Richard Corbridge, Vice President and CIO, Walgreen Boots

Richard is a globally recognised expert in digital technology and its application to healthcare strategy, with over 25 years’ experience in diverse CIO roles across the health, care and research sectors, including the HSE here in Ireland. Richard has a passion for innovation, business change and benefits management. As a leader he insists on a focus on engagement and benefits being brought to all technology implementations.
In 2019 he was appointed as the first Director of Innovation at Boots UK with a remit to deliver a transformed high street pharmacy and health and beauty experience for customers across the UK. In 2020 he was promoted to the Boots Executive as Chief Information Officer with responsibility for technology throughout the business.
Prior to Boots he led Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust as their first Chief Digital and Information Officer with a remit of bringing a ‘must do’ culture to the digital capability of the trust and ensuring that Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust, one of the largest in the NHS, adopted a digital fabric to how it delivered health care by 2019.
Earlier in his career Richard was the Chief Information Officer for the Health Service Executive in Ireland. In Ireland he achieved many successes, including the implementation of a unique identifier for health, along with a fully digitized referral process. He put in place Irelands first clinical information officer’s council, whilst driving a team to begin the first epilepsy genomic sequencing programme globally. He then went onto deliver the ability to implement a national lab system and oversaw the delivery of a national maternity health record. He was instrumental in the reform of the Irish healthcare technology system that has subsequently seen a plethora of awards and recognition for the team across Europe and globally.
In 2017 Richard was named the number one CIO from the UK in the EDG CIO Magazine CIO100, listed in Hot Topics global CIO100 and Ireland’s first CIO100. He was also named the eGovernment Visionary of the year for Ireland by Leo Varadkar. In 2018 he was named as the most disruptive talent in digital by Sir Richard Branson and Steve Wozniak. In 2019 in recognition of his work in Ireland he was awarded the O’Moore medal for technology by the Irish Computer Society and Irish government, the highest accolade ever awarded to a digital health leader in Ireland.
Richard has worked as a non-Executive director on a series of health technology and communications start-ups assisting each in their year-on-year growth including Draper and Dash, Forward Healthcare and Silver Buck. He has also sat on the advisory board of HIMSS Europe, The European Connected Health Alliance board, was a founding member of the EU Commission’s Health Cloud and AI Council, the Information Security Forum’s Open Data working group and the global KLAS advisory board.
In 2020 Richard was named by the Huffington Post as one of the most ‘Social CIOs’ in the world. You can see the daily ins and outs of his work and life by following him on twitter at: @R1chardatron

Tim Willoughby, Head of Digital Services and Innovation, An Garda Síochána

Tim is responsible for innovation and new and future directions in technology including the Mobility Programme and Body Worn Cameras. Tim was formerly CTO of the Local Government Management Agency (LGMA) and has over 20 years in several senior management and technical roles in the Local Government sector. He has been working in the Public Service for over 30 years. Tim has a Civil Engineering Degree from TCD and a Masters in Innovation from the University of Ulster, He is also a fellow of the Irish Computer Society.

Lisa Baron-Broadhurst – Programme Director, Social Security Programme, Scottish Government

Lisa has worked in the Civil Service for over 30 years, with 20 years’ experience in Programme and Project Management delivering major transformational change. She joined the Scottish Government in 2016 as Programme Director within the Social Security Directorate, setting the strategic direction for designing, building and delivering a new Social Security Agency and infrastructure which includes benefits platforms, case management system, document management and telephony.
Collaborating with a wide range of stakeholders, partners and suppliers, Lisa has championed a new approach to service design and digital delivery in Social Security Scotland, placing customers at its very heart and ensuring the service is user-centric and easily accessible. Social Security Scotland is a modern, award-winning digital service delivering a world class customer experience – winning the Best Test Automation Project in 2021, and the Best Agile Project in 2020 at the European Software Testing Awards, the Management Consultancies Association (MCA) award for Change and Transformation in the Public Sector in 2020, and the Scottish Government Campbell Christie Public Service Reform Award in 2021.
I am proud to be part of this major change initiative for the people of Scotland. I see this as a truly unique opportunity to safely and securely design, build and implement a new service, working collaboratively with our customers to ensure what we deliver meets the needs of this country.

