Head of Policy
The Law Society of Scotland
Andrew Alexander is Head of Policy at the Law Society of Scotland. Joining in 2010, he has worked on issues around law and technology, including organising earlier this year with Legal Hackers Scotland, the first access to justice hackathon in Scotland. He is the UK’s representative on the Access to Justice committee of the Council of European Bar Associations and Law Societies (CCBE), studied Jurisprudence at St John’s College, Oxford, and is a director of LawWorks Scotland, a pro bono charity.
Director, Modernisation and Digital Innovation
Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service
Tim Barraclough is the Chief Development and Innovation Officer at the Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service. After 18 years as a civil servant in Whitehall, Brussels and Edinburgh, Tim became Secretary to Lord Carloway’s Review of criminal procedure in 2011; he then returned to the Scottish Government to work in the Children and Families Directorate. In 2014 he returned to criminal justice reform to manage the Evidence and Procedure Review; and this led to his appointment to the SCTS Executive team as Chief Development and Innovation Officer, in which role he oversees a wide range of projects to improve the operation of the Courts and the wider justice system.
Partner and Head of IP, Commercial and Data
Helena is an IP, IT, commercial and information law specialist with 15 years of experience in advising a full spectrum of companies and organisations.
Helena advises on a range of IP, IT and commercial matters, including IP audits, collaboration and licensing deals, research agreements, complex purchasing agreements, IT and software development, procurement and outsourcing, marketing and sponsorship, e-commerce, consumer law, and gaming.
Helena is also a fully accredited Practitioner in Data Protection, and has extensive experience in providing support on complex freedom of information matters. She advises on international data transfers, service offshoring, subject access requests, and FOI responses and strategy, providing support on Information Commissioner and Scottish Information Commissioner complaints and investigations.
Helena is praised by her clients and peers for her excellent specialist knowledge, her skills in delivering training and her pragmatic, effective, and responsive approach, and is recognised as: "incredibly knowledgeable and responsive" Chambers UK.
The Cyber Academy
Bill Buchanan is a Professor in the School of Computing at Edinburgh Napier University, and a Fellow of the BCS and the IET. He currently leads The Cyber Academy (thecyberacademy.org) and the Centre for Distributed Computing, Networks, and Security, and works in the areas of security, Cloud Security, Web-based infrastructures, e-Crime, cryptograph, triage, intrusion detection systems, digital forensics, mobile computing, agent-based systems, and security risk. Bill has one of the most extensive academic sites in the World (asecuritysite.com), and is involved in many areas of novel research and teaching in computing. He has published over 27 academic books, and over 250 academic research papers, along with several awards for excellence in knowledge transfer, and for teaching, such as winning at the Edinburgh Napier University Student Excellence awards in 2011, 2014 and 2015. Bill has an extensive track record for public engagement and social media and was included in the JISC Top 50 Higher Education Social Media Influencers in 2015. He was also named as one of the Top 100 people for Technology in Scotland for the last three years, and one of the 50 people from Scotland’s digital technologies industry changing the world (Times Scotland). Bill has an extensive track record in innovation, including leading research that has led to three successful spin-out companies.
Scottish Business Resilience Centre Ltd
SBRC is the business delivery partner for Police Scotland and for sections of the Scottish Government, acting as the nexus between policing and business. SBRC has seven workstreams supporting different business sectors, the busiest of which is the cyber and digital workstream.
Mandy Chairs the Business Enablement Strand of the Scottish Government’s Cyber Resilience Strategy and works across a broad range of stakeholders from the private, public and voluntary sectors in support of making Scotland’s business community safer online.
SBRC delivers cyber advice and support to all sizes of business, but principally to small and medium sized business and works in creating innovative affordable services through working some of the best of Scotland’s ethical hacking expert students from Abertay University . SBRC has also developed the first business app in Scotland with students at Glasgow Caledonian University, is a close partner to Napier University’s Cyber Academy and is working with many other FE institutions in support of Scottish skills. SBRC also supports the promotion of digital skills for girls.
Due to its success in introducing pioneering and digital services, working with expert students, SBRC has been used as a model to create London’s first Digital Security Centre, where Mandy spent 7 months last year working with the three main policing bodies to protect SME’s from cyber enabled crime.
As well as being at the helm of SBRC and establishing LDSC, Mandy sits on a number of strategic boards within Police and Fire sectors. She is a member of the Serious Organised Crime Taskforce for Scotland, the Business Engagement Forum within Scottish Fire and Rescue Services. Mandy is a member of the Institute of Directors.
Outside work Mandy is an exhibited artist, trained to interpreting level in Spanish and a Governor of the Merchant schools.
Chapter President ISC2 (Scotland), Vice- President for ISACA (Scotland) and CISM Instructor
ISACA Scottish Chapter
Internationally recognised expert in information security. Chapter President ISC2 (Scotland), Vice- President for ISACA (Scotland) and CISM instructor. Excellent presentation skills demonstrated at numerous conferences. Organiser of events for fellow security professionals to provide knowledge sharing and thought leadership. Board member of the Napier University Cyber Academy. Global Data Protection officer.
University of Strathclyde
Mark Leiser lectures in cyberlaw at the University of Strathclyde and teaches at the London School of Economics. He presently coordinates Internet Law and Intellectual Property at the University of Strathclyde as well as the Commercial and Company Law modules. His research areas are regulation/governance and behaviour in the online environment. He completed his BSc in the US before returning to Scotland and enrolling in the LLB programme at the University of Strathclyde. He has worked for one of Scotland's top criminal and human rights lawyers on several high-profile criminal trials, and wrote submissions for the Leveson Inquiry into culture and ethics of the media on the prevalence of phone hacking in Scotland. He previously wrote the tech law column for the Drum Magazine, has appeared on various media programs discussing various Cyber Law issues and American politics. In addition to being on the Scottish Advisory Board of the Open Rights Group, he is a member of the non-commercial constituency at Internet Corporation for the Assignment of Names and Numbers (ICANN) He won the BILETA award for Best Paper in 2014 and has assisted on several modules at the LSE. For fun, he reads about heuristics and dabbles in behavioural economics.
Simon is a a London-born entrepreneur currently pursuing opportunities within the Internet of Things (IoT) sector. He is an IoT domain expert who enjoys advising clients on IoT strategy, as well as writing, and public speaking. Topics he's both knowledgeable and passionate about include: Consumer IoT technology, M2M, Smart Home tech, A.I., Wearables, Robotics, Drones, VR/AR, Smart Cities, Industry 4.0, and Maker Culture.
Computer Law Training
For many years Tim Musson was a lecturer in the School of Computing at one of Scotland’s leading new universities. In 2009 he graduated with a Master of Laws degree from the University of Strathclyde and left to set up his business, Computer Law Training, specialising in Data Protection and Information Security.
In this business Tim’s services include training in Data Protection and Information Security, support for Data Protection compliance and Information Security (audits, procedures, policies, etc) and an outsourced Data Protection Officer Service. A growing part of his business is the provision of CPD training in these areas for solicitors and other professionals.
He is currently Convenor of the Law Society of Scotland’s Privacy Law Committee, contributing to the development of EU, UK and Scottish legislation.