Reza AlaviReza M Alavi

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I have been working in various IT positions in the last 27 years and currently working as an information security consultant. Previously I worked as International Sales and Marketing Manager in two companies, which specialise in wide range of consultancy services such as information security, risk management, business continuity and IT governance in the Middle East.

My current work as security consultant includes, specialising in information security coaching, helping my clients to become more effective and efficient typically through the strategic of information systems, risk management and security governance. Having significant experience of the commercial sector in various parts of the globe working with variety of cultures and work ethics and at the same time educated at PhD level in information security enables me to understand current security requirements and threat landscape.

I believe my experience in the IT / security industry and academia enables me for better understanding the importance of both fields to achieve better outcome in GRC environment.


John Mitchell 


Managing Director, LHS Business Control

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John is a Fellow of both the BCS and the IIA-UK and has previously been Membership Secretary, Journal Editor and Chair of IRMA. He has also served on BCS Council, the Specialist Group Management Committee and the Security Committee. He was previously a member of its Risk, Audit & Finance Committee.

His doctorate in risk analysis techniques was awarded by City University, London, England. His MBA in financial control was awarded, with distinction, by Middlesex University, England.

John has been an expert adviser in a number of UK commercial and criminal cases and has been featured in a major British computing publication as the ‘IT Detective’.

He is an international authority on corporate governance, risk management and control self-assessment and the impact of regulatory and compliance issues on the delivery of corporate services. He has presented papers on these subjects at many international conferences and holds ISACA’s prestigious John Kuyers’ award for best conference contributor, as well as the BCS’s John Ivinson medal for services to the Institute.

Vice Chair

Andy Moattari 


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Andy spent the 1st twelve years of his industrial career as a design & development engineer in UK Electronics and Telecommunication industries. He then moved into IT Consultancy with IBM in 1978 and continued in that capacity offering PMO services to several clients in Telecoms, finance, software house and energy industries. He has had roles and responsibilities as Analyst, Quality Manager, Change Manager, ISO Auditor, Configuration Manager & Process Improvement Manager on a number of major multi-site software development projects in Europe & USA.

Membership Secretary

Conrad Downes 


Information Security Manager - BritBrasil

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Conrad has worked for both public and private organisations in telecommunications and Information Security in Wales, England, and Brazil. He started his career in Computer Operations in 1979, moved into networking in 1982, extended that into Information Security in 1993, and combining the latter with Business Continuity since 2001.

In the UK, he worked for Cardiff University and the University of Sussex. In Brazil, based in São Paulo, he worked for GTECH as a Network Security Specialist, a Solutions Architect for BT, CSO for CPM Braxis Capgemini, and presently for the Continuity Program Office, FIS, covering the Brazil, Latin America, and Caribbean Region. While he was Network Manager at the University of Sussex he was active in the role of Secretary for the UKERNA High-Speed Networking Technical Advisory Group.

During 2009 he was part of the Task Force to resurrect the BCS IRMA SG and was elected Membership Secretary for the group at each AGM since. In addition, he was a founder member of two athletic clubs in the UK with roles of President and Secretary respectively.

Conrad is a Member of the British Computer Society and a Chartered IT Professional. He has industry certifications in CISSP, ISO27001 Lead Auditor, and ITIL.

His educational qualifications include a BSc in Computer Studies (Glamorgan University), Post-Grad in Business Administration (Fundação Instituto de Administração Business School, São Paulo, Brazil), and MBA in IT Governance (Instituto Mauá de Tecnologia, São Paulo, Brazil).


Durgesh G  


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Well-regarded expert in the field of IT, Cyber Security & Information Risk management and Assurance with over 12 years of industry experience working with prestigious clients in various industry sectors including, but, not limited to Technology, Financial Institutions, Aviation, Construction, Engineering, Energy, Sports sectors providing specialist services in Security Risk and Assurance.

His skills and know-how incorporate information security strategy, governance, risk management, compliance, business continuity, application security, computer forensics, vulnerability assessments & penetration testing, vendor neutral security solution architecture, service delivery, project management. He is well-versed with international standards such as COBIT 5, ISO 27000 series. He has extensive experience developing strategies for IT risk and compliance engagement and acts as a subject matter expert to provide security advice to internal and external stakeholders.

Durgesh is also the on elite International panel for ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 27/WG 1 as a UK Expert, the ISACA International’s CRISC Exam Item Development group and a critical reviewer for study resources & journal articles.

