CybSafe Team

Who Are We?

We are a team (a tribe if you will) of professionals who are passionate about making the world better by helping people and businesses be more secure.

 

  • We live out our core values and as a result are honest, loyal, dedicated and enthusiastic.
  • We believe these characteristics should influence everything we do in business and life.
  • We love what we do.
Oz Alashe MBE

Oz Alashe MBE

CEO & Founder

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Oz leads CybSafe. He has been the driving force behind CybSafe – the concept, vision and platform.

Oz is a former Lieutenant Colonel in the British Army and UK Special Forces. He has a successful track record of developing strategy, driving innovation and leading implementation in both the public and private sectors. 

His background gives him a unique insight into the socio-technical realities of cyber security and the sensitivities around changing human behaviour. 

Oz was awarded an MBE for personal leadership in the most complex and sensitive of conflict environments.

Sean Lumley

Sean Lumley

COO & Founder

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Sean runs the business of the business.

He is a proven entrepreneur that has successfully planned and engineered business and operating models for fast growing services businesses.

Six years ago he started TorchlightGroup, a counter threat business focusing on the integration of specialist intelligence, cyber, defence, security and justice capabilities for government and commercial clients. His contribution saw Torchlight grow to a Times Fast Track 100 and FT 1000 company during this time.

Sean remains a non-executive member of the TorchlightGroup Board.

Janet Williams QPM

Janet Williams QPM

Director & Principal Advisor

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Janet helps us keep the bigger picture on Cyber Security. in perspective.

Janet, a former Chief Police Officer in the Metropolitan Police Service, held the National Law Enforcement Portfolio for Cyber-Crime 2008 – 2012. She developed the first police E-Crime Unit and was the Law Enforcement Lead engaged in writing the first UK Cyber Security Strategy in the Cabinet Office.

She was the government Law-Enforcement Lead for Cyber-Crime for the 2012 Olympic Games taking her place at COBR. And in 2013, as a Non-Executive Director of Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs, she helped develop the organisation’s cyber security strategy.

She is currently the National Security Adviser to the Security Committee of Qatar, where she advises on the development of Qatar’s cyber security capability and response.

Janet works to enhance SME cyber security across the UK through her work as President of the Cross-sector Safety & Security (CSSC) charity. She is also a member of the Information Assurance Advisory Council (IAAC).

Jonathan Webster

Jonathan Webster

Chief Technology Officer

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Jonathan is a software engineer and solutions architect who leads the development of the CybSafe Platform. He has a varied background with experience that includes working with HM Government Digital Services & Logistics, where he ran innovative projects as the Technical Lead for the Home Office. Previous tech start-up experience includes running his own businesses in prop-tech, e-commerce and publishing.

Jonathan works as part of the team ensuring that the CybSafe Unified Cyber Awareness Platform is incredible, scales to match fast-growing customer demand and continues to be an industry leading product.

Outside of Jonathan’s startup and tech interests he enjoys running, cycling and flying drones.

Joe Giddens

Joe Giddens

Content Development Manager

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Joe makes cyber things simple.

He is responsible for content development – ensuring the learning process is smooth, informative, and most importantly, enjoyable.

Before joining CybSafe Joe was a specialist detective at the Metropolitan Police Cybercrime Unit where he investigated complex online fraud and cybercrime. He worked closely with industry and government partners to build relationships, identify trends and design out enablers of crime.

Veronika Bondareva

Veronika Bondareva

Digital & Web Designer

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Veronika is a visual alchemist, creative entrepreneur & UX/UI designer. Warwick Taught Masters Scholarship and UK Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur Awardee, she worked with many digital and fintech startups delivering best branding and design solutions. She loves working with talented people to design great products and identifying the best ways in which technologies can solve human problems.Now she is responsible for the design and visual alchemy at CybSafe.

When not working on CybSafe Veronika creates interactive bilingual books for multicultural children.

Carla Boczor

Carla Boczor

Product Manager

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Carla comes from a cognitive science background. With a strong interest in user privacy and organisational preventive behaviour, she brings in an academic and commercial perspective to the behavioural frameworks underpinning CybSafe and the way in which the product is built and delivered. Her previous start up experience, coupled with her passion for helping users adopt safe behaviours online come together nicely and make her a powerful asset to the CybSafe team.

