Cyber Security Breakfast Briefing
Andrew Miller MP
Chair of the Science and Technology Select Committee
Andrew Miller was educated in Malta, Hampshire and at the London School of Economics, and holds a Diploma in Industrial Relations.
He began his career as a technician in geology at the Portsmouth Polytechnic, where he developed an XRF and XRD laboratory. He then moved into industrial relations and was an official for the Manufacturing, Science and Finance Union where he represented many scientists and engineers working in leading companies from 1977 until he was elected to Parliament in 1992.
As Labour Member of Parliament for Ellesmere Port and Neston, Mr Miller represents just under 70,000 electors. As well as dealing with numerous widely diverse issues at constituency level, Mr Miller is also Chair of the Science and Technology Select Committee; Chair of the Parliamentary & Scientific Committee; Vice-Chair of the Parliamentary Internet, Communications and Technology Forum (PICTFOR) and a Member of the Liaison Committee. Between 1992 and 2001 he was also a member of the House of Commons Information Committee and has served on many other parliamentary committees.
Mr Miller was a Member of the First Steps Team working with the Foreign Office to promote relations with EU and prospective EU member states with specific responsibility for Hungary and Malta and his liaison work with the two countries continues today.
His particular political interests include Communications and Information Technology; Regional Economy; Science and Technology; the Environment and Industry.
Mr Miller is the author of: 'Information and Communication Technology Tools for Better Government' a paper commissioned by the Cabinet Office Minister in preparation for the Modernising Government White Paper in 1998.
Mr Miller also presents widely on Information Technology, E-working and E-Government.
Adrian Leppard, QPM MBA
Commissioner of Police for the City of London
Adrian was born, grew up and educated in Surrey where he continues to live today. He joined the Surrey Police in 1984 and has enjoyed a varied police service.
He has spent the majority of his service as a Detective, investigating a broad range of criminality through the ranks of Detective Sergeant to Detective Superintendent with specialist expertise in hostage negotiation, intelligence and covert operations. As a Senior Investigating Officer he has investigated a number of homicides and other serious crimes including a year-long investigation into a contract killing in 2000 for which 3 people were convicted and sentenced to life at the Old Bailey.
He completed a Masters Degree in Business and Administration with City University in 2000.
Adrian transferred to Kent Police on promotion in January 2005, where he took up the role of Assistant Chief Constable for Specialist Operations with responsibility for Serious Crime, Counter Terrorism, and public protection. During the course of this command he played a key role in overseeing the investigation into the ‘worlds largest’ £53m Securitas robbery.
In September 2005 Adrian changed portfolios to Area Operations leading Kent’s six geographic Basic Command Units, with responsibility for delivering emergency response, volume crime performance and Neighbourhood Policing. He was appointed as Deputy Chief Constable for Kent Police in December 2007.
Since taking up his post as Commissioner of Police for the City of London in January 2011, Adrian has been heading up the country’s lead force in economic crime. In addition to policing the square mile - the historic and financial centre of London, the force hosts the National Intelligence Bureau and has a two hundred strong specialist Economic Crime Directorate. The City of London Police is a key agency within the Governments Economic Crime Command and plays a significant role in reducing the threat of fraud to the UK.
Adrian loves to travel and outside work Adrian’s main passion is paragliding, which takes him around the World.
He was awarded the Queens Police Medal in the 2012 New Year’s Honours List.
Head of Defence Security & Assurance Services
Ministry of Defence
John Cook joined the MOD from industry to work on Radar and Communications Systems in 1983. In industry he was an operations manager for a small manufacturing company that made electronic assemblies and electrical testing instruments.
His first role in MOD was as a Calibration Engineer at the RAF’s Test Equipment Wing. After that he joined the RAF Signals Engineering Establishment as a Systems Designer and later trained to work with them as a Systems Analyst on Special Signals Projects. With the Defence Communications Services Agency (DCSA) he worked as a Project Manager and then as a Customer Relationship Manager. John left DCSA after serving as the Head of Directorate Services at RAF Henlow to join the Defence Security Standards Organisation (DSSO). As DSSO’s Deputy Director of Security Consultancy he was responsible for teams that provided assurance through Security and Business Continuity Audit, IT Penetration Testing, Vulnerability Assurance and Pen Test Coordination, Information and Strap Management.
From time to time over the past 5 years he has also worked as a part-time lecturer in Management Science on post graduate courses at the University Of Hertfordshire Business School. The two electives that he was responsible for were Operations Management and International Business Operations.
John is a Chartered Engineer with a First degree in Information Technology and an MBA from Cranfield University Business School. He has also pursued Membership of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).
He Joined DGInfo [now CIO] as Information Advisor in February 2007. In July 2011 John's knowledge, skills and experience made him the natural successor as the Head of Defence Security & Assurance Services (DSAS) to lead the department through the Strategic Defence Review (SDR).
CIO, Babcock International Group
Simon Parker is the Group CIO of Babcock International Group, the UK's leading engineering support services organisation with revenue of over £3bn and with an order book in excess of £12 billion. Simon is committed to ensuring that the infrastructure, application portfolio, information assurance and IT service delivery support Babcock’s company strategy. To this end, he has instigated and led Babcock’s largest ever change programme to deliver a new operating model and IT platform to its 16,000 users.
With nearly 30 years’ experience in the IT industry, Simon’s career has mirrored the growth of IT in the workplace and encompasses experience in application development, IT operations, information management and strategic leadership.
Prior to Babcock, Simon has worked at the Cabinet Office, Atkins and Halliburton/B&R.
Deputy Director, Information Economy
Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS)
Rena Lalgie is a senior civil servant in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) where she leads on Cyber Security and the Information Economy. Rena has previously held senior roles in the department on digital policy and on better regulation. Prior to joining the Department, Rena's background was in home affairs and national security having worked for HM Treasury, Cabinet Office and Home Office. Rena is also a Justice of Peace in the City of Westminster.