Mary O’Connor, CIO, ESB

As CIO for ESB, Mary is responsible for driving digital transformation for the organisation as well as overseeing cyber strategy and risk management, IT strategy and enterprise architecture. She is also responsible for the portfolio management of IT, digital and analytics work and is a champion of driving business transformation through the application of data and technology and digital ways of working.

Mary has a wealth of experience from over 30 years working in a wide range of disciplines and functions at all levels within ESB. She has a strong track record of developing and implementing strategies in a variety of businesses across ESB, of motivating teams and driving business performance through people, innovation and technology. Mary has led teams at all levels of the organisation in successful implementation of change working closely with internal and external partners to do so. She is an IT graduate of Trinity College and is an ACCA post-graduate in Accounting and Finance. Mary is also a coach and mentor and is passionate about developing people to enable them to reach their full potential.

Puneet Kukreja, Cybersecurity Practice Leader, EY Ireland

Puneet is EY Ireland’s Cybersecurity Practice Leader and has over two decades’ experience in cyber risk and cybersecurity. His focus is on helping clients understand and protect themselves from the risk of cyber incidents. Puneet’s areas of experience include cyber risk assessment, technologies for monitoring and protecting against cyber attack and managing cyber incident response.
Puneet has worked in a number of industries, focusing on those that have significant intellectual property to protect, a significant risk of brand damage from a cyber attack or whose core operations require them to have large volumes of personal data.
Puneet regularly presents at international conferences and has won numerous awards for setting up strategic alliance partnerships and building differentiated Implement and Operate Services within multiple geographies across the Asia Pacific region.

Helene Graham, Strategic Consultant (CTO/CIO), Governance Board member of ADAPT

Helene is an experienced and innovative senior executive with strong strategic, commercial and leadership skills and a proven track record of leading corporate and business strategy, leveraging technology as well as identifying associated processes and ways of working across the business to achieve the required outcomes.

She has a focus on strategy as well as continuous improvement and delivering in complex environments. She has over 30 years’ experience in telecommunications (Eirr) and retail (most recently she was CIO of Dunnes Stores) and has delivered significant positive change both internally and externally by keeping the customer at the centre.

Kevin Reid, Chief Technical Officer, SureSkills

Kevin has been working in technical consulting for over 25 years. He has been involved in some of the largest transition and integration projects that have been run from Ireland across the public, private and financial sectors. His team offers the most complete set of cloud and “As-a-Service” solutions available, including IBM Satellite, Cloud and AI capabilities. These innovative services provide flexible future- proofing for the businesses of SureSkills’ clients, in all kinds of industries. Kevin has been instrumental in leveraging the IBM reseller partnership enabling the creation and deployment of multi-platform, multi-container workloads across hybrid infrastructures that optimises Enterprise Hybrid and Multi-Cloud Strategy with IBM Cloud Services.

Conall Laverty, Founder and CEO of Wia

Wia provides companies with cloud infrastructure for developing Internet of Things products and services. He is a key figure in the global Internet of Things ecosystem and was listed on Forbes 30 Under 30 for Europe. Previously Conall was CTO of Big Motive, a creative technology company based in London and Belfast. There he architected and developed products for the BBC, Net-a-Porter and Channel 4. He was also Technical Director of Woogie, an innovation consultancy that has worked with Cambridge Silicon Radio, Deezer and start-ups throughout Ireland. He attained a First-Class Honours Masters from Queen’s University Belfast in Computer Games Development. His speaker engagements include Mobile World Congress, Dublin Tech Summit, RIOT, Web Summit, TechConnect, ICONs Festival, Google, Facebook.

