Judging Panel

Helen Davenport


Gowling WLG

Helen Davenport has over 15 years' experience as a lawyer at the international law firm, Gowling WLG (UK) LLP. Her particular areas of specialism are data privacy and information law, in particular handling data breaches and cyber security, and technology dispute resolution and she has advised suppliers and purchasers on disputes arising from contracts (often complex and high value) for the design, build and implementation of IT systems and/or IT services. Helen has a particular interest in developing technologies, such as blockchain. She is also a regular speaker and panellist at seminars and conferences and has also written articles that have appeared in various industry publications.

Ian Kayne

Cybersecurity Consulting Lead

Mason Advisory

Ian is passionate about helping organisations to achieve measurable business benefits through an intelligent approach to cybersecurity. With a deep technical background that includes cybersecurity architecture, cloud service delivery, penetration testing and reverse engineering, he has held senior leadership roles and cybersecurity responsibility in FTSE100 companies and helped global brands to achieve demonstrable return on cybersecurity investment. Quoted in industry media and an author on cybersecurity topics for publishers including SC Magazine, InfoSecurity Magazine, and, he also supports education programmes such as the University of Birmingham's Cybersecurity MSc. He currently leads the Cybersecurity Consulting Practice at Mason Advisory, helping global organisations to find pragmatic solutions to their complex cybersecurity challenges.

Neil Sinclair

Chief Operating Officer

London Digital Security Centre

Neil Sinclair is Chief Operating Officer for the London Digital Security Centre, a joint venture between the Mayor of London, the Metropolitan Police Service and the City of London Police. Its role is to help businesses to grow and innovate through operating in a secure digital environment. The Centre offers tailored staff training and education programmes, security assessment and digital footprint assessments.

Neil comes from a Counter Terrorism background, having been a senior accredited financial investigator with the National Terrorist Financial Investigation Unit and the Financial Intelligence Lead for Government Agencies.


Ian Golding

Interim CIO

Natural History Museum

Interim CIO at Natural History Museum.

Ian Golding has been Chief Information Officer, Chief Technical Officer and Data Privacy Officer leading global commercial technology programmes for over 20 years and has a passion for fostering collaboration and innovation to exploit the benefits of technology and data in permanent, interim, fractional and private consulting roles.

He is currently Interim CIO at The Natural History Museum, developing the Technology Strategy and Vision to support the its dual role as a centre of excellence in leading scientific research and as a world leading museum. In 2017 As the RNLI's first CIO (Interim) he created the Institution's first digital, information and technology strategy including new capability for fundraising, predictive analytics and data-based insights that will help the RNLl to break the chain of events that can tragically lead to drowning. Ian was also recently Interim IT Director at Southern Housing Group and prior to Interim roles was Group CIO, Data Privacy Officer and Senior Partner for The ERM Group through its largest growth phase over 4 private equity cycles, to 5,000 staff across 140 offices worldwide.

He is a Fellow of The Institute of Directors, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a Chartered Professional Fellow of The BCS. He is also an investor and mentors digital startups. By devoting time to assisting emerging businesses and small investments to advance, Ian's aim is to help grow the digital ecosystem.

Greg Hawkins

Senior Advisor

Starling Bank

Greg Hawkins was CTO of Starling Bank, the UK mobile-only challenger bank, from 2016-2018, during which the fintech start-up acquired a full UK banking licence and went from zero to smashing through the 100K download mark on both mobile platforms. Starling built full-stack banking systems from scratch, became the first UK current account available to the general public to be deployed entirely in the cloud and met all the regulatory, audit, security, 24-7 availability expectations that apply to retail banking.

Nick Ioannou

Head of IT

Ratcliffe Groves Partnership

Nick Ioannou is an IT professional, blogger, author and public speaker on cloud and security issues, with over 20 years' corporate experience, including 15 years using cloud/hosted software as a service (SaaS) systems. As an early adopter of cloud systems, including BPOS, the first iteration of Office 365, he has been paying for the privilege of bug testing them ever since. He started blogging in 2012 on free IT resources ( currently with over 400+ posts. Author of Internet Security Fundamentals, contributing author of two Managing Cybersecurity Risk books by Legend Business Books and the recently published Conquer The Web.

Tom O'Neill

Head of Security, Turning-Point


Head Of Security for Turning-Point
Previously Vodafone Group Head of Internal Systems Security responsible also for Government and client system security
Head of Internal System Security - Cable and Wireless (same responsibility as above)
Assistant Director of IT for The SIA