About the Forum
In September 2011 Dr Emma Philpott founded the Malvern Cyber Security Cluster to meet the needs of the small cyber security companies operating in and around Malvern in the counties of Herefordshire, Worcestershire and Gloucestershire in the UK. Over the following 2 years small companies from across the UK increasingly asked to join the Cluster, even though they were based too far away to attend the meetings.
As the membership of the Malvern Cyber Security Cluster became national we decided to help other Clusters get started where there was already a critical mass of activity so as to enable more companies to physically meet together in different parts of the country. The UK Cyber Security Forum was created in April 2014 by Key IQ Ltd to coordinate this effort.
On the 14th April 2015 the UK Cyber Security Forum was founded as a Community Interest Company, a social enterprise to continue developing the Forum with longterm sustainability in mind.
Today the Forum has a strong and growing national membership and an increasing interaction with cyber security clusters and policy makers around the world.
Board of Directors
Dr Emma Philpott MBE, Managing Director.
Emma has worked in both large and small organizations, including the Ministry of Defence in the UK, QinetiQ in the UK, the Institute of Materials Research & Engineering in Singapore, and Cientifica in Singapore. She is currently the CEO of The IASME Consortium Ltd, an accreditation body for the UK's Cyber Essentials initiative. @emphilpott
Dr Adrian Burden, Technical Director.
Adrian was the founding CEO of the first spin-off company from the Institute of Materials Research and Engineering in Singapore which developed and delivered high technology solutions for anti-counterfeiting, brand protection and supply chain security. He is currently working in stealth mode on a blockchain startup. Adrian was recognised as a Maserati 100 entrepreneur for 2015 in The Sunday Times. @apburden
Dr Daniel Dresner, Non-executive Director.
Daniel is academic lead for cyber security at the University of Manchester, and a director / co-founder of The IASME Consortium Ltd. He was awarded a PhD for his work in information systems risk and is a Fellow of the Institute of Information Security Professionals. He has contributed to new risk management guidance from the National Cyber Security Centre and he advises the Greater Manchester Combined Authority. @DrDraniel
Tim Charrot, Non-executive Director.
Tim is a highly experienced security practitioner specialising in risk management and governance, data analytics, protective monitoring, incident response and digital investigation. His 20 year career has encompassed a wide range of roles from software startup to CISO at a FTSE250 company.