Meet the Team

Get to know our team of experts

  • Brian Kingham - Chairman

    With a reputation for entering underperforming markets and focussing on solid execution, Brian Kingham has founded a number of successful businesses; in the security sector Reliance Security Group plc, the market leader employing more than 13,000 people in manpower and electronic surveillance; in engineering, Norland Managed Services Ltd.

    Reliance Security opened his eyes to the need to deliver pragmatic and business sensitive security solutions across the board, and in 2014 in a shift to technology he created Reliance Cyber Science. He invests globally in entrepreneurial technology businesses, understanding the need to underpin solid services through well engineered technology.

  • Tarquin Folliss OBE - Vice Chairman

    Tarquin Folliss served in government for over 30 years, first in the military and then, for 27 years, in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. He finished his career as a senior diplomat focusing on national security policy. He served overseas in Asia Pacific, Europe and the Middle East. In 2013 he retired and has worked since in the private sector, predominantly with technology companies.

  • Martin Sutherland - Chief Executive Officer

    Martin has spent 30 years in the security and technology sectors, building and diversifying businesses. He started his early career with Andersen Consulting (now Accenture) and BT, before spending 18 years with Detica, a specialist national security and cyber security business. He helped to grow the business to over £400m in revenue over that time, becoming Managing Director for 6 years when Detica was acquired by BAE Systems and rebranded Applied Intelligence. Most recently he has been the CEO of De La Rue plc. Martin holds a Masters degree in Physics from Oxford University, and a Masters degree in Remote Sensing from University College and Imperial College London.

  • Mark Gascoigne - Chief Operating Officer

    Mark has 20 years of experience across a range of sectors including security, technology, defence and aviation with the common themes being a focus on operational excellence, business management, service delivery and building high performing teams.

    Mark initially worked for British Airways Engineering and Thales as a software engineer after leaving university before joining Detica, a specialist national security and cyber security business where he spent almost ten years in various roles including Operations Director for the global cyber security business post the acquisition of Detica by BAE Systems.  Mark has held a number of leadership and management roles in other companies including UK Services Director at Digital Barriers, Global Sales Operations Director at De La Rue and most recently as European Managing Director for Gama Aviation Plc. Mark holds a Masters degree in Avionics Engineering from Bristol University.

  • Ian Ewers - Chief Revenue Officer

    Ian is a proven commercial leader with over 20 years’ experience covering sales, marketing and delivery across Cyber Security and IT & Document Services, having delivered impressive results in both global corporate organisations as well as in high growth businesses. Ian was Sales Director for UK & US at F-Secure and previously held numerous roles at Xerox. He has a passion for building high performing teams, enabling people to reach their potential and enabling teams to deliver results that surpass expectations. He thrives on being challenged to continually learn, develop and expand his skill sets to better serve his teams, customers and the wider organisation.

  • James Dyson - Operations Director

    James joins us with 20 years of experience in network, security and cloud environments combining a great operational background with a strong belief that it’s the people that make the organisation successful.

    James built his skills as a network architect building banking solutions before moving to management and taking on a number of operational and transformational roles. He joins the team with a long history of transforming, building and running operational teams working with all sizes of business from startups through international MSPs. With teams from 20 to 200+ James has managed a huge range of customers from financial, government and corporate institutions through to international trading and retail.

  • Cheryl Tracey - Finance Director

    Cheryl gained her broad experience and a fearsome reputation for detailed accuracy at Time Inc UK (formally IPC Media Ltd), where she enjoyed a number of finance roles including Systems Accountant and Finance Manager. During her time at IPC, Cheryl acquired substantial systems experience through supporting Oracle Financials, involving development and implementation of accounting systems and procedures.

    Cheryl has considerable experience of collaborating with business leaders to develop business insights for commercial decision-making. She is now responsible for the day to day running of the finance department, reporting and budgeting.

  • Simon Hodgkinson - Senior Development Director / Board Advisor

    Simon has 35 years of experience in technology and security within the software, financial services, and energy sector. He spent 18 years working for bp in a variety of global roles, including the Group Chief Information Security Officer and VP of Global Infrastructure.

    He has been recognised for his advocacy of diversity and inclusion with several nominations as a top Corporate Ally. Simon has served as an advisor to Natural History Museum on cyber security.

