An unparalleled team of Cyber Experts

Ryan Ackroyd

Cyber Security Trainer

Ryan has a wealth of experience within the Cyber industry. Previously a known hacker Ryan has reformed and vowed to help secure, defend systems and share his knowledge through training. Ryan joined QA in 2016 as a Cyber Security Trainer and Security Researcher where he continues to educate customers and support in expanding QA’s already comprehensive suite of Cyber courses.

Mark Amory

Cyber Training Delivery Manager

After leaving a career as a Mechanical and Electrical Engineer in 1998, Mark started out with a fresh career as an IT trainer. Spending the first few years as an applications trainer, Mark excelled in delivering Microsoft Office and Adobe products. In-line with his background as an Engineer, Mark soon shifted focus to more technical deliveries, including hardware and networking topics; a field he has remained in ever since. As a natural progression of his career saw Mark start to explore the security aspect of his existing competencies and since 2005 has specialised in the Cyber Security domain.

Mark has been the author of a number of QA Cyber Security courses and was the design authority and author of the 2017 NCSC Cyber First Academy.

Mark is a C|EH and is currently undergoing the process of becoming an NCSC Certified Cyber Professional.

Graeme Batsman

Cyber Security Trainer

Graeme joined QA in 2017 and has worked in security on and off for 13 years. His last role was as a Senior Technical Security consultant at Capgemini covering public and private sector. From the age of 17 he was running investigations into online scams and phishing. Today his experience is in OSINT and thinking like a hacker to review + tweak settings with a fine tooth comb.

Richard Beck

Director of Cyber

Richard Beck (CISSP, CISM, CISA) is Director of Cyber Security at QA, responsible for the entire Cyber Security portfolio across the four QA divisions. He works with customers to build effective and successful security training solutions tailored for business needs. Richard has over 15 years' experience in senior Information Security roles. Prior to QA, Richard was Head of Information Security for four years at Arqiva, who underpin 20% of the UK's Critical National Infrastructure. Richard also held Security and Technical Management posts at CPP, GEC, Pearson and the Royal Air Force.

Richard sits on a number of security advisory panels including IBM, BCS and EC-Council and previously chaired the Communication Industry Personnel Security Information Exchange (CPNI). Richard is also a STEM Ambassador working to engage and enthuse young people in the area of Cyber Security. Providing a unique perspective on the world of Cyber Security to teachers and encourage young people to consider a career in the industry.

Spencer Collins

Cyber Security Trainer

Spencer completed a 23 year career in the military as a Warrant Officer in the Intelligence Corps managing the Army’s Specialist Security Training capability, providing Counter Intelligence and Security education to Army, wider defence and government organisations. Previous specialist roles include Technical Intelligence Investigation, development and delivery of the Army’s OSINT capability and Lead Forensic Investigator for counter intelligence operations in the UK and overseas.

Guy Davis

Cyber Security Trainer

Guy has over 20 years’ experience in training with a solid background in network and hardware support. For the past 5 years, Guy has focussed on IT security, especially Cyber Security and has worked on many projects over time including Northern Exposure/Cyber Summer Schools.

Guy is an MCT in Windows clients and server products, Certified Ethical Hacker, A+ and Network+ certifications. Guy has a deep seated interest in IT and security in particular Cyber issues that affect the entire world to ones that affect friends and family, not quite 24 hour support, but close.

Rob Edwards

Cyber Security Trainer

Robert has a deep understanding in Cyber Security, with over 10 years of industry experience working within Public Sector agencies and organisations at the highest security levels, having major input into the design and implementation of highly flexible and adaptive information systems around the globe. He spent his formative years working as an ICT specialist and technician, deploying and maintaining high security communications systems worldwide, where he developed the skill sets, training and real-world experience in the field of Cyber Security, consolidating this after leaving the military into gaining his CISSP certification.

David Etherington

Cyber Security Trainer

David Etherington has always been fascinated with Science and Technology, he has a BEng in Engineering. Prior to joining QA David spent 20 years working, initially as an online Banking Developer before moving into Cyber Security in the banking sector including Penetration Testing (hacking). David then started performing internal investigations within the bank and developed digital forensics skills. David then joined his local police force as a Digital Evidence Recovery Officer, gaining more training to specialise in a digital forensic role.

David now specialises in delivering courses across our Offensive Security portfolio, teaching security specialists how attackers operate in order to better defend their assets. This includes Digital Forensics, Ethical Hacking, Malware analysis and Open Source Intelligence.

