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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. Working with the Directors of student services at BRIM, a new talent pipeline and BRIM set of business services have been developed which support emerging students of forensics and vocational cyber security whilst also benefiting the business community. Over time, it is intended that these students will go directly into policing and this activity is already developing. 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 creation of a single National entity which will support the network of Regional Cyber Resilience Centres.
In 2020, Mandy 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 her most recent project in establishing Cyber Resilience Centres across the UK. In January of this year, 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.
FOUNDER, BUSINESS RESILIENCE INTERNATIONAL MANAGEMENT
DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMMES
Joanna brings an abundance of skill and expertise in business engagement and commercial performance, which supports Law Enforcement to develop SME and supply chain cyber resilience.
With a forensic analysis approach to leading data informed engagement programmes, as well as a successful track record in educating non-tech senior stakeholders who are navigating security in a digital era, Joanna leads the Cyber Resilience Centres to engagement and commercial success. Her extensive international commercial network and multi sector experience, enables Law Enforcement to effectively structure working with and engaging with the business and third sector communities.
Award winner for her services supporting engagement with SME’s (2020). She has successfully founded and exited business, serving high profile clients internationally.
Having specialised in online security services prior to joining BRIM, Joanna is dubbed 'The Non-Tech for Techs'. She has delivered engagement programmes for the Scottish Government, The Institute of Directors, The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and discrete advisory to numerous private sector Boards. She supports Cyber Resilience Centres to learn how to do this effectively for their own business communities.
Prior to the security industry Joanna successfully founded her own niche consultancy business, delivering internationally, recognised as a ‘go to’ expert, advising a Channel 4 TV series from inception for over four years. Additionally, experience in leading a not for profit (Town Centre Management) and consulting on the introduction from North America of the BID system, a local tax scheme to support troubled town and city centre’s, and its introduction to the UK. Additionally, as a former Director of a law firm Joanna also has a good grasp of coordinating governance and legal implications across different jurisdictions with legal advisory teams.
As well as delivering the national programme of Cyber Centres for Policing, Joanna is also now working directly with national and international business leaders on the creation of a single National entity which will support the network of Regional Cyber Resilience Centres.
Joanna is passionate about the importance of positive culture and wellbeing within the Cyber community. She is a member of the Advisory Council to the School of Management and guest lecturer at the University of St Andrews; a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute; Strategic Advisory Board member of Converge, and Chair of Trustees at the ground-breaking Arctic exploration charity, The Polar Academy.
DIRECTOR OF SPECIAL PROJECTS
Alan spearheads BRIMs special projects, a series of nationwide and international projects that address and develop the strategic impact of integrated working between business and law enforcement for improved cyber resilience.
Alan supports Police Leads across the network of Cyber Resilience Centres in developing their skills on a journey of learning on commercial leadership whilst balancing highly sensitive security cases and service provision that their Centres provide the business community.
As a former consultant on the Critical National Infrastructure for leading technical organisations Alan saw his career flourish, providing private online security services for some of the worlds most famous names for over 15 years.
Trusted at the highest levels for personal online protection from high net worth executives to high profile artists, Alan has a track record of growing a commercial business that provided services internationally in tandem with delivering support services for highly complex law enforcement agencies in different countries. His experience has taught him how to master the balance of handling deeply sensitive, and often disturbing cyber cases whilst leading a client facing team to commercial success.
Additionally serving as a Group CIO as well as Company CEO within a nation wide UK group of companies, he leads stakeholder engagement with national and global technical stakeholders.
Award winner (2016) and finalist (2019) for his abilities in the cyber resilience community underlines his real world security experience, and his ability to foster the nation’s top talent in Cyber Resilience Centre leadership.
As well as delivering the national Programme of Cyber Centres for Policing, Alan is also now working directly with National and International business leaders on the creation of a single National entity which will support the network of Regional Cyber Resilience Centres.
Alan is passionate about the importance of positive Culture and Wellbeing within the cyber community. He is a guest lecturer at the University of St. Andrews and a Mission Leader, spear heading satellite communications and online security for ground-breaking Arctic exploration charity, The Polar Academy.
DIRECTOR OF STUDENT SERVICES
Paul leads our talent pipeline development. By mentoring and fostering client management skills which complement their technical skills, this aids the speed of workplace ready talent upon graduation.
With a talent pipeline for Policing this better protects national security as cyber merges at a rapid pace as a key component of policing crime.
Paul mentors and guides students across the network of Cyber Resilience Centres in developing their skills on a journey of learning on commercial for relationship management whilst balancing highly sensitive technical security cases and service provision that their Centres provide the business community.
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 and former consultant to Her Majesty’s Government.
A Chartered Engineer and former CLAS and CHECK team, Paul is a specialist in Information Security Management Systems, Anti-Bribery, Asset Management, Supply Chain Security, and Business Continuity management systems.
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.
SENIOR ETHICAL HACKING LEAD
Abdullah leads the Ethical Hackers who come through the Talent Pipeline Programme to deliver services with excellence, for clients across the network of Cyber Resilience Centres.
A former Ethical Hacker at the Scottish Business Resilience Centre, the first in the UK that the CRC Network is modelled on, Abdullah uses his technical expertise as well as experience in commercial delivery, to support, train and mentor the students within the Programme.
Having graduated with a Hons degree in computing with AI in 2005, after running his own business, Abdullah returned to university as a mature student where he then completed a Masters in Ethical Hacking and Cyber Security (Distinction) from Abertay University.
His dissertation research was to guide front line law enforcement officers carrying out missing person investigations using SOCMINT (SOCial Media INTelligence).
With a strong interest in talent development, he has supported fellow Ethical Hackers from Abertay University to perform outreach programs for high school students.
BUSINESS OPERATIONS MANAGER
Fiona manages the operational support for Business Resilience International Management (BRIM). Scheduling the team across the UK and overseas to meet the needs of the Centres' support requirements and overseeing the operational efficiency that enables BRIM to provide high calibre services to UK Policing. With extensive experience in multi-agency projects, this includes complex multi-diary management, client relations, office management, UK and international travel planning, as well as proposal coordination and report writing.
With a recent track record in Pharma and FinTech, Fiona supports the team to deliver operational efficiency in this very fast paced industry. Understanding the implications of information security in practice across both large and small organisations; both with and without in-house capability.
Fiona also has working knowledge of a variety of type of SMEs and industries, including; Finance, Tourism, Professional Services, Arts, Advertising, Engineering and Pharma. This experience provides additional support to Centres with a real grasp of the type of challenges member organisations of CRCs have on a daily basis.
Sarah specialises in working with businesses on project management, strategy development, communications, investor relations and stakeholder management.
Her career began in marketing and business development for national broadcasters before focusing into marketing communications, working at a senior level for a variety of companies across different sectors and disciplines, including retail, finance and tourism. She now enjoys the challenge of working with a variety of organisations to deliver diverse strategic and communication goals.
Sarah provides support for BRIM Special Projects.
Lindsay is a highly experienced project manager with a proven track record in the delivery of major projects from concept to operation including design, obtaining parliamentary powers and public funding, procurement, delivery operation and maintenance.
Lindsay is a member of the Institution of Civil Engineers. With experience at Board Level, she is respected for the resolution of difficult interface, design, commercial and process related problems taking an astute but collaborative approach.
With a particular passion for the practical application of data science she has project managed the design and implementation of a number of asset management systems and other software tools to improve productivity and customer interaction for her clients.
Lindsay provides specialist support for BRIM Special Projects.