The IAAC team

Lord (James) Arbuthnot - Chairman

Lord (James) Arbuthnot is Chairman of the Advisory Board of Thales (UK) and of Neuro-Bio Ltd, a director of SC Strategy Ltd and Gusbourne Estates Ltd and an adviser to Babcock International, Pure Storage and other companies.

He has a long history of involvement at the top of UK defence and political life, having been a Conservative MP for 28 years, Minister of State for Defence Procurement (1995-7), Conservative Chief Whip (1997-2001), and Chairman of the Defence Select Committee (2005-2014) and is a Senior Associate Fellow of the Royal United Services Institute. James served as a member of Her Majesty’s Government under Prime Minister John Major, acting as Government Whip (1992-1994), Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Department of Social Security (1994-1995) and Minister of State for Defence Procurement (1995-1997). He spent four years as opposition Chief Whip from 1997-2001.

He became a Life Peer in October 2015. James Arbuthnot is the Chairman of the advisory board of Thales UK, the defence and technology company. He is Chairman of Neuro-Bio Ltd, a UK company doing ground-breaking research in the field of Alzeheimer’s Disease. James also serves as Non-Executive Director of Gusbourne Estates. Started in 2004, its wine is growing into a globally recognised brand. In September 2015 James Arbuthnot joined Lord Carlile CBE, QC and Sir John Scarlett KCMG, OBE (former head of SIS/MI6) first as an advisor, then as a Director, of SC Strategy Ltd. in September 2015. James has a son and three daughters.

His wife Emma is the Senior District Judge (Magistrates’ Courts) – or Chief Magistrate – of England and Wales.

Louisa-Jayne O’Neill - Vice-Chairman

Louisa-Jayne (L-J) is a former diplomat and Cabinet Office official with particular experience of international defence and security issues. Her government roles included head of Business Assurance within an ICT-enabled change programme to improve information sharing across 10 government departments and agencies. She was subsequently Senior Executive at Montrose Associates, providing strategic advice to FTSE 100 and Fortune 500 companies operating globally. She is Non Executive Director at ORIC International, a consortium enabling the sharing of operational risk data and risk intelligence across the (re)insurance and asset management sectors.

Louisa-Jayne is a Fellow of the Transatlantic think tank The British American Project, and a member of the Future Analysts Network. She gained a Masters in Public Administration at Harvard Kennedy School and has published articles on the application of complexity theory to public policy-making and to tackling cyber crime. Louisa-Jayne is a mentor with Crossing Thresholds, encouraging women to enter senior levels of the Civil Service, and works with various initiatives promoting Women in STEM and in the security sector.

Nigel Jones - CEO

Nigel joins IAAC having worked in the public, private and university sectors. His career started as an Army officer where he specialised in information operations and teaching defence and security studies. His service saw deployments in which he ran communications campaigns or provided training in audience analysis and communications planning. This is when he developed his interest in people’s behaviours in security, conflict and conflict resolution.

After leaving the Army he worked at QinetiQ as a managing consultant, leading a team advising and researching across sectors in in the critical infrastructure and Ministry of Defence research programme. During this period he was Director of the Technology Strategy Board’s (now Innovate UK) Cyber Security Knowledge Transfer Network, bringing academic, public and private stakeholders together to work on innovation in cyber security. He was then appointed senior research fellow at Cranfield University at the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom and later became Senior Lecturer in Cyber Defence and Information Operations. There he established and directed the Cyber Masters Programme for UK Defence and ran the UK Chevening-Tata Consulting Services International Cyber Policy programme for Indian Fellows.

He has recently been working as a consultant on strategic communications in conflict and was appointed a visiting fellow at the Defence Studies Department, King’s College London in June 2015.