Shaun Ferris

Cyber Security Trainer

Up until last year, Shaun served a total of 12 years in the Royal Air Force, initially as an Arabic Linguist within the Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) community for the first 7 years, collecting from a variety of sources as well as taking a lead and training role within a specialist team. During this time he also undertook a Human Intelligence (HUMINT) deployment to Iraq. Shaun then took a career break undertaking a degree in Computer Science at the University of East Anglia before returning to the RAF as an Information and Communications Technologies Technician which included a year’s long training across the disciplines of: computers; mobile, radar, radio and satellite communication technologies; and Cisco-based networking.

During his first posting after training, Shaun also undertook the training for and certification of, the EC-Council’s Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) course. During his first 18 months with QA he has delivered a wide variety of courses including some of our bespoke programmes, as well as teaching in the Summer School and CyberFirst programmes. He has also been filmed for QA’s Blended Learning project.

Shaun is currently working towards the (ISC)2 Systems Security Certified Practitioner (SSCP) and Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) certifications.

Mike Hopkins

Cyber Security Trainer

Mike is a Cyber Security instructor based in Manchester and has been involved in IT teaching and training for 10 years. Before Mike started his career in teaching and training he was a Senior Network and Security Engineer for a local FE college.  The driving force behind Mikes switch from a technical role to a training role is that Mike is a product of an Apprenticeship scheme 20 years ago and decided he would like to help educate and train other like-minded individuals.

Specialising in all levels of cyber, from Cyber Foundations through to Advanced Hacking courses. Mike has now been with QA for 2 years and is now qualified as a Certified Ethical Hacker as well as completing and passing his CISMP qualification.

Mark Hutchings

Cyber Training Delivery Manager

Mark joined QA after a 23 year career in the Royal Air Force (RAF), Mark started his career as a Telecommunications Technician progressing through the ranks. In 2007 Mark was commissioned as an Officer and after completing Initial Officer Training and Engineer Officer Training went on to Command the Command and Control, Computer, Communications and Intelligence Flight at RAF Honnington. Mark then worked as a Service Manager in the Logistics Information Technology System Project Team. Following these tours Mark completed a Master’s Degree in Computing and Information Network Systems before seeing out the rest of his service career teaching at the Defence School of Communications and Information Systems as lead instructor in the Information Systems department of Engineer Officer Training.

Mark is a Network and Telecommunications specialist (including mobile, cryptography and Radio Frequency Networks), also has Unix and Windows administration experience, has coded and published iPhone applications, has spent the last few years teaching digital footprint and Open Source Intelligence

Scott Isaac

Cyber Training Delivery Manager

Scott Isaac has a strong personal interest in Systems and Communications exploitation. Prior to joining QA, Scott spent 9 years working with all three of the armed services and government counterparts, providing intelligence derived from a wide range of communication systems. His training enabled him to become expert in low level signal modulation techniques. As intelligence requirements changed with the communication systems used, Scott adapted his skill set to focus on creating ways to leverage modern intelligence collection techniques to greater effect across operational theatres such as Afghanistan, The Falkland Islands and Cyprus.

Scott now specialises in delivering courses across our offensive security portfolio, teaching security specialists how attackers operate in order to better defend their assets. This includes Ethical Hacking, Malware analysis, Open source intelligence and hosting Capture the Flag events.

Karan Kumar

Cyber Security Trainer

Karan has more than 10 years of IT experience, with a strong infrastructure background having had previous roles as a System Administrator, Networking Professional and he has also looked after Cloud Technologies.

In his previous role as a Penetration Tester, he conducted penetration testing on Networks, Web Applications, Mobile applications and Mobile devices for clients including TfGM, Trespass, Coventry University, Durham University, Hampshire County Council, East Dunbartonshire Council plus many more.

Dr Darryl Macgregor

Cyber Principle Technologist

Dr Darryl MacGregor has worked as a Molecular Biologist, a Lecturer and a Technical Support Manager. He has worked for several training organisations, ran a penetration testing/consultancy firm and is now a trainer and course developer for QA; his particular areas of expertise are Cryptography and Penetration Testing.

Mark Martin

Cyber Security Trainer

Mark was a Senior Investigating Officer working in Law Enforcement with over 31 years’ experience of working in the various government agencies including the National Crime Agency. He has handled numerous cases involving drug trafficking, money laundering, endangered species, fraud, tackling child abuse online, extortion, hacking, and various other computer crimes. Mark is an advanced mobile and digital Forensics practitioner. Mark has utilised his open source intelligence skills to locate and identify individuals and criminal organisations online.

Mark was one of the founding members of the elite team called the National Hi-Tech Crime Unit, set up in 2001 to tackle with online threats.

