Our Team

Find out about the team of experts that make up Arcanum Cyber Security.

Our Team

Jane Chappell MBA MSc FBCS

Jane Chappell MBA MSc FBCS

OPERATIONS DIRECTOR

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After several years in the commercial sector, Jane co-founded Arcanum in 2008. She has an MBA in International Management and an MSc in Information Assurance from Royal Holloway and is a Fellow of the British Computer Society. She is a highly experienced cyber security subject matter expert and is one of less than a dozen people with two Lead NCSC Certified Cyber Professional qualifications.

As an Officer in the Army Reserve, Jane was the first woman to command the Land Information Assurance Group, the Army’s largest Cyber Security Unit.

Lawrie Abercrombie

Lawrie Abercrombie

TECHNICAL DIRECTOR

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Lawrie co-founded Arcanum in 2008 after retiring from full time service in the British Army. He is qualified as a Lead Security & Information Risk Advisor and Senior Auditor under the NCSC Certified Professional scheme.

He has specialised in ISTAR and Defence related communications and information projects and has extensive knowledge of Government and MOD security policies and is fully cognisant of the latest technical cyber security and cryptographic mitigation measures.

Russ Wardle OBE DL

Russ Wardle OBE DL

MANAGING DIRECTOR

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Russ joined Arcanum in 2014 to oversee the day to day running of the Company and has increased the size and turnover of the company year on year. Prior to Arcanum, Russ was a career Army Officer serving on operations across the world.

He has a Masters’ Degree in Strategic Studies from the US Army War College and a Certificate in Strategic Direction and Leadership from Manchester University Business School.

Jasmine Cleathero

Jasmine Cleathero

FINANCE & HR MANAGER

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Jasmine is one of Arcanum’s first employees, joining as Business Manager in 2010. Due to the rapid growth of the company, Jasmine now specialises in supporting all Finance and HR business activities in the company.

Jasmine served for 22 years in the British Army as a Senior Manager in Human Resources, Administration and Accountancy, and held Personal Assistant positions to Senior Level Staff. She loves the outdoors, enjoying hillwalking and devotes her spare time to gardening, building Projects and looking after her dogs and horses.

Marie Caruso

Marie Caruso

HEAD OF SALES & MARKETING

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Marie joined Arcanum in 2018.  Marie focusses on forming strategic partnerships and has expanded our work into new sectors such as Critical National Infrastructure.  Marie manages our partner relationships and enterprise clients.

She has had an extensive career in IT services business development and client management for over 25 years. She has acted as a consultant to UK Government and has successfully managed contracts for global banks, high street retailers and the MoD.

Martin Hughes

Martin Hughes

CHIEF OF STAFF

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Martin joined the company in January 2021. His role is to co-ordinate resources and projects within Arcanum and manage a portfolio of Defence relationships. He works with the rest of the Arcanum management team to provide the day to day organisation of the company to allow our consultants to focus on clients’ needs.

Outside of work he is a serving Reservist in the Royal Welsh. He enjoys exploring mountains and is a player and member of the committee for Whitchurch RFC in Cardiff.

Laurie Parry

Laurie Parry

IT SYSTEMS MANAGER

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Laurie Joined Arcanum early 2021, heading up the IT Department as the IT Systems Manager.

Laurie has over 15 years Technical Project Management experience gained as an IT & Communications Specialist.

Laurie has served 11 years in the British Army.

Lekai Lee

Lekai Lee

MARKETING EXECUTIVE (INTERIM)

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Lekai joined Arcanum in 2024 following an 8 year career in the British Army. He holds certifications in CompTIA Security+, CISMP, and is continuing his professional development by working towards NIST certifications. Lekai has previously worked in business development and marketing roles, driving growth and brand awareness.

Outside of work, Lekai is a keen orchestral percussionist, enjoys dedicating time to his family, rock climbing, and making pour-over coffee.

