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Tech Forum Breakfast: Issues & Responses in Cyber Security- 2019 & 2020 Update

  • Canada House Trafalgar Square London United Kingdom (map)

The 7th Annual Chamber Technology Forum Cyber security event with a Keynote address from CGI highlighted new cyber security threats, trends, issues and responses. The panel debated the impact on business and governments, mobile malware and mobile security threats, and offer some practical solutions for senior corporate decision-makers in Financial Services and other sectors.

With Guest Speakers

Richard Holmes, UK Cyber Security Services Lead, CGI

Richard Hayton, Chief Technology Officer, Trustonic

Elizabeth Kennedy, Director CISO Europe, Global Wholesale Risk Technology, Scotiabank Global Banking and Markets

Martin Wallis, Chief Operating Officer, FINTRAIL

Moderator: Bob El-Hawary, Co-Chair, Canada-UK Chamber Technology Forum, Founder, Timberline Consulting & formerly Head of- EMEA, TCL Corp (Blackberry Mobile)

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Speaker Bios

Richard Holmes
UK Cyber Security Services Lead, CGI

Richard leads cybersecurity services for CGI in the UK. The group provides a balanced portfolio of services across a broad range of sectors from Defence and Intelligence, Energy and Utilities, as well as the commercial sector. Engagements include the design and delivery of major transformational programmes, consultative assignments, and the provision of a range of operational security managed services. Previously, Richard was responsible for the development of significant elements of CGI’s cyber business in the UK National Security Sector. He has over 20 years’ experience in the development and provision of secure IT systems and capabilities.

Richard Hayton
Chief Technology Officer, Trustonic

Prior to Trustonic, Richard was Chief Architect for Citrix Mobility, where he was responsible for crafting the XenMobile Enterprise Mobility Suite. During almost 20 years at Citrix, he led projects ranging from embedded software to global enterprise systems, with a focus on user and developer experience. He holds a PhD in Computer Science from Cambridge University, focusing on identity federation for users, devices and services.

Elizabeth Kennedy
Director CISO Europe, Global Wholesale Risk Technology,
Scotiabank Global Banking and Markets 

Elizabeth Kennedy is Scotiabank’s CISO for Europe, a Canadian multinational bank. She is responsible for delivering effective alignment to Global Strategies and has a key interest in influencing Security mind-set and culture; by helping users to become more aware of their own exposure and associated risks.
Before Scotiabank Elizabeth headed a Network Operations Centre for the MoJ and has lead multiple teams at the Bank of England including Voice and Data, Identity and Access Management and also Technical Governance Risk and Compliance.
When she isn’t glued to a computer screen, she spends her time keeping active through horse riding, sailing, kitesurfing, skiing and more!

Martin Wallis
Chief Operating Officer, FINTRAIL

Drawing on a wealth of experience from the public sector, Martin combines this with a growing industry knowledge to provide intelligent, inclusive and business-focused solutions to the FinTech sector in support of the fight against global financial crime. While helping to build and scale FINTRAIL across Europe, the US and Asia, Martin has delivered training and helped produce research and analysis content pieces that support FINTRAIL’s core values. Prior to joining FINTRAIL, Martin had an extensive career within the British Army serving as an analyst, operator, instructor and manager in specialist intelligence and security roles supporting military operations around the world.

Martin’s has most recently been engaged in delivering training to the onboarding/KYC department of a growing FinTech, within the UK and Europe, helping to improve on their effectiveness by challenging their approach to data and bolstering their risk-based approach. Martin has recently completed an ICA Specialist Certificate in Managing Fraud and has conducted various other training in support of his continual sector/professional development. Martin has an honours degree in Global Business Management from Bournemouth University and is a conversational Mandarin speaker.


Bob El-Hawary
Co-Chair, Canada-UK Chamber Technology Forum
Founder, Timberline Consulting
& formerly Head of – EMEA, TCL Corp (BlackBerry mobile)

Bob El-Hawary is Co-Chair of the Canada-UK Chamber of Commerce’s Tech Forum and Founder, Timberline Consulting. He was formerly a Senior Director responsible for EMEA Mobile Operators in the BlackBerry Mobile Business Unit in TCL leading sales for BlackBerry Products and Solutions to carriers and enterprises. Prior to that while working for BlackBerry Ltd Bob engaged closely with the High Commission of Canada in London promoting transatlantic business opportunities between the two nations. Bob worked previously as Vice President and General Manager Carrier Data EMEA for Nortel, responsible for all Carrier Data Sales Business in EMEA. He has a B. Eng, Electrical Engineering from Dalhousie University in Canada and is a keen competitive swimmer and triathlete.