An independent Innovation Review Board (IRB) will select, monitor and review.
Director for Software & Innovation, Equiniti
Charlie ran the Software Delivery function in Equiniti’s Belfast & Chennai locations for a number of years, and in 2014 was asked to move into a role to facilitate the introduction of new ideas and innovation across the Equiniti Group. As Director for Software and Innovation within Equiniti, Charlie’s role is to work with clients and the sales teams, as well as with partners and external stakeholders to identify opportunities for new technologies and software solutions that can benefit both Equiniti and our customers. The role has included the definition, introduction and management of the innovation process from idea generation; greenhousing (nurturing and developing ideas); definition of business cases for these concepts; and finally the commercialisation of the solution.
Scientist, engineer & technologist providing strategic technology leadership for a team of approx 35 people in Cyber, Networks and Intelligence. Responsibilities for generating new business, ensuring high technical quality products and leadership throughout project lifecycles. He actively creates new ideas, develops capability visions and leads concepts development delivering innovation and step changes in capability. Technical areas include radio-wave propagation, spectrum & frequency management, communications, cyber security & information assurance, advanced analytics and integrated solutions for the government, military and commercial markets with a strong background in network enable capability, battlespace command, control, information & infrastructure, intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition and reconnaissance. He is the recipient of numerous BAE Systems Chairman’s Awards for innovation and technology
A biochemist by background, Andy has been a stalwart of Innovation throughout his career. He spent 25 years in MoD working in areas as diverse as the use of biosensors for detection of biological weapons to leading the formulation of MoD’s long-term research programme. This exposed Andy to a wide range of technologies and has helped him develop an extensive network. Following the completion of an MBA and roles in policy and as scientific advisor to the Military Capability Board, Andy established the Futures and Innovation domain within Dstl and then went on to head the Centre for Defence Enterprise (CDE). The CDE is recognised a highly successful mechanism for establishing Open Innovation in defence and security. This role allowed Andy to expand his network further and to establish links between idea generators and those who can exploit the ideas.
In August 2015, Andy was appointed as the Head of Open Innovation within Thales. The role seeks to work collaboratively with academia and SMEs in particular to provide an innovative edge to customer solutions across all aspects of Thales business and beyond.”
Jon is the cofounder of f6s and also tech.eu.
Previously Jon was the Managing Director of Techstars in London. Jon is focused on helping start-ups and their founders achieve their true potential. Over the last 5 years, Jon acted as an advisor to many other multi-company accelerators from Montreal to Moscow.
In a previous life, Jon trained as an accountant with Arthur Andersen, and subsequently has worked in various start-ups and turnarounds. He has worked in London, throughout Europe, Australia and also the United States.
Director of Connect at Catalyst Inc
As the co-founder and Director of Connect at Catalyst Inc, Steve is responsible for developing the support ecosystem for entrepreneurs in Northern Ireland, to create and scale innovation companies. Steve spent ten years prior to this in California where he co-founded Kineticom Inc, a San Diego, California-based technical talent firm in 2000. The firm ranked #33 on the Inc 500 list of the fastest-growing, privately-held US companies in 2006. Steve graduated from University of Northumbria with a degree in Business Information Technology.
Agata is Innovation Lead - Digital, within the Emerging and Enabling Sector Group at Innovate UK, taking responsibility for Cyber Security. She works with companies, academia, across government and other partner organisations to fund digital R&D that will grow the UK economy.
Agata joined Innovate UK in July 2014 as a Lead Technologist for Online Commerce, bringing over 10-years of commercial experience of digital activity. Her industrial career includes time at Disney, Shazam, T-Mobile, Capcom and Tapjoy.
VP Paladin Capital, Cybersecurity Investments; New York, DC, and London Offices
Gibb Witham is a member of the investment team at Paladin Capital Group, a multi-stage venture capital firm with over 38 investments in cyber and digital security technologies. He invests in early stage enterprise infrastructure software start-ups with a focus on cybersecurity. Over the past four years, he has served as an advisor for enterprise software and cybersecurity accelerators, labs, and incubators across the United States and Europe.
