Lessons from COVID, Getting Ready for Whatever’s Next

Hear from leading experts from the banking, assurance, crime prevention and crime prevention and cyber security sectors.

In this free event, co-hosted with the North East Fraud Forum, hear from leading experts from the banking, assurance, crime prevention and cyber security sectors about what lessons they have learned during the pandemic and what they are doing differently before the next big disruption takes place.

You will also hear from the Police on some new initiatives to help counterattack fraud, including the launch of the new North East Business Resilience Centre.


Brian DilleyGroup Director of Fraud and Financial Crime Prevention, Lloyds Banking Group

Brian is responsible for fraud prevention, anti-money laundering, sanctions compliance, anti-bribery and countering terrorist financing across all of LBG’s brands.  He holds the Senior Manager Regime position of Money Laundering Reporting Officer for Lloyds Bank and Bank of Scotland. Brian holds a number of external positions within the industry, among them Chair of the North East Business Resilience Centre (a collaboration with the police to protect North East businesses from cyber crime), Board member of Stop Scams UK (a collaboration with telecoms to stop scams at source) and former Chair of the Economic Crime Product & Service Board at UK Finance.  He also represented the banking industry on the Steering Committee that created the Authorised Push Payment Scam Code in early 2019.



Dt Sgt Paddy O’Keefe – Regional Development Officer, Fraud and Economic Crime at NERSOU

Paddy has over 16 years policing experience having joined Northumbria Police in 2004. The vast majority of his career has been spent as a detective within the CID operating across Northumbria primarily within Newcastle. However, the last 5 years have seen him tackle Serious and Organised Crime across the wider North East Region being based within the Regional Organised Crime Unit – NERSOU. He has led complex investigations into a wide array of criminal enterprises including human trafficking and slavery, importation and supply of class A drugs, organised acquisitive crime and fraud. Since February 2019 Paddy has been the North East’s Regional Development Officer for Fraud and Economic Crime. In this role he works across the North East forces and alongside the City of London Police representing our region as part of a national network of officers. Bringing previous experience of working within multi-agency environments with partners from both the public and private sector. Paddy’s objectives are to improve the response to fraud and economic crime at a local, regional and national level. Within this role he works alongside partners including North East Fraud Forum, NEBRC and Dynamo with shared aim’s to bring the public and private sectors together and to ensure that we continue to build a strong community that is better prepared for and more resilient to the threat of serious organised economic crime.


Jonathan Green – Cyber Protect & Prepare Officer, North East Regional Special Operations Unit

I have worked work within law enforcement for 12 years and currently work as a Cyber PROTECT Officer working within the North East Regional Cyber Crime Unit.  This is a department within the North East Regional Special Operations Unit (NERSOU) which is a collaboration between Cleveland, Durham and Northumbria Police.  We work as part of the National Cyber PROTECT Network providing advice and guidance to businesses and communities as a trusted partner of the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC).


Rebecca Chapman – Director, North East Business Resilience Centre

T/Superintendent at South Yorkshire Police I am currently seconded to a collaboration project at the Region called North East Transformation Innovation and Collaboration (NETIC). Supported by the NETIC team and the National Cyber network, and reporting to the SRO I have full day to day responsibility for leading the work to scope, develop, secure funding for and, where agreed, implement plans for regional collaboration across all aspects of Cyber Crime, covering the ‘4Ps’ of Prevent, Protect, Prepare and Pursue, within and beyond policing.



Annabel Berry – CEO, Sapphire


Appointed as Chief Executive Officer of Sapphire in 2015, with over 22 years experience in the cyber security industry, Annabel is proud to have been recognised by CRN on their movers and shakers AList for the past three years. Excelling in leadership, the development and implementation of new strategies and identifying emerging technologies, Annabel is passionate about encouraging more women into the cyber security industry. She is proud to be on the advisory board for the Ladies Hacking Society, a Leadership Fellow at St. George’s House, Windsor Castle, public speaker, mentor and podcast host of ‘Securitea & Two Sugars’.




Stewart Hogg – Executive Consultant, Waterstons

Stew Hogg founded the Cyber Resilience team at Waterstons and has been bringing his problem-solving knowledge from a Masters degree in Astrophysics into the world of Business Resilience and Cyber Security for over 10 years. As an ISO 27001 Lead Auditor, Certified Information Security Manager and Cyber Essentials Assessor, Stew and his team have assisted organisations from a range of sectors to establish and deliver their cyber strategies.


Simon Brown – Partner, MHA Tait Walker

Simon has primary responsibility for managing the firm’s portfolio of Not for Profit and charity clients, heading up the Not for Profit team. Simon has been immersed in the third sector for more than 15 years and has built up extensive knowledge and experience, sitting on our national network’s (MHA) London based Not for Profit board. Simon is also involved with a number of charities carrying out board and treasurer duties. Joining MHA Tait Walker in 1996, as well as being a fully qualified Chartered Accountant since 1999, his substantial third sector experience has been recognised by the ICAEW, being awarded their charity qualification (DChA), which acknowledges the unique specialist knowledge required to properly advise charity clients. Simon is only one of a small number of professional advisors to have been awarded this qualification within the North East.


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