The Role of Cyber Security in the Future of Teesside

In this online event, Tees Valley Business Club will bring you updates on two of Teesside’s leading initiatives

There are exciting times ahead for Teesside and cyber security has a role to play.

In this online event, #CyberFest is working with the Tees Valley Business Club to bring you updates on two of Teesside’s leading initiatives, the South Tees Development Corporation and plans for Teesside’s freeport.

Both of these have significant cyber security implications and we will hear from two leading experts from Teesside businesses about the risks that the region and your business faces along with what you can do to provide protection.


David Johnson – Director, Communicate Plc

David Johnson is the Cyber Director at Communicate Technology PLC. Based in Wynyard in the North East of England, Communicate Technology PLC is one of the UK’s leading secure network infrastructure and telecoms providers in the UK, with revenues in excess of £4m per annum. Established in 2011 they have been listed as one of the fastest growing companies in Europe for the past four years and now have over 5 million square feet of property and business parks connected to their converged infrastructure and provide related security and telecoms services. David is an expert on IT compliance with over 10 years’ experience in Cyber Security and Incident Management, and is a frequent speaker on topics including but not limited to ‘How to avoid a breach’, ‘Securing the cloud’, ‘Security breaches’, ‘Big data’, ‘Audit and compliance’.



David Parkinson – Security Consultant, Sapphire

Career built on technical, consulting, management, and commercial roles in the information and cyber security industry. Focused always on delivering high customer value, showing innovation to meet complex project requirements and achievement of strategic and tactical goals.




Jane Reynolds – Business Development Manager at North Star Ventures; Chair, Tees Valley Business Club




Martin Wilson – Head of Cyber Security and Innovations, NEBRC

Martin has 16 years policing experience across various policing roles. Prior to joining the NEBRC, Martin was part of the North East Special Operations Unit (NERSOU). He specialised in Cyber Protect, Prevent and Prepare work streams, leading on new and innovative work, helping businesses understand and prepare for cyber-attack. Martin and his cyber teams have been recognised locally, regionally and nationally, winning awards for their crime prevention work. Martin lives in the North East with his wife and young child, and in his spare time enjoys skiing, running and reading.

Ben Houchen – Mayor of the Tees Valley

Ben Houchen was elected as the Conservative Mayor of the Tees Valley in May 2017. The Tees Valley area covers the five boroughs of Darlington, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Redcar & Cleveland, and Stockton-on-Tees. Prior to becoming Mayor, Ben was a Councillor on Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council, representing Yarm and Kirklevington Ward. He also led the Council’s opposition Conservative Group. In 2012 he stood as the Conservative parliamentary candidate in the Middlesbrough by-election, and in 2014 stood to become our region’s Member of the European Parliament.

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