UK & Ireland CISO Inner Circle

1 March 2023 | No. 11 Cavendish Square, London

1 March 2023
No. 11 Cavendish Square, London


Collaborate with your peers

Join UK & Ireland's top CISOs for an intimate networking dinner and facilitated discussion on key business challenges. Enjoy a relaxed evening of dinner and drinks with your peers to share best practices, make new connections and build professional relationships.

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

Strategies for Establishing Cyber Judgment

Effective Communication and Balance of Risk, Value and Cost

Nurturing a Cyber Risk-Aware Culture

UK & Ireland CISO Governing Body

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


Imran Ali

Compass Group
Group Chief Information Security & Technology Officer

Jared Carstensen


Paula Kershaw

Chief Controls Officer, Cyber & Resilience

Sarah Lawson

University College London

Ewa Pilat

DWS Group
Group CISO

Yolande Young



1 March 2023

16:30 - 17:30  Executive Networking Reception

17:30 - 18:45  Discussion Topics

Enabling Digital Cyber-Risk Management

Simon Goldsmith headshot

Simon Goldsmith

Director of Information Security


Tony Jowett headshot

Tony Jowett



Paul Key headshot

Paul Key

CISO & VP Information Security

Smith & Nephew

Soraya MontesdeOca headshot

Soraya MontesdeOca

Group Information Security Officer

Harvey Nichols

Clare Pryor headshot

Clare Pryor

Head of Cyber Security Governance, Risk and Compliance

Visa Europe

Deborah Saffer headshot

Deborah Saffer

Director Information Security

Liberty Specialty Markets

Reza Salari headshot

Reza Salari

Head of Business Information Security (BISO)

Pacific Life Re

Dane Warren headshot

Dane Warren



A growing number of companies are willing to increase their risk appetites to get ahead in the wake of unpredictable environments and innovative technologies’ potential to provide competitive advantages. CISOs must evolve more thoughtful risk-based vendor relationships, add requests for evidence of security controls, shift to resilience-based thinking, and work to get ahead of coming regulations.

CISOs should identify and proactively manage future risks by notifying decision-makers about new security strategies, norms, and technologies. It is imperative that relationships continue to evolve with senior leadership outside IT and security to ensure effective communication of organisational risk. Lastly, tracking and addressing skills gaps with creative talent management practices will help cybersecurity leaders stay ahead of the curve. 

Strategies for Establishing Cyber Judgment

  • How are you equipping decision-makers throughout the organisation to independently make informed risk decisions rather than relying on automation?
  • Many CISOs have turned toward the organisation of cyber fusion teams to operate in a more product-centric way. What strategies to embed security within the organisation have you tried? How are you changing mindsets and workflows?
  • What methods have you found effective when communicating the balance of risk, value and cost?

Nurturing a Cyber Risk-Aware Culture

  • Have you built a formal security behaviour and culture program that targets end-users, executive leadership, and the board? How have you done this? What benefits are you seeing?
  • What sort of roles are you hiring for in the coming year? Are they more business-focused or technology/security focused?
  • How are you involving business leaders in cyber decision-making to ensure joint responsibility?

18:45 - 19:15  Networking Break

19:15 - 20:30  Summary Discussion & Dinner

20:30 - 21:30  Social Hour


We look forward to seeing you at an upcoming in-person gathering

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