Advisory board

We are establishing an advisory board with members from academia and industry who are researching and/or working in the cyber security space.

Advisory board members

Nick Coleman

Global Head of Cyber Security Intelligence, IBM

IBM Permanent Stakeholder, European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA)


Nick Coleman is Cyber Security Intelligence Services Head at IBM. Previously he was the UK Government Reviewer of Security and authored the 'Coleman Report'. He is an Honorary Professor at Lancaster University. He also serves on the EU Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA) permanent stakeholders group. He is a founder of ExtraPaddle, the mentoring platform which enables people to engage 3 hours a year to find / assist others with growth, knowledge and connections for their journeys.

Sally Howes

Visiting Professor and Council Member, University of Surrey / OBE 2002

Sally provides a portfolio of strategic advisor and non-executive roles with the common theme of digital business transformation.

She is currently a Visiting Professor at Surrey University, a lay member of Surrey University Council and works with two independently owned UK SMEs in the digital and cyber market place.  She is advising on various aspects of the digital transformation of public services for an overseas Government and is an Independent Non-Executive Director to the Copyright Licensing Agency.

Previously she was Executive Leader, digital and innovation in the National Audit Office, where she introduced new approaches and skills to auditing digital government as well as leading the NAO’s own digital, technology, knowledge management and skills development strategies.

Between 2007 and 2010, as Director of Commercial Services in the Ministry of Defence she was involved in reviewing how well the MOD’s commercial function was meeting the challenges set by the Defence Industrial Strategy and addressing gaps particularly in commercial organisation, skills and policy.  Between 2003-2007, she was Director General of the UK trade association for aerospace, representing 2,600 UK aerospace and defence companies with Government in London, Washington, Brussels and Tokyo.

Sally’s career began in Logica Space and Defence Systems, developing real time systems and working on international satellite programmes.  After 5 years, she left to start-up a technology consultancy  business in Guildford with two colleagues, which undertook a mix of policy, strategy and business analysis as well as software and systems development for international clients in space, defence, broadcasting and communications sectors.  She was awarded an OBE for services to the space industry in 2002.

Sally has a first class honours degree in geography from Cambridge University and a PhD in hydrological modelling for the US Army, Corps of Engineers.

Keith Martin

Former Director, ISG, RHUL

Information Security Group (ISG)

Royal Holloway, University of London (RHUL)


Prof Keith Martin is the Director of the Information Security Group (ISG) at Royal Holloway, University of London. He joined the ISG as a lecturer in 2000, following research fellowships at the University of Adelaide and the COSIC research group of the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Belgium. His has over 20 years of experience in information security research, with research interests that broadly span aspects of cryptography and its applications, including areas such as key management and wireless sensor network security.

Awais Rashid

Director of Security Lancaster, Lancaster University

Professor Awais Rashid is Director of the cross-disciplinary Security Lancaster Institute at Lancaster University. His research focuses on two key areas: security of cyber-physical systems, such as, industrial control systems and Internet of Things, and studying adversarial and non-adversarial behaviours pertaining to cyber security. He heads the Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research at Lancaster, leads a project as part of the UK Research Institute on Trustworthy Industrial Control Systems (RITICS), co-leads the Security and Safety theme within the UK Hub on Cyber Security of Internet of Things (PETRAS) and is a member of the UK Centre for Research and Evidence on Security Threats (CREST). He is also leading a project on research into developing a cyber security body of knowledge (CyBOK).

Martin Sadler

Vice President and Director, HP Labs

Security and Cloud Lab

HP Labs


Martin’s Lab works on technologies to secure next generation infrastructures, to provide assurances that data has not been compromised as those infrastructures come under severe attack, to self-heal when attacks are successful, and to manage data and compute resources at scale across complex physical, administrative and geographic boundaries.

Martin, whose first degree was in pure mathematics from the University of Adelaide, South Australia, lectured in theoretical computing science and advanced software engineering at Imperial College, London, before joining HP Labs in 1989 to lead the research project that resulted in the company’s first workflow product. He subsequently managed projects in the area of telephony call control before leading early work on e-business and security.

In the mid 90s he was a member of Oftel’s Numbering Advisory Group that oversaw the last telephony numbering plan change in the UK. He was a member of the advisory board for the UK’s Foresight project on Cyber Trust and Crime Prevention outlining the strategic need for investment in cybersecurity, and has been involved with government initiatives on cybersecurity ever since.

Martin holds an Honorary D.Sc. from The University of Bath, an Honorary Fellowship from Royal Holloway, University of London, and was awarded an OBE in the 2013 New Year Honours list.

