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UKC3 | Empowering a Secure Digital Future for the UK

November 30, 2023 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Empowering a Secure Digital Future for the UK

Join Us For

The Cyber Security Landscape
We commence our journey by immersing ourselves in the present landscape of cyber security in the UK. This foundational understanding will serve as our launchpad into the realm of cyber security’s challenges.

Challenges and Threats
We deep dive into the challenges and threats faced by one of our most critical national sectors, agriculture and food production. How do we secure this critical national infrastructure and build a resilient industry? We’ll share our experiences of a recent project to understand the needs of the farming sector and how we are connecting them to leading cyber security innovators in our clusters.

The Future
Discuss with us a roadmap outlining how we support introducing resilience and cyber innovation across other key sectors and industries in the UK.

Event Speakers

Ben Shorrock

Director, UKC3 | Managing Director, techSPARK | Board Member, UK Tech Cluster Group

Ben has been working to help grow tech and digital business for the last decade.

He is MD of TechSPARK the Southwest’s network for tech start up and scale ups working with 35,000 people a month to help them recruit, network and raise capital in the UK’s most productive tech cluster.

Prior to working for TechSPARK, Ben worked in consultancy with businesses opening new sites internationally.

In this role he helped set up Invest Bristol & Bath and the Netherlands consulate for the north of England. In these roles, he has supported over 100 companies investing in the UK helping enable 3000+ jobs.

Ben is also an assessment lead for TechNation’s exceptional talent visa, which considers whether potential applicants are globally leading talent and entitled to UK residency.

Ben is a co-founder of Bristol Tech Festival and sits on the boards of Tech South West, Bath Digital Festival, UK Tech Cluster Group, Bristol’s One City Board and the UK Cyber Clusters Collaboration. cryptosystems.

Linda Smith

Chair, UKC3 | Owner, HI5V | Strategic Advisor, Midlands Cyber | NED, Prizsm Technologies

Linda draws on 30 years spanning private and public sector roles.

In 2018, she brought these two strands of her experience together in her greatest achievement to date: the conception and creation of Worcestershire’s first technology accelerator www.beta-den.com.

What she enjoys most is setting the vision, gathering support and leading the way to achieve team and commercial success. Linda is also an experienced Commercial Director with a demonstrated history of working within the security technologies industry sector.

She is highly skilled in Negotiation, Business Planning, International Trade Networks, International Business Development, and Market Research. She is a strong information technology professional with a Postgrad Executive Diploma in Management from CIM.

Richard Yorke

Managing Director, CyNam | Co-Founder, UKC3 | Angel Investor

Richard is one of the founding Directors of Cyber Cheltenham (CyNam), a Community Interest Company focused on the development and growth of the Cyber ecosystem in the Cheltenham and Gloucestershire region.

Richard’s career in the Cyber and National Security industry spans over 15 years, most recently as a business leader at CACI Ltd following their 2019 acquisition of Deep3 Software, a software engineering company which he co-founded in 2014 and led as Director and CEO.

Under his leadership, Deep3 grew successfully through the delivery of mission-critical data processing and analytics platforms for customers in the National Security, Cyber and Law Enforcement sectors.

Prior to founding Deep3, Richard held positions at the Cabinet Office’s e-Government Unit delivering pan-government services such as the Government Gateway, after which he worked for Atos as a Programme Manager responsible for the delivery of capability for customers in the National Security sector.

As a Cheltenham resident, where he lives with his wife and two children, Richard’s passion lies in supporting the development and growth of the thriving cyber community in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire and the wider UK through collaboration, innovation and knowledge exchange, particularly where he can share his own experiences and learning with fellow entrepreneurs. He is also Co-founder of the UK Cyber Cluster Collaboration (UKC3), a national body representing UK based cyber clusters and focused on supporting their work to develop the sector.


November 30, 2023
11:00 am - 12:00 pm


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