Geoff White

Technology Journalist

An award-winning television news journalist, Geoff White’s exclusives have covered everything from fraud in the internet dating industry to the shadowy world of Russian cybercrime gangs.
He works mainly for the BBC and Channel 4 News, with a focus on tech security, personal data, privacy and e-crime.
He is also the co-creator of The Secret Life of Your Mobile Phone, a live, interactive phone hacking stage performance which shows how the global technology industry is harvesting the data leaking from your handset.
For Channel 4 News he created the Data Baby project, a unique experiment which used a fictional online identity to expose how our personal data is being used – and abused – online.

Dr Daniel Dresner

University of Manchester

After 22 years with NCC, Daniel founded The Dresner Associates to detect human vulnerabilities in networks, and mend the often broken threads that bind information together. Over 1000 students have studied cyber security and governance with him at The University of Manchester and engage in his research projects. He recently asked for a job title that would neither sound silly and would fit on a business card so the University met one criterion and made him Academic Coordinator for Cyber Security. His key works include the Green Surf Code for Children, Desert Island Controls for Business, and The Three Universal Laws for Information and Cyber Security (with Neira Jones).
Daniel provides informed comment on cyber security policy to the security services and is a visiting lecturer at the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom. He carefully tends to clients implementing the stringent requirements of the ISO/IEC 27001 standard and co-created the IASME programme to bring a benchmark of cyber security to SMEs.

Helen Williams

Cyber Protect Officer, NW Regional Cyber Crime Unit

Helen Williams has worked for Merseyside Police for 10 years. She joined the North West Regional Organised Crime Unit (Titan) in May 2014 as Cyber Protect Officer. She works alongside officers in the regional cyber-crime unit who investigate malware, network intrusion and denial of service attacks.

Her role is part of a national network linked to the UK Governments National Cyber Security Centre and aims to help businesses and the community in the North West, by providing information about the latest cyber threats, advice on how to protect your data, information and online assets and free resources to help you stay safe online.

Phil Swan

Chief Information Officer, Greater Manchester Combined Authority

Phil leads the Digital Service at the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (www.greatermanchester-ca.gov.uk) including GM-Connect. GM-Connect is Greater Manchester’s information sharing, governance and data science programme which was established in 2016 to enable far ranging public service reform and devolution. In addition he is working across the sector to convene a GM wide Digital Action Plan to deliver the Mayor’s ambition and wider GCMA vision for Greater Manchester to be a globally recognised digital city-region. He is also Programme Co-Director for CityVerve, and leading work on CyberGM – a new initiative to develop the cyber industry in Greater Manchester and improve our collective resilience.

Previously Phil’s roles have included developing and growing the public sector partnership, iNetwork; founding and successfully exiting a niche public sector support business; and managing BP’s global eRetail programme.

He’s also a passionate governor of Glossopdale Community College.


Conor Ward

Visiting Professor – Queen Mary University of London, Chair Cloud Industry Legal Forum

Conor Ward is a former partner in the international law firm Hogan Lovells, where he was group manager of its London based IP and Technology group specialising in computers and communications law. He is a Visiting Professor at Queen Mary, University of London’s Centre for Commercial Law Studies where he teaches the post graduate IT Law course. Conor has extensive experience of advising clients in relation to outsourcing and cloud services as well as advising in relation to, and following, cyber security incidents including in dealing with the aftermath of such incidents such as liaising with regulators, advising in relation to legal actions against the perpetuators and helping clients deal with law enforcement and criminal prosecutors.
Conor is a board member of the Cloud Industry Forum (CIF) and chairs the Cloud Industry Legal Forum which advises on Cloud Computing Legal Issues. He was a member of the European Commission’s working group on the proposed Code of Conduct for Cloud Service Providers. Conor is recognised as a leading practitioner in both IT law and outsourcing in the main UK and international legal directories. He was a director of the Federation Against Software Theft (FAST) for over 10 years.

Mike Trevett

Deputy Director, NHS Digital

A graduate of Information Systems, Mike’s database and systems experience began with BT in the early 1990’s. Since then he has worked in the telecommunications, retail, automotive and financial services sectors, latterly as a CISO, before joining the Civil Service to look after Information Security and Legal Services for the Office for National Statistics (ONS) in 2009. Whilst at ONS, Mike took on responsibility for the full protective security and Assurance portfolios before joining Cabinet Office as the Head of the Office of the Government Senior Information Risk Owner. In late 2016, this posting ended and Mike joined NHS Digital to help implement the new Data Security Standards for Health and Care published in Dame Fiona Caldicott’s review in June 2016.

A Fellow of the British Computer Society and Chartered IT Professional, and a life Fellow of the Institute of Direct Marketing Mike’s role within the Civil Service has seen his passion for the pragmatic management of Information Risk and cyber security come to the fore as he has worked with organisations across government and the wider public sector to help organisations towards greater cyber maturity.



Dr Kathryn Oldham M.B., ChB., MSc

Head of Civil Contingency and Resilience, AGMA

Kathryn is Head of Civil Contingencies & Resilience for Greater Manchester’s 10 local authorities. In 2011 she led the transformation of the way in which disaster risk reduction is delivered across Greater Manchester through the design and creation of a shared service for Greater Manchester’s 10 local authorities. Kathryn has responsibility for leading this specialist unit, providing expert civil contingencies services to local government including in the areas of health protection, disaster risk reduction, emergency management and recovery. The unit offers a year round emergency response service, ensuring Greater Manchester’s local authorities always have access to disaster management expertise.

Kathryn led Greater Manchester’s participation in the United Nation’s (UNISDR) Making Cities Resilient Campaign in which the UN has recognised the city region as one of only 54 role model cities worldwide. She also led Greater Manchester’s successful bid to join the Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities network in 2016. Kathryn is an expert advisor on emergency planning for the Local Government Association and is a member of SOLACE’s civil contingencies and community safety group.

Kathryn has varied and extensive experience in the public sector. Previously she has managed a wide range of local government services including being Assistant Director with responsibilities for Manchester’s historic civic buildings, heading up facilities management services for the Town Hall complex, leading finance and service improvement teams for Manchester Council and managing diverse services across Manchester’s public housing stock.

Kathryn holds a medical degree, qualifying with the University of Manchester, and has received national awards for business continuity planning together with her role in planning for the Olympic Games in 2012.



Ajike Alli-Ameh

Lead for Information Sharing and Security Programme, iNetwork & Coordinator of North West WARP

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