I am honoured to have been invited to Chair the Specialisterne NI board. The opportunity to help Sharon and the team build on their success to date and map out a vision for supporting autistic people and employers into the next decade is one which I am relishing.
I am currently Head of Strategy and Partnerships and Engagement at QUB’s Centre for Secure Information Technologies -CSIT and ECIT Institute having joined as Technical Marketing Manager in 2012. As a member of the Senior Management Group, I lead on developing new and existing strategic relationships with mainly public sector partners internationally, nationally and regionally that have a role or interest in cyber security research, innovation and public policy. This and my experience overseeing the marketing. communications and public affairs portfolio at the Institute will be put to good use in my capacity as Chair.
Recent relevant projects I have worked on include the UK Cyber Security Sectoral Analysis 2020 and Understanding the UK cyber security skills labour market 2020- both for DCMS and the NI Cyber Security Framework for Action published by the NI Department for Finance in 2018. In 2015 I co-founded cyber security start up Liopa Ltd and was a member of the N Ireland Cyber Leadership Board set up to oversee the implementation of the NI Cyber Security Framework for Action. Since 2012 I have co-Chaired the annual CSIT Cyber Security Summit and co-founded the Cyber Security Transatlantic Policy Forum in 2019. During my 20 year career I have also held roles in the public, private and voluntary sectors at Invest NI, Lagan Technologies, the Northern Ireland Office, the Educational Guidance Service for Adults, Jinny Software and Intel Corporation.
I hold a MSc Innovation and Entrepreneurship, a BSc in Computer Science, was a Fellow of the US State Department sponsored 2018 All-Ireland Strengthening Cybersecurity Professional Exchange Program at Boston College and completed the Emerging Leaders Programme at QUB in 2017.