Our Board.

John Lyons

John Lyons

Chief Executive Officer

John Lyons is Founder and Chief Executive of Cyber Essentials Direct Ltd, the creators of The Cyber Highway, a new and unique solution which allows companies and organisations of any size achieve a baseline of good cyber security, in accordance with the UK Government’s Cyber Essentials Certification Scheme. John is also the Founder of the International Cyber Security Protection Alliance (ICSPA), a not-for-profit organisation established in 2010 and which works with governments, law enforcement agencies and business communities globally in the fight against cyber-crime.

John’s previous public service appointment with the UK’s National Crime Squad as the National Hi Tech Crime Unit’s (NHTCU) Crime Reduction Coordinator required him to lead the Unit’s interaction with the UK’s major blue-chip companies. At the NHTCU he was responsible for writing and implementing the UK’s Cyber Crime Reduction Strategy and for leading their Industry Outreach Programme. In April 2004, he established the first UK national public/private sector information security awareness campaign for Internet users –called “Get Safe Online”. He subsequently chaired the Steering Group comprising senior representatives from HM Government and a number of blue-chip private sector companies including HSBC, eBay and Microsoft.

John began his security career in the Royal Air Force where he served for 20 years. During his service in the RAF Security (Provost) Branch he was engaged in operational and investigative roles involving crime, counter intelligence and counter terrorist activities. He qualified on the Senior Detective Training Course at the Metropolitan Police Service Training College and subsequently led a large number of joint investigations with police and military agencies throughout NATO countries. John retired from the RAF in 1993 in the rank of Squadron Leader.

In the private sector, John held a number of senior management positions, where he worked on mostly foreign-based assignments. Some of his most rewarding projects involved responsibility for multi-million pound engagements with Accenture, Johnson & Johnson, Unilever and a number of foreign government police and security agencies.

John is a Liveryman of the City of London’s 100th Livery Company, the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists.

Lord David Blunkett

Lord David Blunkett

Chairman

David brings to his role as Chairman of Cyber Essentials Direct Ltd. unrivalled experience in public policy and its implementation.  With a distinguished career of more than 45 years in public service and as one of the longest serving senior UK Cabinet Ministers of recent years, David has been influential in driving change and successful outcomes across the most important leadership roles in UK, European, and local political action. David has led the Home Office (including Justice Ministry), Department of Education and Employment, and Department of Work and Pensions.

David has been responsible for priority setting and management of running highly sensitive Departments of State, employing tens of thousands of staff with budgets in the billions of pounds, and has led, run and managed organisations of exceptional scale of importance, sensitivity and impact on national life. As an MP and Shadow Minister, David was instrumental in modernising the Labour Party in the 1990s and readying it for thirteen years in power, so gaining extraordinary experience of change management at the top of national life in the most challenging of circumstances. As one of Tony Blair’s closest confidants, David was not only able to see government at work at the highest possible level but to contribute to broader policy including at times of considerable challenge.  David was awarded a peerage in the dissolution Honours List in 2015, taking the title of Lord Blunkett, of Brightside and Hillsborough in the City of Sheffield.  He also in that year, took up a post as Professor of Politics in Practice at the University of Sheffield Department of Politics, and became Chair of the board of the University of Law (formerly the College of Law) based in London.

Linda Bentley

Linda Bentley

Director

Linda Bentley is a founding director of Cyber Essentials Direct Ltd and co-creator of The Cyber Highway.

Linda has served as Business Development Coordinator for the International Cyber Security Protection Alliance: a business-led, not-for-profit global organisation established in 2010 with the support of the UK government, to fight Cyber-crime since its inception in 2010.

During her previous extensive engagement in the public sector Linda played a leading role in the development and implementation of key national strategies.  Linda has also run her own independent consultancy, employing quality assurance methodology, to deliver high-impact training, education and awareness programmes.

She is a published author and has shared her experience and unique perspectives on children’s learning at major educational events.

Miles Clee

Miles Clee

Director

Miles has worked as an owner and investor within the technology market for over 23 years working specifically with software businesses.  Miles has an Honours Degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering and started his first business in Industrial Automation aged 24 which he then sold seven years later to a US Plc for over seven figures.

Another notable business start-up was Funky Pigeon, an on-line personalised gifting website which was then sold to W H Smith.   Miles has recently worked in the Cyber Security market for over 8 years and provided leading edge security solutions to the Government and Defence markets during this time.

