Industrial Advisory board

Our Industrial Advisory Board is a group of senior industrialists and professionals, with local, national and international representation.

Membership includes recent graduates from the Department, and a BCS representative, together with senior members of our Department and Faculty. They advise on course content in the context of industrial trends and employment prospects, and support our activities in placing graduates in high-value jobs upon Graduation.

Our board members

Gloria Benson

Director of Consult Hyperion

Prior to joining Consult Hyperion in 1987, she worked for a range of companies dealing with business administration, project management and human resource management. She is a City University Business School graduate with a Masters in Management and Business Administration (MMBA).

Gloria has served on the Industrial Advisory Board for nearly 10 years and was elected as the Chair in 2008.

James Hatch

Director Cyber Security at BAE Systems Detica

He leads Detica's advisory business in cyber security across Europe, US and Middle East.

This business covers all industry sectors but with a particularly strong presence in energy, utilities, financial services, communications, legal and other business services and central government. The services provided cover security strategy, assurance and compliance, security improvement, testing and lab services and security technology advice. James also has responsibility for Detica's own cyber risk.

As well as his advisory work, James has direct experience information security management for high risk clients in financial services and central government. He has also led major business change projects in technology heavy domains including setting up the Telecom Regulatory Authority of Egypt, re-engineering the management information of a major mortgage lender and modernising a state-owned financial services business.

Nicola Hills

Head of Engineering at the ITRS Group

They have been creating market leading application management software for the worlds top financial institutions for over 13 years and where they also just released the coolest real-time, big data analytics product on the planet.

Prior to joining ITRS Nickie worked in IBM for 22 years, latterly as a Director of software development and for the most part in the UK, on major enterprise middleware. Nickie is an active champion of diversity in IT, believing that diverse teams make for not only the best working environment but also the most innovative, well rounded software; after over 25 years in the industry she feels she may finally be growing out of her imposter syndrome!

Julian Holmes

Principal Consultant at ThoughtWorks

ThoughtWorks, specialises in organisational change and software delivery capability improvement. 

Julian studied BSc (Hons) Computing and Information Technology at the Department of Computing, graduating in 1993.

After departing the University of Surrey, Julian worked for a number of large-scale IT departments, software companies and consultancies, firstly as developer and later in a diverse set of software delivery roles. This broad experience, together with the scale of the projects and organisations he worked with, led him to set up AgileMentors as his own consulting business in 2007.

Now at ThoughtWorks, Julian is currently in a leading role at a worldwide bank to increase software delivery efficiency with both Agile and DevOps practices.

Malcolm McKee

Leads development of IT strategy and enterprise architecture

Malcolm directly manages the Enterprise Architecture practice and provides architectural leadership for a community of more than 80 architects across the enterprise. Before his current role, Malcolm has had a varied career in IT as a Programme Manager, Consultant, and Portfolio Manager.

He graduated from the University of Surrey in 1998 (BSC Hons. Computing and Information Technology). He also has an MBA from Kingston University (2005). He has guest lectured on undergraduate and postgraduate modules in the Department of Computing since 2005, and was previously a Senior Visiting Fellow in the Department.

Ahad Nujurally

Central government

Ahad Nujurally joined central government in 1989 whilst studying part time for a degree in Computer Science and Mathematics at the University of Westminster. Since graduating, Ahad has held a variety of IT roles and has gained a vast amount of experience collaborating with universities and businesses on technical issues via KTN networks and the Technology Strategy Board.

For the past seven years, Ahad has also been responsible for the recruitment and training of undergraduate placement students – the majority of which have been recruited from the University of Surrey. Outside of work Ahad is a keen fencer in both foil and epée weapons and takes a keen interest in science and environmental issues. He is also a STEM Ambassador, promoting and teaching science & technology to children in the Greater London area.

Tony Phipps

Information and Physical Security

Tony Phipps started his career as an engineer and has worked in a variety of fields including construction, electrical and electronic engineering and more recently, information technology. For the last 20 years he has specialised in Information and Physical Security. He obtained my first degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the University of Greenwich in 1997 and a masters degree from University of Westminster in Information Technology Security in 2002. He is currently responsible for a small team that manages cyber security research for one of Europe's largest Digital banks.

Neil Simpson

Delivery Manager

Neil Simpson graduated from the University of Surrey in 1995 having completed his degree in Computing & Information Technology. Having spent his placement year at the IBM UK Scientific Centre, Neil returned to IBM as a graduate programmer working at IBM's Development Laboratory in Hursley, Hampshire.

Two years later, Neil was seconded to the Human Resources department undertaking a number of roles including Human Resources Adviser and Hursley Recruitment Officer. Following a spell working in Paris as the Workforce Manager for Sales and Distribution for Europe, Middle East and Africa, Neil returned to the Laboratory and to software development management.

His current role is Delivery Manager for WebSphere Business Events & ILOG Business Rules Synergies Development. Neil started on the Industrial Advisory Board a long time ago as a Graduate representative and has been involved ever since. Outside of work, Neil enjoys long distance running, SCUBA diving and is qualified as a Rescue Diver.

Caroline Stewart

GSK’s Core Business Services Transformation Programme

Caroline graduated from the University of Surrey in 2010 with a first class, Honours Computing and IT BSc. and was awarded the Best Student Performance prize for that year.

Following a successful Industrial Placement year in GlaxoSmithKline’s Infrastructure Business Partner group, Caroline was fast tracked to GSK’s IT Development Programme. As part of that scheme, Caroline worked as a Business Analyst in Finance IT Demand; has led the creation of the Global Mobility Strategy and has driven activities with Cloud from within the Global IT Strategy and Architecture function and now works in GSK’s Core Business Services Transformation Programme.

Success in this latest role requires innovative thinking and a strong focus on the customer to drive fusion between the traditionally segregated corporate functions in scope.

Caroline is an accomplished equestrian sportswoman, loves to travel and takes part in competitive charity fund raising events.

Adrian Waller

Technical Consultant

Adrian joined Thales UK Research & Technology (then Racal Research) in 1997. He is a Technical Consultant responsible for providing cryptography and information security expertise on many projects.

His current interests include multi-level security, identity management, policy based management and security for system-of-systems. Adrian qualified as a CISSP in 2003. 

Alan Woodward


Alan began as a physicist, however, he developed an interest in computing early on through signal processing for gamma ray burst detectors, and so switched to engineering after his BSc.

His post graduate research at the Institute of Sound and Vibration Research (ISVR), University of Southampton, was in adaptive filtering, and novel methods of recovering corrupted signals.

After leaving the ISVR Alan worked for the UK government for many years. He has particular expertise in, and continues to conduct research into, cyber security, covert communications, forensic computing and image/signal processing. Alan has been involved in some of the most significant advances in computer technology which have seen him elected as a Fellow and chartered member of the British Computer Society, Institute of Physics and the Royal Statistical Society.