UK & Ireland CISO Inner Circle

18 November 2019 | Trinity House

18 November 2019
Trinity House

Collaborate with your peers

Get together with your peers to tackle top business challenges through peer-driven content and discussions at the UK & Ireland CISO Inner Circle.

Join your peers to discuss the most critical issues impacting CISOs today:

Strategies for a risk-aligned, resilient organization

Developing and investing in the security workforce of tomorrow

Creating business value and supporting agile business operations

UK & Ireland CISO Governing Body

The Governing Body Co-Chairs shape the summit agenda, ensuring that all content is driven by CISOs, for CISOs.


Elaine Bucknor

Group CISO & Group Director Technology

Jared Carstensen

CRH plc

Bobby Ford

VP, Global CISO

Matt Gordon-Smith

Gatwick Airport

Simon Hodgkinson


Paula Kershaw

Regional CISO, Europe & UK

Ewa Pilat

Willis Towers Watson
Global CISO


18 November 2019

16:30 - 17:30  Executive Networking Reception

17:30 - 19:00  Discussion Topics

CISO as a Strategic Communicator

Jared Carstensen headshot

Jared Carstensen


CRH plc

Luke Fairless headshot

Luke Fairless

Technology Director | Security and Capability

Tesco Plc

Lachlan George headshot

Lachlan George

Group CISO


Matt Gordon-Smith headshot

Matt Gordon-Smith


Gatwick Airport

Simon Hodgkinson headshot

Simon Hodgkinson



Sam Smith headshot

Sam Smith

Head of Digital Risk & Security

Cadent Gas

Philip Whittaker headshot

Philip Whittaker

Chief Information Security Officer

Lookers Group

Paul Watts headshot

Paul Watts


Domino's Pizza UK

Being an effective CISO means being a skilled communicator, change agent, strategist and storyteller. It means making sure productive conversations around risk and security take place at every level – from the Board to individual contributors – and that each decision is backed with the right metrics. Whether it’s best practices for crisis communication or influencing the BOD, you’ll have the opportunity to share your approach with peers and unlock new ways to tell compelling, data-driven security stories.

Topic 1: Changing Communication

  • What does the Board want to hear from CISOs? Metrics are important, but what should the message be?
  • How do you tailor information and communication for different areas of the organization to tell a compelling story? How do you choose which KPIs/metrics to use?
  • Cadence is critical – when do you share information, and how do you decide?

Topic 2: Better Information, Bigger Impact

  • How are you measuring the effectiveness of employee-based communications, like phishing and security-awareness initiatives?
  • What are your successes and challenges as you collaborate across the business to drive threat intelligence (real-time information gathering, following through on incident response plans)?
  • What technologies are disrupting your workflow and/or organisation? How are you talking about them with the Board and other stakeholders?

Topic 3: Trust and Alignment

  • What’s helping you build trust between security and the greater organisation?
  • How is your team expected to respond to crises (ransomware, breaches, etc.)? How can we ensure the expectations of our teams align with the expectations of the business?
  • What does it mean for you to be an effective influencer? Who should CISOs be influencing?

19:00 - 19:30  Networking Break

19:30 - 21:00  Summary Discussion & Dinner

21:00 - 22:00  Social Hour


Your Community Partners

Summary Discussion Partner
Collaborative Partner

UK & Ireland CISO Community Managers

For inquiries related to this event, please reach out to your dedicated program contacts.

Luis Arango Abello

Programme Manager

+44 (0)1784 267 880

Ryan Greig

Brand Director

+44 (0)1784 268 771