Speakers List - Computing Cyber Security Live 2019


Keynote: Holly Grace Williams

Technical Director


Holly Grace Williams is the Technical Director of Secarma, a cybersecurity consultancy firm specialising in penetration testing. She has twelve years' experience in leading information security teams. Her early career was spent in the military working in roles such as Site Security Officer, although she now works with a wide range of organisations. She currently holds a Master's degree (MSc) in Information Security from Cardiff Univerisity, and is working on a Master's in Business Administration (MBA).

Holly Grace frequently speaks at conferences and seminars on topics of security interest, from developing penetration testing capability to dealing with data breaches at scale. She also often writes articles designed to help those interested in entering the security field at GracefulSecurity.com


Graeme Burton

Group News Editor

Computing & The Inquirer

Graeme works across a portfolio that includes Computing and The Inquirer. A business journalist with 20 years of experience in national press and magazines, he has written for and about industries as diverse as utilities, banking, information and knowledge management, as well as almost all aspects of IT. At Computing he has written about mobile, computing security, data centres, operating systems as well as enterprise hardware and software. He also presents online webinars, roundtables and interviews, and is a frequent contributor for CNN.

Jonathan Freedman

Head of Technology & Security

Howard Kennedy

Jonathan is a business focused technology leader and enthusiast with a broad technical skill set encompassing network infrastructure, security technology, virtualisation, storage and cloud based applications. He has experience in the professional services industry spanning more than 18 years.
Jonathan also has experience in analysing requirements and designing technology solutions to business issues and enhancing productivity. He is a certified CCNA Security, Certified Ethical Hacker, TOGAF, and ISO27001 with special interests in cyber security, cryptography, secure systems design, mobile device security and technology innovation.

Kit Kirby

Cyber Security Manager


Kit Kirby is a Cyber Security Manager at Darktrace, the world's leading AI company for cyber defense. Kit advises companies from a variety of industries on the use of artificial intelligence for cyber defense, including financial services, retail and education. Kit holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Economics from the University of Leeds.

Jan Langham

Head of Group Security Assurance


Jan Langham is Head of Group Security Assurance, Flutter, she works with colleagues across the group to establish global standards and practices for security assurance, threat management and information governance. She has been a security leader in a broad spectrum of industries ranging from banking & finance, retail and on-line betting and gaming, plus a spell in central government and a key international sporting event. She describes her linchpins as communication, people development, innovation and the humble RAG status.

John Leonard

Group Research Director

Incisive Media

John Leonard is Group Research Director for the Enterprise Technology Group at Incisive Media. He has designed and conducted research studies and analyses covering many of the aspects of business technology that are driving the way we live and work today.

Graham Thomson

Chief Information Security Officer

Irwin Mitchell

Graham Thomson is the Chief Information Security Officer for Irwin Mitchell, and describes himself as a battle hardened cyber-warrior with over 20 years' experience at the sharp end. He is a former military intelligence operator with in-depth industry knowledge covering intelligence, cybersecurity, technology risk, incident response and serious crime investigations. A pragmatic realist, he recognises the difference between theory and practice and strives to make sure that company security policies make sense to colleagues and are a business enabler.

Chair: Stuart Sumner

Editorial Director

Computing & The Inquirer

Stuart Sumner is Editorial Director of Incisive Media's technology-focused titles: Computing and The Inquirer. He oversees all content across print, web, tablet editions, rich media and events - including the IT Leaders' Dining Club and Computing Live series. During Stuart's tenure Computing has transformed from a print-reliant business to a bleeding edge multi-channel brand with an industry-leading events portfolio. Previously he spent 10 years as a programme manager in the IT industry, working for companies such as the BBC, COLT, Nortel Networks and Equant. As a journalist he has also worked for Time Out and IPC Media. He is a regular technology pundit and contributor to the BBC News Channel, as well as a published author.