Sarah Armstrong-Smith

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

Operating at the forefront of the cybersecurity industry, Sarah Armstrong-Smith is the Chief Security Advisor at Microsoft. She has led a long and impactful career, guiding businesses through digital attacks and teaching organisations how to protect their people and data. 

Sarah’s previous positions include Group Head Business Resilience & Crisis Management at The London Stock Exchange Group and Head Continuity & Resilience, Enterprise & Cyber Security at Fujitsu. Such high-profile roles earned Sarah a place in the Most Influential Women in UK Tech and Most Influential Women in Cybersecurity. 

In 2022, Sarah released her first book ‘Effective Crisis Management’ which reached number two on the Amazon Best Sellers List. With a new way to share her expertise with a large audience, her leading insight into technology and security is respected by many throughout the industry.

Sarah’s latest book ‘Understand the Cyber Attacker Mindset’ explores the psychology of cyber warfare and how organisations can defend themselves from attack. The human aspects of cybersecurity have never been more critical.


Ciaran Martin

Chairman, CyberCX UK

Ciaran is Chairman of CyberCX UK, a global independent cyber security services company. Prior to this role, Ciaran founded the UK’s world-leading National Cyber Security Centre as its first CEO. Ciaran also holds the position of Professor of Practice at Oxford University’s Blavatnik School of Government and is one of the leading global cyber security authorities.

Ciaran is a 23-year veteran of the UK Government, working directly with five Prime Ministers and a variety of senior Ministers from three political parties. He held senior positions at HM Treasury and the Cabinet Office, as well as GCHQ, where he was Head of Cyber Security. He was head of the Cabinet Secretary’s Office and led the official negotiations that led to the agreed terms and rules for the Scottish independence referendum.


Amanda Crossley

Keynote Speaker | Cyber Security Business Analyst | TechVets Community Volunteer | Space Security Podcast Host,

I am a cyber security professional and key note speaker who is excited about educating the next generation about the importance of cyber security.

Alongside my current role I am studying a degree in cyber security with the goal of moving onto a MSc and PhD after this.

Within my role I'm studying to become a security architect which I am on track for and I am hoping to become a security architect in the space sector.

Keynote speaker

Holly Foxcroft

Voted as one of the most influential woman in Cyber & Diversity Champion. Neurodivergent. International Speaker for Neurodiversity, Cyber Security & Online Behaviour. Lived Experience with Neurodiversity!,

An experienced subject matter expert in neurodiversity, cyber crime, cyber security and mental health.

10 + years experience in consulting and public speaking, leading and curating events, project managements and business strategy.

Multi award winner for contributions to cyber security and diversity and inclusion.

Experience with policy and survey design, project management, senior management and stakeholder engagement and training, designing training material, diverse hiring and hiring initiatives, management and leadership training, confident public speaker keeping audiences engaged.

Keynote speaker

Jonathan Mattey

Head of Cyber Security Technology, Sykes Holiday Cottages

Jonathan is the Head of Cyber Security for the Forge Holiday Group, consisting of four leading
companies in the Travel and Hospitality sector. Having built a reputation for delivery and execution
in Oil and Gas, whilst leading the security operations function – Jonathan sought the opportunity to
broaden his sector insight and tackle a different set of security concerns within a new technology
Jonathan has a plethora of experience delivering crucial security programmes for critical national
infrastructure including detection and response, data protection, risk management and disaster
recovery. He has a passion for continuous improvement and the importance of this in building high
performance security teams alongside a positive cyber security culture.
It is with this growth mindset that Jonathan believes we must tackle the current and future threat
landscape to provide the appropriate security outcomes in line with industry requirements.

Keynote speaker

Lida Rragami

Head of Cyber Security, Sonnedix

Lida serves as the Head of Cyber Security at Sonnedix, a global leader in renewable energy. With a mission dedicated to safeguarding the secure delivery of sustainable energy worldwide, Lida brings a wealth of expertise and leadership to the forefront of the renewable energy industry, honed through extensive experience in telecommunications and global networks.
With a 25-year tenure at BT, Lida's contributions have been transformative and innovative. As the former head of BT's Cyber Security Engineering unit, she orchestrated the development, deployment, and operations of advanced cyber protection platforms, fortifying both internal systems and customer-facing services. Her role in driving innovation and resilience within BT's cyber ecosystem has strongly positioned her to champion cybersecurity initiatives within the renewable energy sector.
Throughout her tenure at BT, Lida has held leadership and technical roles, overseeing critical projects such as EE’s  backbone network and the implementation of cutting-edge 4G and 5G services. Her expertise extends to enterprise architecture, where she played a pivotal role in optimizing processes, technologies, and system architecture to enhance operational efficiencies across BT's diverse business units.
Beyond her professional achievements, Lida is a passionate advocate for community support, leading initiatives that resonate beyond the confines of the corporate world, driving positive change to both professional excellence and social responsibility.
Lida's impressive career path and dedication to Cyber Security and community involvement establish her as an influential presence in today's dynamic landscape. As she further enriches her expertise and impact to safeguard and propel the renewable energy sector, her wealth of insights and leadership are positioned to positively impact and shape industry standards and societal welfare.


