Mark Walmsley, CISO, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Mark Walmsley is an experienced chief information security officer. He studied law before joining a number of small boutique private investigation agencies. The majority of Marks professional career has been spent within the legal industry, working within litigation before moving to business services where he managed high-value, complex programmes of work. Mark... has led Freshfields' information and cyber security capability for the last five years. Over the past 12 months Mark has had a part-time secondment to the National cyber Security Centre (part of GCHQ) where he helped manage the government and legal industry engagement.
Mike Seeney, Head of Supply Chain Information Risk, Pinsent Masons
Mike is Head of Supply Chain Information Risk for international law firm Pinsent Masons, where he has developed and implemented a methodology and process for this purpose. He is also the lead for any client related information security assurance and wider associated security compliance matters and obligations. This entails relaying the firm’s information security... framework and controls to meet the needs of the firm’s wide and extensive client base (many of whom operate in a regulated environment). Previously at Iron Mountain, Mike was given a UK remit of expansion of ISO27001 certification scope, before becoming responsible for regulatory and customer focused Information Security compliance across Europe and Asia. He has also held a number of positions in the area of employee background screening. In this field he worked for Kroll (as a service provider) and then British Transport Police and Iron Mountain (embedding an internal vetting process). His early career included various security related roles and environments ranging from a prison through to analytical roles at the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA). He finished an eleven year career with the Home Office where he specialised in South Asian political, human rights and security related matters.
Bruno Edenogie, Compliance Manager & Data Protection Officer, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe
Bruno Edenogie is the Compliance Manager & Data Protection Officer at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP. He is responsible for managing the firm's legal and regulatory obligations, including its privacy management programme. In addition, he is the chair of the firm's privacy committee and is a member of the firm's risk management and IT security committees.
Emmet Horrigan, IT Director, Arthur Cox
Emmet is an IT Director with in depth and demonstrated knowledge of the evolving nature of IT service provision, both internally and increasingly to a firm’s client base. He has prior experience of working within other high profile professional service organisations. Emmet is a strong information technology professional skilled in... resource management, development of structure and talent and participating at senior management level. He has strong technical proficiency focussing on information security and emerging technologies such as AI platforms and cloud hosted technologies. Emmet’s background is in development and Windows desktop and server systems with a strong focus on end user satisfaction and delivering competitive advantages to the core business functions.
Rob Pomeroy, Head of Information Security and Security Architect, Hill Dickinson
Warren Whewell, IT Security Manager, Simmons & Simmons
Warren has been working in Information Security for more than 15 years, notably working in that time for 2 Welsh Police Forces, a large financial outsourcer and 3 Welsh Authorities. He managed the IT Security for Gwent Police when they hosted the NATO conference in 2014. Warren is a CPNI qualified Counter Terrorism security specialist, a lead ISO27001 auditor and... an Accredited Security Management Professional. He has been with Simmons & Simmons for 15 months now holding the post of CISO and leads the Firms Global IT Security function.
Richard Hodkinson, CTO, Freeths
Richard is an IT Director/CTO with more than 25 years’ experience in acquisitive law firms. He has experience in defining, shaping and leading business technology driven change and innovation. Richard has been placed in the UK’s CIO magazine 100 league table for the last 4 years and in the top 20 legal sector CIOs. He has expertise in building scalable operational... and process based systems, process improvement, operations restructuring and integration. Richard is a closet entrepreneur with reputation for being a lateral thinking solution finder. He is familiar with operating with a wide and variable remit managing teams beyond IT such as; Facilities and Knowledge Services. He has experience in working with £39m+ collective budgets. Richard is currently CTO at Freeths.
Andrew Powell, CIO, Macfarlanes
Andrew is CIO at Macfarlanes and is responsible for setting and implementing the firm’s IT and information security strategies.Having originally trained as an architect, he has spent the last 15 years leading legal technology teams in Edinburgh... and London, joining Macfarlanes in 2016. Recent projects have included a number of cloud and IaaS migrations, the overhaul of Macfarlanes information security regime and the implementation of ISO27001 for the third time. A Chartered Fellow of the BCS, he is an advisory board member at Thomson Reuters, the ILTA Program Planning Council international liaison and UK co-chair, and a member of legal technology innovation group, LITIG.
David Robinson, Head of IT Security, Herbert Smith Freehills
David Robinson is currently the Head of IT Security at Herbert Smith Freehills, a leading international law firm, where he has held his current position since 2015. In this global role, he is responsible for the security of all systems and infrastructure at the firm. Before HSF, David held a number of senior positions across various sectors and business units, including... Fujitsu, Cable & Wireless and the RAF. Through these positions, David has built a wealth of expertise in information and IT security as a real business risk. He is passionate about the onset of new technologies and innovation, and how this impacts the accountability and mitigation of information security risk.
Craig Ovens, Head of IT, Burges Salmon
Craig is an extremely energetic, self-motivated Senior Leader with a wide range of experience in the IT industry, in particular IT Operations and Managed Services. He is able to work on own initiative and as part of a team. He has highly inspirational, proven and heralded leadership skills involving managing, developing and motivating teams to achieve their objectives.... Craig is currently the Head of IT at renowned law firm Burges Salmon. Before this role, he held a number of senior positions in IT and Operations across a number of sectors.
Omar H. Choudhury, Head of Compliance & Risk Management, Ropes & Gray
Omar H. Choudhury is currently the Head of Compliance & Risk Management, Ropes & Gray LLP. In this role he is part of the Office of General Counsel providing legal and strategic advice to the firm globally on a variety of Compliance & Risk Management matters including: AML, ABC, Vendor management, Data Privacy and ERM and other legal/regulatory issues... that arise from time to time. Previous to this role, Omar held senior positions in compliance and risk management in an international law firm and at the Law Society.