  • Andy Dancer - Non-Executive Director

    After a variety of marketing and technology roles with large plc’s Andy found his passion innovating world leading technology for high growth companies. He built eCommerce in the 90s, content management before most people realised they needed it, and email encryption before Wiki leaks and Snowdon became household names.

    A serial founder, and veteran of multiple exits, the most recent was to global security provider Trend Micro where Andy spent 5 years as a director in the global innovation team and latterly as EMEA CTO and MD of the UK business. Today Andy works as an Investor and director in several high growth companies.

  • Stephen Ball - Senior Independent Director

    Throughout his career in technology Stephen Ball has been noted for his substantial experience with turnaround and strategic growth in both private and public sector businesses.

    During his time as CEO at Lockheed Martin, Stephen advanced their organic growth and acquisition of people as well as increasing their compound annual sales growth whilst shaping strategic advisory Boards for key countries in International portfolios. Previously, Stephen had been CEO at HMGCC were he implemented an imaginative business plan, enhancing core technical capability and sharpening focus on cost control. Stephen is an Honorary Doctor of Science.

Reliance acsn has an advisory board comprised of experts and influencers from the cyber security and infosec domain, the board meets regularly with the leadership team, and provides advice, support and steerage to a broad range of topics across the strategic execution of the business.

  • Paul Winstanley - Advisory Board Member

    Paul started his career as a research scientist in the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD). On the privatisation of the MoD research laboratories to QinetiQ Paul took on a wider technical leadership role and was later promoted to become QinetiQ’s youngest ever Technical Director.

    Paul’s final role in QinetiQ was as the President and CEO of QinetiQ Inc. Paul decided to repatriate to the UK and create his own strategic development consultancy. Here Paul’s focus is on the creation of new business and value realization from market diversification in the defence and security sectors and internationally (UK, Europe and USA). Paul now combines advisory and executive operational roles, the combination of interests that underpinned his desire to form Alazen.

  • John Noble - Advisory Board Member

    John Noble is an experienced senior leader with a strong track record for operational delivery and strategic business change, formerly the Director of Incident Management at the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), where he led on nearly 800 major cyber incidents; This work has given him unrivalled experience in dealing with and understanding the causes of cyber issues. Prior to that, John spent four years at the British Embassy in Washington, USA.

    During more than 40 years of government service, John has built collaborative, diverse and high performing teams and has excelled at creating effective partnerships.. For his work in creating effective partnerships in the run up to the London Olympics, he was awarded a CBE in 2012.

  • Victoria Baines - Advisory Board Member

    Victoria Baines is Principal and Founder of Cartimandua Insight, and is a leading author and speaker in the field of cybersecurity. She regularly appears in major broadcast media as an authority on the misuse of emerging technologies.

    Until 2017, Victoria was Facebook’s Trust & Safety Manager for Europe, Middle East and Africa. Before this, Victoria led Strategy & Prevention at Europol’s European Cybercrime Centre (EC3), and was responsible for the European Union’s cyber threat analysis. Victoria is a Visiting Associate of the Oxford Internet Institute, and a Visiting Fellow at Bournemouth University’s School of Computing.

  • Nick Jennings - Advisory Board Member

    Professor Nick Jennings CB, FREng is the Vice-Chancellor and President of Loughborough University. He is an internationally-recognized authority in the areas of artificial intelligence, autonomous systems and cybersecurity. He has previously been the VP for Research and Enterprise at Imperial College London, the UK Government’s inaugural Chief Scientific Advisor for National Security and the UK’s first Regius Professor of Computer Science at the University of Southampton.

  • Marcus Willett - Advisory Board Member

    During a 33-year career, Marcus rose to become Deputy Head of GCHQ, and its first Director of Cyber.

    He has established and led major UK Cyber programmes, and has also held posts across the wider UK intelligence and security community.

    Marcus is currently the Senior Adviser for Cyber at the International Institute for Strategic Studies, a world-leading authority on global security political risk and military conflict.

  • Carole Drape - Advisory Board Member

    Carole is a global IT leader with over 30 years of experience. Currently in post at the John Lewis Partnership, she is the first ever Director of Security and Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), defining the role by setting the cyber security strategy for the business, running the organisation’s Security Operations Centre, and leading the wider IT team. Carole previously spent 29 years working for multinational energy company BP, in roles including Vice President of Infrastructure and Integration and Head of Delivery Services across the whole group.

    Carole also works closely with the NCSC and major retailers to share cyber security policy and is an active member of the governing body of the UK-wide CISO community run by Evanta.