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Board of Trustees

An introduction to the Council's Board of Trustees: who they are, their experience and their backgrounds.

It’s a privilege and a challenge to be part of the leadership of the Council, knowing that the future security and prosperity of the UK depends in part on the Council succeeding in its mission to develop the profession.
Dr. Claudia Natanson, February 9th 2021

Dr Claudia Natanson is a highly respected information and cyber security professional and thought leader within the international arena. She has served as board, steering committee member and programme chair for the Forum of Incident Response and Security Teams (FIRST) and is a registered European Commission security expert.

She is Founder of the Corporate Executive Programme (CEP), a body that unites senior decision-makers from leading companies and public sector organisations across the world to discuss business impacting risks, and security related issues and threats.

A recognised top technology influencer by the Financial Times, her experience and expertise cover diverse industry sectors, FTSE 100, Fortune 500, government and growing organisations.


Jessica is a tech strategist. She currently advises start-up and scale-up founders on growth strategy, as well as carrying out tech futures research for the UK government. Her current interests centre on digital trust, governance, transparency, and the role of tech in civil society.

Previously Jessica has run multi-million-pound data and research programmes at companies including Dods, GlobalData and Ovum. Over her 25 years in tech and business intelligence she has advised senior executives in many of the world’s largest tech companies as well as numerous VC-backed start-ups and scale-ups.

A sought-after commentator and speaker, she has published extensive research and analysis on the application of emerging technologies across the public sector, telecoms and other industries. She is Chair of the Board at NCT, the UK’s largest education charity for parents.


Mike Watson is Chief Financial Officer of Marston Holdings, a private equity owned transportation and enforcement services provider to local and central government bodies in the UK. His career has spanned over 20 years in the technology sector, having held senior finance executive positions in Hewlett Packard and Dell in Europe and North America, and more recently at Applied Intelligence - the global cyber security business of BAE Systems Plc.

He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland and is a lay member of the Risk, Audit & Finance Committee of the British Computer Society.


Carla is a recognised expert on cyber security policy, with over 15 years of public policy experience. Most recently, Carla joined Palo Alto Networks as its Senior Director for Policy & Government Affairs UK&I, responsible for driving the company’s public policy agenda in the UK and Ireland, developing policy positions on a range of issues, including cyber security, privacy and wider technology policy. Prior to this she was the Director of Government Affairs at Symantec, responsible for developing the company’s policy positions in the UK and Ireland and representing Symantec before governments, trade associations, think tanks and HM Government-industry boards.

Before joining Symantec, Carla was a director at techUK, the UK trade association for the technology industry, establishing and then leading its Cyber Security Programme. Carla has led the development of the cyber industry’s positions on specific cyber related issues and helped shape the development of government policy.

Carla started her career in Government and held a variety of different roles, ranging from facilitating procurement contracts to shaping the development of mental health legislation.


Chitra Balakrishna, Ph.D. MBCS, SFHEA , CEH is an academic, author, futuristic technology and open source enthusiast. She has over 20 years of experience, spanning academia and industry, in the areas of cyber security, data networking, mobile communications, technologies and applications. She is a senior lecturer in cyber security at the Open University.


Nathan Nagaiah is a long-time educational expert with experience of administering nationally-recognised qualifications and advising on diversity. He has worked in roles with regulatory bodies in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland on issues including governance, diversity, and compliance.


Frances Le Grys is a former Partner & General Counsel at a global law firm and an experienced non-executive director. She advises chairs, boards and committees on matters of risk, professional and business ethics, governance, corporate structures, strategy and liability issues.


Edward Goodchild FRSA is an executive who has founded/co-founded multiple businesses. He brings experience of charity governance and extensive knowledge of issues around professional registration, standards and ethics.