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Appointment of Non-Executive Chairman

Crossword Cybersecurity Plc (NEX:CCS), the technology commercialisation company focusing exclusively on the cyber security sector, is pleased to announce the appointment of Sir Richard Dearlove KCMG OBE as Non- Executive Chairman. He succeeds Tom Ilube, who continues in his role of CEO. Sir Richard’s appointment will be effective from 1st September 2016.

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, Crossword CEO, said:

“Crossword is delighted to appoint a chairman of Sir Richard’s stature. It sends a clear signal of our ambition. As the only cyber security focused technology transfer company, Crossword operates at the intersection of security, university research and commercial activity and Sir Richard is unique in having world class experience in each of these arenas”.

Sir Richard Dearlove said:

“There is a wealth of world class cyber security research emerging from British universities. Crossword’s role in helping universities commercialise this intellectual property is very important and I am looking forward to helping Crossword achieve its full potential”.

Current directorships

  1. Cambridge University Lightweight Rowing Club Limited

  2. Cambridge Security Initiative LLP

  3. The Gulf Research Centre Cambridge Limited

  4. Gunnislake Fisheries Limited

  5. Endsleigh Fishing Club Limited

  6. Ascot Underwriting Limited Ascot Underwriting

  7. Holdings Limited

  8. Kosmos Energy Limited

Previous directorships

  1. Pembroke College Developments Limited

  2. The Cambridge Union Society

Save as disclosed above, no additional information relating to Sir Richard Dearlove falls to be disclosed pursuant to paragraph 21 of Appendix 1 of the NEX Growth Market – Rules for Issuers. About Crossword Crossword is a technology transfer company specialising in cyber security. Crossword works with universities who undertake advanced cyber security research in order to take their research through productisation to market. – Ends – Further information, please contact: Tom Ilube- CEO, Crossword Cybersecurity Tel: +44 (0) 20 8973 2350 Email: NEX Corporate Advisor Nick Michaels and Jon Isaacs, Alfred Henry Corporate Finance Limited Tel: +44 (0)207 251 3762 NEX Corporate Broker Claire Louise Noyce – CEO, Hybridan LLP Tel: +44 (0)203 764 2341 Email:


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