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FOUNDER & EXECUTIVE CHAIR
Mandy has worked in the private sector throughout her career. She has worked extensively with companies facing significant challenges and has been recognised for her creativity in finding solutions to dilemmas, has an unparalleled network of contacts and has particular acute knowledge of the international cyber landscape as well as excellent socio-political knowledge.
Before founding BRIM in 2019, Mandy was the Chief Executive of the Scottish Business Resilience Centre for over nine years, working in direct partnership with the single police force, Police Scotland and the Scottish Government. Mandy developed a range of affordable, innovative services for small and medium sized businesses, delivered through a unique, workplace ready talent pipeline. This model, as well as engaging business of all sizes in proactively delivering cybercrime prevention advice, has been the cornerstone of the National network that Mandy and her team are delivering.
In Scotland Mandy chaired the Cyber Expert group, the network of Trusted security partners, was the only independent Board member of the Scottish Crime Campus and sat on the Serious Organised Crime Force.
On announcing her departure from her role as CEO, Mandy received a cross party commendation from the Scottish Parliament for her outstanding contribution to the business sector as well as for her transformational leadership.
As well as leading and delivering the national Programme of Cyber Centres for Policing, Mandy is also now working directly with National and International business leaders on the development of a single National entity which will support the network of Regional Cyber Resilience Centres; National CRC Group.
Awarded Cyber Woman of the Year 2021 by the Cyber Security Awards, in 2020, Mandy also received an award from CS European Awards and a Police commendation for her Outstanding Contribution to the Cyber Industry for her work involved with the Scottish Business Resilience Centre and in establishing Cyber Resilience Centres across the UK. Mandy was invited on to the first Cyber Expert Panel set in place by the Home Office in order to review the National Cyber strategy.
CEO - SECURITY SPECIALIST
Alan leads our team of highly skilled consultants supporting the Home Office and UK law enforcement for the national cybercrime programme.
A security specialist, he is a former consultant on the UK Critical National Infrastructure and has over 15 years’ experience as a CEO / CIO in the private sector; providing private technical security services for some of the world's most famous names and brands.
Trusted at the highest levels for personal online protection for high-net-worth executives and ultra-high-profile artists.
Alan has a track record of delivering support services for highly complex law enforcement agencies in different countries while in tandem growing a commercial business that provided services internationally. His experience has taught him how to master the balance of handling deeply sensitive, and often disturbing security protection cases whilst leading a client facing team to commercial success.
Currently, as well as developing the UK Cyber Resilience Centres for law enforcement, Alan is also now working directly with National and International business leaders on the development of a single UK National entity which will support the network of Regional Cyber Resilience Centres, National CRC Group.
Alan is passionate about the importance of positive Culture and Wellbeing within the security community. He is a guest lecturer at the University of St. Andrews.
PARTNER - GROWTH SPECIALIST
Joanna leads growth advisory to the Home Office and UK law Enforcement for BRIM, on the development and delivery of the national cybercrime programme.
She specialises in data informed strategies for rapid risk management and engagement in hard-to-reach markets as an award-winning business growth consultant. In addition to being a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), she is certified in Business Analytics by Judge Business School, Cambridge University, and trained in ISO20700 by ICMCI, The International Council of Management Consulting Institutes.
Her extensive international commercial network and multi sector experience enables law enforcement, the government, and the business community to effectively structure collaboration with a return on investment (ROI) that is efficiently managed.
Prior to working in the security industry Joanna founded her own business, delivering internationally, was recognised as a ‘go to’ expert, and advised a Channel 4 TV series from inception for over four years. As a former director of a law firm, Joanna is also adept at coordinating governance and legal implications with legal advisory teams across multiple jurisdictions.
In addition to expanding the reach of the national network of Cyber Resilience Centres across at-risk SMEs for UK law enforcement, Joanna works directly with national and international business leaders.
Joanna is passionate about the importance of a positive culture and wellbeing within the Cyber community. She is a guest lecturer at the University of St Andrews and a member of the Strategic Advisory Board member of Converge, which supports the development of Scotland's Universities' start-ups and spin outs from Scotland’s universities.
PARTNER - GOVERNANCE SPECIALIST
Paul leads Governance advisory to Home Office and UK law Enforcement for the team at BRIM, for the development and delivery of the national cybercrime programme.
As a former consultant for her Majesty’s Government and a highly recognised technical consultant, working for international regulation bodies including the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS), Paul is an experienced security company director.
A Chartered Engineer and former CLAS consultant and CHECK team member, Paul is a specialist in Information Security Management Systems, Industrial Control Systems, Anti-Bribery, Asset Management, Supply Chain Security, and Business Continuity management systems. Paul is the only person in the UK considered technically competent by UKAS to assess Common Criteria bodies such as NCSC and other security laboratories.
His background as an OSINT and Dark Web trainer brings additional expertise to the talent pipeline that is of exceptional value to National Policing and the role out of the Cyber Resilience Centres.
Paul is passionate about cyber security engineering and the emerging challenges of defending Industrial Control systems. The blended attacks that critical national infrastructure now faces from foreign state actors are commonplace and bringing students the skills and knowledge to face these threats is a key focus for his work at BRIM on the CRC programme.
Karen manages operational support at BRIM for the Executive Chair and Partners. Helping to ensure that our complex multi stakeholder group clients receive high levels of service to meet demanding deadlines on client projects.
With a track record of senior engagement across Parliamentary, financial, technical and commercial sectors, Karen is well versed in the handling of sensitive information and support during escalated crisis management scenarios.
A strong advocate for wellbeing, Karen is also a mentor for young professionals seeking to develop PA/EA careers.
She has an extensive knowledge of all things admin and is a very successful business women herself, running her own virtual assistant business.