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Lianne is an award-winning cyber anthropologist and security transformation leader with experience in the healthcare, finance, private and non-profit sectors. Her consultancy, The AnthroSecurist, enables teams in complex organisations to understand each other’s motivations, identify barriers that have prevented good security practices in the past, and provide practical steps and insights to increase collaboration between the security team and the rest of the organisation.

Lianne is also Information Security Transformation Manager at one of the largest UK insurance companies where she builds strategies to create sustainable security cultures throughout the organisation.

As a respected speaker, Lianne has delivered talks across the globe to share her vision for a new type of security function. Drawing upon her expertise as an anthropologist, her practical experience as a security-focused software developer and her time in NHS Digital’s SOC as a SIEM analyst overseeing 1.5 million endpoints; Lianne combines the human and the technical aspects of security to evangelise a cultural security transformation.

Outside of work, she is on the advisory board for two community enterprises aimed at encouraging diversity in tech and on the board for a cybersecurity startup. She is a published author, podcast host, and recently won’s Security Specialist of the Year for her work on human-centric approaches to security.


Ever wondered how the latest developments in technology are affecting our world? Geoff White has. He dives deep into these issues as an accomplished keynote speaker and prolific writer, having spoken on panels and chaired debates at venues ranging from London’s Chatham House think-tank to the Latitude music festival.

As an investigative journalist, Geoff has covered technology for BBC News, Channel 4 News, Audible, Forbes online and many others. They aim to create real-world change, with a particular focus on e-crime and cybersecurity: his words have brought about arrests, regulatory investigations and legislative action.

Geoff 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. He also recently completed a 10-part series delving into the shadow dark web economy that feeds on stolen personal data, hacked computers and corporate incompetence.

Geoff 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. The show was a sell–out hit at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2017, and has been performed at music festivals, political conferences and for corporate clients.

He has written and presented two major podcast series for Audible. Artificial Intelligence: Friend or Foe? reveals the origins of AI, and shows how the technology is seeping into everyday life. The Dark Web exposes the shadow internet created by the US military and now home to hackers, crooks and freedom fighters.

Nina Schick, Author and Adviser

Nina Schick is an author and advisor, specialising in how technology is transforming politics and society in the 21st century. She is an expert in synthetic media, deepfakes, disinformation, cybersecurity and the geopolitics of technology.

Nina helps organisations and businesses understand and navigate the geopolitical risks and opportunities posed by the exponential technological changes of our age.

She has advised global leaders including Joe Biden, the President of the United States and Anders Fogh Rasmussen, the former Secretary General of NATO. Nina also advises private companies, government agencies and NGOs, including the World Economic Forum and Truepic.

She has worked on global crises including the annexation of Crimea and invasion of Eastern Ukraine; the Eurozone crisis; Europe’s migration crisis; Brexit; foreign election interference in the United States; and state-sponsored influence operations in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Her debut book, ‘Deepfakes,’ was released in 2020, and has been translated into five languages, including Japanese, German and Mandarin.

She has been published by the MIT Tech Review, The Times, UnHerd and TIME amongst others. She is a regular commentator on international broadcast channels including the BBC, Sky News, Bloomberg and CNBC. She has appeared on stages including TedX, CogX and WebSummit.

Nina is a hyperpolyglot and speaks seven languages.


Steve has over 28 years career experience, mainly in the Financial Services sector and as Head of IT Risk for Newcastle Building Society, has responsibility for a small team who deliver IT Risk oversight and Information Security across the NBS group. This includes the Building Society itself and also a large outsourcing subsidiary business which operates the UK’s leading savings management platform for a number of household names.

Steve has helped to deliver several security certifications for the group including ISO27001 and Cyber Essentials Plus, holds several industry professional certifications, is a director for the ISC2 North East England chapter and has a keen interest in the secure delivery of cloud computing to help deliver business strategy.


Graham Cluley is an award-winning security blogger, researcher, podcaster, and public speaker. He has been a well-known figure in the computer security industry since the early 1990s when he worked as a programmer, writing the first ever version of Dr Solomon’s Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows.

Since then he has been employed in senior roles by companies such as Sophos and McAfee. Graham Cluley has given talks about computer security for some of the world’s largest companies, worked with law enforcement agencies on investigations into hacking groups, and regularly appears on TV and radio explaining computer security threats. Graham was inducted into the InfoSecurity Europe Hall of Fame in 2011.


Vernon Poole, CISM, CGEIT, CRISC is Head of Business Consultancy, at Sapphire – a leading UK Security Services Company, addressing information governance and all best practice standards on information security management and associated areas (including ISO27000 series; ITIL; & COBIT). He was a member of ISACA’s COBIT 5 Task Force, a CISM/CRISC trainer and a frequent speaker at ISACA global conferences.. He was awarded ISACA’s John Kuyers award for the best speaker/conference contributor in 2012 and was the EuroCACS/ISRM Conference Taskforce Leader in 2013.

Vernon is a subject matter expert on a wide range of topics, from Information Security Governance to Information Risk Management. He is a highly respected expert on ISO27001 and has been involved in the current revision to ISO27002 which is due for publication in early 2022

At Sapphire, Vernon has worked with many organisations in developing tailored Information Security Governance models to enable clients to benchmark their information security improvements.

Vernon started in consultancy with Capita and has over 30 years’ experience in information/cyber security and risk management consultancy and training. He has also worked in the public sector and with Aid to Industry (UK audit and security training group)—the latter being acquired by Deloitte which resulted in Vernon becoming the European IS leader performing assignments for blue chip companies across Europe and Middle East, with reviews also in USA & South America.

Phil Huggins, Interim National CISO for Health & Social Care, NHSX

Phil has over 24 years experience within security, technology and data roles, with extensive experience of leadership, governance, management, system engineering and enterprise architecture. Phil has designed and operated security for critical national infrastructure and has also advised and managed global financial services organisations as well as national regulators on cyber resilience and cyber security.