Strategy Committee

Strategy Committee

The Strategy Committee is appointed by the board of directors of Secure Chorus to advise on the long-term strategy for the Company, risks and opportunities relating to such strategy, and strategic decisions made by the Company. The Strategy Committee provides advice and expertise, so that the strategic options may be explored fully prior to being tabled at Board meetings for deliberation and approval.

Chair of Strategy Committee

Ed Gillett, BAE Systems Applied Intelligence

Ed is the sales director for BAE Systems Applied Intelligence’s Defence business and has a record of growing promising new businesses over the last ten years in close concert with his Government and commercial Customers. Having general manager experience, Ed has formed and lead highly talented, multi-disciplinary teams in business and government service, defined strategies, set and lead the implementation of execution plans, secured endorsement and investment, created and nurtured new teams and business partnerships and delivered year-on-year growth.

Members of Standards Committee

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

Roderick Hodgson, Director, Secure Chorus – Click here for Leadership biographies.

The National Cyber Security Centre – Click here for more information.

Vijay Amin, Galaxkey

Vijay is founder Director of data protection company Galaxkey that addresses the security and management of data. Galaxkey’s data-centric security fulfils legal data protection requirements, compliance, standards and regulations. Vijay is an entrepreneur who for three decades has established companies successfully in the technology, food, retail, and global markets.

John Atherton, Surevine

John is founder and CTO of Surevine. With 25 years of software engineering experience, John has fulfilled most roles in the software engineering lifecycle, specialising in analysis, design and implementation. He is a Chartered Engineer (BCS), Skills Framework for the Information Age (SFIA) accredited consultant and was a member of UK Government’s Cabinet Office’s Open Standard Board.

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.

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.

David Holman, Armour Communications

David is Director and Co-Founder of Armour Communications. David was most recently CEO/co-founder of Becrypt, where he was instrumental in growing the business to £10m revenue and profitability. David has sat on various committees including CIPCOG (chaired by the Cabinet Office) and has held several non-executive roles in the IT and security industry.

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.

Paul Manister, Secoti

Paul has an intelligence career that spans some 35 years in both the commercial and government sectors. He is the founder and Managing Director of SECOTI (Secure Communications on the Internet). Paul has switched his attention from exploitation of communications to focus on the area of defending an organisation’s information.

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.

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.

Jonathan Smith, Serbus

Jonathan started his career in Ericsson Enterprise division, moving through different roles until becoming the Managing Director. He then led the LBO of that division within the UK and 16 other territories, raising 560m€ through VC funding to found DAMOVO. Within DAMOVO he was the President of Sales with global responsibility. Jonathan then moved to Convergys as the Managing Director of EMEA and APAC. Covergys worked within the billing mediation area of telecom operators. Latterly Jonathan was the Managing Director of Limelight EMEA. Limelight is a NADAQ listed content delivery company. Jonathan joined Serbus in December.

Jon Turner, Leonardo

Jon has a specialist military and special user SME career history specialising in tactical application of communications for multiple operational purposes. His roles have included cross-organisational capability and policy development for operations. As Security & Information Systems Cyber Security Sales, Jon covers Secure Communications, SOC and regional accounts.

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.

Johan Wagne, Cryptify

Johan has more than 20 years’ global experience in the Internet and telecommunications industries, working in leadership roles both in technical and the commercial field. Prior to Cryptify, he was Head of Secure Communication at Ericsson. Johan has held management roles within the GPRS development, gaining additional international experience as President of Ericsson Hewlett-Packard Telecommunications in Malaysia. Johan studied at the Chalmers University of Technology and holds a Masters Degree in Computer Science.

Anthony Waller, CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP

Anthony is a partner in the Corporate/M&A Team at CMS London. Anthony deals with all aspects of corporate work, including private company and business acquisitions and disposals, public takeovers, schemes of arrangement, fundraisings, venture capital investments and IPOs, joint ventures and reorganisations. Anthony works alongside the firm’s international Corporate team.

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