Ben Brabyn is the Head of Level39. Ben amplifies Canary Wharf’s status as a global technology hub at the heart of the UK’s fintech and smart-cities innovation. He has significant experience of online payments, cyber and social e-commerce.
At UKTI, Brabyn led the Government team connecting UK startups with global sources of investment. He brings a deep understanding of national policy combined with practical experience of entrepreneurship gained through founding two successful digital businesses and mentoring via Microsoft Ventures.
Prior to this, he worked as an investment banker at JP Morgan and formerly as an officer in the Royal Marines Commandos.
Over 15 years Information technology experience working across Application Development, Database Administration and Cybersecurity. Originally from an application development background, Hugh commenced his information security career with Allstate NI in 2002. He started his career in security managing Access Control, and has held a number of security roles within Allstate NI, concentrating primarily in the following areas:
- Security Consulting
- Access Control & Entitlement Management
- Identity & Access Management
- Privileged Account Management
- Information Security Risk Assessment
- Security architecture
- Security strategy
Hugh is currently the senior manager for Information Security Risk Management which incorporates vendor security risk management and cybersecurity risk management.
CAO Citi Anti Money Laundering
Neil has 20+ years as a business and transformation leader, coach and mentor with small and multinational businesses. He has run his own business and has helped other businesses through the design, startup and transformation of their operations. Currently, he is Chief Administrative Officer at Citibank’s Anti Money Laundering (AML) division where he is responsible for the general management of AML Programme and Operations across all sites globally.
Prior to his career with Citi, Neil ran his own management and IT consultancy, was a business process re-engineering consultant at PA Consulting Group and a chemical engineer and Lean/Six Sigma specialist with Invensys (Engineering) Group. The common focus through all his roles has been the design, setup and improvement of the businesses he works with.
Neil is passionate about developing talent, mentoring and coaching - he enjoys solving problems and applying the experience from ‘big business’ thinking to help people progress their ideas and grow in confidence.
As CTO, Seamus is responsible for all of RepKnight’s product management, development and research. Seamus brings 30 years’ experience in design and development of large scale, distributed systems.
Before joining RepKnight, Seamus was Chief Architect at Aepona where he led the technical direction, design and evolution of Aepona’s API Creation and Management products. Following Aepona’s acquisition by Intel in 2013, Seamus moved to Intel to help transition the Aepona products into Intel’s Software Group, including the transition into support for IoT.
Prior to Aepona, Seamus was Distinguished Engineer at Openwave Systems, responsible for E2E technical and architectural development across all of Openwave’s mobile products. Seamus had joined Openwave following the acquisition of Apion Ltd, where he was Chief Architect for Apion’s WAP Gateway product.
Seamus holds a number patents related to the mobile Internet and holds a BSc in Computer Science.
AquaQ Analytics Ltd
Ivy leads the Global Sales team for AquaQ Analytics Ltd, a Belfast based Data Analytics and Tech Consulting firm. She‘s responsible for building new and existing strategic relationships with AquaQ’s client base which ranges from Global Financial Institutions to local Belfast based Startups. AquaQ provides big data analytics, data mining and telemetric capabilities within high volume data and low latency environments to varied industry verticals such as Banking & Securities, Healthcare, Insurance and Retail Trade.
Ivy setup AquaQ’s offices in USA in 2016 and will expand this global reach into Asia by end of 2017.
Ivy had previously ran her own company specialising in business advice and coaching services to small and medium size Irish enterprises in Ireland. She is a keen executive mentor and coach, participating in QUB mentoring programme, LeanIn and is a STEM ambassador. Ivy has a strong history in building client relations and profit margins having worked as a Relationship Manager for Citi, JPMorgan and BNYMellon. A Chemical Engineer by degree with a genuine interest in innovation.
Simon Whittaker has been providing security services & training to both local organisations for over 10 years. His background in both development & System/Network Administration provides a great view on how best to compromise & secure required services & application.
A significant amount of Simon’s work involves working with companies to test and improve secure coding practices, penetration & security testing and providing security consultancy to companies that are keen to improve their processes & procedures.
Simon also has great experience in developing & implementing efficient and effective practices across departments to assist with securing and retaining external quality recognition such as ISO27001/ISO9001.