 Thierry Malleret

Thierry Malleret

Director

Thierry is a director of Cyber Essentials Direct Ltd. and the managing partner of the Monthly Barometer, a succinct predictive analysis provided to private investors, global CEOs and some of today’s most influential opinion and decision-makers. He and his partners also invest in adjacent businesses. He was until 2011 a senior partner at IJ (Informed Judgement) Partners, an investment boutique for ultra-high-net-worth individuals based in Geneva, and prior to that managing partner at Rainbow Insight, an advisory boutique which he founded, providing tailor-made intelligence to investors.

Previously, Thierry founded and headed the Global Risk Network at the World Economic Forum, a network that brings together top opinion and policymakers, CEOs and academics to look at how global issues will affect business and society in the short and long term. For a number of years in succession, Thierry conceived and put in place the programme for Davos and spoke at global, industry and regional events. His other professional experience includes: investment banking (as a Chief Economist and Strategist of a major Russian investment bank and as an Economist at the EBRD in London), think tanks and academia (both in New York and Oxford) and government (with a three-year spell in the Prime Minister’s office in Paris).

Thierry has written several business and academic books, and has published four novels (two of which under a pen-name). In addition, he is a public speaker with some of the world’s leading agencies. He also sits on several advisory boards.

He was educated at the Sorbonne and Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris and at St. Antony’s College, Oxford. He holds two MAs (in Economics and History) and a PhD in Economics. With his English wife Thierry has four daughters.

Our Advisory Committee

Steve Head

Steve Head

Chairman of our Advisory Committee

Steve is Chief Security Officer at Virgin Money and is responsible for issues of IT and physical security. Working with colleagues, partners and customers, Steve works to ensure Virgin Money thrives as a safe and profitable place for people to do their banking.
Previously he worked as Commander at the City of London Police and the National Policing Coordinator for Economic Crime, where he was responsible for leading and coordinating the national response to economic crime including cyber-enabled crimes.

He has experience supporting senior policing throughout the UK, as well as Government in setting the latest national counter fraud and cybercrime strategy.

Paul Anderson

Paul Anderson

Advisory Committee Member

Paul Anderson is a solutions architect for a technical innovations team and a CIS Operations Manager in support of the Royal Navy.

After a career in various engineering disciplines, including security, Paul re-trained and became involved in all aspects of CIS.  Paul progressed onto become an Operations and Project manager, delivering CIS systems and support globally.  Most recently, Paul has taken on the additional role of solutions architect for a small technical innovation team tasked to deliver live concept demonstration to MoD departments.

Paul is currently delivering a multifaceted communications concept for the UK MoD which includes the development of a SECRET WLAN architecture that conforms to NCSC approved architectural patterns.

Jonathan Armstrong

Jonathan Armstrong

Advisory Committee Member

Jonathan is an experienced lawyer with a concentration on compliance & technology. His practice includes advising multinational companies on risk, compliance and technology across Europe. Cordery gives legal and compliance advice to household name corporations on:

  • Prevention (eg putting in place policies and procedures);
  • Training (including state of the art video learning); and
  • Cure (such as internal investigations and dealing with regulatory authorities).

Jonathan has handled legal matters in more than 60 countries involving emerging technology, corporate governance, ethics code implementation, reputation, internal investigations, marketing, branding and global privacy policies. Jonathan has counselled a range of clients on breach prevention, mitigation and response. He has also been particularly active in advising multi-national corporations on their response to EU General Data Protection Regulation and the changing data transfer environment.

Jonathan is a co-author of LexisNexis’ definitive work on technology law, “Managing Risk: Technology & Communications”. He is a frequent broadcaster for the BBC and appeared on BBC News 24 as the studio guest on the Walport Review.

Jonathan is listed as a Super Lawyer and has been listed in Legal Experts from 2002 to date.  Jonathan was recently ranked as the 14th most influential figure in data security worldwide by Onalytica.

Mark Bambury

Mark Bambury

Advisory Committee Member

Mark Bambury is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. His varied professional career has been based around the application of risk management techniques to grow, and protect the growth of business. He has held both poacher and gamekeeper roles in blue chip multinationals, embedding high growth strategies and building and managing new teams. He has also packaged these principles to assist smaller start up and developing businesses.

A biology graduate from Royal Holloway, University of London, Mark acts as an ambassador for the college, and assists in its fund raising strategy. He is based with his family in France.

Wendy Deamer

Wendy Deamer

Advisory Committee Member

Wendy Deamer

Wendie Deamer is the Chief Security Officer for Atos UK&I.  Some 20 years ago, after a career in law, handling predominately contractual and employment disputes, she ‘fell’ into security and became a passionate security advocate.  Over the last 20 years, Wendie has worked for a number of global companies including CSC, AMP and TCS in consultancy, operational and strategic roles.