Outside of work, she enjoys outdoor swimming, deep conversations, hydrating salads and comedy shows. (She’s yet to find the love for writing self-descriptions in the 3rd person.)

Dr John Blythe

Dr John Blythe

Head of Behavioural Science

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Dr. Blythe is the Head of Behavioural Science at CybSafe. With a background and PhD in psychology, he specialises in behaviour change and human aspects of cyber security.

John is passionate about helping organisations move towards a people-centric security culture and to develop awareness training that is grounded in behavioural science.

He has an extensive research background and has in the past led on a number of Government and industry funded projects exploring the intersection of behaviour change and cyber security. John has previously worked at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport (DCMS), and both the Dawes Centre for Future Crime and the Centre for Behaviour Change at University College London.

Alongside his academic publications, he co-wrote the government reports on “Using behavioural insights to improve the public’s use of cyber security best practices” and more recently, “Secure by Design: Improving the cyber security of consumer Internet of Things” whilst at DCMS.

He collaborates regularly with academics and policy-makers and is a Honorary Research Fellow at the UCL Dawes Centre for Future Crime.

Mark Edge

Mark Edge

Chief Revenue Officer

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Mark leads the CybSafe growth function, which includes Sales, Marketing and Customer Success.

Mark has 25 years of sales and marketing experience in the networking, security and SaaS arenas across both the US and EMEA. He has a track record of building, scaling and maintaining high growth teams.

He is passionate about all that he does, and in particular technology and cyber security.
Mark has a particular interest in culture, wine, food and travel, having begun his professional career at Rosemount Estate wines and travelled extensively in Australia, New Zealand and South East Asia. While reading Linguistics and Economics at Surrey University, he also spent time living in Russia.

Away from work he has a love of sport, still playing competitive league cricket in the Surrey Championship and enjoys as many rounds of golf as his work schedule allows.

Charles de Courcel

Charles de Courcel

Finance Director

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Mat Baldock

Mat Baldock

Commercial Manager

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Mat is part of the commercial team here at CybSafe and leads on a variety of the commercial and contractual aspects on both the sales and procurement side of the business.

With 20 years experience in the IT Reseller market and having worked for the largest VAR in the UK, Mat is very experienced helping us to optimise contracts and meet growth aspirations.

Outside of work Mat enjoys spending time with friends & family, and tries to get to the gym 5 times per week.

Chris Bilko

Chris Bilko

Copywriter

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Chris ensures our messages remain both interesting and incomplex.

He enjoys telling stories and making cyber security simple; two talents we put to good use when demonstrating where and how CybSafe adds value.
After proving his worth while working with Britain’s largest magazine and digital publisher, Chris began using his skills to inject life into otherwise uninspiring communications. His career so far has seen him steal market share from established brands and break fundraising records for globally renowned non-profits.

In 2017, Chris became a member of the Professional Copywriters Network.

Dannique Blake

Dannique Blake

Office Manager and Administration Assistant

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With almost 10 years of office and events management experience in a number of industries, Dannique is vital to maintaining the CybSafe environment and ensuring that the tribe is able to produce its best work.

Dannique’s experience includes working with smaller companies and start-ups where she helped build solid foundations, enhance productivity amongst staff, managed office relocation projects and operations for international events.

An organiser extraordinaire – as well as ensuring the office environment is fit for purpose, Dannique enjoys planning and coordinating team social events. She’s also brilliantly creative and enjoys making CybSafe guests feel at home when with us.

Rebecca Bourke

Rebecca Bourke

Marketing Manager

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Rebecca is responsible for the development and implementation of our marketing and communications strategy. Prior to CybSafe, she worked for several cyber security start-ups, as well as within the financial services sector.

Rebecca holds a BA in Journalism and enjoys working with the team to find the best possible way to communicate CybSafe’s message to the world.
In her spare time, Rebecca likes to check out the latest art and design exhibitions in London.

Tristam Constant

Tristam Constant

Senior Account Manager

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Tristam is responsible for helping new and existing customers identify their business needs and ensuring CybSafe succeeds in delivering on those requirements.