Carrissa Gardiner

Carrissa Gardiner

KEY ACCOUNT MANAGER

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Carrissa joined Arcanum in 2022 bringing a wide variety of specialist knowledge and expertise within IT Services, Managed Services and Cloud Services. Carrissa has worked with clients within the Public and Private Sectors, assisting them on their digital transformations and guiding them into a secure and modern workplace. Carrissa focuses on our Operational Technology, Space and Aviation Consultancy Services securing Critical National Infrastructure, Government, Enterprise and SME. 

Outside of work Carrissa has been a dedicated Equestrian for over 20 years and is a qualified Equine Musculoskeletal Therapist. Carrissa also enjoys the great outdoors, exploring new places, climbing mountains and partaking in adventurous activities. 

Fiona Hughes

Fiona Hughes

ACCOUNT MANAGER

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Fiona joined the company in February 2022 from a Business Development background within the Financial Sector, and has gained IT and Cyber Security experience through her engagements with clients looking for Security Awareness Programmes.

Outside of work Fiona spends her free time looking after two Springer Spaniels and planning holidays to soak up the sun.

Sam Chamberlain

Sam Chamberlain

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT SPECIALIST

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Sam joined Arcanum’s commercial team in 2023. Sam focusses on supporting clients across multiple sectors to secure their operational technology. Before joining Arcanum, Sam spent time in cybersecurity recruitment, law enforcement, and the military.

Outside of Arcanum, Sam is an Army Reservist in the Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment. He spend most of his free time outdoors, whether that be wakeboarding, mountain biking, kitesurfing, or paragliding.

Vicky Carter

Vicky Carter

DEFENCE RELATIONSHIP MANAGER

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Vicky joined Arcanum in 2023 as a Defence Relationship Manager. Before joining Arcanum she had  several years experience in management roles, most recently as an IT Project Manager within the MoD.

Joanne Jones

Joanne Jones

SECURITY & BUSINESS SUPPORT OFFICER

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Joanne joined Arcanum as Security and Business Support Officer after an extensive career in Office Management & Administration. In these roles she provided Business support to Directors and Managers across both private and public sectors.  She is experienced in Project Management, HR and Payroll with an HNC in Social Housing Studies and CIPD Level 3 in HR.

In her spare time, Joanne enjoys watching rugby with family and friends, swimming and popping to the Gym. She also played Netball in the Premier Division for many years for the Newport & District League.

Matthew Pemble

Matthew Pemble

PRINCIPAL SECURITY ARCHITECT

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Matthew Pemble joined Arcanum in 2022 as a Principal Security Architect. He was qualified under the previous NCSC CCP scheme as a Lead Security & Information Risk Advisor and as a Senior Security Architect, IT Security Officer and Security Auditor. He has been a CHECK Team Leader and still acts in this capacity as an Army Reserve Officer.

A former Royal Navy submariner, he has extensive experience in cyber security, including penetration testing, security architecture and incident management across a wide range of commercial (including retail and financial) and government sectors.

Chris Gausden

Chris Gausden

PRINCIPAL CONSULTANT

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As a Principal Consultant, Chris supports Arcanum’s consultants with their projects and Quality Assurance processes. He is an NCSC Head Consultant and ISO-IEC 27001 Lead Auditor in addition to many other industry leading qualifications.

Outside of work Chris is a volunteer to the Duke of Edinburgh scheme, helping youth organisations.  He has a keen interest in RAF history and aviation archaeology; he has written and published a number of articles on the subject.

Nicola Carlile

Nicola Carlile

SENIOR CONSULTANT

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Nicola is Arcanum’s lead on Governance, Risk & Compliance and Data Protection. She has worked for a diverse group of clients from the MOD to Trusts and Charities, helping them to navigate the recent changes to data protection legislation.

Nicola comes from a military background. She is passionate about technology education and volunteers to deliver tech sessions to young people, parents and those older individuals who are technology late starters. Her other passion is promoting cyber security career opportunities for women.

