarded the inaugural ‘Editors Choice’ award by SC Media UK for her dedication to Diversity, Inclusion and Professional Standards within the industry. Amanda is frequently listed as one of the most influential women within the industry.

Keynote speaker

Lee Morton

Former CISO , On The Beach

An accomplished Information Security professional, with experience working across multiple sectors, and territories. Having responsibility for Global Information Security, strategically covering diverse business units across Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, and North America.
Having 25 years of professional experience in Information Security, IT Management, IT Security Management, and Enterprise Architecture has allowed the successful delivery of expansive projects through a combination of internal and outsourced approaches while aligning security strategies with regulatory frameworks; ensuring robust protections and fostering business growth. 

Keynote speaker

Eve Parmiter

Clinical Traumatologist & Therapist, Eve Parmiter Therapy ,

Eve runs a successful private practice and has worked with the British Armed Forces, public, and private sectors, with new recruits to C-Suite executives, and world-class performers in sports and the arts.
Organisations and individuals work with Eve to make meaningful changes in their teams and lives. Improving performance, developing resilience, and building wellbeing all contribute to achieving high hard goals, rich connection, and deep fulfilment, as well as having a positive impact on the bottom line.
Working at the edges of what's possible requires tending to the expected and unexpected wear and tear of the task, including burnout, moral distress, and various types of trauma. This is vital to making work significant, satisfying, and sustainable. Her broad experience across sectors means Eve can tailor the training and interventions to each client’s specific needs.
Having aimed to achieve high performance across a range of disciplines herself (without the natural talent!), including graduating at the top of her year multiple times - with a BScEcon in International Relations, at Black Belt in Jeet Kune Do & Kali, whilst qualifying as a Cognitive Hypnotherapist, and when training as a professional actor - Eve has a deep understanding of the efforts, costs, and rewards of doing so.

Keynote speaker

Chris Roberts

Business Development Manager, Security Operations , Fortinet

Chris has worked in IT since 1992 across a variety of disciplines such as IT support, project management, departmental head and business development management, moving into security focussed roles from 2003. Time in end businesses as well as at various key vendors such as HP, Cisco and Fortinet plus more specialised VAR’s has given him a variety of relevant experience and insight into security challenges, potential solutions and mitigation strategies.

Keynote speaker

Tim Ward

CEO, RedFlags

Tim is CEO and Co-Founder (with Dr Mike Butler) of Think Cyber Security Ltd. ThinkCyber offer the next generation in Security Awareness. Their Redflags® software product applies behavioural and learning science theory, in a highly innovative approach to deliver context-sensitive just-in-time guidance.
Tim has worked in IT for more than 25 years both in consulting and corporate IT with organisations including Logica, PA Consulting, Sepura and was previously Global Head of IT for the cyber division of BAE Systems (previously known as Detica). Tim graduated top of his year in Computer Science with AI at the University of Leeds, holds an MBA from the Open University and a Post Graduate Diploma in Entrepreneurship from Cambridge University.
Tim posts daily on security awareness and behaviour change topics on LinkedIn and is proud to have helped ThinkCyber gain significant recognition for their Redflags® product: Accenture Fintech Innovation Lab 2022; TechUK Cyber Innovator of the Year 2021; SC Award Europe (Best Professional Training Programme); CyberTech100; TechInvest GovTech Top 10; Finalists in NYC Mayor’s Cyber Security Moonshot Challenge; members of TechNation Cyber 2.0 cohort; members of London Office for Rapid Cybersecurity Advancement (LORCA) cohort 1; Finalists Pitch@Palace 9.0.