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An unparalleled team of Cyber Experts

Ryan Ackroyd

Cyber Security Technical Consultant

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.

James Aguilan

Cyber Security Specialist

James has worked on many high complexity eDiscovery Projects and Forensic Investigations involving civil litigation, arbitration and criminal investigations for large corporation and international law firms across UK, US, Europe and Asia. James has assisted on many notable projects involving: one of the largest acquisition and merger case of all time – a deal worth $85 billion, multijurisdictional money laundering matter for Government bodies, and national cyber threat crisis including the more recent ransomware, phishing campaigns, and network intrusion.

James has comprehensive knowledge of the eDiscovery lifecycle and forensic investigation procedures in both practise and theory with deep focus and interest in Forensic Preservation and Collection and Incident Response. In addition, He holds a first class bachelor’s degree in Computer Forensics and is accredited as an ACE FTK certified examiner.

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.

Paul Andrews

Cyber Security Technical Consultant

Paul began his career in digital forensics in 2001,joining the Kent Police Computer Crime Unit. In his time with the unit, he dealt with investigations covering the full range of criminality, from fraud to murder, preparing hundreds of expert witness reports and presenting his evidence at Magistrates, Family and Crown Courts. During his time with Kent,Paul gained an MSc in Forensic Computing and Cybercrime Investigation from University College Dublin. On leaving Kent Police, Paul worked in the private sector,carrying on his digital forensics work but also expanding into eDiscovery work.He also worked for a company that developed forensic software, carrying out Research and Development work as well as training other forensic practitioners in web-browser forensics. Prior to joining QA, Paul worked at the Bank of England as a forensic investigator. Whilst with the Bank, Paul was trained in malware analysis, ethical hacking and incident response, and earned qualifications as a Certified Malware Investigator, Certified Ethical Hackerand GIAC Certified Incident Handler. To assist with the teams malware analysis work, Paul learnt how to program in VB.Net and created a number of utilities to assist with the de-obfuscation and decoding of malware code.

Graeme Batsman

Cyber Security Technical Consultant

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 Training Delivery Manager

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.

Spencer is also GCT certified to deliver our GCHQ certified courses.

Guy Davis

Cyber Security Technical Consultant

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.

David Doody

Cyber Security Technical Consultant

David had a full career in the British Armed Forces working as communications engineer with the Royal Corp of Signals. His role saw him install and maintain a wide selection of communications networks and deliver technical training to communication engineers prior to completing his service as a subject matter expert.

After several jobs in the communications industries ranging from managing NOCs to telecommunications training delivery, David Joined QA in August 2018 after being responsible for the management and development of BT’s Cyber Security Apprenticeship programme.

Rob Edwards

Cyber Security Technical Consultant

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 Technical Consultant

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.

David is also GCT certified to deliver our GCHQ certified courses.

Paul Fennell

Cyber Security Technical Consultant

Holding a Postgraduate diploma in Cybercrime forensics, Paul worked in the field as a Cyber investigator as both a network and digital forensic examiner, with notable success in conducting and directing a broad range of criminal and civil investigations. With over 7 years’ experience in multi-platform digital forensics in serious and complex multi-region cyber-crime cases on behalf of the MPCCU (Metropolitan Police Cybercrime Unit) holding the rank of Detective Constable and later in the private sector in digital forensics and Incident response (EMEA).

Mark Haringman

Cyber Security Technical Consultant

Mark is a Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) with over 35 years’ experience in the Information Technology industry. Covering a range of different industries including, Financial Services, NHS, Retail with subject matter expertise in Public Service Consultancy, Governance, Risk Management and PCI-DSS.

Mike Hopkins

Cyber Security Technical Consultant

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.

Mike is also GCT certified to deliver our GCHQ certified courses.

Mark Hutchings

Head of Learning Delivery – Cyber

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

Wendell La Fortune

Cyber Security Technical Consultant

Wendell La Fortune is a Cyber Security practitioner with twenty years Cisco high level Network Engineering experience working for world leading service providers He is an CREST Certified Advanced Persistent Threat Penetration tester having conducted successful Penetration Tests for leading organisations, an ISO 27001 Lead Implementer having lead  teams that implemented ISO 27001 ISMS.

A certified, experienced EU GDPR  Data Protection Officer & Practitioner implementing EU GDPR/Privacy compliance programs for various organisations and businesses in the UK and EU. Wendell is also a certified Agile Professional SCRUM Master leading teams developing complex software products in complex environments using SDLC and TDD methodologies. He currently holds a PG CERT Cyber Security and is presently completing his MSc Cyber Security at Northumbria University in the UK. A visiting Cyber Security Lecturer at CTS College, School of Business and Computer Science, Trinidad & Tobago.

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.

Dr Darryl MacGregor is also GCT certified to deliver our GCHQ certified courses.

Mark Martin

Cyber Security Technical Consultant

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.

Mark is also GCT certified to deliver our GCHQ certified courses.

Paul Mason

Cyber Security Technical Consultant

Paul started his career as a teacher becoming a Head of Department. He then moved to the SQA working on new teaching and assessment methodologies. Always having a technical interest, he competed in challenges and CTFs before taking the leap into cybersecurity full time. He has worked as a pen tester and later began training graduates to junior consultant level.Paul has an understanding of the security testing process from initial enquiry to report delivery. He has spoken at many national and international conferences in front of a wide variety of audiences.

