Cyber Crime is Good for the Banking Sector?

We are collaborating with Newcastle Startup Week and the North East Initiative on Business Ethics.

We’ll be debating this question with two speakers from the banking and cyber security sectors for the motion and two against. Will the arguments challenge our assumptions on the relationship between crime and money?

Let’s find out!



Caroline Theobald CBE – Co-founder, NIBE

I am co-founder of NIBE and chair of FIRST Face to Face Ltd, the successor to Bridge Club Ltd, which I established in 2000 to connect early stage growth entrepreneurs to money, management and new markets. I am a passionate advocate of gender equality and responsible/ethical business and a founding director of The North East Initiative on Business Ethics (NIBE). I am also the chair of the Advisory Board at Newcastle Business School, Northumbria University and an associate of Teesside University Business School. International interests are covered through my role as Trustee of Newcastles of the World and honorary consul for Sweden and chair of the North East Chapter of the Swedish Chamber of Commerce.

Dawn Dunn – Cluster Manager, Dynamo North East





Phil Jackman – Director, Dynamo North East & Geurrilla Working





Paul Lancaster – Founder & Director, Plan Digital & Newcastle Startup Week

Paul is an award-winning ‘SuperConnector’ working to make the North East of England the best place to start or grow a business in the UK. After spending over 15yrs helping other people start & grow their businesses in the North East & across the UK whilst working for Generator, Project North East, Shell LiveWIRE, Sage & Tech North (part of Tech City UK, now known as Tech Nation), Paul launched his own ‘Plan Digital’ business in 2016. With a particular focus on accelerating the growth of tech/digital/creative businesses in the North East of England through Inbound Marketing, Community Engagement & Events, Paul was voted ‘Collaborator of the Year’ at Dynamo North East’s Dynamites awards in 2016 & 2017. Paul is the Founder & Event Producer of the hugely successful annual 5-day Newcastle Startup Week festival which has taken place in May every year since 2017 & the monthly Founders’ Friday events which launched in July 2018. Find out more by Following Paul on Twitter @lordlancaster


Karen Elliott – Senior Lecturer, Newcastle University Business School

Dr Karen Elliott is a Senior Lecturer in Enterprise/Innovation (FinTech) at Newcastle University Business School. Her passion surrounds ‘FinTech’; a major growth industry in the UK and a burgeoning sector in the North East region, where Karen currently lives. As a ‘pracademic’ bridging an industrial background/ academia career and recently named as ‘Standout#35 Women in FinTech Powerlist 2019 by Innovate Finance,’ Karen co-leads a £1.2m EPSRC Research Grant in 2018 collaborating with Durham Based nationally renowned Atom Bank on optimising FinTech services combined with Melinda and Bill Gates projects with Prof van Moorsel. FinTrust examines the issue of trust, security and ethical AI investigating increased automation and trust engineering to deliver consumer transparency.


Tom Johnson – Ethical Hacker and Social Engineer

Studying Cyber Security & Networks @ Teesside University, showcasing Teesside University Cyber Security inspired projects, inspiring young minds and teaching cutting edge technologies through “The Next Big Thing”. Developing “Cyber Security for Children” education platform and offering working as an Ethical Hacker for Ingrata:Sec.



Hydeam Sulton – Head of VAT and Indirect Tax, MHA Tait Walker





Rozib Mirza – Security Business Partner, RBS

Rozib has 20 years experience providing information security services to the public and private sector having worked at both Executive Department / local authority levels and within Financial Services. He specialises in advising customers, clients and industry how to operate their business in a way that minimises their exposure to cyber crime and fraud. Rozib has a MSc Information Security from Royal Holloway, CISSP, CISM and CISA.

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