Lavinia Morris, Chief Operations Officer and a member of the Executive Committee, KBC Bank Ireland

Lavinia has day-to-day responsibility for Technology, Operations, Strategic Change and Innovation and prior to that held the role of Senior Vice President of Information and Technology at SMBC Aviation Capital, one of the world’s largest aircraft leasing companies.

A change agent, with a passion for engineering, Lavinia has crafted her career on marrying the power of technology with innovative business strategies and customer-centred design alongside leading signature transformation programmes, perpetually driving innovation and developing untapped talent.

Lavinia is actively involved in the technology industry in Ireland, serving as a member for the Technology Ireland ICT SkillNet Innovation Forum Expert Group and is a former Chair of the Cloud Computing Working Group of the Irish Internet Association. Lavinia is also KBC Bank Ireland’s representative on the Board of Irish Banking Culture Board CLG and on the Board of the recently established Synch Payments DAC.

Gavin Ross, Head of Information Services Division, Department of Transport

Gavin has 22 years technology experience over 4 continents and numerous industry sectors including consulting, finance, telecommunications and government. In 2020 he took up his current role as Head of Information Services at the Department of Transport where he has a particular interest in the application of new technologies to empower staff. Gavin holds a BA in Political Science from Trinity College and an MA in eBusiness from UCD Smurfit Business School where he has been a guest lecturer in Digital Transformation.

Dave Lines, Head of Enterprise Applications, Origina

Dave has recently moved to be Head of Enterprise Applications at Origina after spending the previous 19 years in Financial services in a variety of mainly IT roles including developer, technical analyst, reporting manager, architect, applications manager, CIO and Head of Change. He moved to Origina from Avant Money where he was Head of Technology (CIO).

Dave has been working in IT for over 20 years in both permanent and contract roles for businesses ranging from small enterprises to multinational companies.

Ben Warren, Senior Technology Leader & digital transformation expert

Ben specialises in helping organisations deal with the disruption caused by technology change and the new business models this brings.

He has over 20 years’ experience at a senior level in IT supporting organisations with strategic approaches to technology change and in developing new IT-driven business models.

Séamus Dunne, Managing Director, Digital Realty Ireland

This year Digital Realty, a global provider of data centre, co-location and interconnection solutions combined with Interxion, creating one global-leading company with a powerful portfolio of cloud and carrier-neutral data centre, colocation, and interconnection solutions across Europe.

Séamus is a business and technology leader with a track record of success leading organisations through start-up, change management, efficiency, growth and innovation. He is a collaborative leader who has completed assignments in Texas, Michigan and Oregon, Switzerland, Germany, UK and France.

Séamus joined Digital Realty in 2019 with considerable expertise in the IT industry and a depth of understanding of how hybrid cloud transformation is affecting business, informing IT strategy and impacting commercial decisions. As Managing Director, Séamus leads Digital Realty Ireland with a focus on delivering growth and enabling businesses to manage digital transformation. Before joining Digital Realty, he held several different roles within Hewlett-Packard, where his last position was Vice President and General Manager with Hewlett-Packard Enterprise based in both the USA and Ireland. Séamus holds a BSc degree from Trinity College Dublin.

Tony Moroney, Founder and Managing Partner, Beta Digital, Co-Founder, The Digital Transformation Lab, Cork University Business School, UCC

Beta Digital is a specialist strategy and digital transformation advisory firm and the Digital Transformation Lab is a think-tank comprising professionals, consultants, academics, and researchers interested in developing, validating, and sharing best practices in Digital Leadership, Transformation and Disruption. In addition, Tony is the Programme Director for the Digital Leadership at the Irish Management Institute.

Jonathan Healy, Broadcaster

After graduating with a degree in law from University College Cork, Jonathan Healy worked in radio, television and online media for two decades. He has been a presenter with Newstalk 106-108fm and a senior correspondent with Sky News, with his work featuring prominently on both stations. Jonathan also has experience working with TV3, RTE, FM104, The Cork Independent and Cork’s 96fm.Having conducted thousands of interviews with people from all works of Irish life, he is a skilled interviewer and proven cross-platform content creator with extensive contacts across politics, business and public relations throughout the country, Jonathan is also a proven event facilitator and engaging MC. He has also delivered high impact voice-over work for corporate videos and campaigns.

