Committees

Standards Committee

The Standards Committee is the committee appointed by the board of directors of Secure Chorus to advise the board on the interoperability standards which establish the engineering and technical criteria pursuant to which different information technology systems and software applications may communicate, exchange data, and use the information that has been exchanged.

Chair of Standards Committee

Dr Andy Lilly, Armour Communications

Andy is Co-Founder and CTO of Armour Communications, with a record of delivering challenging, leading-edge R&D solutions to global markets. Having lead high tech teams at both multinational organisations and VC-funded start-ups, Andy has been instrumental in delivering secure communications systems and solutions to military, government and enterprise environments for nearly 30 years. Andy holds a PhD in radar modelling from UCL and a BEng (Hons) from the University of Surrey.

Members of Standards Committee

Elisabetta Zaccaria, Chairman, Secure Chorus – Click here for Leadership biographies.

Mark Baggs, Telefonica

Mark is the Head of Recording for Telefonica O2. He is responsible for industrialising mobile recording within Telefonica’s O2 Business and the roll-out of other complimentary solutions such as conferencing (Just Call Me and All Hands), secure voice, analytics, speech-to-text and integrating fixed solutions for its unified voice strategy. Prior to O2, Mark worked in banking as an Associate Director for Royal Bank of Canada Capital Markets and Morgan Stanley, running Infrastructure Services.

Dr Faith Bateman, BAE Systems Applied Intelligence 

Faith is an Account Manager in the Defence Division of BAE Systems Applied Intelligence, with a history in the defence and cyber security sectors. Faith has previously worked on number of projects involving advanced mobility, in particular secure communications, and has a keen interest in this area. Faith has a PhD in Electronic and Electrical Engineering from the University of Southampton.

Micael Berg, Cryptify 

Micael is the Chief Sales Officer of Cryptify. He is an entrepreneur and senior executive with two decades experience in product development, sales and business development in the technology and telecommunications industry. He started his career at Ericsson, developing products augmenting the mobile networks to also handle mobile broadband. Micael holds an MSc in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from the Chalmers University of Technology.

Mike Brown, ISARA Corporation

Mike is co-founder and CTO of ISARA Corporation, focusing on the technical vision and direction of the company. Mike was most recently VP of Security Product Management and Research at BlackBerry, where he co-founded the product security practice and was responsible for the vision and execution of security for all BlackBerry products. Mike has spoken at global security events and holds a Master of Mathematics from the University of Waterloo, focusing on cryptography.

Dr Kit Kilgour, Sepura

Kit is a Senior Specialist in the Product Strategy division of Sepura plc. Kit has more than 20 years experience working in wireless communications. His standardisation experience includes a range of 3GPP working groups and the Small Cell Forum. He is currently working in 3GPP on the design of secure Mission Critical communications systems. Kit has a PhD in Mathematics from the University of Cambridge.

Gerald McQuaid, Vodafone

Gerald is responsible for national security and critical infrastructure protection across Vodafone Group’s footprint. He is currently a chair of an ETSI Technical Committee, a member of a government advisory committee and a stakeholder of LEA Support in many markets. He has previously been a member of various EU Experts Groups and a frequent contributor to the EU’s Research Network on Critical Infrastructure Protection. Prior to Vodafone, Gerald was responsible for deployment of LEA Support systems globally, as well as a first responder assisting the UN during major disasters. Gerald has a BEng (Hons) in Engineering, Electrical and Mechanical Engineering and an MSc in Security Management.

Simon Pryce, Leonardo

Simon is an Account Manager in the Security and Information Systems Division of Leonardo, focused mainly on the company’s secure communications capabilities. These include Leonardo’s MIKEY-SAKKE product, CERYX, and also the company’s Mission Critical Communications capabilities across its LTE, TETRA and Digital Mobile Radio portfolio ranges. Simon holds a BSc in Biology from the University of Nottingham.

Dr Nithin Thomas, SQR Systems

Nithin is co-founder and CEO of SQR Systems, a company developing secure mobile and IoT communications for better control of data and privacy. He has delivered technology to regulated sectors, ranging from defence and intelligence to financial services. Nithin holds a PhD from University of Bristol and was granted a patent for optimisation of encrypted data for poorly connected networks.

Sebastian Wiles, Serbus

Seb’s career started in the military as a communications manager before he joined Three UK. In 2009, he and his business partner established Serbus, a successful company focused on securing the remote worker. Serbus Secure is its leading product, giving users the freedom of today’s mobile technology, but in an enterprise-managed and secure way.

Stuart McKean, Nine23

Stuart is founder and CEO of Nine23. Stuart founded Nine23 with a commitment to create premium secure enterprise mobility services for its clients. He is passionate about what secure mobile technology can deliver to the frontline of business, and believes that the end-user should be put first in any solution, delivered via Nine23’s secure accredited enterprise mobility platform, FLEX. Stuart is a former Army helicopter pilot with a distinguished service career spanning 23 years that included a notable  secondment to the Royal Air Force Defence Electronic Warfare Centre at RAF Waddington.

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