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Meet The 2024 BSides Cheltenham Team


A graphic displaying the 6 members of the BSides Cheltneham 2024 committee.

After an amazing second year, we knew we needed to grow the team so wek asked the community for help. We had so many offers and we really appreciate everyone who messages and offered their support we were really blown away. Unofrtunately that means we weren't able to bring everyone on board but don't worry there will be lots of other opportunities to still get involved including our paper selction commitee, menotring, event day volunteers and more. Without further ado, we are excited to introduce the new committee for BSides Cheltenham 2024.

Illyana M When not running BSides Cheltenham, Illyana runs the Women in Tech & Cyber Hub other wise known as WiTCH. WiTCH is a not-for-profit community interest company that supports women in tech and cyber sectors by providing menotrship and events to support reskilling and upskiling. She has also recently founded Tech Forward, a consultancy whose job is to empower tech companies to grow by empowering their people. She is passionate about cyber security and neurodiversity, and can often be found doing talks on ADHD and Autism.


Chris W

Chris is the Principal Application Security SME for Immersive Labs. Chris has worked in the cybersecurity industry for over 9 years, spanning multiple verticals. His main priority for BSides Cheltenham is making it a conference he would be excited to go to. He led the selection committee for papers and is coordinating the speakers and volunteers today.


Tamzin G

Tamzin is currently finishing her higher apprenticeship delivered by her employer Cyber Security Associates. She is a STEM ambassador and is a board advisor for The Cyber Helpline and. She is BSides Cheltenham's community engagement and feedback liaison and is on hand all day to help the volunteers and make sure attendees know where to go.

Lindsay T

Lindsay is a Principal Cyber Security Consultant as well as the Risk & Governance Practice Lead at CDS Defence & Security, a Cheltenham based company. With a career spanning nearly 25 years across Secure Communications, Information Assurance, and Cyber Security, he’s seen a significant shift in the threat landscape over that time. With experience delivering TEDx events, he was keen to focus down on the cyber security industry. With such a successful BSides Cheltenham 2023 in the rear-view mirror, he decided to join the growing team to support future events. In his spare time, he helps guide people into cyber security career through his NFP Cyber Five Six.

David A

David’s biggest passion is to work with emerging countries, using technology to truly level the playing field. He is a technologist, entrepreneur, consultant CTO with over 25 years of experience. He specialises in blockchain technology starting his blockchain career working in a major European investment bank as their blockchain architect before leaving to co-found and consult to various blockchain start-ups. He has advised multiple international charities and social enterprises on the use of blockchain and emergent technologies in the developing world.


Richard M

Self proclaimed spinner of plates, Richard M is a technical lead with over 20 years of experience in Information Assurance and security both for industry and government. He currently has a lead technical role in the deliver of cyber advice, guidance and capability. While not keeping the UK safe he is also devoloping his own sideline related to Arcades.


Please don't hesitate to reach out to any of us we are here to help and make BSides Cheltenham 2024 the best it can be. We can't wait to welcome you next June!

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