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About Us…

We are a team of volunteers with a love and expertise in all things cybersecurity. Based in the South West of the UK, our mission is to raise awareness of cybersecurity and provide the SW with help and guidance for skills development, SME business protection, whilst supporting and advocating for SW cybersec innovators. We do this by bringing together a community of cybersec enthusiasts and enabling regular networking and mutual support opportunities.

Every month we hold a meet up with different speakers and Q&A sessions to open up discussion within the cyber community and keep you up to date on the latest news. Once a year we hold the Secure South West event, a day to bring together experts and focus on some critical aspect of cyber security.

We are part of a larger network of national clusters backed by UKC3 and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sports and other local academic institutes and businesses. See our community page to learn more about the work they do and how we work together to keep you and your data safe online.

Steering Group

Anthony Odhams

Anthony’s early career included business management roles with Epson. Then senior European programme management roles at Citizen Europe, Unisys and Tektronix. In 2000 he founded SecureSearch. He has been deeply engaged in a wide spectrum of cybersecurity disciplines utilised within a diverse range of organisations. These included world leading banks, big four advisory firms, medium and small businesses. His experience and passion for cybersecurity compelled him to join the SWCSC at it’s start. He is currently a Director with an administrative brief.

Durgan Cooper
Somerset Coordinator

Coming soon…

Peter Woodward

Pete Woodward is a Co-founder of the South West Cyber Security Cluster along with being Co-founder and CEO at Securious. Pete has over 18 years cyber and data security experience and has advised hundreds of organisations in the UK and internationally across public and private sectors, including Devon and Cornwall Police, Met Office, Capita, BP, HP and some of the UK’s largest retailers. Pete’s experience is backed-up with leading security and auditing accreditations, such as PCI QSA (Payment Card Industry Qualified Security Assessor), CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional) and BSi ISO Lead Auditor. Pete’s mission is to guide and challenge senior tech professionals to protect their business’s data and assets by optimising their cyber security.

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Achim Brucker

Achim Brucker is Professor of Cybersecurity at the University of Exeter. Prior to that, he worked at SAP as Security Testing Strategist. He is passioned about tools and techniques for building systems that are secure, safe, reliable, and privacy-aware “by Design”, i.e., systems that users can trust. As part of the SWCSC, he is interested in strengthening the collaborations between academia and industry in research and education as well as driving innovation and helping start-ups.

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Peter Jones

Co-Founder of the cluster, Chair of the SW Branch of CIISec. Acting as a link to CIISec and Professional membership.

Roz Woodward

Roz Woodward is Co-founder & Finance Director at Securious. Roz has assisted the SWCSC with maintain their finances for a number of years. Roz is an experienced business professional and qualified accountant with considerable experience working in senior management positions and at board level. As an ISO 27001 Lead Implementer and GDPR practitioner, Roz understands firsthand the value of sensitive data, the importance of securing systems and the need to develop strong policies and procedures. Roz’s mission is to empower non-technical business leaders to understand, own and be confident dealing with cyber security. She’s passionate about reducing the level of risk across the region by helping communicate technical information in a non-technical way.

Robin King

As Chair of the Cluster my role is to encourage engagement across the SW community to drive forward the agenda that sits at the heart of the SWCSC – protection, skills and innovation. My interest in Cyber Security cuts across all dimensions where impact can be greatest – be it people, process or technology within information or operational environments.

Geoff Revill

Geoff started his cyber career sponsored by Marconi Communications where he worked on the 1st digital switch and wrote a bit of the internet implementation for the UK.

He subsequent career focussed on secure and safe operating systems and development tools, ending up as VP Europe for various US software companies, eventually ending in Silicon valley merging 5 product lines from 5 recently acquired companies. He is now building a truly Safe Space online for mental health therapy delivery.

Rupert Irons

Rupert is a cyber security leader who has worked across multiple industries including Defence, Telecoms and Professional Services. In his role as a director at C3IA Solutions in Poole, he works extensively with executive groups, IT leaders and business owners to assist their understanding of cyber security risk and help create achievable cyber security strategies that improve the overall risk position. Within the cluster, he is working to increase the membership from Dorset and ensure that the benefit of the cluster’s initiatives span the SW region.

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Paul Hancock

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Nathan Heyes

Nathan is an Information Security Consultant with Boo Consulting Limited, a privacy and risk consultancy based in Newquay, Cornwall. He is expert in data protection law and holds and FdSc in Law, alongside a BA (Hons) in Business, Enterprise and Leadership, as well as being an accredited Associate member (ACIIS) of the Chartered Institute of Information Security (CIISec). Nathan has extensive experience of auditing and implementing data protection and GDPR compliance models into both private and public sector organisations, has a keen eye for detail and a strong mind for problem solving.

Andy Favell

Andy is a freelance cyber security consultant, often supporting larger project teams with ISO 27001 implementation work, risk assessment, investigation and project management. Andy enjoys using digital tools to improve collaboration and supports SWCSC with project coordination. Andy is an associate member of the BCS and an affiliate associate of CIISec. Andy is interested in sustainable organisations and the future of work. When not at his desk, Andy can usually be found riding his bike around Dartmoor.