Prior to joining CybSafe, Tristam served for 10 years as a British Army Officer where he gained unique experience leading teams on complex counter-terrorism operations across a number of sensitive conflict environments.

His background gives him unique insight into the realities of information exploitation in the digital age and significant experience in strategic risk mitigation.

Emma Culley

Emma Culley

Marketing Assistant

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Gideon Donovan

Gideon Donovan

Channel Account Manager

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Gideon is one of our Channel Account Managers within the Sales and Marketing team. His role keeps him close to our Channel Community by supporting and enabling our all important CybSafe Channel Partners. You will most likely meet him at any number of our events.

Gideon comes from a successful background with 2 large multi-national Channel Vendors.
He is an experienced Channel Account Manager with expertise in supporting channel partners and business planning.

Aside from work, he tries to keep as active as time will allow, be it scuba diving, sailing or snowboarding.

Oscar Gay

Oscar Gay

Psychology Research Analyst

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Oscar is responsible for helping to write and create the content that makes CybSafe so good. He is a BSc Psychology undergraduate joining the tribe for an industrial placement during his 3rd year. Oscar is passionate about psychology, technology and cyber security, and he has a particular interest in using problem-solving to understand why humans interact with technology in the ways that they do.

Oscar is using his knowledge of psychology and the behavioural sciences to help grow the theoretical underpinning of CybSafe.

Andrea Haas

Andrea Haas

Marketing Assistant

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Andrea is a Marketing Assistant here at CybSafe. Andrea studied (B.S.c) Psychology at the University of Plymouth, with a year working as a researcher in the department of cognitive sciences at the University of Aveiro, Portugal. Following this, Andrea completed her Masters degree in Cyberpsychology from Nottingham Trent University.

In her spare time, Andrea loves to travel. Before starting university Andrea lived and worked in Australia for a year to gain independence and explore life far away from home. Recently she spent three months travelling around Indonesia and climbed one of their largest Volcanoes, Mt Rinjani. Andrea’s main hobby is playing Lacrosse, which she has previously represented South West England for and is eager to continue this passion in London.

Justin Ho

Justin Ho

Junior Graphic Designer

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Justin is a crucial part of the creative team and is responsible for assisting with multimedia design and ideation. Having recently graduated from London College of Communications studying BA (Hons) Advertising, he has worked across various agencies in London, Shanghai and Hong Kong to learn the ins and outs of digital design.

Outside of work Justin enjoys music, basketball and is a occasional dabbler in the culinary arts.

Daniel Hodgkins

Daniel Hodgkins

Software Developer

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Daniel is​ one of the software developers here at CybSafe. He works with the tribe to bring the concepts and ideas to life – delivering secure, brilliant and engaging software in accordance with the CybSafe vision.

He is a BSc Computer Science graduate of Aberystwyth University.​ He has also spent a year working as a developer at IBM.​

Daniel is passionate about problem-solving and enthusiastic about implementing the latest advancements in technology to further the CybSafe dream.

Osman Ilyas

Osman Ilyas

Software Developer

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Osman is a software developer here at CybSafe. He is passionate about Data Science and is working to improve CybSafe’s intelligent platform which turns data into information, information into insight and insight into business decisions.

He is a BSc Computer Science graduate of Queen Mary University of London and holds an MSc in Data Science & Machine Learning from University College London.

Outside of work, Osman likes to travel and take photos.

 Angie Li

Angie Li

Head of Customer Success

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Angie is an experienced leader with a strong customer experience and service operations focus. She has significant experience in service strategy, and change. Her passion is delivering amazing customer experiences using strategies focused on customer feedback and KPIs. Angie is an excellent leader who gets the most out of high performing teams enabling them to have a positive impact on our customers.

Angie’s energy is infectious. You will find her cycling and spinning at speeds that she once thought she couldn’t reach. She loves an explosive workout and aims to inspire people in all walks of life to achieve their personal best in whatever they do.

Kay Sandford

Kay Sandford

Customer Success Rep

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With 15 years of Customer Success experience in Telecommunications Kay is driven to create a world class experience that surpasses customers expectations. With a real passion to deliver customer satisfaction, Kay truly understands customers needs. She enjoys helping and solving any problem that customers may have with a enthusiastic and friendly approach.

