Meet the Team

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.

Mehran Jalaei (MJ)

Senior Cyber Security Consultant

Mehran is an expert Cyber Security Consultant and is responsible for delivering the CRC's services to businesses and cyber awareness training to members. He manages the CRC's talented team of Junior Cyber Security Consultants and supports the development of a strong cyber student community within the region. 

Coming from an engineering background, he has strong problem solving skills that were developed in corporate environments. This means he is able to work with all types of businesses to ensure they put the right measures in please to strengthen their resilience to online crime. 

Sarah Denton

Client Relations Manager

Sarah is responsible for managing the daily operations of the centre and the delivery of the centre’s services and membership packages. Sarah is focused on building and maintaining relationships with clients and key personnel engaging with the centre. Sarah also manages the centre's Trusted Partner and Cyber Expert Groups.


Sarah is an experienced Project Manager and has previously managed a team of Project Coordinators at a global IT Infrastructure Service Provider. 

Jared Thompson

Digital Marketing Manager

Jared joined the Centre in September 2020. A former Digital Marketing Manager within the recruitment sector in Preston, Jared has worked across a variety of digital marketing and communications roles and has experience in email marketing, B2B marketing, social media marketing and content creation.


Jared is responsible for overseeing CRCGM’s internal and external communications, public relations and promotional campaigns. 


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