Nicholas Howard, Head of Information Security, First Rate Exchange Services
Nick Howard is the Head of Information Security at First Rate Exchange Services. Nick was hired in August 2017 in order to oversee the implementation of PCI DSS, GDPR and ISO 27001. Nick was previously a Cyber Security IT Project Manager at Worldpay, where he completed an information security review throughout all major business... units within the organisation to identify critical security improvements and to inform the strategic security projects roadmap. Prior to this, Nick worked in IT for the Royal Air Force for eight years, holding various roles including Global IT Operations Manager, Senior IT Team Manager, and IT Programme Manager. Nick has extensive experience as a professional engineer and commercial experience managing and leading large teams on both UK and worldwide operations.
Ninva Ponsonby, Former Group Head of Technology Compliance, OCS Group
Ninva is the Former Group Head of Technology Compliance for OCS Group. Ninva’s role was as the internal information security compliance implementer, consultant, risk assessor and auditor. She has 16 years of consulting experience in the information security and compliance industry, having assisted multiple clients with... their compliance journeys. Her objectives at the organisation were to help the business gain a greater share of the facilities management market, reduce the risk of OCS being a victim to criminals and hackers and to protect OCS Group from compliance-related fines and damages.
Sandip Zala, Director of Information Technology, Bulgari Hotels
Sandip is the Director of Information Technology for Bulgari Hotels, responsible for driving and developing the IT strategy of the hotel chain in London. He ensures that the hotel is technologically advanced and efficient with all matters relating to hospitality information security. Prior to this, Sandip held the role of Executive... IT Manager at COMO Hotels and Resorts, where he was responsible for IT operations for integration and development activities, and Information Systems Manager for Andaz-Hyatt Hotels. Sandip has sixteen years of experience in IT systems management and project delivery for multisite hotels and restaurant corporations.
Naveed Islam, Information Security Director, Dixons Carphone
Naveed is the Information Security Director for Dixons Carphone, responsible for security strategy, transformation, risk management, and compliance. He is a highly experienced information security leader with over 15 years of experience specialising in designing, developing, managing and delivering transformational security programmes. Prior to joining Dixons... Carphone, Naveed was a senior manager for cyber security at PwC, where he led cyber security teams on engagements, providing direction to help retain and develop staff in supporting and developing relationships with clients. Naveed has also held roles at Dell SecureWorks, Cisco and Accenture, and has a degree in Computer Science with Management from King’s College London.
William James, Head of Payments Team, Addleshaw Goddard
William is a Partner based in the corporate/commercial division. He specialises in payments and leads the firms' payments team. William is recognised as a payments specialist in Chambers with clients commenting that he has a "genuine proactive interest in the payments space". He has... advised on some of the most significant payment transactions and innovations in the UK over the last ten years and regularly works for banks, technology companies and payments processors on a wide variety of corporate and commercial transactions including mergers and acquisitions (M&A), partnerships, joint ventures and commercial arrangements. His experience includes the joint venturing and disposal of HSBC's payment processing business to Global Payments. He has advised two high-street banks on their payment processing arrangements and ongoing relationship with their processors. He has spent time in-house with a major UK card issuer and was involved in the first implementation of a mobile payment device in the UK. More recently he has assisted on the legal implementation of digital mobile payments for a major UK bank with various technology and payment network providers. He has significant expertise in the card affinity space and has advised in relation to various card affinity and loyalty schemes for banks working with large UK retailers. Recent M&A transactions have included the acquisition of the peer to peer encryption business owned by Logic Group for Barclays, and the disposal of Smart Card Software Ltd to Rambus Inc. He has also done regular work for a US technology companies in relation to payment technology.
David Pope, Chief Information Security Officer, Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA)
David is the Chief Information Security Officer for Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA). He is an experienced and professionally qualified internal auditor, risk manager and information assurance professional, having over 25 years of practical experience in these areas. ... David is responsible for the consolidation of security and information assurance function across DVLA. He is the senior responsible owner for GDPR implementation and provides management and advice to third party contractors on security and control issues, as well as managing the education and training of staff on privacy and data protection issues.
Geoff Smith, Head of IT, The Works Stores
Geoff Smith is the Head of IT at The Works Stores. He is an experienced Head of IT, originally from a network infrastructure background. He has over 25 years of experience in IT, and also has management experience covering application development and operations. Geoff is in charge of IT, including PCI DSS compliance,... for The Works’ 450 stores.
Jon Forrow, Chief Information Security Officer, Mapfre Abraxas
Jon Forrow is the Chief Information Security Officer of insurance firm Mapfre Abraxas. He has experience of leading successful teams of network and security analysts and a strong background in PCI DSS and payment security, having previously worked as a Security Operations Manager and Technical Services Manager for PrePay Solutions. Jon has over 20 years... of experience working in IT and holds the CISM certification.