Our Student Services Steering Group

Meet Our Student Services Steering Group

Our student services are our specialist cyber services division. 

We offer a range of innovative cyber resilience service at affordable costs, tailored to suit businesses. We are partnered with Sheffield Hallam and Northumbria Universities and their talented group of ethical hacking students to deliver these services.

Our Student Services Steering Group use their expertise to develop our service offerings. The individuals within this group also have a real interest in developing cyber security experts by providing students with professional experience alongside their academic studies. 

Ashley Woodhall

Ashley is the CISO at Kloudwerk, a subscription based cyber security consultancy focused on the SME market. He is also a director at Practical Infosec, a company he founded in 2020 to help small companies and startups with their cyber security journeys.

Alan Grieg

Alan began his career as consultant working on the Critical National Infrastructure for a number of Government Departments after which Alan’s career flourished, providing private online security services for some of the world’s most iconic celebrities in music and film for over 15 years.

Joe Cockcroft

Joe is a current Northumbria University student on the final year of an Integrated Masters in Computer Networks and Cyber Security. 

Shahrzad Zargari

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.

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.

Phil Anderson

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.

Ashley Woodhall

Ashley is the CISO at Kloudwerk, a subscription based cyber security consultancy focused on the SME market. He is also a director at Practical Infosec, a company he founded in 2020 to help small companies and startups with their cyber security journeys.

After graduating with a BSc in Security and Forensics, Ashley developed his technical background in an IT support role before moving into the cyber security industry. He has worked in a security operations centre (SOC), security strategy and information security assurance. He loves helping companies design and implement pragmatic security roadmaps based on risk and company goals.

Ashley enjoys helping nonprofits with complimentary consultancy and mentoring those who are trying to get into the cyber security sector.
In his spare time, he can often be found in rustic cafes getting beat at online chess games.

Alan Grieg

Alan began his career as consultant working on the Critical National Infrastructure for a number of Government Departments after which Alan’s career flourished, providing private online security services for some of the world’s most iconic celebrities in music and film for over 15 years.

Trusted at the highest levels for personal online protection from Senior officials to high profile artists. Alan has a track record of growing a commercial business that provided services internationally in tandem with delivering support services for highly complex law enforcement agencies in different countries. His experience has taught him how to master the balance of handling deeply sensitive, and often disturbing cyber cases whilst leading a client facing team to commercial success.

Joe Cockcroft

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. Joe was part of a team of finalists at the BCS’ Cyber Crime Cup in 2019, and volunteers to help teach the elderly about IT in his spare time.

Shahrzad Zargari

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.​

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/.

Phil Anderson

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.