Stephen Brown is the Chairman of the Board and has oversight of the strategic direction of Secure Chorus. Stephen has more than 25 years’ experience in providing technology solutions, including technical architecture, cyber security, design, system development and management of information systems. He served as Head of IT for various organisations across sectors, including defence and national security, technology, oil and gas, gas, commodity extraction processes, manufacturing and professional services industries.
Robert Mears, Director of the Board & Financial Controller
Robert Mears is a director of the board and has oversight of all financial aspects of Secure Chorus. He has more than a decade of senior leadership experience as Finance Director and Managing Director for a number of companies across the cyber security, technology, fashion and retail sectors. Robert qualified as Chartered Accountant ACA at ICAEW and holds a BSc (Hons) in Civil Engineering from City University London.
Ruth Davis, Chief of Staff
Ruth Davis has oversight of the operational aspects of Secure Chorus. She has more than 15 years of experience in management, operations, project management, knowledge exchange, entrepreneurship and SMEs, and marketing and communications. She had several senior management roles at UCL Innovation and Enterprise (formerly UCL Advances) supporting the full lifecycle of technology start-ups and SMEs in London. Ruth holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Kingston University.
Elisabetta Zaccaria, Strategic Advisor to the Board
Elisabetta Zaccaria served as Executive Chairman between September 2016 and October 2019. She is now a Strategic Advisor to the Board. Elisabetta has over 15 years international experience in C-level positions and consultancy roles in the ICT, cybersecurity, defence and national security industries. Former Group CSO and COO of Global Strategies Group where she played a key leadership role as chief strategist between 2006 and 2012, turning the British start-up into a US$600 million-revenue international business in six years. Elisabetta is a London Business School Alumni in Corporate Finance. She also holds a Magister Doctor of Law from University of Ferrara, and an MA in International Relations from Hult International Business School.
Nick Smith, Corporate Communication Advisor to the Board
Nick Smith serves as Corporate Communication Advisor to the Board on matters relating the development of Secure Chorus’ written communication for publication. Nick has more than 25 years of experience in the UK and international technical media. He has been a contributor to, and editor on, the IET’s Engineering & Technology magazine for the past 15 years, and regularly writes for The Engineer and Professional Engineering magazines as well as national newspapers. He has won ten industry journalism awards, including the prestigious PPA Editor of the Year title. Nick holds a BA in English from the University of Oxford.
Christopher Dearlove, Technology Advisor to the Board
Christopher Dearlove serves as Technology Advisor to the Board on matters relating the development of Secure Chorus’ standards. He has more than 30 years of experience in providing technical solutions in the areas of communications and security. He was a Senior Principal Research Engineer at the BAE Systems Applied Intelligence Laboratories and its predecessors. He is an author of 15 standards (RFCs) in the field of ad hoc networking and has filed five patents in the fields of ad hoc networking and secure communications. Christopher holds an MA in Mathematics from the University of Cambridge.