Andrew Warren, Head of Banking & Financial Services, UK & Ireland, Cognizant

Andrew Warren is Head of Banking & Financial Services and a member of the Executive team at Cognizant UK & Ireland. He leads a team responsible for driving results for Cognizant’s Financial Services clients, from first idea to final outcome. He has 25 years’ experience of driving profitable growth in both Corporate and Private Equity-backed businesses, serving clients across a range of sectors including Public Sector, Retail, Hospitality, Travel, Transport and, of course, Financial Services. Prior to Cognizant, Andrew held senior leadership roles at Vertex and Capgemini.

Niels Torm, CIPP/E, Associate Director, Data Sustainability & Privacy Solutioning Lead – Global Growth Markets, Cognizant

Neils is an experienced data and privacy advisory consultant and solutions architect with 25 years’ experience helping clients to compliantly manage and leverage data assets to deliver real business value. Niels leads Cognizant’s Data Responsibility & Privacy CE team, helping to shape and develop the team’s focus, capabilities and offerings. His approach is credible, collaborative and practical, and is focused on delivering outcomes that achieve early and measurable benefits aligned with a coherent privacy policies and strategy.

Blessing Usoro, Information Security Manager & Founder, Cyber for School Girls

Blessing is the Founder of Cyber For School Girls, an org committed to introducing secondary school girls to cybersecurity. She also co-founded Cyber Women Ireland. Her keynotes are often about governance, risk and compliance in information security strategy, and bridging the gender gap for a more equitable future. She has appeared as a speaker at notable conferences including Slándáil: National Security Summit Ireland, IRISSCON and ISACA Ireland. Blessing has featured as a subject matter expert on RTE1 National Radio, and on East Coast FM. In recognition of her contributions to the cybersecurity industry, she was featured in “Hacking Gender Barriers: Europe’s Top Cyber Women” a book by Women4 Cyber EU as one of the most influential women in cybersecurity in Europe.

Ruth Buckley, CIO, Cork City Council

Cork City Council serves a diverse and fast-growing population of 320,000 people. Ruth has worked in a variety of change management and strategic leadership roles over a 30-year period in both the private and public sector.
In 2019, she led the digital programme necessary to facilitate the expansion of the city boundary. The city council is currently undergoing a major digital transformation program at organisational and city level.
Ruth is a founder member of the Major Cities of Europe ISAC (Cyber) Information sharing and analysis centre and represents the local government sector on the Government Cyber Security Coordination and Response Network.
She received the overall [email protected] Leaders Award from her peers in 2020 and in 2018 the UCC Alumni award for her role in the founding of the I Wish organisation which advocates for young girls interested in STEM careers. Ruth is currently working with her colleagues across the sector to create the first Irish public sector ISAC or Information Sharing and Analysis Centre.

Thomas Reby, Head of Hardware, Google Store and Google One, Google

Thomas is an internationally experienced Customer Service professional, with a proven track record of leading multi-national teams and business programs in the service and e-commerce industries. He is passionate about ensuring that customer experience is a key differentiator for the business. During his career he has managed global operations in e-commerce, technical support, content management and digital advertising, as well as holding key leadership positions developing strategies for Customer Experience, revenue generation and knowledge management.
Thomas is skilled in SixSigma methodology and PMP-qualified project delivery. He is keen to ensure operations are running lean and with measurable success for both client and company. Thomas is a strong team player with dedication to building and developing teams for long term success.

Fintan Swanton, Senior Consultant and Managing Director, Cygnus Consulting Ltd and Chairman, Association of Data Protection Officers

Fintan is the Chairman of the Association of Data Protection Officers and a Fellow and past-President of the Irish Computer Society. Previous employers include The Business Post, AIB, and Prudential Europe. He has over 30 years’ experience in IT.

