Meet Our Board Members

The NEBRC has some excellent organisations and companies involved at Board level. Board Members meet quarterly and are required to provide oversight governance for the NEBRC and review direction and progress against plans.


Brian Dilley, who is the current Group Director of Fraud and Financial Crime Prevention for Lloyds Banking Group, has been named Chair of the Board. He has 20 years experience in Fraud and Financial Crime which will see him leading the esteemed Board.

Find out more about our Board Members below.

Allan King


Allan King leads the UK Advanced Technology Centre at Accenture, based in Newcastle Upon Tyne.  Home to over 800 technology professionals, the Technology Centre delivers a wide range of cutting edge technology services to over 70 local, UK and international clients across a wide range of industry sectors.


As a technology professional with a specialism in complex programme delivery, Allan is known for successfully delivering large scale transformation programmes whilst injecting innovation within the delivery to put his clients ahead of their competition.  His career began in electronic engineering research, and progressed to senior software engineer within industrial power systems and then retail.  After joining Accenture, Allan moved through the ranks to become Managing Director in the North East in 2011 and taking over the Advanced Technology Centre in 2016. 

Andrew Dyson

DLA Piper

Andrew is a Partner at global law firm DLA Piper, where Co-Chairs the Global Privacy and Security Group. He has over 20 years' experience advising on data privacy, cyber security and IT related matters and advises leading UK and global organisations on legal issues relating to data, cyber security and information technology matters. Andrew's clients operate principally in financial services, technology and consumer sectors. He also has a close relationship advising key regulators and the UK Government. 
Andrew is a regular speaker on privacy and cyber law issues at executive seminars, conferences and media channels, including BBC, CNBC, Bloomberg. He is currently Visiting Research Fellow in Applied Ethics at the University of Leeds and Chairs the Leeds Data Ethics Forum. 

Babak Akhgar


Babak Akhgar is Professor of Informatics, co-founder and Director of CENTRIC (Centre of Excellence in Terrorism, Resilience, Intelligence and Organised Crime Research) at Sheffield Hallam University and Fellow of the British Computer Society. CENTRIC provides law enforcement agencies with state of the art capabilities to conduct a wide range of open source based investigation from Organised Crime network to Counter Terrorism. Babak has extensive hands on experience in development, management and execution of Intelligence Management projects in large international security initiatives. He is currently the technical lead of 2 EU Security projects "Profits" on Cyber Crime and Cyber Terrorism and "Tensor" on identification of terrorist generated content.


Babak has co-edited a book on Intelligence Management (Knowledge Driven Frameworks for Combating Terrorism and Organised Crime). His recent books are entitled Strategic Intelligence Management (National Security Imperatives and Information and Communications Technologies) Emerging Trends in ICT Security, Application of Big Data for National Security and Application of OSINT for Investigation and Dark Web Investigation for LEAs. In 2016 Babak was chairman of the Police Strategy forum.  


Babak is a member of the Academic Advisory Board of SAS UK, Board member of ECTEG (European CyberCrime Training and Education Group), Board member of European Organisation for Security (EOS) and member of Europol External Advisory Board on data protection and member of Europol EC3 Academic Advisory Board. 

Brian Dilley 

Lloyds Banking Group

Brian is responsible for fraud prevention, anti-money laundering, sanctions compliance, anti-bribery and countering terrorist financing across all of LBG's brands.  Brian holds the Senior Manager Regime position of Money Laundering Reporting Officer for Lloyds and Bank of Scotland. 

Brian holds a number of external positions within the industry, among them Chair of the Economic Crime Product & Service Board at UK Finance, member of the JMLIT Management Board & member of the Joint Fraud Taskforce Oversight Board.  He also represented the banking industry on the Steering Committee that created the Authorised Push Payment Scam Code in early 2019. 
Brian has over 20 years experience of Fraud & Financial Crime, the vast majority of which has been in financial services.

Prior to joining Lloyds Banking Group Brian served as the Global Head of Anti-Money Laundering Services and led the UK Financial Services Forensic team in the consultancy practice at KPMG.  Brian spent more than four years at the Financial Services Authority where he was Head of Department in the Enforcement Division during the implementation of the Financial Services & Markets Act and the development of the FSA's Financial Crime strategy. Whilst at the FSA, Brian conducted the FATF mutual evaluation of Latvia and was part of the team that responded to the mutual evaluation of the UK.  

He then spent over three years at UBS Investment Bank where he became Managing Director and Global Head of AML Compliance.  

Brian began his career as an Auditor at KPMG before becoming a fraud investigator in the Forensic Department.  

Chris Rowley

Humberside Police Deputy Chief Constable


Chris joined Humberside Police in October 2017 after a varied 25 year 

career with West Yorkshire Police, where he worked predominantly within local policing.  He was the strategic lead for a review of Local Policing across the Force, developing a bespoke resource allocation model for Neighbourhood Policing based on the needs and demands of communities, recognised by Leeds University academics as one of the first models of its kind within the Service.  On promotion to Chief Superintendent, Corporate Services, Chris led the merger of three headquarters departments to form the Force Performance Improvement Unit. Chris was then appointed as Head of the West Yorkshire Police Protective Services Crime Department and Head of the Regional Organised Crime Unit for the Yorkshire and the Humber, dealing with the most serious and complex crimes.  In this role, Chris had the additional responsibility for leading the Regional Asset Recover Team (RART) on behalf of the 7 Forces of the North East. 

