Brian Kingham, Chairman
With a reputation for entering underperforming markets and focussing on solid execution, Brian Kingham has founded a number of successful businesses; in the security sector Reliance Security Group plc, the market leader employing more than 13,000 people in manpower and electronic surveillance; in engineering, Norland Managed Services Ltd.
Reliance Security opened his eyes to the need to deliver pragmatic and business sensitive security solutions across the board, and in 2014 in a shift to technology he created Reliance Cyber Science. He invests globally in entrepreneurial technology businesses, understanding the need to underpin solid services through well engineered technology. He is a director of the UCL Institute of Security and Crime Science.
Justin Walker, Deputy Chairman
Justin was responsible for leading and integrating Lockheed Martin IS&GS UK/EU and then transferring the company into Leidos. Before joining Lockheed Martin, Justin had held key roles with Thales as VP Services for Land & Air Systems, VP Services for Thales UK and VP Air Operations & Managed Services.
He is recognised for the successful transformation and growth of services business. He also led the launch of Thales Alenia Space UK and held various other roles at Thales, including Vice President of Strategy, Business Development and Marketing where he managed joint ventures and partnerships, acquisitions and divestitures as well as delivered strategy implementation, transformational sales, growth and profit improvement, for about a 1/3 of Thales group over 4 years.
After a variety of marketing and technology roles with large plc’s Andy found his passion innovating world leading technology for high growth companies. He built eCommerce in the 90s, content management before most people realised they needed it, and email encryption before Wiki leaks and Snowdon became household names.
A serial founder, and veteran of multiple exits, the most recent was to global security provider Trend Micro where Andy spent 5 years as a director in the global innovation team and latterly as EMEA CTO and MD of the UK business. Today Andy works as an Investor and director in several high growth companies.
Throughout his career in technology Stephen Ball has been noted for his substantial experience with turnaround and strategic growth in both private and public sector businesses.
During his time as CEO at Lockheed Martin, Stephen advanced their organic growth and acquisition of people as well as increasing their compound annual sales growth whilst shaping strategic advisory Boards for key countries in International portfolios. Previously, Stephen had been CEO at HMGCC were he implemented an imaginative business plan, enhancing core technical capability and sharpening focus on cost control. Stephen is a member of Royal United Services Institute Advisory Council and is Honorary Doctor of Science.
Meurig Jones, Chief Operating Officer
Meurig joins Reliance acsn from HP Enterprise Services where he was General Manager for the Security Services Business for EMEA which enjoyed record growth under Meurig’s leadership. Previously Meurig was a leader in the success of specialist security provider Vistorm and previousy held senior leadership roles in Compaq and Hewlett Packard.
Having held many leadership roles in large Enterprise service providers, Meurig has a strong belief that customers’ Security requirements are best met by specialist service providers. Reliance acsn, as a specialist MSSP, have embarked on an ambitious investment programme and Meurig’s extensive technology and solutions experience will contribute a powerful added dimension.
Paul Winstanley, Advisory Board Member
Paul started his career as a research scientist in the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD).
On the privatisation of the MoD research laboratories to QinetiQ Paul took on a wider technical leadership role and was later promoted to become QinetiQ’s youngest ever Technical Director.
Paul’s final role in QinetiQ was as the President and CEO of QinetiQ Inc. Paul decided to repatriate to the UK and create his own strategic development consultancy. Here Paul’s focus is on the creation of new business and value realization from market diversification in the defence and security sectors and internationally (UK, Europe and USA). Paul now combines advisory and executive operational roles, the combination of interests that underpinned his desire to form Alazen.
Nick Jennings, Advisory Board Member
Professor Nick Jennings CB, FREng is Vice-Provost (Research) at Imperial College. He is responsible for promoting, supporting and facilitating the College’s research performance and for leading on the delivery of the Research Strategy. Nick also holds a chair in Artificial Intelligence in the Departments of Computing and Electrical and Electronic Engineering . Before joining Imperial, Nick was the Regius Professor of Computer Science at the University of Southampton (where he is still a Visiting Professor) and the UK Government’s Chief Scientific Advisor for National Security.