He holds a Master of Laws (LLM) Degree specialising in European Data Protection law and Corporate Social Responsibility, and a Master of Science (MSc) Degree in Computing for Commerce and Industry.

Fintan is a Chartered Engineer, Chartered IT Professional, Certified Data Protection Officer, Certified Data Privacy Solutions Engineer, Certified Information Systems Auditor, and Certified Information Security Manager.

Fintan collaborated with ICS Skills and the Institute of Public Administration, developing, updating, and presenting their data protection training & certification programmes.

In 2017 he was appointed by the European Commission to its Multistakeholder Expert Group on the Operation of the GDPR. As a group member, Fintan provides professional opinions and feedback to the European Commission on how the GDPR should be applied in practice.

Ossian Smyth TD, Minister of State for the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform, Public Procurement, eGovernment with special responsibility for Communications and Circular Economy.

Minister Smyth was appointed to this role in July 2020. He been a TD for the Dún Laoghaire constituency since the 2020 general election.
In 2014, he was elected as a Green Party Councillor to Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council and served as Cathaoirleach of the Council between 2018 and 2019.
Minister Smyth holds a Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science from Trinity College Dublin. He has worked as an IT/business consultant with substantial experience in telecoms, healthcare, utilities, ISP, software and insurance/banking industries, and has worked as a technical Project Manager in Saint Vincent’s Hospital.

Mairead Cullen, IT Director, Vodafone Ireland

Mairead has worked in the telecommunications industry for over 30 years. She joined Vodafone in 1997 from Ericsson and has held a variety of roles in Ireland, UK and Vodafone Group Technology function. Prior to being appointed IT Director, she lead the Vodafone Ireland Business Transformation programme which included replacing the billing, CRM, digital, care and retail systems. Mairead also previously led the launch of Vodafone TV and converged services. Prior to working within IT, she led the Vodafone Network Engineering team in Ireland and subsequently in Vodafone UK. Mairead holds a BSc in Applied Physics & Chemistry, MSc in Optoelectronics and an MBA.

Neil O’Hare, Professor of Health Informatics, UCD and Group Chief Information Officer, Children’s Health Ireland

Neil is a physicist by background and previously was Chief Physicist in St. James’s Hospital. In 2007 he took up the role as Programme Lead on the National Integrated Medical Imaging System (NIMIS) Project for the HSE. In 2020 he was appointed to the Irish Government’s Open Data Governance Board and was previously the CIO for the Ireland East Hospital Group (2018-2020), and Director of Informatics at St. James’s Hospital (2012 – 2018).
He is the current Chair of the Health Informatics Society of Ireland (HISI) and in 2019 was awarded an Honorary Fellowship of the Faculty of Radiology, RCSI.

Niall McKeown, founder and CEO, Ionology

Ionology is a digital transformation executive education and advisory business with a 25-year track record of helping senior executives close the gap between the business capabilities of technology and corporate strategy. With headquarters in Belfast, the business has offices in the US and Saudi Arabia.

Niall is a renowned thought-leader and in-demand public speaker. He makes frequent appearances on the company’s popular YouTube channel and is the author of several books and peer reviewed white papers on effective digital transformation and leveraging AI.

Niall is a visiting Professor at Ulster University and lecturer for the Møller Institute at Cambridge University. He delivers keynote addresses regularly throughout the Middle East, Asia Pacific, Europe, and USA. Niall combines his academic research with Ionology’s in-market experience to design and deliver leadership development programmes for senior executives and managers in global enterprises including JP Morgan, Accenture, Fujitsu, Oracle, Allianz, Bayer, Infosys as well as many less well known, accelerating growth organisations and government bodies.

Niall is a published author; his latest, co-authored book, ‘The Seven Principles of Digital Business Strategy’ was commissioned by Babson College, the number one college for entrepreneurship in the USA.