Wendie has experience across all security domains, specialising in Insider Threat, Risk Management, Incident Management, Supply Chain Management and training.  Wendie enjoys coaching / mentoring individuals that are new to the security profession and seeing their enthusiasm for the subject grow.  She also participates on a number of boards and committees within industry, Government and International Organisation’s working to assist all individuals and small companies to safeguard and protect what is important to them.

In her spare time Wendie enjoys nothing more than curling up with a good book and a coffee, researching family history for friends and extended family or exploring new places and countries with her family.

Esther George

Esther George

Advisory Committee Member

Esther George is an independent cybercrime, cybersecurity and digital evidence consultant; and the lead cybercrime consultant for the Global Prosecutors E-Crime Network (GPEN) which is part of the International Association of Prosecutors. Esther is also an Honorary Researcher at the University of Lancaster, Law School.

From January to May 2016 Esther was Director, Cybercrime and Prevention at 8 MAN (Consultant)

8 Man is an access rights management consultancy which specialises in protecting companies from unauthorised data access.

Esther has since April 2014 worked as a consultant with organisations such as the United Nations, Commonwealth Secretariat and the European Union. Esther is a Council of Europe cybercrime expert and regularly travels abroad to train judges, prosecutors and law enforcement.

From 2008 to April 2014 Esther was a Senior Policy Adviser and Senior Prosecutor based at the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) HQ Policy Directorate, London, UK. Esther specialised in internet and computer enabled crime, digital evidence, intellectual property crime and data protection. Esther advised prosecutors at all levels within HQ and Area CPS offices, police and other Government bodies. Esther also acted as a consultant to other prosecutors in cybercrime cases.

From January 2002 to 2012 Esther was the project manager for the CPS High-Tec Crime Project. Esther developed and designed the CPS national high-tec crime training course for prosecutors as a result the CPS presently has over 200 cybercrime specialists. Esther also designed an advanced prosecutor’s course and taught a course for caseworkers. Esther also organized a number of conferences and seminars for CPS cybercrime specialists. Esther has spoken on cybercrime issues on behalf of the CPS at conferences and training sessions nationally and internationally. Esther has spoken at events in a number of countries including Austria, Bahrain, Bermuda, Brussels, China, France, Netherlands, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Malta, Portugal, Romania, Turkey and UAE.

Esther initiated and designed the Global Prosecutors E-Crime Network (GPEN) which enables cybercrime prosecutors around the world to learn and benefit from sharing information, experiences, and strategies with each other, resulting in enhanced international cooperation. Esther designed and was one of the tutors on GPEN’s first e-crime training seminar involving 16 Caribbean countries held in Bermuda in August 2009. In 2010 Esther received a Certificate of Merit from the International Association of Prosecutors for being the Architect of GPEN.

 

Andrew Williams

Andrew Williams

Advisory Committee Member

In his role as President and MD, Andrew is one of three principals at Collabrium Capital which has almost 100 years of experience in developing and managing successful financial institutions.

The principals are supported by an experienced team with a proven track record across products and service areas and an experienced and eminent group of advisors.

Andrew Williams structured and established more than 30 private equity funds during 25 years with Schroders. As CEO of Schroders Ventures Holdings and SVG Advisors, he led the establishment of $8 billion of private equity funds. Andrew, along with Arnab, was a Director on the Board of Commonwealth Development Corporation Group Plc, where they played a major role in growing the GPs from 2 to 65, turning £1 billion of investments into £2.5 billion.

Ian Wolsey

Ian Wolsey

Advisory Committee Member

Iain Wolsey is a member of the Cyber Essentials Direct Advisory Committee and an experienced and creative company director with experience in the management and guidance of private and public companies in UK and internationally.

Iain is Chairman of the East India Club and Founding Director of consulting service, Molsey Meech which specialises in consulting with clients on strategic change, with a concentration on implementation and achieving tangible results.

Iain holds a number of non-executive positions within large organisations such as WCC, West Ost Union and Mubaloo.

Investors

Serge Desprat

Serge Desprat

Founding Investor

Serge Desprat is a professional with more than 30 years of international experience in private equity (“PE”), Financial Institutions M&A and business development globally. During this time, Serge developed his personal interest in international security issues, ultimately leading to his involvement and investment in the creation of Cyber Essentials Direct Ltd.

