Meet Our Advisory Group


The NEBRC has a fantastic Advisory Group, currently made up of the below organisations. These Members have a real interest in supporting the Centre.

Advisory Group Members meet quarterly and with being well connected in the community, are able to steer and influence the direction of the NEBRC.

Find out more about our Advisory Group Members below.

Biju Issac

Northumbria University

Dr Biju Issac is an Associate Professor and the Programme Leader of ‘Computer Network & Cybersecurity’ and ‘Computer & Digital Forensics’ courses at Northumbria University with around 300 students. He has done PhD in Networking and Mobile Communications, Master of Computer Applications (MCA) and Bachelor of Engineering (BE) in Electronics and Communication Engineering. He is a Chartered Engineer (CEng), Senior IEEE member and Fellow of HEA. Northumbria University is recognised as an Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research (ACE-CSR) by NCSC and EPSRC. He founded 'Northumbria Cyber Clinic' in 2018, where the Cybersecurity and Digital Forensics students are trained in ethical hacking and pen-testing using Kali Linux tools every week to prepare them for the industry.


His research interests are in computer networks, cybersecurity, AI/machine learning applications (in security, text mining, image processing etc.) and technology in education. He is currently involved in cybersecurity and AI/machine learning projects with PhD students under him and his personal research website is

Christopher Tait


Dr Christopher Tait has over 15 years in the IT Security industry and since opening Layer 7 IT Security in 2010, has focused on delivering specialist security services to Public Sector and their supply chain in the areas of Security Architecture, Information Assurance and penetration testing.


In recent years Chris has focused upon defensive AWS security architectures and Continuous Security Integration pipelines.  

Guy Phoenix

Fresh Mango Technologies 

Guy Phoenix is Owner and Group Managing Director of the Fresh Mango Technologies Group of Information Technology companies, with offices in the British Virgin Islands (BVI), Yorkshire (Leeds and Ripon) and Lithuania. He is also the owner of a digital marketing agency in the British Virgin Islands, and was a key advisor to several local companies in the aftermath of the catastrophic Hurricane Irma in 2017.

Guy holds a Joint BEng from the University of Nottingham and an MBA from Warwick Business School. He started his career with Rolls-Royce PLC as a software engineer, and progressed through several management roles in Rolls-Royce’s diverse industries and geographies. This included stints in Japan, South Africa and Brazil, finishing at Rolls-Royce with global client responsibility for the marine division.

He was an early-joiner of a dot-com company in the late nineties, and subsequently spent several years as commercial director for Alstom in the rail industry. He then took the plunge to become his own boss, buying a small generator distributor business which he grew for 5 years and exited in 2009.

Since then he has been based in the BVI, originally moving there to indulge his love of sailing. He founded his BVI marketing agency in 2010 and acquired a majority stake in the BVI IT company Fresh Mango Technologies two years later. He has grown the business organically and through the acquisition of CCS 2000 in Ripon in 2015 and IDT in Leeds in 2019. He became 100% Group shareholder in 2016.

In recent years an additional focus for Guy and his IT businesses has been cyber security. Coupling this with his marketing expertise, he provides guidance to businesses on how to operate smoothly and securely in an online world.

In normal times Guy divides his time between the UK, the BVI, USA (especially Nashville where he is trying to learn to play the guitar). He also tries to attend at least one Formula One race every year. He relocated to the United Kingdom in January 2020.

Helen Hassen

Atom Bank

Helen Hassen is the Head of Financial Crime and Money Laundering Reporting Officer at Atom Bank, the UK’s first app-only bank which is based in Durham. 


With over 25 years’ experience in financial services, Helen's role covers anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing, bribery and corruption, fraud prevention and whistleblowing risk and compliance.  Helen is a member of the UK Finance Money Laundering Advisory Panel and their MLRO Network Group and is also on the NCA’s Challenger Bank Working Group. 

Melanie Oldham

Bobs Business

Melanie Oldham is the founder and driving force behind Bob’s Business, an award winning and leading cyber security awareness training and phishing simulations provider. Melanie has racked up over 10 years experience in the cyber security sector and has become a reputable and well-respected force within the industry.  