Paul is passionate about teaching, training and encouraging people into the profession. He strives to apply his knowledge of education to the subject of cybersecurity to create engaging and effective courses. Lastly, Paul cares very much about the problems of diversity and equality in the cyber community and continues to support events and groups around this.

Steven Mathe

Cyber Security Technical Consultant

Steven has over 17 years' experience in implementation and management of ICT/Networking infrastructure solutions in various Policing environments. Over the years he has held a variety of technical and management roles. Steven holds a BSc (Hons) in Computing as well as various professional certifications and he is about to complete his MSc in Cyber Security.

Rebecca Moffitt

Cyber Security Technical Consultant

"My most recent work experience focussed on Data Loss Prevention and designing and deploying DLP solutions for a global manufacturing company, in addition to providing incident and risk response and management within in Cyber Security environment. Historically I have worked in a legal capacity providing information management and governance advice across a global organisation as well as providing investigation and discovery expertise.

I have worked within the confines of a provincial government environment providing guidance and oversight of various policies such as The Right to Information and Archives Act, while assisting the Provincial Cabinet Minister of Supply and Services in his role. In addition to this I have also worked with the Provincial Ombudsman providing investigation and issue resolution for members of the local community. Outside of this formal employment I worked as a Human Services Counsellor providing vocational, emotional and physical care for disabled or disadvantaged clients."

Kieran Mulligan

Cyber Security Technical Consultant

After obtaining a MSc in Computing and 15 years working inIT Infrastructure & Security on various Unix, Linux and Windows platforms.Kieran moved into Security full time and has spent the last 4 years teaching arange of Cyber courses to employees of some of the largest multi-nationalenterprises on the planet. Currently CISSP & CISMP qualified Kieran islooking to rapidly expand the number of his certifications very soon.

Kieran's interests include many technical aspects andnon-technical aspects e.g. how to effectively instil Cyber Security in to TheEnterprise.

Richie Nation

Cyber Security Technical Consultant

Richie completed a 22 year career in the RAF as an ICT specialist. His background consists of CISCO network installation and administration along with the system administration and installation of Microsoft, Oracle Solaris, Linux, Open VMS and VMWare products. This diversity and keenness for technology lead him into cyber security 5 years ago. Using this drive and knowledge, he has helped to shape cyber security training for the RAF’s ICT Technicians, Engineering Officers and Air Cadets. A holder of CREST’s CPSA qualification and an associate member of the IISP, he has passion for cyber security and ensuring that the next generation of defenders are ready to deal with new challenges.

King Samuel

Cyber Security Technical Consultant

Originating from a systems administration/network architecture career, a solid part of his career building networks for educational institutes. With security being a mainstay his implementation he grew a strong passion for everything cyber orientated especially social engineering.

The educational experience led to him mentoring young women in IT, helping them to begin a cyber career. He is a recipient of the Cisco global cyber security scholarship. A CCNACyberOps holder and elected for the CCNPCyberOps program.

Tom Sinclair

Cyber Security Technical Consultant

Tom is an experienced Cyber Security Manager who has extensive experience within the Defence and MoD sectors. Tom has managed and successfully delivered numerous IT-health checks to attain various types of accreditation, and consultancy around Pen testing and hardening of networks for numerous high-profile clients within the U.K and overseas.

Prior to joining QA Tom spent 10 years within the Airborne Forces, 2 years working on MoD Cyber projects and 1 year working for Sopra Steria which is rated the 3rd largest Digital transformation company in Europe leading Cyber Security tasks. Whilst Tom has a vast amount of experience within Cyber Management, Toms passion is Red Teaming & Ethical Hacking.

Brad Stone

Head of Learning Delivery – Cyber

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.

Brad is also GCT certified to deliver our GCHQ certified courses.

James Sutton

Cyber Security Technical Consultant

James completed 8 years’service as a senior analyst in the Intelligence Corps of the British Army,which led him to specialise in Cyber Intelligence and Cyber operations,supporting HMG’s efforts both in the UK, and overseas.  During his service James also worked, amongst other roles, as an exploitation analyst, initially conducting and supporting operations before delivering training in this specialism.

James is also an Accredited Splunk Architect having completed Implementation Fundamentals One, and hold the Splunk Admin Certification.

Leszek Szczygielski

Cyber Security Technical Consultant

Leszek (MSc, CISSP, CEH) IT professional with almost two decades of experience across the technology landscape, secure development and industries with cyber security in its’ DNA. Continuous learner, able to rapidly evolve, adopt to new circumstances and motivated, curious and persistent in doing the job right with the speed and under the pressure, able to make decisions in real time with reliable accuracy.

He’s got MSc in Computer Science as well as postgraduate diplomas in Management, Coaching and wide range of professional certifications including PCI IM, Network+, Security+, CSA+, CEH, CISMP and CISSP among others. He is in the business of shaping the future – everybody’s future.

Mekonnen Teferi

Cyber Security Technical Consultant

Technical security trainer with a wide repertoire of technical qualifications with over 18 years of exposure in a professional scenario, excellent ICT experience in hardware, software, networking and Cyber Security. Security Systems & Network Specialist with CompTIA /A+, Network+, Security+, CCNA / CCNP & MCSE trained and qualified, exceptional knowledge of LAN, WAN infrastructure and Information Security Technologies.

Proven track record on delivering various specialist training courses, Level 1 – 5 C&G, and OCR IT frameworks for private and public sectors.Graduated from University of Westminster with a Business Computing (BSc -Hons) undergrad degree, and MSC in Cyber Security and Network Systems.

Richard Westwood

Cyber Security Technical Consultant

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.