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Reading cyber security company makes six new hires

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3 March 2021
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SureCloud, the Reading headquartered provider of cybersecurity services and cloud-based, governance, risk and compliance (GRC) solutions, has expanded its cyber services team with the appointment of six key members, including a Director of Cybersecurity Solutions.

Nick Hayes, SureCloud’s newly appointed Director of Cyber Solutions, joins from the UK Standards body BSI Group, where he held the position of Global Head of Technical Direction. Nick is a seasoned cybersecurity expert with a proven track record of building and growing high performing technical teams, providing operational leadership and strategic direction.

Nick said: “The cyber landscape is rapidly evolving, and SureCloud’s technology solutions, together with its specialised experience, provides the perfect platform to drive future success. I am looking forward to working with other members of the senior team to advance the company’s tech-led services mission and growth opportunities, while delivering a strong cyber testing offering that meets and exceeds our client’s expectations.”

Ben Jepson, VP of Cyber Services at SureCloud added: “As we continue to develop our “Max” tech-enabled service based on the award-winning SureCloud Platform, it is key that we continually evolve our technical capabilities to underpin this. Nick’s hands-on experience will be essential as we look to build on our technical expertise with the expansion and specialism in areas such as red teaming, Critical National Infrastructure (CNI) and incident response.”

SureCloud is also expanding its Risk Advisory practice. Thomas Chappelow, who joined as a Principal Consultant, is a critical infrastructure and financial services assurance specialist. He has previously advised clients across a range of industries, including oil & gas, defence, blue light, government, and banking.

Thomas has significant exposure to CNI within the domains of cybersecurity and functional safety, where he frequently advises on the challenges found at the intersection of safety and security, as well as the assessment of controls specified by international standards and sector-specific control frameworks, including within the civil nuclear industry.

In addition to being a member of the Chartered Institute of Information Security (CIISec), Thomas has provided evidence for a number of high-profile legal cases and inquiries, including for the Parliamentary Joint Committee on the National Security Strategy.

SureCloud also welcomed three new Senior Consultants into its team – Jun Woo Lee (formerly at BSI), Aaron Dobie and Sam Kirkman (both formerly at KPMG), expanding SureCloud’s cyber testing team and to further develop its offering focusing initially on supporting our red team capabilities. Steve Velcev also joins as a consultant.

Ben Jepson added: “Our new consultants add to the huge depth of talent in our existing team. I look forward to seeing the SureCloud brand continue its rise into one of the “go-to” organisations for subscription-based, tech-enabled services and technical excellence.”


Nicky Godding is editor of The Business Magazine. Before her journalism career, she worked mainly in public relations moving into writing when she was invited to launch Retail Watch, a publication covering retail and real estate across Europe.

After some years of constant travelling, she tucked away her passport and concentrated on business writing, co-founding a successful regional business magazine. She has interviewed some of the UK’s most successful entrepreneurs who have built multi-million-pound businesses and reported on many science and technology firsts.

She reports on the region’s thriving business economy from start-ups, family businesses and multi-million-pound corporations, to the professionals that support their growth and the institutions that educate the next generation of business leaders.

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