Board of Directors

Elisabetta Zaccaria, Chairman of the Board

Elisabetta has oversight of the strategic direction of Secure Chorus. She has more than a decade of experience as C-level executive and entrepreneur in the information security, defence and national security sectors. She was Group Chief Strategy Officer & Chief Operating Officer of Global Strategies Group, where she set the strategy and co-led the company’s explosive growth, turning the British start-up into a $600million revenue international business in six years. She left in 2012 after a career with the company and its predecessor organisations spanning nearly 9 years, including several acquisitions, an IPO (Nasdaq) and an exit to a private equity house. Elisabetta is an alumnus of the London Business School, where she specialised 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.

Stephen Brown, Director of the Board & Chief Information Officer

Stephen Brown has oversight of all technology aspects 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. He is professionally qualified in programme and project techniques such as MSP (Managing Successful Programmes), Prince2 and Agile Project Management.

Advisors to the Board

Nick Smith, Corporate Communication

Nick Smith is responsible for advising 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.

Christopher Dearlove, Technology

Christopher Dearlove is responsible for advising on matters relating the development of Secure Chorus’ standards and test plans. 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.


Ruth Davis, Chief of Staff

Ruth has oversight of the operational aspects of Secure Chorus. She has more than 15 years of experience in management, operations, project management (PRINCE2 Practitioner qualified), 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 Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from Kingston University.

Robert Mears, Financial Controller

Robert Mears 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.

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