Our Board

Meet Our Board Members

The NEBRC has some excellent organisations and companies involved at the 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 of experience in Fraud and Financial Crime which will see him leading the esteemed Board.

Find out more about our Board Members below.

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Rebecca Chapman

Rebecca is a Superintendent with 29 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. 

Paul Anderson

Paul has been a police officer for 28 years, starting his career in Tilbury, Essex. He has experience across the ranks, from community and investigative posts, through to specialist operations.

Brian Dilley

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.

Jonathan Evison

Jonathan Evison is the Police and Crime Commissioner for Humberside, elected in 2021 for a three-year term of office.

Biju Isaac

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 https://www.bijuissac.com/.

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.

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 programs that ensure the security, integrity, and resilience of networks that are critical for UK Public Sector and Defence customers.

Neil Sharpley

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.

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Lee Parkin

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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.

Andrew Dyson

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.

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Costas Moraitis

A technology professional with more than 25 years’ experience. After moving to the UK Costas joined R&R Ice-cream as the European Head of IT where he developed and implemented the technology strategy, which aided the company’s growth to become a global player.

Following this and a period of working as a business consultant and strategist supporting retail start-ups, Costas joined Greencore. There he held several Head of IT and Director roles within this business where he helped with the modernisation of process areas spanning across digital and physical security, operations, finance, and infrastructure.

Alison Lowe

Alison Lowe is the West Yorkshire Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime (DMPC). The DMPC works with the Mayor to oversee policing in the county, on behalf of the public.

Other key functions include commissioning services to support those harmed by crime and reduce reoffending, consulting the public to ensure that their views and priorities are taken into account, strengthening links such as inclusive growth and community safety and cohesion.

Rebecca Chapman

Rebecca is a Superintendent with 29 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.

Paul Anderson

Paul has been a police officer for 28 years, starting his career in Tilbury, Essex. He has experience across the ranks, from community and investigative posts, through to specialist operations.

Paul transferred to Nottinghamshire Police as a Superintendent in 2008 as the Operations Commander for City North, developing skills and experience in organised crime, community cohesion and commander of specialist operations around firearms and public order. He led performance and partnerships portfolio for Nottinghamshire county division where in 2014 he was promoted upon transfer to Police Scotland.

There, he undertook a corporate role, before being appointed Commander for Tayside Division, leading over 1,100 officers and staff across the region.

During 2018 he held the position of T/ACC East, leading operational policing for the East of Scotland, with additional responsibility for National Criminal Justice and was operational lead for several Specialist operations.

Paul is an experienced Gold Commander for Firearms, Public Order and CBRN and has accredited as a multi-agency Strategic Commander, where he has led a number of significant high profile policing operations. He has previous experience at Silver and Bronze levels within these areas, with UK wide experience.

Paul is a graduate of London University Southbank with a Masters Degree in Sports Science and a diploma in applied psychology. Through the Chartered Management Institute Paul obtained the level 7 diploma in executive leadership. Married with two children, Paul is a keen and active sportsman and coach, with an interest in staff engagement and wellbeing.

Brian Dilley

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 has held 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.

Jonathan Evison

Jonathan Evison is the Police and Crime Commissioner for Humberside, elected in 2021 for a three-year term of office.

He has served as a councillor on North Lincolnshire Council for ten years and was Chair of the Humberside Police and Crime Panel for six years before becoming PCC.

As a councillor his roles included Ambassador for Steel and Heavy Industry, Vice Chair of Planning, Chair of Scrutiny Panels and he was Mayor of North Lincolnshire for two years.

As PCC his priorities include:

  • More police on the streets; making sure they are professionally trained and motivated to protect the public and bring offenders to justice.
  • To tackle drugs and antisocial behaviour while maintaining strong support for victims of crime.
  • A rebalancing of initiatives between Rural and Urban crime.
  • Improving access to the police with easier reporting of crime and restoring confidence in the 101 non-emergency system.
  • He has also pledged to engage with the public and communities and is open to supporting and developing community initiatives and events.


Jonathan has joined the NEBRC board to support businesses and assist them to become more resilient against fraud and cybercrime.

Increasing awareness of the threats to business is vital if we are to protect ourselves against criminal activity.

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.

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.

Neil Sharpley

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 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.

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.

Andrew Dyson

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.

Costas Moraitis

A technology professional with more than 25 years’ experience. After moving to the UK Costas joined R&R Ice-cream as the European Head of IT where he developed and implemented the technology strategy, which aided the company’s growth to become a global player.

Following this and a period of working as a business consultant and strategist supporting retail start-ups, Costas joined Greencore. There he held several Head of IT and Director roles within this business where he helped with the modernisation of process areas spanning across digital and physical security, operations, finance, and infrastructure. As well as supporting the M&A activity, implementing key systems across multiple functions.

In 2020 during a national lockdown, Costas joined MJ Gleeson plc in April of 2020 as the Director of IT and Digital Transformation, taking on a new challenge.

Whilst at the plc he has successfully navigated the very demanding pandemic times, keeping the teams digitally safe while setting and delivering a clear digital strategy, delivering very ambitious projects across all functions which contributed to the success of achieving the target set five years ago of doubling the number of homes built from 1,000 to 2,000.

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“I decided to join the NEBRC to share knowledge and experience, combined with developing our understanding and further improving our access to resources and skills. My aim is through my participation to help our partners in the industry improve their understanding and as a result improve their security posture. Most of all I am excited to engage with people who truly understand the unique challenges and pressures we all face in today’s Cyber landscape”.

Alison Lowe

Alison Lowe is the West Yorkshire Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime (DMPC).
The DMPC works with the Mayor to oversee policing in the county, on behalf of the public.

Other key functions include commissioning services to support those harmed by crime and reduce reoffending, consulting the public to ensure that their views and priorities are taken into account, strengthening links such as inclusive growth and community safety and cohesion.

Biography
Alison is a proud Yorkshire lass and has worked in the Voluntary Sector for 30 years, combining this with an interest in local politics and community involvement.

Most recently as Chief Executive at Touchstone, a mental health and wellbeing charity based in West and South Yorkshire, she specialised in working with diverse communities.

Ms Lowe has also represented Armley on Leeds City Council from 1990 to 2019, as well as serving as Chair of the West Yorkshire Police and Crime Panel for 5 years.

Alison is passionate about inclusion as a Black woman and mother of 2 gay children and she will be working with the police to deliver the Mayor’s pledge to recruit more diverse police officers and staff. Alison will also support the force more widely on further developing an anti-racist and anti- misogynistic culture to make West Yorkshire an even better place to live and work.