Speakers List - Computing Cyber Security Live 2019

Keynote Speakers


Global Director of Cyber Security

Royal BAM Group nv

An Information & Cyber Security Professional with over 25 years' experience at all levels within the IT, Telecommunications, Managed Services and Internet Service Provider industries, across Consumer, SMB, Enterprise and Public/Government sectors, Ian is also an accomplished technical writer, published author, lecturer & international conference speaker in Information & Cyber Security. In 1996 he founded Drakken Ltd, a successful specialist web application ISP, responsible for designing & implementing highly secure managed hosting environments and real-time applications for Nokia, DS Smith & the London Stock Exchange. Drakken developed the first commercially successful web-based vehicle tracking system for ACIS (now VIX). After selling Drakken, in 2007, Ian moved to KCOM Group PLC, a UK based telco, ISP and UC Managed Services company. There, he created a dedicated security team and was instrumental in defining and implementing the group's Information Security strategies, assessing and reducing risk, defining and guiding the implementation of innovative security processes, leading edge technology & solutions, and owning the end to end security lifecycle & posture. Ian now heads up and is responsible for the Royal BAM Group's Cyber Security posture & response capability. Working into the CIO, he has created a dedicated security team, and effected a series of tactical and strategic plans leveraging people, processes & technology to transform and align cyber security across the group as part of a global transformation project. Ian currently holds the CISSP, CISM, CISSP-ISSMP, CSTP, & CFIP Information Security certifications as well as being a certified ISO27001 Lead Auditor.



Holly Grace Williams

Technical Director


Holly Grace Williams is the Technical Director of Secarma, a cybersecurity consultancy firm specialising in penetration testing. She has twelve years' experience in leading information security teams. Her early career was spent in the military working in roles such as Site Security Officer, although she now works with a wide range of organisations. She currently holds a Master's degree (MSc) in Information Security from Cardiff Univerisity, and is working on a Master's in Business Administration (MBA).

Holly Grace frequently speaks at conferences and seminars on topics of security interest, from developing penetration testing capability to dealing with data breaches at scale. She also often writes articles designed to help those interested in entering the security field at GracefulSecurity.com



Tom Allen

Delta Site Editor


Tom Allen is the Site Editor for Delta, Computing's market intelligence service, and writes for both Computing and The Inquirer. He joined Incisive Media in 2017 from the display industry, trading LCDs and quantum dots for big data and the IoT. As well as tech market analysis, Tom's role consists of interviewing C-level IT leaders, organising events and complaining about improper use of the Oxford comma.

Graeme Burton

Group News Editor

Computing & The Inquirer

Graeme works across a portfolio that includes Computing and The Inquirer. A business journalist with 20 years of experience in national press and magazines, he has written for and about industries as diverse as utilities, banking, information and knowledge management, as well as almost all aspects of IT. At Computing he has written about mobile, computing security, data centres, operating systems as well as enterprise hardware and software. He also presents online webinars, roundtables and interviews, and is a frequent contributor for CNN.

Andjela Djukanovic

Technology Risk Assistant Manager


Andjela has worked for KPMG within the Tech Risk sector for three years following her university studies at the University of Bath. Her day job involves supporting external and internal audit clients, including the use of data analytics, as well as attestation over the use of technology at third parties. Andjela works on advising clients on how to control risks related to their information assets, either in IT management processes, business applications, infrastructure or projects. Technology Risk has given Andjela a platform from which to develop a broad-based understanding of the usage of technology to assist with the implementation and maintenance of a secure control environments across several clients and industries.

Jonathan Freedman

Head of Technology & Security

Howard Kennedy

Jonathan is a business focused technology leader and enthusiast with a broad technical skill set encompassing network infrastructure, security technology, virtualisation, storage and cloud based applications. He has experience in the professional services industry spanning more than 18 years.
Jonathan also has experience in analysing requirements and designing technology solutions to business issues and enhancing productivity. He is a certified CCNA Security, Certified Ethical Hacker, TOGAF, and ISO27001 with special interests in cyber security, cryptography, secure systems design, mobile device security and technology innovation.