Roddy Hallifax - Company Secretary

Roddy has already had a couple of careers – in software development and in crisis management – after starting in engineering but is now a construction project manager in France.  He is a perpetual learner, currently pursuing a part-time MSc in Information Security at Royal Holloway and having studied in a variety of fields, including international relations, accountancy, cytology and philosophy. He is also a keen student of language and languages. After a peripatetic earlier life, he now lives in London and France, and, when possible, on a bicycle.

Martin Howlett - IAAC NW Regional Ambassador

Martin is the North West Ambassador for the Information Assurance and Advisory Council.

He has had 25 years experience in education and 7 years as a Secondary Headteacher. Working in challenging secondary schools, Martin was Headteacher in three large schools, two of which he moved out of a Special Measures category. He has had experience of moving schools into Academies and also mentored other schools on their improvement.

Since leaving headship, Martin has successfully built up a Leadership Coaching and Mentoring business that is operating in the United States. He currently works for the Youth Federation as an Operations Director and Designated Safeguarding Officer and also works for Achievement for All as an Achievement Coach.

Martin has been a National Trainer for Early Support and Parental/Carer Engagement Strategies. Martin has worked internationally with the Parent/Carer Engagement strategy by supporting the New York City Parental Engagement development. In the role of Parent/Carer Engagement trainer, Martin has worked with four Local Authorities in the South East to support LA Officers in the implementation of the 2014 Children and Families Act. As an Achievement Coach, Martin is responsible for coaching ten schools in England and Wales around the SEND progress agenda.

Martin leads on the North West Cyber Security and Protection Programme. Working with schools, youth organisations, parents and businesses, the programme aims to make communities safer in the digital world and also support the movement of professionals into the skills deficit area of data security and assurance.

Dr Louise Bennett - Management Committee Member

Louise Bennett started her career as a scientist modelling weather patterns and forecasting locust plagues in Africa. She then moved into operations research and real time computing for aircraft systems in the Ministry of Defence.
Over the last 30 years she has worked in the private sector as an IT and R&D director (Thorn EMI Electronics, Thorn Security, Logica, AEA Technology, Vivas). She chaired the BCS Security Community of Expertise and Identity Assurance Working Group for over ten years.

Louise currently does a portfolio of jobs including major project reviews, Government advisory work and as a charity trustee. Her consulting focuses on: strategic and corporate governance, the exploitation and ethical use of new technology and risk management. Her latest work includes: child protection, identity assurance and secure payments on the Internet; developing resilient organisations, from environmental, security and privacy perspectives (including information assurance and fraud prevention). She is a Trustee of the Marine Society and Sea Cadets. She is co-Chair of the Cabinet Office Privacy and Consumer Advisory Group and sits on the Information Commissioners Office Technology Reference Panel.

Dr Shavana Musa - Management Committee Member

Dr. Shavana Musa is Founder and CEO of Ontogeny Global, a revolutionary risk management firm. She is also Lecturer in international law at The University of Manchester and a Fulbright Scholar in Cyber Security at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington D.C. Her main areas of expertise are security law and policy, risk management and human rights. She has worked extensively on business and human rights, the law and practice surrounding reparation for victims of armed conflict, as well as on the regulation of the arms trade, cyber security and autonomous weapons systems. She has worked for various international organisations, such as the UN, and regularly consults for governments, NGOs and businesses. She has also held Visiting Fellowships at The University of Cambridge and the European University Institute.

Noel Hannan - Management Committee Member

Noel Hannan is a Principal Cyber Security Consultant with C3IA Solutions. His 20 year career in security has seen him take on roles in the public sector including British Rail, the NHS, the Ministry of Defence and the Information Commissioner’s Office. He is also a Major in the Army Reserve with the Land Information Assurance Group (Royal Signals), a component of the cyber reserves, with over 30 years service and operational experience in Iraq and Afghanistan. He writes and talks on the subjects of cyber security, with particular interest areas being advanced threat detection, national resilience and social engineering.

Maxine Leslie - Secretariat Manager

Maxine is the IAAC Secretariat Manager co-located with BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT.