February 28th 2018 | Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh



John Swinney MSP

Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills, Scottish Government


Born in 1964, John Swinney joined the Scottish National Party in 1979 and went on to graduate from Edinburgh University with an MA (Hons) in Politics. He has worked for the Scottish Coal Project, Development Options and Scottish Amicable.

Prior to his election as Westminster MP for North Tayside in 1997, he held a number of posts in the SNP at local and national level. In 1999, he became the MSP for Tayside North, remaining as the constituency's MP until standing down from Westminster at the 2001 General Election.

Having served as the SNP's Deputy Leader since 1998 and became Leader in 2000. After relinquishing his post in 2004, Mr Swinney became Convener of the Scottish Parliament's European and External Relations Committee.

He was re-elected as an MSP at the 2007 Scottish Parliament election and appointed Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth. Following the elections to the Scottish Parliament in May 2011, he was appointed Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Employment and Sustainable Growth.

As of November 2014, he became Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Constitution and the Economy.

In May 2016, he was re-appointed Deputy First Minister, and is currently Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills.

John has three children and is married to Elizabeth Quigley. He lives near Blairgowrie in his constituency and his hobbies include running, cycling and hill walking.

Richard Beck

Director of Cyber Security, QA

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 cyber security.

Matthew Collinson

Lecturer, University of Aberdeen

Matthew Collinson is a Lecturer in Computing Science at Aberdeen. He has degrees in Mathematics, Mathematical Logic and Theoretical Computer Science from the Universities of Edinburgh and Manchester, but his current research focus is on investigating the complex interaction between human behaviour and cyber security policy. He is principal investigator for a large project Supporting Security Policy with Effective Digital Intervention (www.sspedi.co.uk) funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council. He previously worked at Hewlett-Packard Labs, Bristol on advanced research projects in their Security and Trusted Systems Labs.

Bea Gully

Senior Account Manager, Darktrace 

Bea Gully joined Darktrace in summer 2015, and is developing the business in Northern England and Scotland. Bea’s experience is predominately in networking and security, previously working alongside pentesters to discuss how to best secure clients’ networks. Bea specialises in working with organisations across England and Scotland, within banking, legal, pharma, retail and ecommerce. 


President, ISACA  (Scotland)

An internationally award winning Cyber Security Consultant. Current President of ISACA (Scotland) and Vice-President of ISC2 (Scotland).

Previous Cybe rsecurity experience includes 8 years as a Police Officer where he was awarded a Chief Constable’s commendation and 4 years as part of KPMG’s award winning Cyber Security Team.

Kevin has authored two books on training and development and now works for a global bank as a Cybersecurity, risk and privacy specialist.

He is a noted speaker on the international security circuit and a regular contributor to leading cybersecurity, risk, and privacy publications.

Kerry Jardine

Public Sector Action Plan on Cyber Resilience, Scottish Government

Kerry Jardine is an information specialist at the Scottish Government with over 10 years of experience in supporting the development of Scotland’s multi-agency resilience and now in cyber resilience with the public sector.

After spending more than 17 years in a variety of information management, policy, research, communications and training roles, Kerry has extensive experience engaging with people at all levels in the public and private sector to improve the way they use information and in how they manage risk.

Kerry holds a BA in Business Administration and a MSc in Information Management.  

Steven Wilson

Head of European Cybercrime Centre, EUROPOL

Steven originates from Ayrshire in Scotland and was a Police Officer in Scotland from 1985-2015.

He performed a variety of senior Detective roles and worked in covert policing,major investigations, sex offender management,CT investigations, witness protection, cybercrime and cyber enabled crime including online child sexual exploitation.

He commenced as Head of EC3 in January 2016 and is responsible for the central collation of criminal intelligence on cybercrime across the EU,supporting member state investigations into Online Child Sexual Exploitation,Cyber enabled attacks on payment systems and Cyberattacks that impact on critical infrastructure and information systems.

He is also responsible for the Joint Cybercrime Action Taskforce (JCAT) a team of specialist cyber investigators seconded to EC3 from multiple countries,providing digital and document forensic support in complex cases across EU,strategic analysis of threats and trends,and liaison with industry, academia and non- law enforcement partners.