MEET THE BOARD
Co-founder: Charlie Timblin
Charlie has a broad risk background comprising 13 years service within the British Army’s Intelligence Corps; combined with a number of years in IT Risk within the financial sector. Charlie is a passionate supporter of diversity in all its forms and blogs regularly on the subject. She is a full time working mum, is a mentor to a number of ladies in IT and Cyber Security and a co-founder of the Women’s Security Society. Charlie is the Director of IT Risk, Global Head for I&TS and Regional Head for Europe and Asia at the Royal Bank of Canada.
Co-founder: Sarah Harvie
Sarah’s experience has spanned over a number of security disciplines from delivering security on multi million MoD PFI Projects, leading on Insider Threat at London 2012 and separately information security on large scale government programs. Sarah is currently responsible for security capability and culture in a global organisation and is passionate about helping people to achieve their aims and recognise their own abilities.
Co-founder: Katie Barber
Katie has worked in the security and risk industry for the last eight years, principally in the field of security and risk education, awareness and training. Beginning her trade at a small security consultancy, she has since worked for the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games and most recently Post Office Ltd, where she was responsible for all aspects of security education and communication across the business. Katie left the Post Office in January 2016 to embark on a backpacking adventure to South America and Australasia and will be back with the WSS in 2017 to continue driving our mission forwards.
Board Member: Sue Seaby (Physical Security)
Sue Seaby is a 30 year Corporate Security Professional who has worked in the fields of Aviation, Finance, Maritime, Telecommunications and Insurance at both Regional and Global Executive levels of management.
Sue is a trained and qualified Crisis Management Leader, who lead team during both the 9/11 and 7/7 terrorist attacks, Hostage Negotiator, Change Management Practitioner, Bomb Threat Advisor and Behaviour Profiling Specialist, Conference Speaker and Member of the Women’s Security Society.
After started her own Consultancy working with Fortune 500 companies in a Board Advisor Capacity on their Security Threat and Resiliency strategies, Sue now holds the position of Head of Customer Relations for Securitas the global security services provider and is also Non Executive Director to 2 companies.
Sue is a Freeman and Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Security Professionals. She won the end user category in the 2012 inaugural ‘Women in Security’ Awards
Board Member: Letitia Emeana (Physical Security)
Letitia is a Physical Security Professional with over 15 years in the Finance Industry and as a subject matter expert attends numerous government and law enforcement working groups. As an ASIS PSP qualified member, Letitia regularly speaks at Industry events and champions personal and skills development and what this brings to the profession.
Board Member: Suzanne Rodway (Data Privacy)
Suzanne is currently Group Head of Privacy for the Royal Bank of Scotland Group, with responsibility for oversight of the organisation’s compliance with data privacy, bank secrecy and freedom of information laws, worldwide. She has recently overseen a global privacy compliance programme at the bank and for the next few years will be focusing on managing a compliance readiness programme for the new General Data Protection Regulation. Prior to joining RBS, Suzanne was Chief Privacy Officer at NBCUniversal and before that she was Group Privacy Director at Barclays (where she won a Privacy Innovation award from the International Association of Privacy Professionals).
Board Member: Rowena Fell (Security Intelligence)
With over 20 years of direct security risk management experience, delivered across the military, corporates and consultancies, Rowena is a well-respected thought leader and is active on the speaking circuit. Rowena recently led the Intellectual Property & Trade Secrets Protection program across Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) for a Fortune 100 pharmaceutical and holds the U.S. certification of Board Certified Protection Professional (CPP), a Master’s degree (with Distinction) in Intelligence & Security Studies and completed the ASIS Executive Leadership program As well as being a Board member of the WSS, she is also a Fellow of the Security Institute and a Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Security Professionals. Rowena is a Director of Insider Threat within the professional services firm EY, where she helps clients to mitigate this threat.
Board Member: Brian Higgins JP (Public Services)
Brian worked in the Serious Organised Crime Agency, in Financial Investigations and Anti-Money Laundering and the Communications Data Unit before completing his time in law enforcement in what is now the National Cyber Crime Unit.
Brian was subsequently employed as Project Manager for Cyber Security Challenge UK until March 2015; a Cabinet Office funded Company established to foster and encourage talent in the field of cyber security, and is currently Business Development Manager EMEA for (ISC)2, a global membership organization and accreditation body for cyber security professionals.
Brian was also appointed to the Bench in 2005 and is a Trustee of the Magistrates Association. He sits on the Board of the Information Systems Security Association (ISSA) UK Chapter. He sat on the Judicial Security Committee from 2013 to 2016. He is also a Restorative Justice Champion, a member of the Parliamentary Advisory Committee for the All Party Parliamentary Group on Young People and Social Technology and is advisor to the All Party Parliamentary Group on Digital Crime.
Board Member: Vicki Gavin (Cyber)
Vicki Gavin, Cyber Security Woman of the Year 2015/16, is the Compliance Director, Head of Business Continuity, Information Security and Data Privacy for The Economist Group, with global responsibility.
Vicki has a wealth of experience in this area and is passionate about achieving best practice in governance. Vicki joined the Economist Group from Barclays where she was Head of Business Continuity and Business Risk for Barclaycard at the time of her departure. Prior to this she was responsible for Business Continuity Planning at Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein, where she held a number of positions after emigrating from Canada.
Vicki holds a BSc in Physics from Lakehead University and a Diploma in Adult Education from Seneca College. She is MBCI and CRISC certified. She has been invited to speak at numerous industry conferences and seminars.
Board Member: Cath Goulding (Cyber)
Cath currently works as Head of Information Security for Nominet UK, the internet company best known for running the ‘dot.uk’ registry. Prior to joining Nominet, Cath worked at GCHQ holding a variety of posts in the field of cyber security. Cath has a BSc in Mathematics, an MSc in Human Computer Interaction and is CISSP qualified. She was awarded security champion at the Women in IT Awards 2015.
Board member: Gloria Laycock BSc, PhD, FRSA, OBE (Academia)
Gloria worked in the Home Office for over thirty years on research and development in the prisons, policing and crime prevention fields. She has extensive research experience in the UK and has acted as a consultant and trainer on policing matters around the world. She held visiting fellowships in the USA and Australia before becoming Founding Director of the UCL Jill Dando Institute of Crime Science. In 2010 she took special leave from UCL to establish the Community Policing and Police Science Institute in Abu Dhabi, UAE. She is now the JDI Professor of Crime Science at UCL and was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2008 for services to crime policy.
Board Support: Amy-Joanne Griffin
AJ has a diverse and unique background within corporate security, both academically and professionally. AJ has experience ranging from intelligence analysis for a multinational pharmaceutical company, to protection services for a major bank. AJ is passionate about encouraging more women into the security industry and believes that everyone should continue to learn, grow and develop, and step out of their comfort zones. AJ supports the WSS board with quarterly events and with social media exposure.
Board Support: Andrea Berkoff
Andrea Berkoff is Editor of City Security magazine. This quarterly publication, produced in partnership with the City of London Crime Prevention Association, aims to share good practice, innovation and professionalism across the security industry.
Additionally, Andrea facilitates the award-winning women’s personal development programme Springboard which enables women to achieve their full potential and she is a workplace coach supporting individuals to achieve their goals.
Prior to her current role, Andrea was Community Safety Manager in the City of London, overseeing a range of crime prevention initiatives around the City’s priorities, including counter terrorism, fraud, domestic violence and the night-time economy. Andrea’s early career was in IT, training and writing.
Andrea supports the board with PR, marketing, social media and events.