Dr Natalie Coull
Head of Division of Cyber Security, Abertay University
Dr Natalie Coull is the Head of Division of Cyber Security at Abertay University, and was responsible for developing their masters in Ethical Hacking programme and bachelors in Digital Forensics. Natalie has research interests in secure coding, digital watermarks and computer memory-based security concerns. Natalie is actively engaged in outreach, including promoting female participation in cyber security and leading a programme to provide Abertay student mentors for local school pupils as part of their National Progression Award in Cybersecurity.
Natalie graduated with a Doctorate in technology-enhanced education for software development from the University of St Andrews, which was followed by a Post-Doctoral post in the same area. Natalie was appointed as a Lecturer in Ethical Hacking in 2008 at Abertay.
Working with colleagues at Abertay, Natalie has begun to explore the role of computer games in cybersecurity training. In collaboration with Droman Crime Solutions Ltd., a leading strategic consultancy company in security and public safety, and Hyper Luminal, an applied serious games company, the team is developing a new kind of training environment to help the police deal with cybercrime.
Mike Hulett M.St (Cantab.)
Head of Operations, National Cyber Crime Unit
Mike is the Head of Operations for the National Cyber Crime Unit (NCCU), part of the National Crime Agency, responsible for leading the UK’s Law Enforcement response to cyber crime. The NCCU has around 250 officers based at 4 sites , with a range of investigation, intelligence, technical, digital forensics, data analysis and financial investigation skills.
Mike is responsible for leading the highest level and most complex investigations into cyber crime in the UK, utilising support from across UK & international law enforcement agencies, other UK Government departments and a range of industry partners. NCCU Operations also coordinate and support cyber crime investigations undertaken by police Regional Organised Crime Units (ROCUs) and local police forces across the UK.
The majority of Mike’s career has been spent leading serious organised crime investigations across a variety of sectors including drugs, firearms, money laundering, corruption, kidnap, organised immigration crime and now cyber crime. Mike holds a Master’s degree in criminology from the University of Cambridge, and lives in the home counties with his wife and two young children.
Head of European Cybercrime Centre (EC3), 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 cover 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 the EU, strategic analysis of threats and trends, and liason with industry, academia and non-law enforcement partners
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.