He also worked in partnership with Europol and Interpol and was instrumental in dismantling a highly sophisticated international online paedophile organisation. He has also delivered training in Europol on child abuse online Open Source intelligence.

Nathan Mitchell

Cyber Principle Technologist

Nathan joined QA in 2015, with 20 years in Learning and Development and a number of senior positions with Microsoft Academies and more recently with Messgelabs and Symantec. Prior to joining QA he ran his own LTD company providing Security consultancy and training to business throughout Europe. His work has taken him all over the world for both training delivery and conference speaking.

He has a wide range of experiences and academic qualifications starting as an Internet Webmaster and then as a Microsoft and VMWare Instructor and Engineer. For the past 10 years his focus has adjusted to the challenges of security - Nathan is usually found these days designing or delivering courses around the subjects of Malware, Encryption and Cyber Security.

He holds a number of professional qualifications including the CISSP and CEH and is a member of a number of professional bodies including BCS and TAP and is passionate about classroom delivery and the learning process.

Stuart Paintain

Cyber Security Trainer

Stuart’s background includes the building, installing and supporting of client server computer systems, installing and managing network infrastructure, working in various environments from small organisations to central government. Stuart has experienced modems and Coaxial Ethernet but still has a good grounding in recent advancements such as IPV6 and most things in between. Stuart comes with over 10 years’ experience delivering IT and networking topics in Further and Higher Education.

Gary Porcas

Cyber Security Trainer

Gary joined QA in October 2017 having worked as a Security Consultant at CapGemini and an Operations Manager within a Home Office department. Prior to this, Gary’s career was spent within Law Enforcement. He has a wealth of experience in investigating cybercrimes and breaches and he achieved a first class grade in an MSc in Cyber Investigations and Digital Forensics.

Gyanu Raut

Cyber Security Trainer

Gyanu Raut (MSc, C|CISO, CISSP, CISA) is Cyber Security Technical Trainer at QA, delivering Cyber Security and Data Protection courses. She has over 10 years’ experience in ICT and Information Security roles. Prior to QA, she was ICT Security Manager/Data Protection officer for one of the biggest NHS Trusts in London.

Gyanu started her career as database designer, moved to system and network administration before moving to information security. She has wide range of professions certification including CEH, HCISPP, ISO 27001 Lead Auditor, ISO 27005 Risk Management, DPA, GDPR and has extensive knowledge on ICT System Audit, Risk Assessment and IG Toolkit Compliance and management.

Brad Stone

Cyber Training Delivery Manager

Brad has worked across IT for many years; from installing, managing and troubleshooting systems, through coding and scripting, to running security and configuring firewall, IDS and network policies. Brad has been training tech for almost a decade and holds certifications from Microsoft, Cisco, CompTIA, ISC2 plus many more.

From an electronic engineering background, Brad enjoys investigating different systems and finding new ways they can be manipulated. Brad mainly trains Offensive Security, Intelligence Gathering, Security Management and Cloud Computing.

Max Vetter

Cyber Security Trainer

Max Vetter joined QA in 2014 as a Cyber Security Training Consultant. Max holds a BSc in Astrophysics and two MSc’s in Communication Systems and Signal Processing and Countering Organised Crime and Terrorism. Max worked with the Metropolitan Police Service and in the private sector for 10 years as an Intelligence Analyst, Covert Internet Investigator and trainer in Open Source Intelligence.

Max is a Certified EC Council Instructor in Ethical Hacking and is a subject matter expert on Open Source Intelligence, Covert Internet Investigations, the Dark Web, Ethical Hacking, Cyber Threats, Cryptocurrencies and Encryption.

Ed Walshe

Cyber Security Trainer

Ed is a Cyber Security instructor based in Leeds but delivering throughout the UK and beyond. Ed has been with QA for over 2 years as a Cyber Security Technical Consultant and has a background in technical training stretching back over 14 years. Ed has delivered training for various organisations including the U.K. government and the government of the Irish Republic.

Ed delivers a diverse portfolio of courses on behalf of QA, spanning Information Assurance and Information Security. These include ISO 27000 Foundation and Practitioner, RESILIA Foundation and Practitioner, Certified Ethical Hacker and Systems Security Certified Practitioner, as well as an equally diverse range of In-House courses.

Richard Westwood

Cyber Security Trainer

Richard worked for the UK government for 15 years in an offensive cyber role. He started his career as a Cyber Practitioner, progressing to a team leader/practitioner role and eventually on to lead the Cyber team. During this time the business saw considerable growth and change where Richard led on many key areas that shaped how the organisation approached the Cyber challenge. Richard has worked on a number of key projects including Cyber Security for the 2012 Olympics.