Lorenzo Grillo

Managing Director

Alvarez & Marsal

Lorenzo Grillo is a Managing Director with Alvarez & Marsal in London. He specializes in cyber security. His primary areas of concentration are IT and cyber security risk management, security strategy and governance, security organization and skill assessment, incident and crisis management, security operations centers design and implementation, business continuity, identity and access management, information governance and protection, application integrity, IT governance, and digital transformation.
With more than 30 years of experience in information technology (IT) and 23 years of experience in information security, Mr. Grillo has advised the top management and board of directors of many enterprise organizations and private equity firms on sell-side and buy-side due diligences and risk assessment for their portfolio companies.
Mr. Grillo's notable assignments include helping several organizations' management teams justify cybersecurity investments by leading an information security risk evaluation and developing a program to mitigate business risks in case of data confidentiality, integrity and availability loss. 
Most recently, Mr. Grillo was responsible for analyzing the cyber security posture, as well as proposing security remediation with portfolio companies for a private equity firm. He has worked with clients across various industries, including financial services, telecommunications, manufacturing, retail, healthcare, energy and utilities, media and technology.
Mr. Grillo earned a bachelor's and master's degree in mechanical engineering from Politecnico di Milano.

Latif Hussain

Lead IT Enterprise Architect

British Film Institute

Latif Hussain's current role is to provide a day to day running of the IT systems and deliver a strategic planning programme for the organisation's technology, design the IT provision for the organisation and pull all the technology strands in delivery of common architecture throughout the BFI. He is currently overseeing the consolidation for BFI systems and data storage, with data security one of the key drivers, in this age of digital landscape.
He has led the information security needs of BFI's key systems and just overseen the completion of ISO 27001: project at the BFI.
He has previously worked on Dutch central Bank's programme in delivering streamlined integrated systems that meet performance targets setup by ECB and also worked on a consolidation programme at Credit Suisse. Prior to that Latif worked in the manufacturing industry for automated warehouses at the US owned Interlake Inc. He is a keen supporter of the Hybrid Systems Approach to business needs of IT.
Latif holds a MSc In Systems Management & Consultancy from Sheffield Hallam University and he is member Intel Security Council

Adam Joinson


University of Bath

Professor Adam Joinson is Professor of Information Systems at the University of Bath. He has worked closely with a range of large organisations on security culture and behaviour, as well as contributing to guidance from CPNI, NCSC and ENISA. He is the University of Bath lead for a new Centre for Doctoral Training in cybersecurity (with the University of Bristol), and leads the ‘online behaviour' strand in the Centre for Research and Evidence on Security Threats (www.crestreseach.ac.uk), the national hub for applying behavioural and social science to security, funded by the UK security and intelligence agencies. He has published over 100 articles, chapters and books on technology, security and privacy.

Kit Kirby

Cyber Security Manager


Kit Kirby is a Cyber Security Manager at Darktrace, the world's leading AI company for cyber defense. Kit advises companies from a variety of industries on the use of artificial intelligence for cyber defense, including financial services, retail and education. Kit holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Economics from the University of Leeds.

Jan Langham

Head of Group Security Assurance


Jan Langham is Head of Group Security Assurance, Flutter, she works with colleagues across the group to establish global standards and practices for security assurance, threat management and information governance. She has been a security leader in a broad spectrum of industries ranging from banking & finance, retail and on-line betting and gaming, plus a spell in central government and a key international sporting event. She describes her linchpins as communication, people development, innovation and the humble RAG status.

Luis Lancos

Senior Vice President for Technology, Europe

Elavon Financial Services

Luis Lancos, BCs Meng, is Senior Vice President for Technology, Europe at Elavon Financial Services, a payments and fintech company and subsidiary of U.S. Bank, the fifth-largest Commercial Bank in the United States. In this role, he oversees all aspects of information technology delivery and technical governance for Elavon's Merchant Services European operations. He also drives the European innovation agenda and is particularly interested in digital platform concepts to expand the payments ecosystem, Open Banking, cloud-based architecture and cyber security.

Luis is an active IT thought leadership contributor, a member of Forbes Technical Council and nominated as one of the TOP 250 UK IT Leaders by Computing magazine. He is a member of Elavon's European Leadership and CIO top teams at U.S. Bank. He joined Elavon in July 2017. Prior to this, Luis was Technical Director for Payments UK&I at Worldline and a member of the Atos Scientific Community, the core innovation team responsible for developing the company's technology strategy.

He is originally from Portugal and moved to London in 2007 to focus on payments, digital transformation and emerging technologies. Luis is a passionate photographer and motorbiker when not enjoying the thrill of IT.



John Leonard

Group Research Director

Incisive Media

John Leonard is Group Research Director for the Enterprise Technology Group at Incisive Media. He has designed and conducted research studies and analyses covering many of the aspects of business technology that are driving the way we live and work today.