Mike Short

Vice President, Telefonica / Professor CBE FREng FIET

Dr Short has held positions in Electronics and telecommunications for over 40 years. After acting as a Vice President for Telefonica Europe for the last 17 years he reduced from full time to part time at the end of December 2016 to take on a wider consulting role and establish Airedale Advisors. He has had experience with 5 Generations of Mobile technology and mobile data services. including pioneering 5G innovation research and is a co founder of the 5G Innovation Centre, University of Surrey.

During his long career Mike has been involved in international mobile licence bids, network and mobile data launches, and in recent years Research, Standards and Innovation for business development in areas as diverse as Mobile Messaging, Mobile TV, Smart Metering, Digital Healthcare, Transport Telematics and Connected Cars, Smart cities and Emergency services. He helped establish Telefonica Wayra as a leading accelerator of Digital start ups in London back in 2008 and been a member of the Smart London Board and EM3 LEP Board for the last 30 months.

He is a former elected Chairman of the global GSM Association, the UK Mobile Data Association, and a past President of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET - 2011/2012). He holds current Visiting Professor positions at the Universities of Surrey, Coventry, Leeds and Lancaster, and was awarded a CBE by the Queen in 2012 as a national honour for over 25 years service within the Mobile industry.

Michael Waidner

Director, Fraunhofer SIT / Chair Professor, TU-Darmstadt

Director, Center for Advanced Security Research Darmstadt (CASED)

Director, European Center for Security and Privacy by Design (EC-SPRIDE)


Prof Michael Waidner is the Director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Secure Information technology (Fraunhofer SIT) and the Chair Professor for Security in IT at the Technische Universität Darmstadt in Germany. He is also responsible for two competency centers located in Darmstadt: for the European Center for Security and Privacy by Design (ECSPRIDE), which is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), and for the Center for Advanced Security Research Darmstadt (CASED), which is funded by the LOEWE Program of the German State Hesse. He has co-/authored more than 130 scientific and technical publications in the areas of security, privacy, cryptography, dependability and fault tolerance. He has co-/invented more than 20 patents. He is a Fellow of the IEEE, an ACM Distinguished Scientist, and a Member of the Gesellschaft für Informatik (German Computer Society).

Adrian Waller

Chief Technical Consultant in Information Security, Thales UK

Thales UK Research & Technology


Adrian Waller joined Thales UK Research & Technology (then Racal Research) in 1997 after completing his PhD and a one-year spell as a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Ljubljana in Slovenia. He has been with the company since then and is now a Chief Technical Consultant in Information Security responsible for providing consultancy and research expertise on a wide variety of security projects, across the large multinational Thales Group and for external customers as well as governmental and other organizations. Adrian qualified as a CISSP in 2003.

Michael Ward


Michael Ward is an employee of Mastercard where he works in the EMV and Digital Devices department of the Mastercard Global Products and Solutions division. He provides security expertise in areas such as cryptography and key management for chip card and mobile applications and is chairman of the EMVCo Security Working Group. He participates in various international standards bodies including ISO/IEC JTC 1 /SC 27/WG 2 Information Technology - Security Techniques and Mechanisms, ISO TC 68 Financial Services, and the European Payments Council Security Payments Task Force. Before joining Mastercard he was an employee at APACS (the Association for Payment Clearing Services) in the UK where he was involved with the UK migration to chip card technology. He has a degree in mathematics from Oxford University and a Ph.D. from Royal Holloway, London University.

Moti Yung

Security and Privacy Scientist, Snapchat

Security and Privacy Scientist, Snapchat Inc.

Adjunct Senior Research Scientist, Columbia University


Before joining Snapchat, Moti Yung was a Research Scientist for Security, Privacy, Cryptography at Google (2007-2016) and prior to that a member of IBM Research and a consultant to leading companies and governments, including RSA Laboratories. His main research interests are in the areas of Security, Cryptography and Privacy, as well as in Distributed Computing Algorithms, and related areas in Computer Science. In the last 30 years he has been working on, both, central issues in the scientific foundations and theory, as well as on crucial industrial solutions, and he has published over 400 works. In 2010 Moti delivered the annual IACR's Distinguished Lecture in Cryptography. He is a Fellow of ACM, a Fellow of IACR and a Fellow of IEEE. In 2014 he received the ESORICS (European Symposium on Research in Computer Security) Outstanding Research Award and also the ACM SIGSAC Outstanding Innovation Award.