Martin Curley, Director, Digital Transformation and Open Innovation, Health Service Executive

Martin is helping enable the digital transformation of Ireland’s health service. Prior to joining the HSE he was Senior Vice President and Group Head for Global Digital Practice at Mastercard. Previously Martin was Vice President at Intel Corporation and Director/GM of Intel Labs Europe, Intel’s network of more than 50 research labs which he help grow across the European region. He also served as a senior principal engineer at Intel Labs Europe leading Intel’s research and innovation engagement with the European Commission and the broader European Union research ecosystem. Prior to this, Martin was Global Director of IT Innovation and Director of IT Strategy and Technology at Intel. Earlier in his Intel career, he held a number of senior positions for Intel in the United States and Europe. Martin also worked in research and management positions at GE in Ireland and Philips in the Netherlands.

Martin has a bachelor’s degree in electronic engineering and a master’s degree in business studies, both from UCD. He received his Ph.D. in information systems from the NUI Maynooth. Martin is the author of 8 books on technology management for value, innovation and entrepreneurship. He is a member of the Royal Irish Academy, fellow of the Institution of Engineers of Ireland, the British Computer Society and the Irish Computer Society. Martin is co-founder of the Innovation Value Institute at NUI Maynooth, a unique industry-academia collaboration driving research and development of advanced IT and Digital maturity frameworks. He was previously a visiting scholar at MIT Sloan Centre for Information Systems Research and a visiting research fellow at the CERN Open Lab in Geneva. Martin was the inaugural winner of the Engineers Ireland Innovation engineer of the year in 2006 and was jointly awarded European Chief Technology Officer of the year for 2015-2016.

Meagan Ní Chuirc, Higher Executive Officer, ICT and Procurement Unit, Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth (DCEDIY)

Meagan is a Higher Executive Officer in the ICT and Procurement Unit of the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth Affairs. Her primary focus is delivering ICT projects that respond to business needs.

Since joining the Civil Service in late 2018, she has worked on a number of projects including ICT governance, ICT service migration to the OGCIO, rollout of Build to Share applications and the ongoing development of the Department’s first Digital Strategy.

She holds a BA in Media Studies and a Master’s in Public Affairs and Political Communications with ten years’ experience in this sector.

Caitriona McGuckian, Assistant Principal ICT Department of Children, Equality Integration and Youth, DCEDIY

Caitriona joined the civil service in 2021 having for over worked 20 years delivering enterprise grade solutions into key business areas within both multinational and SME environments working with client organisations across financial, government and manufacturing sectors.
In more recent years she has been deeply immersed with technology start-ups with the Galway City Innovation District.
Caitriona is now managing the implementation of ICT applications across DCEDIY for both for the migration of legacy systems and for the implementation of new enterprise applications, she is also leading the development of the Digital strategy for the Department.

Darren Clarke, Head of Customer Success, OpenSky Data Systems

Darren is an experienced senior manager with more than 20 years’ experience at management level in business development and account management. He holds a BA(Hons) in Business Studies with Economics, and a Post-Graduate Certificate in Management. Darren has built an extensive career in the Financial Services and IT industries, in both the public and private sectors, working in both Ireland and UK. As Head of Customer Success at OpenSky Data Systems he is responsible for OpenSky’s Account Management Strategy, working with our clients and our management team to build mutually beneficial strategic relationships by ensuring we have a deep understanding of our client’s needs. Darren’s focus is ensuring that through strong engagement with our customers OpenSky can deliver successful customer outcomes and the best possible customer experience both today and in the future.

Tim Hynes, Chief Innovation Officer, AIB

Tim Hynes is an executive with a broad range of experience across a number of disciplines that include brand marketing, operations, change management, and technology. He has 30 years’ experience in blue chip organisations where he has held both regional and global roles, leading teams spread across more than 40 countries. Tim holds a Masters in Executive Leadership from Ulster University, is a qualified bank director, and is a Fellow of the Irish Computer Society. He is currently the Chief Innovation Officer for AIB, and a board member of the HSE.