Alan MacGillivray

Privacy Consultant


Alan MacGillivray serves as a Privacy Consultant at OneTrust - the #1 most widely used privacy, security and third-party risk technology platform. In his role, MacGillivray advises companies large and small on EU GDPR, California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), Brazil LGPD, and hundreds of the world's privacy laws, focused on formulating efficient and effective responses to data protection requirements as well as building and scaling privacy programs. MacGillivray is a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/E CIPM) and earned a Bachelor of Business, Major Economics and Management Reporting from the University of Technology, Sydney.



Michael Meaney

Enterprise Security Architect


Michael Meaney advises and provides direction on the security capabilities needed to secure AXA UK and their asset, having worked in IT and information security for the last 14 years. Previously he worked in the enterprise security architecture team at AXA's Group function head-quartered in Paris specialising in cloud security architecture for their entities across the globe. Up until he joined AXA Michael worked for different MSPs, such as Interoute, providing consultancy on private and public cloud transformation journeys.



Jeff Mery

VP Global Solutions Architects


Jeff runs the Solutions Architect team at Chef, and is based in his hometown of Austin, Texas. Prior to Chef, Jeff ran Windows and Web Systems teams where he introduced DevOps practices to achieve cost and process efficiencies. At Chef, he works to help companies transform into high-performing IT organizations. Jeff has a passion for country music and whiskey (when not at work).

Megan Pentecost

Information Security & Data Compliance Manager

British Heart Foudnation

Megan Pentecost is an experienced information security professional working in the charity sector after many years analysing and designing systems in the US financial sector. Megan engages with multiple teams across her organisation to select and implement secure solutions, establish information governance and manage security risk.
With a background in psychology and business analysis, Megan has a keen interest in the human and behavioural side of information security, alongside introducing technology based solutions to continuously improve performance and manage risk.

Craig Roberts

European Solution Architect Resilient

IBM Security

Craig Roberts is the European Solution Architect Resilient, IBM Security working with customers across the region and assisting them in developing their Incident Response strategies. Craig has spent 7 years in the security industry helping customers to build world class Security Operations Centres (SOC), with particular expertise in Financial Services and Government sectors. Craig currently works on security automation and orchestration - driving incident triage, evaluation and remediation using smart automation techniques. Craig hold patents in the area of blockchain and security.

Karthik Selvaraj

Chief Innovation Officer

Cogniflare Limited

Karthik is one of the early adopters of cloud who started using it at Amazon in 2007 when the first AWS service was launched. As a seasoned multi cloud practitioner with more than a decade of experience successfully leading several Cloud transformation programmes in Big Data Analytics, Micro services and API Management.

Karthik Co-founded Cogniflare where he works closely with their Customer's Business, C-Level and D-Level stakeholders to make their vision a reality and to bring a step change in their business by effectively adopting cloud to build solutions that are secure, faster, cheaper and better.

Karthik is a professional certified architect in AWS and GCP and holds a Masters degree in Software Systems. In the past, has held various technology leadership roles at Cisco, Dell, Amazon Retail, Centrica, British Gas and Vodafone.

Mike Spradbery

Senior Technical Leader

IBM Security UK & Ireland

Mike is IBM's Cyber Security Technical Leader for the Security Business UKI, managing a diverse team of Systems Engineers and Professional Services who work with clients across all industries. During the past 20 years, Mike has worked with security, mobile, social and web/UI technologies in a variety of business leadership, management and hands-on technical roles.

Erik Vynckier

interim CEO

Foresters Friendly Society

Erik Vynckier is interim CEO of Foresters Friendly Society, partner of InsurTech Venture Partners and lay Chair of research at the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries, following a career in investment banking, insurance, asset management and petrochemical industry. He co-founded EU initiatives on high performance computing and big data in finance. Erik graduated as MBA at London Business School and as chemical engineer at Universiteit Gent.


Stuart Sumner

Editorial Director

Computing & The Inquirer

Stuart Sumner is Editorial Director of Incisive Media's technology-focused titles: Computing and The Inquirer. He oversees all content across print, web, tablet editions, rich media and events - including the IT Leaders' Dining Club and Computing Live series. During Stuart's tenure Computing has transformed from a print-reliant business to a bleeding edge multi-channel brand with an industry-leading events portfolio. Previously he spent 10 years as a programme manager in the IT industry, working for companies such as the BBC, COLT, Nortel Networks and Equant. As a journalist he has also worked for Time Out and IPC Media. He is a regular technology pundit and contributor to the BBC News Channel, as well as a published author.