MEET OUR TEAM
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. 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.
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.
CHIEF EXECUTIVE & PARTNER
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 world's 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 nationwide UK group of companies, he leads 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 UK 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 UK 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.
Joanna is an award winning business consultant, specialising in data informed rapid engagement for hard to reach markets. Certified in Business Analytics by Judge Business School, Cambridge University and one of the first forty consultants in the UK trained in ISO20700 by ICMCI, The International Council of Management Consulting Institutes, she is also a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI).
Her extensive international commercial network and multi sector experience, enables law enforcement and Government to effectively structure working with and engaging with the business and third sector communities.
Prior to the security industry Joanna successfully founded her own niche business, delivering internationally, recognised as a ‘go to’ expert, advising a Channel 4 TV series from inception for over four years. Additionally, experienced 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 centres, and its introduction to the UK. 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 Centres for UK law enforcement, Joanna is also now working directly with national and international business leaders on the creation of a single UK National entity which will support the UK network of Regional Cyber Resilience Centres.
Joanna is passionate about the importance of positive culture and wellbeing within the Cyber community. She is a 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.
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.
SENIOR ETHICAL HACKING LEAD
A former Ethical Hacker at the Scottish Business Resilience Centre, Abdullah uses his extensive technical expertise as well as experience in commercial delivery, to support, train and mentor the students within the UK Talent Pipeline Programme.
Having graduated with an Honours 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.
EA TO EXECUTIVE CHAIR & CEO
Karen manages operational support at BRIM to the Chair and CEO. 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.
BUSINESS OPERATIONS MANAGER
Fiona provides operational project support for BRIM. Overseeing the financial efficiency of the company, Fiona's support is vital in enabling BRIM to provide high value services, which are of particular importance to our public sector clients.
With extensive experience in multi-agency projects, Fiona's expertise includes complex financial account management and international travel planning, as well as proposal coordination and report writing.
With a track record in Pharma and FinTech, Fiona understands 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.