General Sir Richard Barrons CBE KCB

Managing partner

General Sir Richard Barrons served as Commander Joint Forces Command, one of the six "Chiefs of Staff" leading the UK Armed Forces, until April 2016.  He was responsible for 23,000 people worldwide and a budget of £4.3 billion, delivering intelligence, Special Forces, operational command and control, all surveillance, reconnaissance and information systems and communications, operational logistics, medical support, and advanced education and training across the Armed Forces' operations worldwide.  

Richard's ambitions now are to be at the forefront of applying disruptive technology as it revolutionises business, society, government and defence.  He advises and lectures regularly on cyber risk and security to City, academic, parliament, military and commercial fora, promoting the rapid deployment of combinations of the digital age technologies.  He is working on a book provisionally titled "Warfare in the Information Age."

Eddie Alleyn

Eddie Alleyn worked for the UK Government for over thirty-five years, with a particular focus on technology in defence and national security.

After a front-line operational career at the Foreign Office and the MOD, from 2003-2009 he was responsible for leading specialist operational teams applying technology to solve real-world business problems for the Ministry of Defence.  From 2009-2011 he was Director for HR and Security at the MOD, before secondment (2011 to 2016) to the FCO as Chair and CEO of Her Majesty’s Government Communications Centre (HMGCC), specialising in the engineering, manufacture and integration of secure communications and cyber-related systems for Government.

Eddie now enjoys a portfolio of Executive and Non-Executive roles in a number of start-ups and SMEs in the technology, innovation and cyber sectors.  He is a Fellow of the Institution for Engineering and Technology (IET).


James Arroyo OBE

James Arroyo is director of the Ditchley Foundation,, which brings together global leaders and thinkers to work on the future of democratic states.  Ditchley is positioned at the crossroads of government, technology and finance, addressing challenges like the balance between maximising the impact of data and privacy.

Prior to moving to Ditchley in 2016, James worked in government.  He spent his early career on the Middle East and Islamic terrorism.  In Paris 2008-12, he led on national security cooperation with France and became FCO director for Europe from 2012-14.  A strong advocate for government transformation around digital and data, in 2014 he was appointed as the FCO's first director for data.  He designed and led a major transformation programme stretching from policy and law; through skills, careers and culture; to implementation of large scale analytical data technology. 

James is an adviser to the Swiss bank Pictet on its security theme fund with over £5 billon under investment; a member of the advisory board of Airmic, the association for Insurance and Risk Management professionals; and an adviser to a range of technology start ups on cyber security, data analysis and artificial intelligence. He is writing a book on how digital and data are transforming statecraft and society.


Martin Clements CMG OBE

Martin Clements retired in 2016 after a long career in the British Government, working primarily in the National Security Sector.  Originally trained in computer and natural sciences, after twenty years in front-line operations, in Europe, South Asia and the Middle East, from 2006 Martin took on a series of prominent leadership positions, building offensive and defensive capabilities for HMG, combining traditional techniques and skills with emerging innovations, especially in the fields of mobile, cyber and data.  He became an experienced executive and non-executive member of the top governance in his field, leaving the Foreign and Commonwealth Office from his final position of Director General for Technology and Transformation.

Post-retirement, Martin is a Senior Fellow at the Alan Turing Institute, which is the UK national institute for data science as well as Visiting Professor at University College London with a special interest in cyber and terrorism crime reduction. He is Senior Advisor to the Chairman and CEO of Credit Suisse Group as well as non-executive Chairman and Director at several other businesses.


Tim Cook

Based in London but operating internationally, Tim Cook has 16 years of executive search and assessment experience, covering both Egon Zehnder and Russell Reynolds where Tim co-led the Global Cyber and CIO Practices.  Tim is focused on helping clients understand what good looks like in digital and data as well as cyber security leadership.  He has previous experience in both large and small-scale technology companies, from time spent at Fujitsu Services and Cherwell Scientific, where he was the CEO.  Earlier in his career, Tim served in the UK Ministry of Defence.

Tim's executive search and assessment and development work has covered Cyber as well as CIO, CTO and other senior digital roles.  He has worked across most sectors and geographies.


