Overview of the UK Cyber Cluster Collaboration (UKC3) Programme


Richard Yorke is the MD to Cheltenham and Gloucestershire cluster for 5 years. Looking to collaborate with Bristol and Bath. He manages Deep 3 Software – since November 2019.

Background of UKC3 and How to Support Clusters:

  • Collaboration is key to how they founded the corporation.
  • Key feature of the organisation is growth, economic, opportunities and increase the collaboration.
  • UKC3 was founded a month and a half ago but was in the making for over 6 months. They discussed with DCMS to form the cluster. They worked together to support a set of operating principles and wnted it to be clusters and not top-down scheme. They formed a working group and set of operating principles – the governance to put in place to support with government funding.
  • It sits at the National level – 6 cluster leads who advise the board on key decisions.
  • Objectives:
    • Support and fund clusters, help and provide new clusters to grow around 3 areas ecosystem development, innovation and opportunities for collaboration, skills (cyber skills) and addressing/ supporting to close the gap.
  • John Davis – cluster lead for Cyber Wales Cluster for skills.
  • Linda Smith – Midlands Cyber Cluster for driving innovation.
  • Keira Mitchell – Scottish Cyber Cluster.
  • Rich Yorke is chairing the cluster.
  • There are many more representatives within the clusters – they are an active board who discuss how to fund the clusters and support.
  • 2 Applications for clusters: the requirements to meet and to apply to funding.