He also represents the National body with the BSI as committee member of IST / 33 group for ISMS and BCS Information Risk Management and Assurance (IRMA) Specialist Group (SG).

Recently, he has been independently assessed for attested as a Chartered Engineer demonstrating leadership along with optimisation of existing & emerging technology by the Engineering Council, UK as well as been through the independent assessment and verification process for the UK governments approved standard of competence for cyber security and Information Assurance (IA) and qualified as a Security and Information Risk Advisor (SIRA) professional via the UK NCSC.

Holding a Bachelor’s degree in Electronics Engineering followed by a Masters in Information Security Management, Durgesh is also a Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) and is an active member of various specialist groups like the CiSP, ISACA, BCS, etc., he has extensive experience developing strategies for IT security, governance, risk and compliance engagement and acts as a subject matter expert to provide security advice to internal and external stakeholders.

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Zuzana Bitterova

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Zuzana is the Managing Director of BITTER Solutions Ltd., a Cyber Security Forum Initiative (CSFI) Project Manager and a Professional member of BCS (BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT). She has MBA degree in Strategic management from Nottingham Trent University and holds CISM certification amongst others. She is also multiple times Czech national powerlifting champion (IPF), holds a number of national records and frequently represents her country in international competitions across the world. She has been working in various business and consultancy positions for the past 15 years. Her long-term career within Samsung has equipped her with rich Governance, Risk and Compliance (GRC) skills as well as Information Security Management System (ISMS) ones. Her versatile knowledge of Information Security, Data Privacy, Risk Management and Business Continuity frameworks and best practices helps her to promote business efficiency, compliance as well as resilience while securing the best possible outputs for business partners and individuals.


Anthony Daniel

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Following a 29 year career with BT I joined the NHS in 2001 to work on Information Security for the Plymouth Health Community, from this role I set up and ran the PKI infrastructure for medical smart cards to access various national systems which now include Electronic Prescriptions, Choose and Book appointment systems and the Summary Care Record. During this time in 2005 I obtained CISSP certification and became Head of Information Governance and IT security for a large NHS trust.

From this point I moved in to a major IT Service provider as a Client Security Manager and worked directly with the Department of Health and it’s at length bodies (NHS England, CQC, MRA etc) as their security consultant for 5 years finishing in 2018.

In 2015 I obtained certification from the NCSC as a Certified Cyber Professional and then worked on several government projects.

Currently I work for Thales UK as a Senior Cyber Consultant and have worked on Defence, Land and Air Transport projects for various countries.

My interests outside of ‘work’ include being a Trustee for Festival Medical Services which raises funds to support other medical charities by providing medical services at major events such as Glastonbury and Reading Festival, and volunteering for Marie Currie as a cyber consultant.

Academic Relations

Navid Narani

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Navid obtained his first Masters in Software, Electronic and Electrical Engineering from Queen Mary's university of London and has spent numerous years working in the City within a wide range of organisations.

A security incident in his workplace at the time was the final spark needed to ignite Navid's budding interest in security and he is now completing his second Master's degree in Information Security from the Luleå University of Technology in Northern Sweden.

Navid has been a member of BCS since 2018 and is now stepping into the role of Academic Relations. As a new comer in the field, he hopes that his previous experience will bring a different perspective to the role.

Darren RobertsCommunication and Social Media co-ordinator
Darren Roberts

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Darren has been involved in ICT audit since 1999 and gained the IIA QiCA ICT audit accreditation in 2001. After spells working within various ICT and digital audit roles within the UK public sector and central government, he now heads up the ICT audit function at SWAP Internal Audit Services delivering ICT risk assurance across the public and charitable sectors.

In 2006, he obtained a Foundation Degree in Computing and Software Development and became a member of the BCS shortly after. He is also a practitioner in AGILE Foundation and ITIL v2.

Passionate about how the new digital age impacts on our everyday approach to managing our information, security and privacy, Darren can also be found on the speaker circuit with the Chartered Institute of Internal Auditors with whom he has been a member for over 20 years. He is a particular advocate for getting the next generation involved and engaged in information risk and security both for them personally and as a future developed career choice.

His other passion is Spain and the Spanish lifestyle so when his out-of-office is on, he will (more than) frequently be distance walking, dining and partaking in the places he loves such as Galicia, Madrid, Barcelona, Malaga, Seville and Ibiza.