When she isn’t working, Kay enjoys socialising with friends and family.

Sam Oliver

Sam Oliver

Senior Product Specialist

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Sam helps to support and grow the CybSafe community by connecting the various CybSafe teams and working with them to deliver a market-leading product and experience to our clients.

As a Senior Product Specialist, Sam is responsible for helping new and existing customers and partners identify their business needs and ensuring CybSafe succeeds in addressing those requirements.

Before joining CybSafe, Sam was part of the new business team at Mimecast, where he was responsible for acquisition of new clients and overseeing the deployment and configuration of their chosen services.

A linguistics and language expert, Sam has also worked across Central & South America as an English teacher, and has a passion for all things technology and cyber security.

Laura Pooley

Laura Pooley

Cyber Research Analyst

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Laura is responsible for helping to write and update the CybSafe content, making sure it is relevant, interesting and beneficial to all. She is a BSc Cyber Security Management undergraduate, joining the tribe for an industrial placement in her third year. The breadth of her course has enabled her to combine a growing knowledge of the potential people risks encountered in cyber space, with a keen interest in understanding the psychology behind people’s interactions with technology.

Laura is passionate about helping people and aims to use this enthusiasm to maintain the quality and focus of the course material.

Cess Rebolledo

Cess Rebolledo

Market Development Specialist

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Cess is a key member of CybSafe’s market development team. She does this through market analysis and research, as well as establishing and maintaining positive customer relationships that help drive the growth of the business.

She holds a law degree from Queen Mary University of London but has always been passionate about technology, particularly cyber security as she views it as crucial not just for one specific industry, but for everyone.

During her spare time, she loves to cook and aspires to be one day be as fantastic a cook as her dad. And to burn those calories off, Cess likes to go to the gym. She also loves animals – being a proud owner of a border collie and a tuxedo cat!

Sam Robinson

Sam Robinson

Market Development Specialist

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Sam is responsible for market analysis, research, developing positive client relationships and fueling future CybSafe sales.

Through a family history in cyber security and keen interest in the psychology behind technology use, Sam is keen to provide CybSafe clients with the support and expertise needed to reduce their cyber risk.

Before joining CybSafe, Sam worked in the maritime industry as a yacht skipper and sailing instructor across the UK and Mediterranean. From there he went on to university in Bath, achieving both a degree in Business and Management and undertook research into how and why businesses adopt new technology.

Outside of the office, Sam is a keen guitarist and still enjoys getting some sailing in when he can.

Ben Diggle

Ben Diggle

Front-end Developer

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Ben is a front-end developer with a background in javascript technologies. His role is to collaborate with the designers to turn their incredible designs and prototypes into visual elements that the users can see and interact with. Most of his experience has been in digital transformation within Government where he has worked on many projects within the Home Office and the Ministry of Justice.

Outside of work, he enjoys playing sport such as football and golf. He also enjoys playing video games, eating burritos and drinking cider (sometimes all at the same time!)

Jade Wheatley

Jade Wheatley

Sales and Marketing Coordinator

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Jade is the Sales and Marketing Coordinator here at CybSafe. Jade joins the team with a successful background in administration, account, office, team and management support from various sectors. Her experience and skills mean she is perfectly placed to sit at the heart of our growth function supporting both sales and marketing activity.

When Jade is not working, she enjoys travelling around the country, visiting friends and family, going to different shows and concerts as well as planning her dream future – however she spends the majority of her time with her son, going on adventures and helping shape him into – what she hope’s to be – a wonderful young man.

Zoe Ballard

Zoe Ballard

Executive Assistant to CEO

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Zoe is a crucial part of the CybSafe team as she helps manage and coordinate Oz’s business activities and public-facing engagements. With a wealth of Executive Support experience behind her from the last 10 years, Zoe is no stranger to the UK’s Security landscape. Former roles have seen her support the Head of Security for an international multimedia house, and successfully grow and run a PR and communications agency.

Zoe is dedicated to making Oz’s busy schedule run smoothly and optimising it to best support attainment of the CybSafe vision. She is remote based and, amongst other things, supports Oz with diary management, travel, and making sure he remembers family birthdays.

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