UK & Ireland CISO Inner Circle

5 March 2024 | The Carlton Tower Jumeirah, London

5 March 2024
The Carlton Tower Jumeirah, 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:

Preparing For Cost Optimisation In An Uncertain Future

Demonstrating Your Worth — Having A Clear Communication Strategy Across The Business

Educating Leadership on How Cybersecurity Supports and Defends Tangible Business Outcomes

UK & Ireland CISO Governing Body

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

Governing Body Co-Chairs

Paula Kershaw

MD CCO, Cyber & Resilience

Sarah Lawson

University College London
CISO & Deputy CIO

Ewa Pilat

DWS Group
Group CISO

Helen Rabe


Yolande Young



5 March 2024

16:30 - 17:30  Executive Networking Reception

17:30 - 18:45  Discussion Topics

Turning Economic Headwinds into Opportunities

Caroline Paddle headshot

Caroline Paddle

Regional Director UK/I & Nordics

XM Cyber

Naina Bhattacharya headshot

Naina Bhattacharya

Group CISO


Simon Goldsmith headshot

Simon Goldsmith

Director of Information Security


Amy Lemberger headshot

Amy Lemberger



Malcolm Norman headshot

Malcolm Norman



Daven Patel headshot

Daven Patel



Sam Price headshot

Sam Price

Group CISO & CTO

Compass Group PLC

Deborah Saffer headshot

Deborah Saffer

Director Information Security

Liberty Specialty Markets

In the ever-evolving global economy, CISOs face even harsher challenges when defending cybersecurity budgets. Uncertainty persists as enterprises face global economic headwinds, new regulations, increasing technology spending, and an ever-increasing threat landscape. By connecting cybersecurity expenses to business outcomes and demonstrating the value of change spend, they can optimise technology investment and effectively communicate the value offered to retain key budgets. 

CISOs must rise to the occasion and prepare for possible cost-optimisation requests. By honing their communication and storytelling skills, they can effectively navigate the C-suite and win over stakeholders as security advocates, ultimately securing the budgets they need to defend against the ever-increasing threat landscape.

Preparing For Cost Optimisation In An Uncertain Future

  • How can we educate executive leadership on how cybersecurity supports and defends tangible business outcomes, such as revenue generation, cost savings, strategic initiatives, and brand protection?

  • How can we formalise cybersecurity’s strategic planning to provide greater transparency to leadership on how resourcing decisions are made?

  • What steps can we take to optimise our technology spend and maneuver the ever-increasing vendor market?

Demonstrating Your Worth — Having A Clear Communication Strategy Across The Business

  • How can you connect cybersecurity spending to business outcomes and communicate the value of change spending to stakeholders?

  • What storytelling techniques have been successful in bringing key stakeholders on board with cybersecurity spending?

  • How can you effectively communicate the need for secure adoption of new technology to key stakeholders?

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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Parking & Public Transport

Public Transport: Tube - Knightsbridge, Sloane Square

Parking:  NCP Car park Cadogan Place

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