Our Board

Our management board is responsible for setting the strategic direction of the centre, making sure that we serve the needs of the local business community. Board members are drawn from leading companies with a strong interest in the South West region, and invariably have a strong desire to protect the regional economy. They contribute financially or in-kind to the running of the centre, and help ensure that we provide practical and useful support. We are always on the look out for the right candidates who wish to join us; if you think that you might be one of them, please contact us to arrange a conversation.

Meet Our Board

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Chris Oakley
Vice President Sales, Cyber Security Division


Chris served in the British Army in the Royal Engineers before leaving to focus on a commercial career.

Chris spent the early part of his second career in commercial banking, where he focussed on working with organisations by assisting with financing, acquisitions and supporting growth. During this time he set up and ran a sector specialism for RBS/NatWest for the UK Aerospace and Defence Sector fully supported at the time with direct interaction with The Secretary of State for Defence.

In 2010 after the challenges RBS faced from the 2008 financial crisis, Chris decided to return to his engineering roots but focussing on new business growth within EADS (Airbus Group) and worked in Product Lifecycle Management and Specialist Test solutions within both the Aircraft and Defence and Security Businesses. Chris continued to develop his market presence in Defence and Aerospace and until joining Leonardo was responsible for the new business team within Thales Cyber & Digital Trust business within the Secure Communications and Information Systems (SIX) Business Unit.

As Vice President of Sales, Chris is passionate about developing relationships with customers, in order that LMW is seen to operate as a trusted advisor, working with them to understand how we can collaboratively meet their requirements and objectives, while delivering value for money. Chris is responsible for the business winning function in Leonardo’s Cyber Division in the UK, which incorporates marketing, bid management, frameworks, business development and sales.

Chris has an inquisitive approach with a technical interest and a background in work with funded research. This is supported by professional and personal development:


  • Kings College London, Defence Academy – Chartered Management Institute Level 7 (Masters) in Strategic Management and Leadership.

  • Kings College London, Defence Academy – Advanced Command and Staff Course, Policy to Capability.

  • Cranfield University, Defence Academy - Electro Optics and Defence Imaging.

  • University of Greenwich - Chartered Institute Of Marketing, Certificate in Sales and Marketing.

  • Oxford, Cambridge and RSA - Certificate in Management.

  • Higher National Diploma - Mechanical Engineering and Plant Hydraulics.

  • Engineering Council via Institute of Royal Engineers - EngTech MInstRE

  • IBM - Cloud Solutions.

Mark Cooper
Assistant Chief Constable, Crime and Justice.

Wiltshire Police

Mark joined Wiltshire Police in 2019 as the ACC for Crime and Justice. He joined the force from Dorset Police where he was a Detective Chief Superintendent and previously completed a secondment in Wiltshire as an acting ACC in January 2016.

Throughout his career, Mark has worked at all ranks as a detective, leading investigations in areas including major crime and serious organised crime.

In 2011, Mark was awarded a master’s degree in criminology from Cambridge University following his research into ‘The World of Organised Crime’.

He is currently the South West strategic lead for Commodities (County Lines and Drug Supply) and has recently taken over strategic cybercrime and digital investigation and intelligence portfolio.

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Join Our Board

We are currently establishing our Governing Board. If you are interested in joining our board, please contact us.