Bob’s Business has delivered awareness campaigns to organisations of all shapes and sizes, from 10 users through to 70,000 users. Last year, they educated 210,000 users. 

Melanie is also the founder of the Yorkshire Cyber Security Cluster, a collaborative group that works together to reduce cyber security within the region. The cluster brings together local businesses, academics, the police and experts to discuss, collaborate and educate on the key issues facing the region. 

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Michael Lamb 

Vanguard Cyber Security 

Michael Lamb is the founder of Vanguard Cyber Security, a consultancy offering Cyber Incident Response, Digital Forensics and Cloud Based Solutions. Michael has experience in government and global defence, with proven successes in developing malware analysis & cloud based forensics platforms for government.


Recently, Michael has been focusing on developing a cloud based incident response platform to aid SME's resilience. Outside of Vanguard, Michael also contributes time
as a British Army Reservist as a Communications Operator.

His entry into cyber security was via Northumbria University, where he attended the Computer & Digital Forensics course. His first experience in the industry was with the UK Government Cyber Security Apprenticeship scheme, followed up by attendance of SANS training courses. He is currently training to become a registered penetration tester.

Mike Hudson 


Mike Hudson has over 22 years’ experience in the information technology field, he now spends his time protecting Arco’s (a UK based health and safety supplies and services retailer) network from internal and external adversaries, whilst delivering cyber security awareness to its 1600 members of staff. He is a qualified lead auditor for ISO 27001, and is the technical lead of the implementation of ISO 27001 for Arco, and is currently studying for his CISSP. Mike is actively involved with Humberside’s Cyber Prevent teams on awareness events in the region.

Shahrzad Zargari

Sheffield Hallam University

Shahrzad is a passionate and active advocate of Digital Forensics & Cyber Security. Having built a

large and effective network of contacts, she has enriched the teaching of Digital Forensics at Sheffield Hallam University ensuring that what is taught delivers to our students excellent experiences and life opportunities. The collaborations she has built up have facilitated the universities work with Regional Police Forces, Industry, Academia, Government and Professional Bodies.  

Shahrzad's background in Data Mining & Applied Statistics served as the building block for her expansion into the Cyber Security subject domain. Her academic and industry qualifications include: 15 years of work experience in the IT sector, a PhD in Applied Statistics, Industry certification with mainstream forensics tools (including Cellebrite mobile phone forensics), an MSc in Forensic Computing & Security, a BSc(Hons) in Statistics, a PgCert in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education and attendance of recognised SANS training courses.


Shahrzad also has extensive professional skills including statistical analysis, mathematical modelling, data mining, enterprise management, digital forensics, intrusion detection & incident response, ethical hacking and expert witness testimony.​

Stewart Hogg


Stewart joined Waterstons following the completion of a physics degree at Durham University. He has a keen interest in technology and utilises the problem-solving skills gained through his degree to provide innovative solutions to complex problems. Stewart has a strong interest in Information Security, Business Continuity and IT Service Management and through several years of experience as an IT Manager has developed these areas as a specialism.


Stewart now focuses on working with clients to help them align with security and continuity frameworks such as ISO 27001 and ISO 22301 by optimising the areas of people, processes and technologies to reduce risk and deliver business value.   

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Phil Anderson

Northumbria University 

Philip Anderson has over 18 years teaching experience in Higher Education with over 13 years subject expertise in developing and delivering taught digital and computer forensic modules and most recently the lead for Digital Policing elements in the new Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship Programme.  He is currently undertaking a PhD in automatic online grooming detection through artificial intelligence. He is a Senior Fellow of the HEA. Philip is on the register of experts for the European Network and Information Security Agency (ENISA) in 2010, 2014 and 2017 for identifying emerging and future ICT risks in the area of Information Security Risk Assessment and Management and has been the project lead and co- author for four ENISA reports on improving the cooperation between law enforcement, CSIRTs and the Judiciary.