Meet the Team

Rebecca Chapman

Director

Rebecca is a Superintendent with 28 years policing experience across uniform and CID disciplines, both at a district level and central departments. She has a keen interest in collaboration and the cyber world, having worked on many collaborative projects, she has a proven track record of delivery. Rebecca has been a Tactical Firearms commander, Post Incident Manager, Silver CBRN (Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear) commander and works for the South Yorkshire Force. She is currently seconded to the NE Region as Collaboration Lead for Cyber and the CEO/Director of the NEBRC. Rebecca is married to a retired Police Superintendent , lives in Sheffield and has two teenage children.

Stephen Leach

Head of Business Development

Steve is a Detective Inspector with 24 years policing experience, the majority spent within CID, both at a Force and Regional level. Steve has always had an interest in the digital and cyber world. Prior to joining the police he graduated university with an Electronic Systems Engineering degree. Within the police he has worked in internet investigations and managed communication data investigators, radio frequency technicians and Digital Forensic Examiners. More recently he was part of the team that was responsible for creating the force-wide Cyber Crime Unit. He has previous experience of force and region-wide Projects from design through implementation to delivery. Steve is married and lives in Yorkshire with his wife and children.

Martin Wilson

Head of Student Services

Martin Wilson of Durham Constabulary has 16 years policing experience across various policing roles. Prior to joining the NEBRC, Martin was part of the North East Special Operations Unit (NERSOU). He specialised in Cyber Protect, Prevent and Prepare work streams, leading on new and innovative work, helping businesses understand and prepare for cyber-attack. Martin and his cyber teams have been recognised locally, regionally and nationally, winning awards for their crime prevention work. Martin lives in the North East with his wife and young child, and in his spare time enjoys skiing, running and reading.

Lizzie Buckler

Client Relations Manager

Lizzie Buckler is the Client Relations Manager for the NEBRC and is responsible for managing the delivery of the centre’s services to businesses. Lizzie is focused on building and maintaining relationships with clients and key personnel engaging with the centre. Lizzie also helps manage our talented group of ethical hacking students to deliver cyber services. Lizzie holds a BA degree in Criminology, which she obtained from Sheffield Hallam University. She is currently studying an MSc in Criminology and International Security.

Lizzie was initially seconded from South Yorkshire Police as part of the Project Team to coordinate and support the implementation of the NEBRC. Lizzie is now responsible for operations delivered by the centre.

Lizzie lives near Sheffield and likes to spend her spare time going out with her friends and partner, and keeping fit in the gym.

Chantelle Whitham

Business Admin Assistant

Chantelle is responsible for a Business Administrative role within the Centre and provides general administration and executive support, which is crucial in ensuring the operational efficiency of the NEBRC.

Chantelle has experience across a number of sectors including retail, beauty, spa and wellness. She has achieved a first class Bachelor’s degree in International Spa Management and a first class Master’s degree in Marketing Management from the University of Derby. These degrees contributed to her becoming a successful, self-employed beauty therapist for the last four years.

Chantelle lives just outside Sheffield and enjoys socialising with her friends and partner, home DIY and played football for her University team.

Joe Cockcroft

Senior Student Supervisor

Joe is the Senior Student Supervisor for the NEBRC and has recently graduated his MComp degree in Cyber Security at Northumbria University. Joe joined the NEBRC as a student Ethical Hacker in 2020 and has since gone full-time in a role where he supervises and helps in the delivery of student services to clients.

Prior to joining the NEBRC, Joe worked as a web developer and has used this knowledge to build a wealth of experience in web app testing, as well as developing a new web app-based service. Joe lives in Newcastle while he studied for his degree and when not watching Formula 1, likes to spend his spare time with friends.