Jason is the co-founder of Cyber Wales and has been developing secure web applications and advising companies on their cyber security for over 15 years. After spending his early years in the military, Jason went on to set up and run his own business in Wales giving him an understanding of the unique cyber challenges which are faced by SMEs in the region. He is passionate about helping to spread best practice and real-world solutions to these SMEs and believes that ‘secure’ should not mean ‘complex’.
Jason’s passion for both cyber and Wales led him to form the North Wales Cyber Security Cluster in June 2015, as a part of the Cyber Wales Ecosystem which now totals over 2,500 members with international collaborations across more than 30 countries. Jason is also an NCSC i100 industry secondee and also a CyberFirst Ambassador and police cyber volunteer. He lectures in cyber security and secure development for undergraduate and postgraduate courses, as well as assisting with the training of army reservists in cyber capabilities.
Paul is chair and president of Chambers Wales; he is obsessed about growing Welsh businesses both nationally and internationally. With significant international experience he has a deep understanding of businesses which trade locally and overseas.
Having worked for private investment companies, family businesses, SMEs and the public sector, Paul brings significant restructuring and advisory experience. His primary focus is on ensuring that businesses survive challenging times and enabling change to achieve sustainable growth.
Paul is a Francophile, dog lover and rugby fan with a growing wine collection.
Federation of Small Businesses
Mike Learmond is senior development manager for the Federation of Small Businesses in Wales, with particular responsibility for North Wales.
FSB is the UK's largest campaigning pressure group promoting and protecting the interests of the self-employed and owners of small firms. FSB is non-profit making and non-party political and supports its members through a comprehensive range of member benefits that are designed to save members money and protect against tax and legal problems.
Mike is responsible for ensuring that the needs of small businesses in the region are maintained as a high priority on the political agenda and also to help signpost FSB members where to obtain help when they need it.
He is spokesperson and first point of contact for the FSB in North Wales and his role includes lobbying politicians on behalf of smaller businesses, dealing with the media, representing the FSB at various groups and events and supporting an army of volunteers who organise everything from networking evenings to political debates for FSB members throughout the region.
David is responsible for the operation of the ICO Wales office in Cardiff. His team works with stakeholders across Wales in relation to all aspects of information rights legislation, providing advice and guidance on compliance to both the public and to organisations. The team also proactively works with public sector bodies to help them develop policies that incorporate and uphold information rights, and ensure that matters specific to Wales are reflected in the wider regulatory work of the ICO.
Michael is the programme director for digital economy within Welsh Government’s Economy, Science and Natural Resource Directorate. After a career start based in London working internationally with the aviation industry, he then spent time working with emerging technology providers and investment institutions. Michael returned to Wales in 2002 and joined the Welsh Development Agency prior to its functions transferring to Welsh Government in 2006.
Since that time, Michael has focused his attention on increasing digital maturity in Welsh businesses by creating and operationally delivering initiatives that focus on digital adoption and exploitation as a catalyst for broader economic benefit.
With a portfolio including the Welsh Government’s pan-Wales ‘Superfast Business Wales’ digital support programme, Michael sees being part of the advisory group for the Wales Cyber Resilience Centre as a vital opportunity for collaboration and shared intelligence between the two support mechanisms in Wales.
Go North Wales
Jim Jones is the CEO of North Wales Tourism, the chair of the North Wales & Mersey Dee Business Council and vice-chair of the Welsh Tourism Alliance.
A varied career, from early days in the military, many years in the public sector preceeded taking up his current post as CEO of North Wales Tourism five years ago. North Wales Tourism is the regional destination management organisation for North Wales, representing both the private and public sector with a membership in excess of 1500 members (pre-pandemic) with the aim to promote North Wales as a dynamic tourism destination.
Cardiff Against Business Crime
After thirty years working in Cardiff with South Wales Police where he attained the rank of inspector, Ian worked with the Home Office’s 'Ending Gangs and Serious Youth Violence’ programme as independent advisor and as a member of its peer review team.
During his police career he had leading roles in national and local multi-agency projects to reduce knife crime and alcohol-related violence. Ian has five years’ experience as business crime reduction manager at FOR Cardiff Business Improvement District (BID) and is the current chair of the Wales Against Business Crime Group and a director of the National Association of Business Crime Partnerships.
Chris Coughlan is a senior associate in the commercial team at Capital Law and heads up its cross departmental technology sector. Chris advises clients on a wide variety of technology matters, including IT outsourcing arrangements; AI platform developments; disruptive fintech and insuretech products; and innovative products in the energy management and wider green tech space.
Chris is a committee member of the South West Group of the Society for Computers and Law (SCL) and passionate about promoting technology in the law.
John is a farmer's son from Llanddewi Brefi, Ceredigion. He joined HSBC bank in 1986 and worked in a number of branches in West Wales before being selected for the bank's graduate programme in London in 1991.
Whilst in London John gained experience in a number of different bank departments, including private banking, treasury, business banking and premier banking.
In 2003 he returned to Cardiff and took up the position of regional public relations manager for HSBC Bank's divisional management centre for Wales, the South West and Northern Ireland.
In 2011 John left HSBC and moved to Grant Thornton as an associate director. His role involved looking after existing customers, public relations, relationship building and business development for the business in Wales.
In 2019 he moved to Metro Bank and is currently the local director.
Dewi Gaylard is a senior leader in IT with over 20 years’ experience. Dewi has helped businesses of various sizes across different sectors to achieve success through the highest standards of IT operation, service management and cyber compliance. Dewi’s experience as a technical design authority and a service delivery manager has provided expert knowledge of cloud/datacentre infrastructure and security.
Dewi is now the head of information, communication and technology for Cardiff Airport, where he also manages the operational and information technology services for St Athan Airfield and Anglesey Airport. Acting as a cyber security reasonable manager, Dewi works closely with industry bodies and organizations such as the CAA, NSCS, Police and Special Branch.