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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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Craig Sharp
Head of Programmes, Cyber Security Division

Leonardo

Craig has worked in the UK defence and security sector for his entire career.  He began in the defence avionics sector with Marconi and BAE Systems before moving into the security, civil and defence sectors with Thales, Selex and Capita.

 

Craig currently acts as Head of Programmes and Key Accounts for Leonardo’s Police and Homeland Security area of the business, where he works with Leonardo's customers delivering some of their key projects, and with major campaigns to optimise security, cyber resilience and big data analytics solutions.

 

Craig is passionate about cyber, security and resilience, and understands the critical importance of building and maintaining relationships and compliance right across the supply chain. With a strong background in contracts, commercial, business management and delivery, Craig enjoys building new solutions and enhancing existing capability, through partnerships and collaboration.

 

Craig is looking forward to developing the excellent work undertaken so far by the South West Cyber Resilience Centre, and helping to ensure as many organisations in the region are aware of the support that is available to them in order to safeguard their business and the businesses they engage with from current and emerging cyber and security threats.

 

Craig lives in the South West and in his spare time he enjoys spending time with his family and working to improve his golf handicap.

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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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Lorrin White

CEO of Bamboo Technology Group Ltd. 

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Bamboo is a leading provider of connectivity, data, and cyber resilient IT solutions. Centrally located in the heart of the growing cyber community in Cheltenham the company has over 20 years’ experience working with SMEs and small corporates in highly regulated markets. The company mission is to shape and develop business futures and people’s lives by realising the full potential of ICT.

 

Lorrin White, CEO states “The technology landscape is constantly evolving, as is the continued threat of digital attack to operations. The Bamboo team have a thorough understanding of the digital threat and mitigation landscape and are already working with clients in Healthcare, Education, Justice and Professional Services sectors to advance their digital maturity plans.

 

Smaller companies are often left to fend for themselves, not always having the resources available to meet legal or regulatory compliance. Digital footprints are expanding, and the small business sector is no exception. We want to help keep our local economy on the front foot and able to confidently manage this risk. We see a huge amount of value in the free membership and education that is offered by SWCRC and want to use our own expertise to help support the growing base of micro-businesses in the Southwest.

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Paul Shelford

Police and Crime Commissioner for Avon & Somerset

 

PCC Mark Shelford spent over 30 years as an Army Officer and served alongside police across the globe, gaining an understanding of their role and sharing the risks they faced. As a result, Mark has a good understanding of service life and the pressures those protecting communities and people face.

Following his military service, Mark became Deputy Leader of Bath and North East Somerset council and also sat on the Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Panel.

Mark is now the PCC for Avon and Somerset and has taken on the national PCC lead for the Economic and Cyber Crime 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.