March 25th 2020 | Hilton Belfast


Caron Alexander

Director of Digital Shared Services, Department of Finance

Caron has had a long and rewarding career in the Northern Ireland Civil Service, latterly as Director of Digital Shared Services for Northern Ireland Government and Head of the NI Civil Service IT profession. She was responsible for providing ICT shared services to 27,000 staff, for the NI citizen portal and contact centre services, delivering the NI Digital Transformation Programme and driving forward the NI Open Data agenda. Previously Caron held a number of senior technical, programme and change management roles in the Northern Ireland Civil Service.  Caron is currently working in private sector on projects she is passionate about.

Joe Dolan

Head of Northern Ireland Cyber Security Centre (NI2C)

Joe was appointed the position as Head of the Northern Ireland Cyber Security Centre on 4th Mar 2019 to lead this new initiative to secure a more effective response to the growing threats of cyber whilst promoting cyber as a great career opportunity in Northern Ireland. Joe is a career Northern Ireland Civil Servant and IT Professional for over 30 years. In this time I have held key operational and advisory positions as Head of Telecommunications for the Northern Ireland Civil service, later leading the foundations for unified communications and services across the public sector. He has acted as Chief Operations Officer in the development of the defence in depth security for the NICS shared services organisation and more recently as Accreditor within the department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural affairs one of the largest and diverse NICS departments.

Orlando Scott-Cowley

 Security & Compliance Lead, Amazon Web Services (AWS)

Orlando is a Public Sector Security & Compliance leader with Amazon Web Services (AWS), helping customers secure their organisations in the cloud. Orlando specialises in Cyber Security, with a background in security consultancy, penetration testing and compliance; he holds a CISSP, CCSP and CCSK.

Christine Campbell

Deputy ITSO, Northern Ireland Housing Executive

Christine Campbell has 26years experience of working within Northern Ireland’s public sector and is currently the Housing Executive’s Deputy IT Security Officer. She is responsible for delivering effective security solutions for the organisation’s 3,500 staff and the multiple stakeholder groups who access the systems vital to the successful delivery of local housing services.

A highly experienced security analyst, Christine’s extensive experience makes her a focal point for advice, support and assurance from a security perspective. Christine. Christine recently took a lead role in a major IT change programme, working with key stakeholders to deliver innovative and reliable remote access solutions without compromising IT security.

Christine is Committee Secretary for BCS Northern Ireland, which provides local representation for Northern Ireland’s IT professionals. The branch maintains strong links with local schools, colleges and universities promoting the discipline of computer science and the benefits of IT in the wider community.

In every aspect of her professional life, Christine is committed to supporting and promoting the BCS key principle of ‘Making IT Good for Society’ through Community. Excellence and Leadership.

Paul Chapman

Head of Public Sector Cyber Resilience, Scottish Government

Paul has worked in the civil service for almost 15 years, predominately working in the areas of critical infrastructure resilience, emergency planning, and finance with a particular focus on energy resilience. Paul joined the Scottish Government's Cyber Resilience Unit as Head of Public Sector Cyber Resilience in 2018.

Owen Pengelly

Executive Partner, Gartner

Owen is an Executive Partner with Gartner, the world’s leading research and advisory company. Owen works with CIOs and business executives to help them meet the challenges and seize the opportunities presented by digital business. Prior to joining Gartner Owen held a number of senior posts in the UK Civil Service including Chief Technology Officer at the Department for International Trade and a series of roles in cyber security at the Cabinet Office.

Philip Allen

 Curriculum Area Manager, ICT Services, Belfast Metropolitan College

Philip Allen has worked in Further Education for over 13 years. He has taught on and managed IT Apprenticeship programmes from Level 2 to Level 5. These courses have successfully trained over 400 IT apprentices during that time in software development, networking infrastructure and cyber security. He manages a team that created the first Cyber Security Higher Level Apprenticeship in Northern Ireland. He has worked with InvestNI, Department for Economy and Assured Skills on a number of high profile Cyber Security Academies.  He successfully introduced EC Council’s Advanced Cyber Security Analyst and Cisco’s Cyber Security Ops qualifications, the first in Northern Ireland. He is currently working on introducing a Level 3 Digital Forensics Apprenticeship, a Level 3 Cyber Security Apprenticeship and a Level 6 IT Apprenticeship.

Mark McDermott

Digital Infrastructure Architect, Belfast City Council

Mark McDermott CISA CISM CISSP is a Principal Digital Architect with Belfast City Council. His early career was in web development till he discovered that he had more of a flair for breaking websites rather than creating them. His role now involves cyber risk management, security and incident response. He believes that organisations should be focusing on giving their staff good cyber hygiene and awareness along with role specific training. “Many incidents can be avoided by good user training but the user isn’t the weakest link in cyber security. Staff need good training and support rather than being blamed for every security incident. Although if you use Password1 as your password then it is your fault!”