Lord Evans of Weardale KCB
Lord Evans was Director General of MI5 from 2007 to 2013. He spent 33 years with MI5, defending the UK against internal and domestic terrorism and cyber-threats. He was appointed to the Security Service's Management Board as Director of International Counter Terrorism in 2001, ten days before the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center. He was appointed to the House of Lords in 2014 at the personal recommendation of the Prime Minister and sits as a cross-bench peer. Lord Evans is also a non-executive Director of HSBC Holdings and of Ark Datacentres Ltd.
Alan Wade had a thirty-five-year career in the Central Intelligence Agency, where he latterly served as the Chief Information Officer, before his retirement in 2005. Prior to this role, Alan held a series of senior positions at the CIA, including the Director of Communications and Director of Security. Alan is a recipient of the National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal, the Director’s Medal, and the Distinguished Intelligence Medal. He also serves on the boards of the Aerospace Corporation in El Segundo, CA, Professional Project Services in Oak Ridge, TN and Assyst Inc in Herndon, VA.
Dr Mike Lynch OBE
Celebrated as ‘Britain's Bill Gates’, Mike Lynch is a renowned technologist at the cutting-edge of fundamental new technologies. Having founded Autonomy in 1996, based on technology invented at Cambridge, it quickly became one of the most successful companies on the FTSE 100 and was acquired in 2011 for $11 billion. He went on to found investment firm Invoke Capital in 2012, which focuses on developing new fundamental technologies in Europe. Mike was named Computer Weekly's ‘Most Influential Person of the Year’ and won the Chartered Institute for IT's award for Outstanding Contribution to IT in 2011. He is a fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, an honorary fellow of Christ's College, Cambridge, and a scientific advisor to the British Prime Minister.
Professor Bill Fitzgerald (born 1st August 1948, died 2nd April 2014)
Bill Fitzgerald was Professor of Applied Statistics and Signal Processing and Head of Research in the Signal Processing Laboratory, in the Department of Engineering at the University of Cambridge. He became a recognized world leader in Bayesian inference applied to signal and data modeling, pioneering its adoption and helping establish it as a principle fixture in the canon of modern science. Bill was a physicist by training and before coming to Cambridge worked in Neutron Scattering at the Institut Laue-Langevin in Grenoble and as a Professor of Physics at the ETH in Zurich.
Although an exceptional academic, Bill's passion was always the translation of the theoretical into the physical, and his extensive experience was not confined to academia. Indeed, he held a number of distinguished yet applied scientific posts in major industrial firms such as Marconi and Schlumberger. Even after embarking on full-time research and teaching as a Fellow at Christ's College, Cambridge, he saw it as fundamental to his position that his ideas were applied by industry. The later years of his career saw a focus on the applications of Sequential Monte Carlo particle filtering methods to signal processing and real-world problems, ranging from financial fraud to threat vector detection in complex electronic data streams.
In the last year of his life, the international academic community recognized his achievements by awarding him the European Association for Signal Processing Technical Achievement Award for contributions in the application of Bayesian theory. Such pioneering applications have radically changed the field of cyber security and profoundly influence Darktrace. As a colleague, mentor and friend, we miss him greatly.