Are you concerned about the risks to your business operations and data?
The Specialists Hub can provide the right skills and knowledge to reduce risk, build trust and enable success.
At the Specialists Hub, we assist clients in reducing their regulatory, operational and information risk through the provision of security, privacy, and GRC services, training and solutions; reducing the likelihood and impact of data breaches and operational disruption.
As an organisation we have extensive experience within the industry and our management team has held a variety of senior leadership positions at several major banking and financial institutions. These include Citigroup, Cooperative Bank, and Royal London Group. In addition to providing consulting and audit services to the big four.
To deliver our services, we have a team of consultants and trusted partners who have been carefully appointed due to their deep industry experience, subject matter excellence and alignment of our core brand values and quality.
Our consultants have practical operational experience leading functions and regulatory programmes which spans over 2 decades. This sets us ahead of our competitors. This experience enables our clients to operationalise GRC, privacy and security laws, regulations, standards and best practices at both speed and accuracy.
Meet some of the team.....
Bev McGowan, CEO and Founder
Bev started the organisation in 2018 following 23 years in the Financial Services, Banking and Insurance Sector where she held a number of leadership roles in Governance, Risk, Compliance, Data Governance, Security and Privacy. She also chairs the Cyber Expert Group for the North West Cyber Resilience Centre in Greater Manchester and is currently studying a Masters in Digital and Technology Solutions.
Colin Currie, Data Protection Services Director
Colin has extensive global experience in Data Protection and Privacy across multiple sectors including global franchise chains, leading private healthcare providers in the UK, international wholesale banks, education establishments and tech conglomerates. Previously Global Privacy Director for a large multinational smart home appliance manufacturer/distributor operating across UK, Asia, North America and Europe. Colin has a Post Graduate Certificate in Data Protection Law, Information Governance and Security from the University of Northumbria
Andy Humphrys, Information Security and Risk Management Consultant, Trainer
Andy has over 20 years’ practical experience in numerous large-scale IT and information/cyber security projects and has an outstanding track record of first-hand, operational experience in the prevention of cybercrime and cyberattacks. Awarded an MSc Information Security from Royal Holloway, University of London in 2016, Andy also holds a number of industry certifications, namely CISSP, CISM, CRISC, CEH, NIST CSF Practitioner, ISO/IEC 27001 Lead Auditor/Implementer, OSINT Analyst and Social Engineering Pentesting Professional. Andy is a certified trainer for both (ISC)2, EC-Council, and CompTIA and to date has delivered CISSP, CEH, Security+, A+, Network+, CySA+, CRISC and ISO 27001 Foundations/Internal Auditor training courses in both classroom and remote-learning environments.
Richard Preece, Cyber Security and Resilience Consultant/Trainer
Richard is an experienced international hybrid consultant, leader, former Henley Business School Executive Fellow teaching on the GDPR Integration Programme; and a National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) Certified Training Scheme Trainer. He has led many organizational agility and resilience, cyber security and data protection strategy and operational consultancy engagements, including education, exercises and acting as an external Data Protection Officer (DPO). Previously he was Serco’s Director of CybX, an innovative cyber resilience training, exercising and consultancy services capability. He also led the development and delivery of a series of cyber education packages for MOD senior leaders and staff and spent over 20 years in the British Army. Richard has a Masters in Management and Defence Studies and a Masters in Design of Information Systems.
Adam Wynn, Digital Services Director
Adam has over 12 years experience in developing digital solutions, web development and digital marketing, previously working for Oracle and a number of design agencies and e-commerce companies. Adam has a degree in Design Studies and Media Technology, and certifications from CIW: Master Website Design Manager and the UX Design Institute.
Rob Cooke MBCI, Resilience Consultant