Sir Richard Dearlove KCMG OBE, Non-Executive Chairman

Sir Richard brings to the Board unparalleled experience across government, education and global business. Sir Richard joined MI6 in 1966 undertaking various overseas and head office roles before being promoted to Chief of the Secret Intelligence Service in 1999. He retired from the Service in 2004.

Sir Richard is presently Chair of Trustees of University of London. He was previously Master of Pembroke College, Cambridge from 2005 to 2014 and also served as a Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge between 2005 and 2010 and Chairman of Trustees of the Cambridge Union Society from 2006.

Sir Richard is Chairman of Ascot Underwriting at Lloyd's of London and a Director of Kosmos Energy, the New York Stock Exchange listed oil and gas exploration company, and holds several advisory roles.

Tom Ilube, CEO

Tom Ilube was until recently Managing Director of Consumer Markets at Callcredit Information Group, the private equity backed UK credit reference agency. Callcredit was sold to Chicago based private equity firm GTCR in 2014. Prior to Callcredit, Tom founded and was CEO of Garlik, a venture capital-backed identity protection company, sold to Experian in 2011. Earlier, Tom served as Chief Information Officer of Egg plc, the pioneering FTSE 250 UK internet bank. His earlier career included Goldman Sachs, PwC, Cap Gemini and the London Stock Exchange.

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.

Ruth Anderson, Independent Non-Executive Director 

Ruth has over 15 years’ of experience in the fields of security, intelligence, cybercrime and risk management. She brings to the Board extensive experience across defence and law enforcement sectors and within financial services, developing and implementing cyber risk governance frameworks.

Ruth is currently Head of IT and Cyber Risk at Lloyds Banking Group. She was previously a director of Cyber in the Financial Services Department of KPMG. She served as the Head of Specialist Operational Support and also as the Head of Intelligence at the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre, where she delivered the first ever strategic threat assessment on child abuse in the online environment. Prior to this, Ruth served in intelligence and security in the British Army.

Ruth read Arabic and Modern Middle Eastern Studies at Oxford University and is a keen linguist, speaking Arabic, French and German.

Professor David Stupples, Non-Executive Director

Professor David Stupples is currently Director of the Centre for Cyber and Security Sciences at City University London. In his early career, he was employed as an engineer in signals intelligence in the Royal Air Force followed by an intense research period in surveillance systems at the Royal Signal and Radar Establishment, Malvern. He then undertook surveillance and intelligence systems research for MoD (Navy). He spent three years developing highly secure communications for surveillance satellites for Hughes Aircraft Corporation in the United States of America. Later, he became a senior partner with PA Consulting Group where he was responsible for consultancy in secure communications and surveillance systems for world-wide clients.

Dr David Secher, Non-Executive Director

Dr Secher is an international expert in intellectual property technology transfer and research management. His international experience includes Japan, Jordan, South Africa, Brazil, Chile, Australia, Argentina, India, Saudi Arabia and Lebanon as well as Europe and the USA. Dr Secher is Life Fellow and Senior Bursar at Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge where he is responsible for the investment of a £133m endowment.

Dr Secher is Patron and Past Chairman of PraxisUnico. Until 31 October 2013, he was co-founder and chairman of Praxis Courses Ltd, the leading UK technology transfer training programme. He served as Director of Research, University of Cambridge where he was responsible for creating and directing a new division of 80 staff, for designing and implementing and IP policy for the University and for technology transfer throughout the University resulting in £2m licensing revenue, 40 new licences and six spinouts per year.

Dr Secher was Chief Executive of N8 Ltd., a consortium of eight research-led universities in the North of England, securing initial funding of £6m from Regional Development Agencies. His earlier career was in molecular biology research with MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Celltech Ltd and Cancer Research Campaign. Dr Secher holds three patents and is the holder of the Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion (2007) for creating “environments that favour enterprise, specialising in the practical aspects of commercialising the results of academic research”.

Gordon Matthew, Non-Executive Director

Since 2010, Mr. Matthew has undertaken a number of non-executive roles and interim executive roles. He is currently the Non-Executive Chairman of Intrinsic Technology Ltd. (from October 2011) and m-hance Ltd (from April 2014). His executive roles have included interim CEO at Comtec Europe Ltd in 2010/2011 and, more recently, interim CEO at m-hance Ltd (2014). Previously, Mr. Matthew served as Chief Executive Officer of Azzurri Communications Limited and was responsible for ensuring that it met its financial and growth targets. Mr. Matthew served as the Chief Executive Officer of Ramesys (later RedSky IT) Holdings Limited. He was responsible for the successful turnaround, growth and exit of the business through 2 significant transactions in December 2005 and January 2007.

Mr. Matthew has over 20 years’ IT experience. He has broad experience of software applications, services, large bespoke developments and telecommunications. He also spent five years at Software AG (UK) where he oversaw all aspects of product and service delivery. Mr. Matthew began his career as a Programmer at Logica before moving into Project Management and General Management in 1988. He then spent 8 years at AT&T Istel where he latterly served as Operations Director in the Manufacturing Division. Mr. Matthew holds an honours degree in Computer Science from the University of Strathclyde.

Andy Gueritz, Independent Non-Executive Director

Andy Gueritz is an experienced Senior Advisor with a successful track record helping clients improve and transform their business by managing technology better and creating new technology-based ventures. As a Vice President at marchFIRST (formerly Mitchell Madison Group), Mr. Gueritz led the European B2B e-Commerce Strategy and IT Strategy Practices. Before becoming a consultant, he attained Board level responsibility in a successful career in Software Development and Systems Implementation.

At 4Front Technology Inc., he was Customer Service and Development Director responsible for all client service and delivery operations. Notable systems implemented include: bespoke procurement, telesales and billing systems; a Call-centre based on workflow and CTI technologies; and a Client-server insurance claims handling system, incorporating Document Image Processing. Prior to 4Front, Mr. Gueritz was a Development Executive at McDonnell Douglas Information Systems and also worked for Marconi Defence Systems on a number of Electronic Warfare and Guided Weapons projects.

Mr. Gueritz is a Chartered Fellow of the BCS (FBCS), Chartered IT Practitioner (CITP), Chartered Engineer (C.Eng), Fellow of the IET (FIET), and a European Engineer registered at FEANI. He holds a First Class Honours degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering with Computer Science from London.