Professor Jennings is an internationally-recognized authority in the areas of artificial intelligence, autonomous systems, cybersecurity and agent-based computing.
Tom Ilube, Advisory Board Member
Tom Ilube is CEO and founder of Crossword Cybersecurity plc, the ISDX listed technology transfer company. He was until recently Managing Director of Consumer Markets at Callcredit Information Group. Prior to Callcredit, Tom founded and was CEO of Garlik, a venture capital-backed identity protection company, sold to Experian in 2011.
Tom chaired the UK Government Technology Strategy Board’s Network Security Innovation panel. He was a member of the High Level Expert Group on Cybersecurity at the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), a Geneva based UN-agency. In 2008 Garlik was selected as a World Economic Forum, Davos, Technology Pioneer and Tom was invited to attend the forum, chairing and participating in panels on cybersecurity and broader technology issues.
Gert Van den Poel, Chief Technology Officer
During his 17 years of practical experience in Cyber Security, Gert had the opportunity to cover multiple domains and verticals that enables him to perform in multiple roles. As Product Director of Reliance acsn, he is responsible for service development, sales enablement and IT.
Prior to his current role, he served as Verizon’s Subject Matter Expert in security analytics, SOC, and SCADA/ICS protection, and led a global team of Practice Leaders focused on designing and delivering threat management solutions. He is passionate about the fact that security solutions must become more business-aligned, focused, and cost-effective.
Tom Van den Eynde, Director Managed and Professional Services
Tom has more than a decade of experience in Information Security. Throughout his career, he has had the opportunity to perform a variety of roles in the industry. He served as a leader in Verizon’s global security consulting organisation, acted as a strategic security consultant and CISO, served as subject matter expert in selling and delivering complex security solutions and managed security services.
He has both a strong engineering and business background.
Cheryl Tracey, Head of Finance
Cheryl gained her broad experience and a fearsome reputation for detailed accuracy at Time Inc UK (formally IPC Media Ltd), where she enjoyed a number of finance roles including Systems Accountant and Finance Manager. During her time at IPC, Cheryl acquired substantial systems experience through supporting Oracle Financials, involving development and implementation of accounting systems and procedures.
Cheryl has considerable experience of collaborating with business leaders to develop business insights for commercial decision-making. She is now responsible for the day to day running of the finance department, reporting and budgeting.
Aileen Lyons, People Director
A Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development, Aileen has experience across a wide variety of industries including ecommerce, insurance, charity and advertising. She spent most of her recent career at kgb working across various B2B and B2C business units including 118118, kgb deals, and 118118 Money.
Aileen delivers quality HR through a commercial lens, seeking out people strategies that truly work. Passionate about people and committed to excellence, Aileen is focused on making Reliance acsn a great place to work.
Chris Anderson, Account Director
Chris is the most experienced member of the Reliance acsn team who joined back in April 2005. This time forms just part of his 25 years of experience within the IT Security sector having previously setup up specialist teams delivering Consultancy, Security infrastructure and Managed Services with Keltec and before that at Digital Equipment Co (DEC).
Now in his role as Account Director, Chris developed and manages the majority of Reliance acsn’s major accounts which span most major industries. During his first 10 years as Sales Director, Chris developed the team and established many of the lengthy relationships we enjoy with our clients and partners alike.
Craig Saunderson, Sales Director
Craig has 20 years of experience in IT & Information Security working for both large and medium-sized security services organisations including NCC, Accumuli Security, Integralis (now NTT) and ActivIdentity (now HID), playing a successful part in these organisation’s significant growth both as an individual contributor and manager of high-performing sales teams.
Having worked with high-profile clients across a number of vertical markets including Finance, Retail, Transport, Manufacturing, Utilities and Leisure, Craig brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in helping organisations develop relevant solutions through a combination of security technologies, governance, risk & compliance and managed services.