Stephen’s recent role is Head of Technology and Cyber Security Risk with HSBC Group Information Security Risk, joining from RBS where he held Global Head Security positions.
Stephen is an information risk and cyber security practitioner, and international speaker with 20+ years of experience in technology & business centric roles working for global firms across financial services, healthcare, and defence. Stephen has held senior positions at firms including HSBC, RBS, GSK, and Siemens with experience of global regulatory and cyber security frameworks. He develops high performing teams with positive culture to drive strategies into execution and implementation for the management of cyber risks to enable business strategies especially as technology and business models are changing at pace.
Stephen is passionate about people and shares his knowledge and experience by coaching and mentoring senior leaders, and young people to achieve their potential. He believes people come into the workplace to do their best work, so leaders need to provide a positive empowered culture allowing teams to thrive and deliver the best outcomes through people, process, and technology.
Stephen is chairman of White Hat Events which is a Cyber Security charity supporting the amazing work performed by NSPCC Childline in the protection of vulnerable young people through events like the White Hat Ball which to date has raised £2M+ over the last 16 years.
Stephen is advisory board member of the Research Institute for Sociotechnical Cyber Security (RISCS) which is jointly funded by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and is the UK’s first academic research body to focus on the entire culture of security within organisations through exchange of ideas, problems and research solutions between academia, industry, and both the UK and international policy community.
He contributes to the executive Cyber Security community as Chairman of Club-CISO advisory board by engaging with global CISO executives on important matters affecting cyber security and risk leaders and their organisations.