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Meet The Team

An introduction to the team at the UK Cyber Security Council, and their roles and backgrounds.

Simon Hepburn is a charity and education executive with over twenty years’ experience in a variety of national and international organisations. He has previously been chief executive of a charity and has founded two others, and has held director roles with a variety of charities, multi academy trusts and businesses. He was also a Trustee Board member of ACEVO (Association for Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations) and has sat on the BBC Charities Advisory Board.

His other career roles include:

  • Founder of Black Star Inc., advising on diversity and inclusion, leadership and management, people and change, strategy and organisation development, careers and employability
  • UK Director at international social action charity City Year UK, leading on school partnerships, programme design and delivery, leadership programme development, mentor experience and programme impact
  • Director of Education and Policy at ed-tech company U-Explore Ltd, supporting schools, colleges, local authorities and businesses on careers and employability programme development and partnerships
  • Director of Pathways and Partnerships for Academies Enterprise Trust Careers, leading on the development of the Championing Careers Guidance Programme working in partnership with the Greater London Authority (GLA)

Vicky joined the UK Cyber Security Council as EA to the CEO in January 2022.  She has supported CEO’s, Trustee Boards and Directors in Charities, member organisations and local government for the last twenty years, working in a diverse range of fields from Transport, IT and Education.

Lisa Ventura's career in cyber security has spanned over 10 years and she is passionate about encouraging individuals to enter the cyber security industry, supporting women into careers in cyber security and about the development of a set of professional standards and ethics to which all cyber security professionals should strive to adhere to. She also works tirelessly to raise awareness of the growing cyber threat to help prevent cyber-attacks and online fraud.

She is a thought leader, author/blogger and keynote speaker and has been published in various publications globally. Her books “The Rise of the Cyber Women: Volume One”, “The Rise of the Cyber Women: Volume Two” and “The Varied Origins of the Cyber Men: Volume One” were published in 2020 and 2021 respectively. She also founded #InfosecLunchHour, a safe space for those in cyber security and infosec to meet and network with others to help with burnout and mental health issues.

Neurodivergent and proud, Lisa is also passionate about encouraging those who are neurodiverse into careers in cyber security, and is  a strong advocate for diversity and inclusion in cyber security.

Lisa has been a finalist for and won numerous awards including 2020’s National Diversity Awards “Positive Role Model for Gender” award, SC Europe’s “Outstanding Contribution to Cyber Security” award, Cyber Security Awards UK “Personality of the Year” and “Woman of the Year”, Women in Cyber Security USA “Supporter of Women” and Computing Magazine’s “Woman of the Year”. She is also a TechWomen100 award winner and in 2021 Lisa was named as one of the “Top 30 Women of Influence in Cyber Security During the pandemic” by SC Magazine and as one of IT Security Guru’s “Most Influential Women in Cyber Security” in 2021.

Biography coming soon.