Shortly after completing his Strategic Command Course in 2016, Chris was asked to support the new Chief Constable of South Yorkshire Police taking the role of T/ACC Crime and Operations, with day-to-day strategic leadership and governance of Crime Investigation across the Force (including Districts), Safeguarding, Public Order (including OSU, Dogs, Horses, Football Operations), Firearms, Special Branch and Doncaster Airport. 

Chris was appointed as Deputy Chief Constable of Humberside Police in October 2017, leading a broad and challenging portfolio encompassing Corporate Development, Professional Standards, Information Management & Security, Communications and Legal Services.  As part of his role, Chris jointly governs the delivery of collaborative services including IS and works directly with Chief Executives and Senior Leaders of key partnerships including Local Authorities, Health Service and Fire Service to develop long-term and sustainable professional working relationships with the strategic aim of delivering improved, collaborative services for victims of crime across the Humberside area.   In 2018, Chris was asked to take the role as National Lead for Burglary on behalf of the National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC), leading Forces in a national programme of work to support burglary reduction. 

Graeme Tizard


Graeme Tizard is the Portfolio Manager and Operations Lead for Network & Infrastructure Systems at Thales.

Graeme is responsible for the delivery of projects and programmes that ensure the security, integrity and resilience of networks that are critical for UK Public Sector and Defence customers. 

Prior to his involvement with Thales, Graeme was the IT Director at Doncaster College, responsible for IS and IT Strategy, Operational Service Delivery, Web Development, Change Management, Financial Management, IT risk, IT Security, DPA, DR and BCP. 

Mark Burns-Williamson OBE

West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner 

Mark was elected as Chair of West Yorkshire Police Authority in 2003, and became Chair of the Association of Police Authorities (APA) in 2011. The same year, he was awarded an OBE for his services to local communities. 


Mark was elected as the first Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) in 2012 for West Yorkshire and was then re-elected in 2016. 

During recent years Mark has been active within the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners (APCC) on their Executive Board and is currently the National Vice-Chair.  Mark has taken lead roles driving work around Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking, representing all PCCs.  He has been the chair of the National Police Air Service Board (NPAS) since its formation in 2013 and also chairs the West Yorkshire Local Criminal Justice Board (LCJB).  More recently, Mark has taken the national PCC lead portfolio around tackling Serious Violence and is a member of the National Task Force Chaired by the Home Secretary.   

Neil Sharpley

Federation of Small Business (FSB)

Neil qualified as a solicitor in 1976, and spent 25 years in general, mainly

commercial and litigation, law practice. Since 2000, he has operated an

independent legal and business consultancy which provides affordable

legal and business assistance for SME's. In 2013, Neil became accredited as a Commercial Mediator.  

Neil has been a member of the Federation of Small Businesses since 1981 and held local and regional office. He is currently FSB English Policy Chair for the Home Office and Ministry of Justice portfolios, and also Intellectual Property lead on the FSB BEIS/Innovation Committee. 

He was a member of Louth Chamber of Business from 1990 to 2015 and served as President for five years. He was board member of his local Town Partnership for two years. He undertakes mentoring for startups as part of the Prince’s Trust support scheme and has recently become an Enterprise Adviser for schools.  

His varied experience in business, the community, and policy lobbying equips him to address a wide range of issues and situations from both technical and practical standpoints. He has been involved in setting up the Lincolnshire Cyber Security Forum which launched earlier this year and is seeking to enable any future East Midlands cyber resilience related centre to be located in Lincoln.  

Phil is a Member of Digital Union,  the largest collective of creative, digital, and tech businesses in the North East. He is also a member of North East Fraud Forum, Institute of Customer Services and Federation of Small Businesses. In addition, he is a visiting lecturer at Newcastle, Northumbria and Sunderland Universities. Phil was also the former chair of Society of ICT Managers North East and  former chair of North East ICT Managers Group and North East Combined Authority Digital Leads Group. 


Phil has featured in Computing Magazine’s IT Leaders 100 in 2015, 2016 and 2017, and in CIO Magazine’s CIO 100 in 2006 and 2012. 

Phil Jackman


Phil Jackman is the Director of Guerrilla Working Ltd, which incorporates consultancy working at the point where technology meets the organisation’s people, as well as the director of Dynamo North East, an industry-led initiative focusing on growing the tech sector in the North East.  Phil is also leading the CyberNorth cyber cluster including the delivery of #CyberFest.  In addition, he is the director of North East Initiative on Business Ethics, working to make the North East the most ethical place to do business.  

Prior to Guerrilla and Dynamo, Phil was the Head of ICT Services at Durham County Council  from October 2009 until May 2017  with experience of running the customer services, revenues, benefits, risk and procurement within another local authority. He was also involved with Spicers, Europe’s largest office product distributors, in both a logistics role and as IT Director. 


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