James Maudslay Digital Industry Lead for Enterprise Transformation – at Equinix EMEA

James has worked in senior IT and Financial Services leadership roles throughout his career and joined Equinix as a specialist Subject Matter Expert in September 2012.
James is a senior manager on the Enterprise Transformation team in EMEA and works closely with Equinix’s Americas and APAC teams in developing the Company’s interconnection and ecosystems businesses as well as advising customers around the value Equinix can bring to the Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance needs of financial services customers, as they seek ways of addressing their ESG strategy from an IT infrastructure perspective.

Ifah Sivak, Head of Systems Project Management, Meta.

Ifah is an accomplished hands-on leader with many years of experience in the technology and telecommunications industry, where she has been implementing best in class customer experiences and technologies, across multiple platforms and applications internationally. She has a proven track record of leading digital teams with extensive strategic and operational experience in building online platforms, systems, and products

 Mike Harris, Partner, Forensics and Cyber with Grant Thornton

 Mike Harris is a Partner in Grant Thornton’s advisory practice and leads the provision of cyber security, privacy and forensics services. 

He advises clients in Ireland and internationally on a range of cyber security, technology fraud and privacy issues including cyber security breach response and assessment.

He has acted in security leadership roles for both international and Irish based financial institutions. In addition, he has held technology roles in a mobile telecommunications operator and a global management consultancy based in Germany.

He has completed a Ph.D. in computational physics at the Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research in Germany.  Mike has lectured technical security assessment and fraud at University College Dublin’s Cybercrime Institute as part of the M.Sc. in Digital Investigations.

Mike is a member of ISACA and is a Certified Management Consultant. 

 

Recently, Mike has worked on a wide variety of client engagements, and these include:

  • Developing and assisting with the implementation of a strategic Cyber security transformation programme for a numerous large organisations across the banking, asset management, transport and insurance sectors.
  • Assessing third party Cyber risk for a multinational client.
  • Leading the development of an Cyber risk management framework for a financial services organisation.
  • Delivering numerous Access Management, Cyber resilience and security assessments, as well as Cyber breach responses and investigations for a wide variety of large clients including financial services and public sector.
  • Leading the response to an sophisticated ransomware attack. This included the rapid deployment of MDR technology as well as the successful containment, eradication and recovery from the attack.
  • Providing Cyber related expert witness testimony in numerous court proceedings including an attack on a Crypto currency exchange.
  • Advising boards on managing and assessing Cyber risk.

Steve MacNicholas, CEO, Ekco Cloud Ireland

As CEO for Ekco Cloud Ireland, Steve is responsible for driving the companies organic and inorganic growth across the Irish market.

Ekco’s Irish team consists of almost 200 commercial and technical professionals, across four separate trading entities within the group including CTI Global, Datastring as well as the recent cyber security acquisitions of Ward Solutions and Kontex.

Prior to Ekco, Steve managed the Irish, UK and Caribbean operations of CTI Global. As CEO, he successfully transformed the business from a traditional IT systems integrator to a managed cloud service provider until its acquisition by Ekco in 2020.

Commencing work as a graduate in the technology sector in 1995,  he became a co-founder of Interfusion Networks in 2001. After completing an MBO in 2008 where he became the managing director he led the business through a successful exit strategy with its acquisition by Vodafone Ireland in 2011.
Steve is a native of Dublin and a graduate of Trinity College, Dublin with a B.Sc. Honours in Business and IT and an honours diploma in electrical engineering.

Frank Renehan, Director, Kontex – an Ekco company

Frank is an experienced, dynamic manager with expertise across a number of fields; computer forensics and investigations, digital product development, strategy consulting, information security and data loss prevention.

Frank spent 7 years with PwC, rising to Manager and leading teams across multiple disciplines. He delivered many critical engagements reporting to client executive teams and supporting both strategic and technical engagements.

Frank has 10 years’ professional services experience spanning information security, computer forensics and investigations, digital product development and management consulting.