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.

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Tom Ilube CBE, CEO

Tom Ilube is founder and CEO of Crossword. He is also a Non Executive Director of the BBC and sits on Royal Bank of Scotland's Technology Advisory Board. Tom was until recently Managing Director of Consumer Markets at Callcredit Information Group, the private equity backed UK credit reference agency. 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. Tom was awarded a Doctor of Science (Honoris Causa) by City, University of London in recognition of his outstanding achievements in business and educational philanthropy.

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Rob Johnson, Chief Operating Officer

From 2013, Rob was a Senior Investment Director at Mercia Technologies plc, the leading AIM listed commercialisation business, where he managed the company's software and internet investments, as well as assessing new investment opportunities; with a particular focus on AI, Cyber Security and Software as a Service.

Prior to his role with Mercia, Rob was a successful entrepreneur and has led five technology companies through to successful exits. 

Rob brings unparalleled experience across sales, marketing, technology and operations. He has previously worked with entrepreneurs in fast growth situations as well as having significant knowledge of company acquisition and integration.

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Mary Dowd, Finance Director

Mary was most recently Chief Operating Officer for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and previously Chief Financial Officer at Cordium Consulting Group Limited, a leading provider of governance, risk and compliance services with operations in London, Hong Kong, Malta, New York, Boston and San Francisco.

Mary brings over 20 years’ experience of working alongside business leaders. She has demonstrated a track record of managing finance teams to ensure timely delivery of relevant financial information to all stakeholders, providing clear leadership, continuous process improvement, and excellent communication. She also brings to Crossword extensive experience of working in acquisitive businesses and providing transactional support.

Mary graduated from University College Galway, Ireland and has a post graduate diploma in Business Studies from the same university. She became a member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants in 1996.

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Stuart Jubb, Director - Consulting

Stuart joined Crossword from KPMG where he was Associate Director, Defence & Security. Prior to that he was Chief Operating Officer of a global consulting team of over 200 in KPMG Advisory.

Stuart spent nine years as an officer in HM Forces, after Sandhurst, serving in Afghanistan, NATO and elsewhere.

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Jake Holloway, Business Development Director

Jake Holloway has over 30 years of experience in IT across a wide range of industries and roles -including sales, marketing, consulting and programme management. In his two most recent roles he was responsible for Enterprise sales at a well regarded IT consultancy, and founded Xendpay, a Fintech startup, where he was COO. Jake has also published a book in the Advanced Project Management series for Gower in 2015.

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Professor Nick Jennings CB FREng, Senior Adviser

Professor Jennings served as the UK Government’s inaugural Chief Scientific Adviser for National Security from 2010 to 2015, providing independent scientific advice on issues of national security. He is currently the Vice-Provost for Research at Imperial College, where he also holds a chair in Artificial Intelligence in the Departments of Computing and Electrical and Electronic Engineering. Before joining Imperial, Professor Jennings was the Regius Professor of Computer Science at the University of Southampton – the first holder of that title in the institution’s history. Professor Jennings is an internationally recognised authority in the areas of cyber-security, artificial intelligence, autonomous systems and agent-based computing. 

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General Sir Nick Houghton GCB CBE, Senior Adviser

General Sir Nick Houghton brings unparalleled experience across both government and business. In July 2013, General Houghton assumed the appointed position of Chief of the Defence Staff of the British armed Forces retiring in 2016. Previously General Houghton was Vice Chief of the Defence Staff from May 2009.

Educated at Sandhurst and Oxford, General Houghton commanded 1st Battalion The Green Howards and an Infantry Brigade in Northern Ireland. Following his retirement from the armyGeneral Houghton became the 160th Constable of the Tower of London and a Trustee of Historic Royal Palaces.

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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.

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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.

Since 2003, Professor Stupples has been researching internet security at City University focused on cyber terrorism and organized cyber crime for both the UK government and commercial companies. However, he still maintains an active interest in radar surveillance research. Professor Stupples is a member of the Defence Scientific Advisory Council (DSAC), the Defence Procurement Agency’s Independent Advisory Board on Systems Integration and GCHQ’s Scientific Advisory Group.

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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”.

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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.

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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.

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