Lucy Finlay

Client Delivery Director, Secure Behaviour and Analytics, ThinkCyber

A self-confessed nerd about security culture, I am particularly interested in finding what makes people tick, and creating positive, sustainable behavioural change. Open to great conversations about measuring cyber security behaviour, phishing and cyberpsychology (and anything in between!).


Rahim Jina

Co-Founder & Chief Operating Officer, Edgescan

Rahim is the Co-Founder & COO of edgescan™, a Risk Based Vulnerability Management and Penetration Testing SaaS. Founded in 2011, Edgescan has grown significantly in recent years with a global base of clients. Rahim is responsible for operational excellence and has extensive experience delivering pen testing services at enterprise scale. Prior to Edgescan, Rahim was Head of Product & Operational Security for Fonality, a VOIP provider based in Los Angeles and was also a senior security consultant for a ‘Big 4’ consultancy firm for many years. With prior involvement in OWASP (Open Web Application Security Project) as a contributor and volunteer since 2007, Rahim helped run the Dublin chapter for a number of years. Rahim is a graduate from Trinity College Dublin (Ireland) with a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and holds an M.Sc in Security & Forensic Computing from Dublin City University (Ireland).


Edward Skraba

Global Director of Threat Intelligence, Smarttech247

Working in IT Sector for over a decade, initially as a full stack developer, Edward had the opportunity to develop his career and diversify skillset across leading centralised web technologies. As a Lead Penetration Tester, he utilizes his y skillset to discover, exploit, harden and remediate cybersecurity problems for the business environments across the world.


Richard Meeus

Director of Security Technology and Strategy, EMEA at Akamai

Richard Meeus is Akamai’s EMEA Director of Security Technology and Strategy. With more than 20 years of experience, Richard is responsible for designing and building secure solutions for some of the world’s most influential organisations.
Richard is an industry expert in cloud computing, enterprise software, and network security. During his time at Akamai, Mirapoint, and Prolexic, Richard has had held strategic roles across a broad range of projects, including the deployment of DDoS solutions for multinational organizations to protect critical infrastructure and sensitive data. Additionally, Richard is a chartered member of the BCS and a CISSP.


Grant Robertson

Senior Application Security Product Manager, Synopsys

Grant is the Senior Application Security Product Manager for Black Duck (SCA) at Synopsys. He has been working in application security for over 6 years, with a background in physics as well as with experience in the embedded, fintech and regulatory software industries. Grant is focused on bringing to App Sec solutions to the market and building workable security practices for software development and software supply chain security.


Jennifer Williams

Managing Director, Secarma

Jen has over a decade of experience in helping businesses to defend themselves against cyber-attack. She has helped a great number of organisations of all sizes to create or enhance their cyber security capabilities.. As a Cyber Essentials Plus Lead Assessor and ISO27001 Lead auditor Jen combines a wealth of IT and technical experience with a good understanding of governance principles. Jen is a firm believer in jargon free plain talk especially when it comes to cyber security issues.


Peter Draper

European Manager, Sales Engineering, Swimlane

Peter is a  30+ year veteran of delivering disruptive technologies across networking, analytics.m and security. Focused and driven to deliver better outcomes for practitioners and organisations alike in the constant battle against adversaries.


Simon Eappariello

Senior Vice President, EMEIA & APJ, iboss

Simon Eappariello is a veteran engineer in network security with over 35 years of experience ranging from global 2000 corporations to the largest public sector organizations across Europe. Simon is a member of the Institute of Security Provisionals (A.Inst.ISP) and a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP). Simon joined iboss in 2014 and today serves as the SVP of European and Asia Pacific Markets leading channel and distribution strategies.


Javvad Malik

Lead Security Awareness Advocate, Knowbe4

Javvad Malik is the Lead Security Awareness Advocate at KnowBe4 and is based in
London. Malik is an IT security professional with over 20 years of experience as an IT security
administrator, consultant, industry analyst and security advocate. He is also a multi-award
winner and is currently a Guinness World Records holder for the most views of a cybersecurity
lesson on YouTube in 24 hours.

Malik is passionate about helping people understand the value of cyber security and how every
department and individual can play their part. He often educates his audience through blog
posts, videos, podcasts and at public speaking events. Malik holds the SACP and CISSP


Richard Parlour

CEO, Financial Markets Law International (

Richard is a lawyer by background and has advised many of the world’s leading banks and broking houses, as well as start ups, specialised financial institutions and government agencies. He is chairman of the EU Task Force on Cybersecurity for the Financial Sector. He is a special advisor to Ensuresec (safeguarding the EU Single Digital Market E Commerce system), and to IASME (the National Cyber Security Centre’s Cyber Essentials partner and certification body). Richard is also a member of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Cyber and has been a member of the DCMS Cyber Experts Group. He is a member of the B20 Integrity and Compliance Task Force. He advises on cybersecurity risk management, systems development, training and investigation.