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Our Board

The Cyber Resilience Centre for Wales has a range of organisations joining us at Board level to provide governance, direction and progress oversight.

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JOHN DAVIES
Co-founder and Managing Director of Pervade Software

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John Davies is the co-founder and managing director of Pervade Software Ltd, an independent software vendor formed in 2009, with its award-winning cyber security products used by a wide range of private and public sector clients in over 80 countries. UK clients include running the Dark Web Intelligence Gathering platform for the UK Police and running the assessment portal for the UK’s Cyber Essentials Scheme. The company is veteran-owned and holds the Silver Employer Recognition Scheme Award.

 

John is also co-founder and chair for Cyber Wales and the South Wales Security Cluster, as well as chair of the Wales Cyber Resilience Board. Cyber Wales is an umbrella organisation with aims to encapsulate all aspects of cyber security in Wales and to provide a single portal where interested parties can find information about the plethora of cyber-related activities that make up the Cyber Wales ecosystem. It is globally recognised as a founding member of GlobalEPIC – an ecosystem of ecosystems for Partnership and Innovation in Cybersecurity, an organisation of 30 cyber ecosystems from 18 countries across 6 continents.

 

The South Wales Cyber Security Cluster is the largest cluster of its kind in the UK, pro-actively supporting the UK National Cyber Security Strategy to make the UK the safest place to do business in cyberspace. The Wales Cyber Resilience Board is a Welsh Government steering committee enhancing cyber resilience across Welsh public sector organisations and providing policy and best practice advice for the Welsh private sector.

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ADRIAN JONES
Director of the Division of The Alacrity Foundation

Adrian is director of the division of The Alacrity Foundation that sources challenges from the public sector to build new commercial start-ups around. Prior to Alacrity Adrian spent over a decade in public service.

 

His early career spanned ‘big tech’, consulting and hedge funds. Adrian completed both a BSc. and MSc. in Computer Science with research areas including Artificial Intelligence.

 

Adrian’s passion is enabling public sector innovation and in addition to work within Alacrity volunteers his time with organisations that bridge innovation/ start-ups and public sector challenges notably CyberASAP & Hacking4MoD – two exceptionally good programmes. Adrian also volunteers a day a week with UK Government as a ‘critical friend’ on innovation topics in various departments and projects. 

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PHIl LARRATT
Public Sector Operations Specialist Chainalysis

Phil Larratt is a Public Sector Operations Specialist at Chainalysis where he works with law enforcement, government agencies and various other organisations. Prior to joining Chainalysis, he was a Senior Manager at the UK's National Crime Agency.

 

Phil has been investigating cryptocurrency-related crime since 2014; he has led and supported multiple high-profile ransomware, extortion, money laundering and dark net market investigations. He holds a Masters in Counter Fraud ad Corruption Studies, and as part of the course, conducted a systematic literature review of the UK's response to the criminal abuse of cryptocurrencies.

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JEFF CUTHBERT
Police & Crime Commissioner for Gwent 

Jeff Cuthbert who is Police & Crime Commissioner for Gwent and the Welsh PCC's lead for cyber.

As PCC for Gwent, Jeff brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to this role, operating also as the deputy lead of both the APCC Portfolio Group on Police Technology and Digital and the APCC Portfolio Group on Business Enablers. Starting his political career back in 2003 serving as Deputy Minister for Skills followed by Minister for Communities and Tackling Poverty, Jeff’s leadership qualities will help bolster the WCRC’s positioning even further.

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PAM KELLY

Chief Constable of Gwent Police and NPCC lead for Cyber in Wales

Chief Constable Pam Kelly joined Gwent Police in 2017 as the

Deputy Chief Constable from neighbouring Dyfed-Powys Police.

Much of her 25 years of service has been within the Criminal Investigation Department, dealing with covert policing, public protection and professional standards.

Pam started her career in policing serving as a volunteer in the Special Constabulary before becoming a Regular Officer in Dyfed-Powys Police in 1994.

Pam has a strong operational background, having performed the role of Senior Investigating Officer for approximately 10 years, predominately investigating murder, manslaughter, rape and serious organised crime cases across Wales and beyond.

