Interested in a Career in Cyber Security?

Have you thought about a career in cyber security?

At this free online event hosted by Newcastle College, find out what it takes to be an in-demand, highly skilled cyber security professional in one of the world’s fastest growing sectors. See what companies are looking for and how a relevant qualification or apprenticeship can help you make a start.



Steve Gilray – Head of IT Risk, Newcastle Building Society

As Head of IT Risk for Newcastle Building Society, Steve has responsibility for IT Risk oversight and Information Security across the NBS group, which includes the Building Society itself and also a large outsourcing subsidiary business. Steve has helped to deliver several certifications for the group including ISO27001 and Cyber Essentials Plus, holds several industry certifications and has a keen interest in the secure delivery of cloud computing. To help deliver this, Steve’s team includes several ‘early talent’ roles, including undergraduate and apprentice opportunities as well as internal recruitment from other non-IT areas of the organisation.


Steve Hodgson – Strategic Technical Services Manager, Durham County Council

I’ve worked in ICT in the public sector for almost 30 years, starting out as an apprentice programmer in 1991 and progressing through desktop and application support, project and programme delivery, and strategic service provision. At Durham County Council, I lead a team of 130 technical staff delivering services to 10,000 ICT users across 120 sites. I also lead on provision of commercial ICT services to over 600 sites in the north east, including 3 hospitals, police, fire services and 400+ schools. I’m responsible for cyber security and have a small team who support and develop our security measures, policies and testing programmes, as well as raising awareness of cyber security issues with staff, customers and senior management teams.


Matt Sessions – Programme Leader, Networks and Cyber Security at Newcastle College.

I am the programme leader for the Networking and Cyber Security degrees at NCUC . I also deliver the networking, cyber and forensic modules. My current research is surrounding the use of digital technologies in missing children investigations. Outside of NCUC, I am working alongside Locate International. Locate are a charity that bring together OSINT practitioners and higher education students in an attempt to uncover new information in missing persons investigations.

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