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.
Professor Nick Jennings CB FREng
Professor Nick Jennings, CB FREng, is Vice-Chancellor and President of Loughborough University, responsible for the delivery of the strategic and operational plans of the University. Prior to his position at Loughborough, he was Vice-Provost (Research and Enterprise), as well as a Professor of Artificial Intelligence, at Imperial College London. He has also held the positions of Regius Professor of Computer Science at the University of Southampton and the UK’s Chief Scientific Advisor for National Security. Professor Jennings is an internationally-recognized authority in the areas of artificial intelligence, autonomous systems, cybersecurity and agent-based computing, and is a member of the Government’s AI Council.
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.
Rt Hon Amber Rudd
After a career in banking, venture capital and head hunting, Amber Rudd became the MP for Hastings and Rye from 2010 to 2019. She held three cabinet roles over four years and under three Prime Ministers, first in Energy and Climate Change, then the Home Office as Home Secretary and until September 2019 in Work and Pensions. She also twice served as Minister for Women and Equalities. As Energy Secretary she steered the UK’s participation in the crucial and successful Paris Climate Change Agreement in 2015. As Home Secretary she oversaw the UK’s response to the terrorist attacks in 2017. Under her leadership the UK led on setting up an international industry-led response to removing radicalising material on the internet which endures as the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism (GIFCT). She is now a Senior Advisor to Teneo, Management Consultants. She is also an Advisor to Pool Re, insurers for terrorism risk. She recently became a Trustee for The Climate Group, working with the private sector to reach a net zero outcome.
Robert S Webb QC
Robert Webb previously held the position of Chairman of Darktrace, and is currently Chairman of Luminance. Rob is a former Director of Holdingham Group Ltd (formerly Hakluyt) and former Senior Advisor at Brunswick LLP. He was General Counsel at Rolls-Royce (2012-16) and at British Airways (1998-2009). Other previous roles include Chairman of BBC Worldwide, Chairman of Autonomy plc, Senior Independent Director at the London Stock Exchange and Director at Argent Ltd and Air Mauritius. Until 1998, Robert was a practising Barrister, a Recorder and Head of Chambers at 5 Bell Yard, London. He is a Bencher of the Inner Temple, a former Trustee of Comic Relief and a former Fellow of UNICEF.