Throughout her career Pam has worked as a Superintendent in a Neighbourhood Commander role and a Chief Superintendent in a Territorial Policing Commander role across the four counties of Dyfed Powys, before becoming the Assistant Chief Constable in Dyfed Powys for just over two years.

Pam was appointed Deputy Chief Constable for Gwent Police in July 2017 and since July 1st 2019, she has been carrying out the role of Chief Constable.

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DAVID THORNE

Assistant Chief Constable of South Wales Police

David Thorne was appointed Assistant Chief Constable in South Wales
Police in June 2020 and is responsible for the Specialist Crime portfolio.

David joined Devon & Cornwall Police in 1999. After his probationary period, he joined Exeter Criminal Investigation Department (CID).

On promotion to Sergeant, he worked on response, in custody and then in child abuse investigation, both strategically and operationally. At this time, he completed his Master’s degree in Police Leadership and Management.   As Inspector, he worked in Plymouth as a Critical Incident Manager prior to returning to crime investigation, as Detective Inspector for Torbay CID. In that capacity, he ran ‘street level up’ investigations to tackle the supply of illicit drugs and the associated harm.

On promotion to Chief Inspector, he returned to Public Protection where he oversaw complex safeguarding issues and operations. This experience forged his later involvement in the re-design of the force safeguarding approach where and the introduction of the Single Safeguarding Process and the Vulnerability Screening Tool (ViST).

In 2013, as Detective Chief Inspector [DCI] he moved to the Major Crime Investigation Team, where he achieved his goal of becoming an accredited homicide Senior Investigation Officer (SIO).

Latterly, he took up uniformed command roles, including overseeing policing in Plymouth as the local Commander, where he enjoyed tackling the challenges of policing a large urban area. He is also an accredited Strategic Firearms Commander and has spent time as a Temporary Assistant Chief Constable with Devon and Cornwall Police, in which role he had responsibility for Innovation, Contact and Demand.

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SEB PHILLIPS

Director of Finance and Resources for North Wales Police

 

Having worked in both the private and public sector, Seb brings to the role a wealth of experience in financial operations and leadership across numerous businesses. Starting his career on the Royal Mail’s finance graduate scheme, Seb then took on the position of Finance Tutor with BPP Ltd.

 

Following this, he relocated to North Wales, where he worked within several high-profile organisations including the North Wales Police for the first time as Benefit Realisation Accountant, where he focussed on driving value from the various change projects and programmes taking place. After several years operating as a Finance Director in the private sector, he then re-joined the force in 2019 where he now works as Director of Finance & Resources.

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SIMON TEE

Managing Partner at Kilsby Williams

 

Simon qualified as an associate chartered accountant (ACA) with Deloitte in Newport and joined Kilsby Williams on inception in 1991. He became a partner in 1998 and is now a managing partner of the firm. He has helped many businesses in achieving a financial advantage over their competitors, assisting them in their growth stages and acts for many clients by offering unique solutions on audit, accounting, tax and fundraising issues.

 

In his spare time, Simon is a director of Welsh Cycling, enjoys all the disciplines of triathlon and is a keen researcher of local history.

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LEANNE CONNOR

Business Manager at Thales Ebbw Vale

Leanne was first appointed as the business manager for NDEC (National Digital Exploitation Centre) in January 2019 and was the first local hire following a 26-year career in local government, predominantly in the field of economic development and regeneration. 

 

Previous experience includes managing inward investment opportunities, supporting new and existing SMEs, managing a portfolio of business properties and a key part of team responsible for the redevelopment of the former steelworks site in Ebbw Vale, which is now the home of the growing Thales Ebbw Vale site.

 

Starting her career in human resources she gained a CIPD postgraduate qualification, followed by a course of study in Regional and Local Economic Development via Sheffield University.

The establishment and growth of Thales in Ebbw Vale has enabled Leanne to transfer her knowledge, skills and passion for regeneration and business development into an increasingly important and growth industry, whilst providing the opportunity for further personal development and growth.

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