The BIG SASIG Advisory Board comprise CISOs and industry experts, chosen for their expertise and knowledge. The Board meets regularly to oversee the organisation and delivery of BIG SASIG cybersecurity conferences and shape the event’s content. Members review the conference material, identify hot topics and where necessary, suggest improvements.

Mark Walmsley (Chair) Global CISO Managing director, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Mark Walmsley is an experienced chief information security officer. He studied law before joining a number of small boutique private investigation agencies. The majority of Mark’s professional career has been spent within the legal industry, working within litigation before moving to business services where he managed high-value, complex programmes of work.

Mark has led Freshfields information and cyber security capability for the last seven years and had a year secondment to the National cyber Security Centre (part of GCHQ) where he helped manage the government and legal industry engagement.

Martin Smith MBE, Chairman and Founder, The SASIG

After 40 years in cybersecurity and as I approach my retirement, somehow I’ve ended up working harder than ever with The SASIG! I am so proud of this magnificent community of cybersecurity professionals and all that we are achieving.

Helen Rabe, Global CISO, Abcam

Helen is passionate about aligning security with desired business outcomes, considerate of current state and future business strategies. As an  influential and versatile security leader, her ability to clearly communicate strategy to all levels of the organisation, including the Board, have resulted in strong and comprehensive programs with high adoption of security behaviours across organisations.

Helen has a proven track record of developing, executing & maturing bespoke ISMS strategies and teams to mitigate risk, counter threats and deliver world-class security & data privacy management solutions across varied industry sectors, deploying holistic, cost effective security transformation programs in regulated and agile digital environments.

Andrew Gould Detective Chief Superintendent, National Cybercrime Programme, National Police Chiefs' Council (NPCC)

Detective Chief Superintendent Andrew Gould is a City of London Police Officer and the National Cybercrime Programme Lead for National Police Chiefs’ Council. He is responsible for developing the police response to cybercrime at a national, regional and local level. This includes overseeing the operational activity of Regional and Force Cybercrime Units and supporting the response to major national cyber incidents. Andrew is also responsible for the development of an effective police capability on the Dark Web and in cryptocurrencies. He is also a Global Cybercrime Expert for Interpol. Prior to this, he ran the Met Police’s Cybercrime Unit.

Mandy Haeburn-Little, CEO, Business Resilience International Management (BRIM)

Mandy Haeburn-Little has worked in the private sector throughout her career. She has worked extensively with companies facing significant challenges and has been recognised for her creativity in finding solutions to business dilemmas. Mandy has a strong knowledge of the international cyber landscape as well as the socio-political landscape. Before founding BRIM in 2019, Mandy was the Chief Executive of the Scottish Business Resilience Centre for over nine years, working in direct partnership with Police Scotland, the Scottish Government and the business community.

Since 2019, working with her team of Directors, BRIM has been delivering a network of nine cyber resilience centres across England and Wales on behalf of the Home Office and the National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC). A new academic talent pipeline has also been developed to support emerging students of forensics and vocational cybersecurity. Over time, it is intended that these students will go directly into policing.

Andrew Gudgeon OBE, Head of Enterprise Risk Management and Operational Risk (UKI), Zurich Insurance

Andrew Gudgeon OBE is a pioneer of UK Cyber Security, decorated by both the UK and US Governments for cyber operations. He is a former RAF Group Captain Communications Engineer with 29 years’ service. Since retirement, he has moved to the UK financial sector, first as Head of Operational Risk at Nationwide Building Society and now as Head of Enterprise and Operational Risk in Zurich Insurance (UKI). His role in relation to security and resilience is to act as the ‘Babel Fish’ between the business and security/operations, to ensure vulnerabilities are identified, stressed and mitigated, and sound risk assessment underpins choice and decisions.

Jim Griffiths, Head of Information Security, Governance, Risk and Compliance, British Sugar

Paul Norton, Founder and CEO, CyberHalo

Founder of Cyber Halo, Paul Norton is a DPO and cybersecurity professional, specialising in global governance, risk and compliance for the Financial Services sector.

Sir Ian Andrews CBE, Vice-Chair National Preparedness Commission, formerly Chair UK Serious Organised Crime Agency and Senior Independent Director, NHS Digital

A former Second Permanent Secretary who retired from MOD in 2009, Ian continues to pursue a wide range of security interests. From 2009-2013, he was Non-Executive Chairman of the UK Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) – now part of the National Crime Agency – and, from 2013 until 2018, a Non-Executive Director of NHS Digital.  He is now one of the Vice-Chairs of the National Preparedness Commission.

With extensive experience leading transformational change in large and complex organisations in the national security space, he has supported Defence Engagement, particularly in Latin America, and contributes to various public sector and academic leadership and governance initiatives.

Steven Wilson, CEO, Cyber Defence Alliance (CDA)

Steven Wilson joined the Cyber Defence Alliance (CDA) in January 2020. The CDA is a not-for-profit organisation working on behalf of 12 UK financial institutions to share intelligence and jointly respond to cybercrime threats. Prior to this, Steven was the Head of the European Cybercrime Centre (EC3) at Europol in The Netherlands. His teams were responsible for supporting and coordinating international investigations into high-level cybercrime, online child sexual exploitation, transnational non-cash payment fraud and dark web enquiries.
Steven has 34 years’ experience in law enforcement having also served as a Senior Detective in Scotland, where he performed a range of roles with national responsibility, including investigating serious organised crime, cybercrime, online child sexual exploitation and complex money-laundering enquiries.

Paula Kershaw, Chief Controls Officer, Barclays