Conrad Prince

Conrad Prince served from 2008 – 2015 as the Director General for Operations and deputy head of the UK’s signals intelligence and cyber security agency, GCHQ.  From 2015 – 2018 he was the UK Government’s first Cyber Security Ambassador.  After this he left Government service and is now an advisor on strategic security and risk to a number of large corporates.

As Cyber Security Ambassador, Conrad provided advice on developing cyber security strategy and capability to a range of foreign governments.  As a trusted advisor on cyber to the leadership of a number of government departments and agencies, and central banks, he created significant opportunities for UK Government and industry to work together to deliver major cyber security programmes worldwide.  In addition, he acted as a strategic advocate and advisor on the UK Government’s agenda to build a strong UK cyber industry and skills sector.

Conrad led GCHQ’s intelligence operations for seven years, during a period of high tempo operational activity and significant technological change.  He oversaw the development of the UK’s offensive cyber capability and was central to the transformation of GCHQ operational support to UK military operations. As deputy head of GCHQ, he was additionally responsible for GCHQ’s strategy, and oversight of the in-year management of the organisation.

Conrad now acts as an adviser on security and risk to a range of corporates.


Jamie Saunders

Jamie Saunders retired from the UK National Crime Agency in 2017 after twenty-nine years of public service, the majority at the UK’s national signals intelligence and cyber agency, GCHQ.

He was recruited to the Board of the NCA in 2014 to lead a major expansion of the Agency’s National Cyber Crime Unit.  At the NCCU he oversaw all major cyber-crime investigations in the UK and was responsible for improving collaborative partnerships with business and allies to tackle cyber-crime.  He subsequently led the transformation of the NCA’s wider digital intelligence and investigative capabilities, taking on the role of Director Intelligence in 2016.

Previously, Jamie was Director of Cyber at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, implementing the UK’s international cyber policy agenda.  This involved creating new security alliances and delivering a programme of overseas capacity building in developing countries, while at the same time promoting the UK’s vision of a free and open internet.  Previously he was the FCO’s cyber policy lead at the British Embassy in Washington.

Originally a mathematician, Jamie joined GCHQ in 1988, where he held a variety of technical, operational and policy roles.

Jamie is now a consultant, providing strategic security and risk management advice to a range of large corporates and governmental organisations.  Jamie is also a Visiting Professor at UCL.


Marcus Willett CB OBE

Marcus worked at GCHQ for 33 years, most recently as Director General Intelligence and a deputy head of the organisation. He is a leading UK expert on Cyber. In 2006 he became GCHQ’s first Director Cyber, working with the Cabinet Office to produce the UK’s first National Cyber Security Strategy. In 2011 he became the first Director Cyber in another part of the UK’s intelligence community. In 2013-15 Marcus set up with MOD and led a major new national Cyber programme.

In November 2018 Marcus left government service and is now Senior Cyber Adviser to the International Institute for Strategic Studies and a member of several company advisory boards. Marcus is experienced in leading both organisational transformation and operational intelligence work (for which he received an OBE in 2006). He also spent two years on the main board of another Government department as a non-executive director. Marcus was made a Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB) in 2018 for his contribution to national security.

A graduate of Bristol University in Russian Studies as well as of the UK military’s prestigious Higher Command and Staff course, Marcus is also a freelance professional double bass player and teacher.


Doug Wise

Following twenty years of active duty in the US Army as an infantry and special operations officer, in August 2016 Mr.  Douglas H. Wise retired from the Central Intelligence Agency as a member of its Senior Intelligence Service in the Directorate of Operations, thus completing nearly three decades of service.  His final assignment was on secondmentto the Department of Defense as the Deputy Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency.  

In addition to assignments in Europe, the Balkans, the Middle East, South Asia and East Asia, Doug carried out multiple tours of duty in Afghanistan and Iraq.  He served four times as a CIA Chief of Station, including leading in a war-zone the then largest field station in the Agency’s history.  He was also CIA’s Chief of Operational Training supervising a joint cadre of CIA and DoD instructors.  From his service as a senior leader in two of CIA’s largest multi-agency centers Doug has extensive leadership experience in integrating Intelligence Community components.

In his post-CIA career, he serves on multiple corporate boards as well as writing and lecturing frequently on national security and intelligence topics.