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Guidance Council

The Cyber Resilience Centre Guidance Council is made up of representatives from across Policing, the private and public sectors and academia, with the aim of providing representation for the wider cyber interests of the Greater Manchester business community.  

The Guidance Council will help to support our aims and objectives, whilst helping to shape the activity of the centre in a meaningful capacity, drawing on the expert knowledge of its members.

Neil Jones

Head of Cyber Security and Innovation

Detective Superintendent Neil Jones, brings over 15 years of Policing experience to the Cyber Resilience Centre. As a Senior Investigating Officer (SIO) and Nationally Accredited Kidnap & Extortion Manager he has first-hand experience of supporting business victims of Cybercrime.

As the Senior Responsible Officer (SRO) for Cybercrime for the North West,  Neil maintains close links with Greater Manchester Police (GMP), the North West Regional Organised Crime Unit (NWROCU) and local forces to provide accessible, consistent government backed advice, training and support to organisations of all sizes.

Neil’s experience has seen him work across a diverse range of police roles, including Local Policing, Cyber & Economic Crime, Serious & Organised Crime, Criminal Investigations and Public Protection.

In 2014 Neil graduated from Warwick Business School with a Master of Science (MSc) in Leadership & Management. 

Katie Gallagher

Managing Director - Manchester Digital 

Katie Gallagher is the Managing Director of Manchester Digital, the largest trade body for technology and digital businesses in the North.

Under Katie's leadership, Manchester Digital has made a significant impact on the success of the tech and digital industry in the region, taking a lead on the development of innovative talent and skills projects and currently working to improve the regions' cybersecurity capacity through the Digital Security Centre.

Shaun Fensom

Digital Infrastructure Strategist 

Shaun Fensom has over 25 years’ experience in computing and the internet. Shaun co-founded Poptel, the pioneering on-line services provider that became one of the UK’s first ISPs and also launched the .coop top level internet domain in the first round of new TLDs in 2001.


Shaun combines that experience with specialist expertise in the development of digital and on-line business sector for economic and social progress, business case and implementation of digital infrastructure including “next generation” broadband and innovation using community and mutual ownership in digital sector and infrastructure businesses.

Steve Broughton

NCC Group

Steve is responsible for the operational efficiency and effectiveness of the Group around the world. He joined the business in March 2018 and previously served as Managing Director of QinetiQ’s technical advisory business, leading software and service subsidiaries in the UK, Canada and Australia. Most recently Steve was the Chief Operating Officer of the NSL group, supporting the business through its sale in 2017.

Colin Robertson

Northrop Grumman

Colin has worked in the Defence and Security industry for over 30 years in both public and private sector roles. Initially training as a weapons and avionics engineer, Colin progressed to manage a range of complex military engineering projects across the UK defence sector. Shifting focus in the early 2000s, he managed large scale business change programmes helping organisations to transform to respond to cyber threats and take advantage of technology changes including the wide scale growth of the internet. Since 2014, Colin has worked with governments around the world to help redefine their people, processes and technology to deliver operations that respond to new fast moving threats and opportunities. Within Northrop Grumman, Colin leads on growing the Cyber and Intelligence business across the United Kingdom and Europe.

Paul Hingley

Siemens

Paul began his engineering career in the Automotive Industry as a Project Manager following an Electrical Technical Apprenticeship with the Rover Group. He then moved to an OEM for process equipment primarily focused on the metals industry working as an Project Engineering interface with all overseas projects. This led to numerous project management projects around the world delivering full turnkey solutions.   

After working overseas for some years I returned to the UK and worked in developing industrial control solutions from the enterprise layer to the shop floor.  This utilized new industrial control technologies such as Industrial communication networks and developing leading edge control concepts within the ICS environment. 

Paul joined Siemens in 1997 as a Network Applications Engineer before becoming a Product Manager for industrial control systems and products. Paul then became the Business Unit manager for Data Services. This was a team within the Siemens organization responsible for the IIOT (Industrial Internet of Things) and Ind 4.0 via the Cloud based PaaS Mindsphere. This new business unit provides the cloud connection platform for Siemens products and services.

Paul also has engineering qualifications in Safety and is a certified TUV Safety Professional leading the engineering on safety systems and products for the Digital factory and Process drives Division. Paul has further experience and qualifications in Cyber Security and is now the ISS Business Manager (Industrial Security Services) and Product Solution and Security Officer for the same DI division. Paul also represents Siemens PLC for security within the UK’s NCSC ICS Working Group and provides an interface to other UK Government departments as when required. 

Stuart Whitehead

Deloitte 

Stuart is a Cyber Partner in the UK responsible for the North and Midlands practice.  He has over 22 years of experience in security and technology risk advising at board level and also possesses hands on experience of driving security transformation via roles as adviser and implementer.  Stuart’s experience ranges from helping smaller regional clients understand their cyber risk profile and implementing pragmatic security measures to advising and designing security transformation programmes for leading global organisations across all sectors

Baroness Beverley Hughes

Greater Manchester Combined Authority

Baroness Beverley Hughes was MP for Stretford and Urmston between 1997 and 2010 and served as a Government Minister in several departments, including as Minister of State for Children, Young People and Families and Minister for the North West. Prior to that, she was an elected Councillor, Leader of Trafford Metropolitan Council and Senior Lecturer/Head of Department at the University of Manchester. She is now Deputy Mayor of Greater Manchester with responsibility for Policing, Crime, Criminal Justice and Fire.

Throughout her career she has focussed on gender inequality, diversity, equal opportunities, children and young people, social/economic inequality and education.

Richard Holmes

CGI

Richard leads cyber security services for CGI in the UK. The group provides a balanced portfolio of services across a broad range of sectors from Defence and Intelligence, Energy and Utilities, as well as the commercial sector. Engagements include the design and delivery of major transformational programmes, consultative assignments, and the provision of a range of operational security managed services.

Previously, Richard was responsible for the development of significant elements of CGI’s cyber business in the UK National Security Sector.  He has over 20 years’ of experience in the development and provision of secure IT systems and capabilities.

Graham Thomson

Graham describes himself as a battle hardened cyber-warrior with over 20 years’ experience at the sharp end. He has in-depth industry knowledge covering intelligence, cybersecurity, technology risk, incident response and serious crime investigations. A pragmatic realist, he recognises the difference between theory and practice and strives to make sure that his security policies make sense to colleagues and are a business enabler. Motivated by setting and achieving ambitious goals, Graham sees the bigger picture and takes a logical and planned approach to solving complex problems. An analytical and independent thinker, he loves to pursue knowledge and implement new, innovative, efficient ways of working.​

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