Hakluyt Cyber

Independent, expert advice for business leaders on managing cyber risk

Independent, expert advice

We provide insight and practical advice to help business leaders understand, and effectively manage, the cyber risks facing their organisations, and to help investors identify and capture opportunities around cyber security.

We are differentiated by:

The expertise of our team – combining experience at the highest levels in government service and enterprise cyber risk management, underpinned by privileged insight into developments in the cyber threat environment.

Our independence – we do not sell solutions or represent any vendors, and our advice is therefore completely impartial.

Our approach to cyber risk as an integrated leadership/management/ technical issue, and our specific focus on serving the needs of the C-suite and board.

Our Team

Our advisory team is led by senior practitioners with extensive first-hand experience of the practicalities of implementing effective measures to manage cyber risk.

Sir Iain Lobban KCMGPartner

Sir Iain is the former Director of GCHQ, where he spearheaded the execution of the UK's first two national cyber security strategies before moving to the private sector in 2014. In addition to advising our clients on managing cyber risk, he holds a visiting professorship at King's College London, and was a member of the expert panel for Australia's 2016 Cyber Security Strategy.

Andrew France OBEPartner

Andrew is the former Deputy Director for Cyber Defence Operations at GCHQ. During his 30-year career with the agency, Andrew was instrumental in formulating the UK's national cyber defence strategy, with responsibility for both policy and operational delivery. After leaving GCHQ in 2014, Andrew was the co-founder and CEO of the leading cyber security technology company Darktrace.

Rick LedgettSenior Adviser

Rick served as Deputy Director of the NSA. He was the first National Intelligence Manager for Cyber, serving as principal adviser to the Director of National Intelligence on all cyber matters, and coordinating cyber activities across the intelligence community. From 2012 to 2013 he led the NSA's threat operations centre, responsible for its activities to discover and counter adversary cyber efforts.

Dr Chris DillowayManaging Partner

After completing a DPhil in information security at the University of Oxford, Chris has spent the last 12 years advising senior clients across the public and private sectors on the management of cyber risk – both as a strategic business issue and at the operational level. Prior to this, Chris worked in eCommerce, leading digital development and anti-fraud activities for an online jewellery retailer.

Nick BidmeadPartner

Prior to establishing Hakluyt Cyber in 2015, Nick was the managing partner of Hakluyt's London office, having joined the firm from McKinsey & Company in 2007. The majority of Nick's client work over the last 20 years has been at the interface of technology and risk management. Prior to McKinsey, Nick spent several years as CEO of a Cambridge-based software company specialising in advanced fraud detection analytics.

International Advisory Board

Niall FitzGerald KBE

Former CEO and Chairman, Unilever

Sir Roy Anderson

Professor of Infectious Disease Epidemiology
Former Rector, Imperial College, London

Manvinder (Vindi) Banga

Partner, Clayton, Dubilier & Rice
Former Chairman and Managing Director, Hindustan Unilever

Sir Douglas Flint CBE

Chairman, Standard Life Aberdeen

Dr Jürgen Grossmann

Founder and Shareholder, Georgsmarienhütte Holding GmbH

Irene Lee

Chairman, Hysan Development Co. Ltd

​Sir Iain Lobban

Former Director, UK GCHQ

Minoru (Ben) Makihara KBE

Former President and Chairman, Mitsubishi Corporation

Trevor Manuel

Former Minister of Finance, South Africa

Lubna S. Olayan

Chair, the merged SAAB (Saudi British Bank) and Alawwal Bank
Chair, Olayan Saudi Holding Company

Sandi Peterson

Former Group Worldwide Chairman, Johnson & Johnson
Independent Director, Microsoft Corporation

Alfonso Prat-Gay

Former Minister of the Economy and
President of the Central Bank of Argentina

Sir John Rose

Former CEO, Rolls-Royce

Shuzo Sumi

Former President and Chairman, Tokio Marine Holdings
Chairman of the Board, Sony Corporation

Ambassador Louis Susman

Former US Ambassador to the UK

Ratan Tata GBE

Chairman Emeritus, Tata Sons


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