RISCS Honorary Fellows

Siân John, NCC Group
RISCS Honorary Fellow

Siân John MBE is Chief Technology Officer at NCC Group responsible for intelligence, insight and innovation within the company. Siân has worked in Cybersecurity for 25 years across strategy, business risk, privacy, and technology. She is a Fellow of the UK Chartered Institute of Information Security, Chair of the techUK Cybersecurity committee, and a council member for the Engineering and Physical Sciences Council (EPSRC). Siân was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s 2018 New Year’s Honours List for services to Cybersecurity.
Marty Reid, SETsquared
RISCS Honorary Fellow

Marty Reid is the interim Executive Director of the SETsquared Partnership, the enterprise collaboration of the Universities of Bath, Bristol, Cardiff, Exeter, Southampton and Surrey. The collaboration provides training for entrepreneurs, support to academic spin-outs, incubation for start-ups and accelerates the growth of scale-up businesses. Since launching in 2002, SETsquared has supported over 4,000 entrepreneurs helping them raise £1.8bn investment.

Marty previously led Engine Shed, the University of Bristol’s award-winning enterprise hub and the Future Space innovation centre at the University of West of England. Prior to this, Marty had a diverse international career in roles covering strategy, innovation and technology, spending over ten years at Rolls-Royce.

Marty also actively engages in regional community and economic development activity, including as a non-executive director of tech cluster organisation TechSPARK and advisory roles with the Innovation Centre for Applied Sustainable Technologies, FinTech West and the Bristol International Strategy Board.
Tim Roberts, AlixPartners
RISCS Honorary Fellow

Tim Roberts is the co-head of the UK business for AlixPartners, a global consulting firm that assists clients on their most urgent problems. He helps clients navigate the complex challenges of cybersecurity, technology, enterprise risk management, and compliance. He has more than 30 years’ experience in the areas of risk management, technology, and financial services as well as senior management experience in running operations and technology in a regulated firm.

Tim has advised clients across industries on cybersecurity, privacy, risk management, regulatory compliance, and technology transformation; his clients have ranged from tech firms to banks to retailers, and include both multinational firms and younger, high growth businesses.

He previously led a global security consulting practice at IBM, served as chief operating officer of an investment firm, and was a partner at McKinsey, where he co-founded the firm's risk management practice.

Tim has been approved as a Skilled Person under the UK’s s166 regime for investigations of regulated firms, under the category of technology risk and cyber security.

Tim has a Master of Arts in Mathematics and Philosophy from Oxford University and a black belt at judo. He is also a British Army veteran.
Charles Weir, Lancaster University
RISCS Honorary Fellow

Charles Weir is a Research Fellow and Senior Lecturer, at Lancaster University. He is passionate about improving the effectiveness of software development teams, and currently studies the cutting-edge topic of developer-centred security. His work has spanned developer techniques, developer motivation, maturity models, stakeholder justification, evidence-based risk modelling, structured workshops as teaching methods, and future studies.

His previous experience includes over 30 years at the forefront of innovation in the software industry. He established Penrillian, a mobile application development company, which innovated with agile development processes and emphasized cybersecurity as a key feature. Under his leadership for 15 years, the company grew to employ over thirty people and achieved a total turnover in excess of £30M.

Previously, Charles helped introduce object-oriented and agile methods to European developers, served as technical lead for the world’s first smartphone, and helped pioneer the use of commercial off-the-shelf microcomputers as financial workstations.