As an independent consultant, Serge has currently a global coordinating role as Lead Senior Advisor– Global Fund Advisory Platform with PwC Corporate Finance, the center of excellence for PwC in PE fund placement and strategic advisory services globally. He was also Senior Adviser to Munich-based Golding Capital Partners, the leading independent German PE funds of funds manager in 2013. Prior to these roles, Serge was a consultant for many PE fund management platforms in Europe and the U.S. mainly dealing with PE fund placement, transregional platform partnership and investment advisory services on a global basis. His PE asset class coverage includes buyout, growth capital, venture capital, real estate, natural resources, infrastructure and clean-tech funds globally mainly on behalf of European and U.S. alternative assets platforms. His global investor network comprises funds of funds, private and public pension funds, endowments, foundations, insurance companies, banks, Sovereign Wealth Funds and single and multi-family offices with a main focus on Europe and North America.

Prior to September 2009, Serge was a partner at Europa Partners Limited, a London-based investment banking advisory firm, mainly responsible for private equity fund advisory and placement worldwide (2005-2009). Serge was also a Senior Advisor –CEE to Keefe Bruyette & Woods, the US specialist investment bank, on financial services M&A advisory in 2006-2007. From 2003 to 2005, Serge was Managing Director & Head of Financial Institutions at Vienna-based European Privatization and Investment Corporation GmbH (EPIC), a CEE-focused investment bank and investment firm. He was CEE Financial Services Leader – Corporate Finance at PwC in Prague and covered 20 countries in the region (2001-2003). Prior to PwC, he was head of international placement for Paris-based Edmond de Rothschild’s PE funds in 2000. He was Senior Banker – Head of the Insurance Investment Unit, Financial Institutions (1993-1998) and Head of Business Development (1995) at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (“EBRD”), where he completed fifteen principal direct investment projects in CEE and started his involvement in the PE fund sector. From 1988 to 1992, Serge was an investment banker at S.G. Warburg & Co. Ltd in London and Paris focusing on cross-border European M&A advisory mandates (acquisitions, disposals and takeover defense). From 1986 to 1987, Serge worked at New York-based Johnson & Higgins as a senior corporate planning analyst.

Serge has been a member of the Paris-based Institut Français des Relations Internationales (IFRI), one of the leading European international relations think tanks, since 1981. Over 1983-1984, Serge served in the 3rd Husards, a French reconnaissance armoured cavalry regiment deployed alongside US and NATO forces, with stints in West Berlin. Serge is a recipient of the French National Defense Medal for services rendered.

Serge holds an M.B.A. Degree and an M.I.M. Degree (with distinctions) from the Thunderbird School of Global Management (Glendale, Arizona) and a Masters’ Degree in International Relations and Business (top of his class) from the Institut Libre d’Etudes des Relations Internationales (Paris, France). In addition, Serge attended various graduate terms (economics and foreign policy studies) at Harvard University in 1981-1982 as well as a special executive private equity program at Harvard Business School in 2008 and the famed cybersecurity program at Harvard Kennedy School of Government in 2017. He is a French national and speaks English and French fluently, has working knowledge of German and received introductory training in Czech and Russian.

Serge resides in Prague, which is his main base, where his family is located. He has been married to Anne-Sophie since 1992. They have two daugthers: Charlotte (a senior at Yale University, specialising in Russian affairs) and Clementine (a student at The English College in Prague, with a further university focus on psychology and criminology).

 Thierry Malleret

Thierry Malleret

Investor Director

Thierry is a director of Cyber Essentials Direct Ltd. and the managing partner of the Monthly Barometer, a succinct predictive analysis provided to private investors, global CEOs and some of today’s most influential opinion and decision-makers. He and his partners also invest in adjacent businesses. He was until 2011 a senior partner at IJ (Informed Judgement) Partners, an investment boutique for ultra-high-net-worth individuals based in Geneva, and prior to that managing partner at Rainbow Insight, an advisory boutique which he founded, providing tailor-made intelligence to investors.

Previously, Thierry founded and headed the Global Risk Network at the World Economic Forum, a network that brings together top opinion and policymakers, CEOs and academics to look at how global issues will affect business and society in the short and long term. For a number of years in succession, Thierry conceived and put in place the programme for Davos and spoke at global, industry and regional events. His other professional experience includes: investment banking (as a Chief Economist and Strategist of a major Russian investment bank and as an Economist at the EBRD in London), think tanks and academia (both in New York and Oxford) and government (with a three-year spell in the Prime Minister’s office in Paris).

Thierry has written several business and academic books, and has published four novels (two of which under a pen-name). In addition, he is a public speaker with some of the world’s leading agencies. He also sits on several advisory boards.

He was educated at the Sorbonne and Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris and at St. Antony’s College, Oxford. He holds two MAs (in Economics and History) and a PhD in Economics. With his English wife Thierry has four daughters.