Wayne Gill

Wayne Gill

SENIOR CONSULTANT

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Wayne joined Arcanum in 2012 and is an experienced cyber security subject matter expert with extensive experience of providing physical and protective security advice; conducting security audits, inspections and investigations.

He has led physical security surveys and provided expert protective security advice to software development businesses and city financial firms. As a Senior Consultant, he also plays a valuable role in the mentoring of other consultants. He served 22 years as a British Army Intelligence Specialist.

Mark Anderson

Mark Anderson

SENIOR CONSULTANT

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Mark joined Arcanum in 2019 after a career as a Royal Marine senior communications specialist. He significantly adds to Arcanum’s wide knowledge base, especially in radio spectrum and encryption management.

Mark is a highly motivated individual who puts the needs of others before himself and has a passion for making a positive difference in every task he’s given. Outside of work, Mark is a keen Kendoka – a student of Japanese sword fighting and an avid fan of DC and Marvel.

Dean Bailey

Dean Bailey

SENIOR CONSULTANT

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Dean Bailey has been with Arcanum since 2019 as a Cyber Consultant. He has vast experience in delivering IT security assurance to the MOD, high level Government departments and international organisations.

Dean is a former Royal Air Force Information Communications Technician with over 30 years’ experience.

Matt Cree

Matt Cree

SENIOR CONSULTANT

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Matt joined Arcanum in 2022 and has over 25 years’ experience in cyber security and systems engineering. He is a Chartered Manager with the Chartered Management Institute, has a BSc (Hons) in Telecommunications Systems Engineering and a PGDip in Information Capability Management.
Matt is an ISO 27001 Lead Auditor and has completed training and certification in several disciplines including cyber and information security, cloud computing, information risk management, change and project management.

In his spare time, Matt has a passion for motorcycles and rugby. He is also a STEM Ambassador.

Chris Flynn

Chris Flynn

SENIOR CONSULTANT

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Chris joined Arcanum in 2019. He is CompTIA and CISSP trained and provides sound risk management and treatment to a wide variety of information systems. He is a specialist within the maritime and aviation domains of UK Defence. He is currently studying towards an MSc in Cyber Security.

A former aircrew officer of the Royal Navy’s Fleet Air Arm, he has served as a helicopter observer and as an operations officer on the UK’s largest ever warship. Away from the office, Chris enjoys a range of outdoor pursuits and playing golf.

Gary Miles

Gary Miles

SENIOR CONSULTANT

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Gary joined Arcanum in 2021. Gary is one of Arcanum’s Industrial Control System Experts and possesses CompTIA, NIST, ISA/IEC 62443 Expert and GICSP qualifications; he is also a member of the GIAC Advisory Board. He has provided specialist and accurate Cyber Security consulting to a broad range of clients including within Space, Government and Manufacturing sectors.

A former British Army Intelligence Operator, Gary is extremely passionate about CPD and voluntarily mentors and teaches service leavers and those wanting to know more about Industrial Cyber Security. Outside of work, Gary’s passions include cooking, learning new skills, travelling, and keeping his three young children entertained.

Sam Stait

Sam Stait

SENIOR CONSULTANT

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Sam joined Arcanum as a Cyber Consultant in 2021. Before joining Arcanum, Sam had worked in Information Security for 10 years, delivering consultancy work to a range of clients from government departments to commercial companies.

Sam is an ISO 27001 Lead Implementer and Lead Auditor and a Senior Certified Cyber Professional (SCCP) Security Information Risk Advisor (SIRA). This recognition demonstrates his expertise and competency in security risk advice and comprehensive security risk assessments.

Salma Aslam

Salma Aslam

CYBER CONSULTANT

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Salma has carried out a vast range of forensic examinations of computers, servers, mobile devices and other digital devices in support of both the criminal justice system and private organisations. She has gained valuable experience in the last year predominantly in Computer investigations. She has BSc (hons) in Computer Forensics where she developed an interest in Mac Forensics.

In her free time she enjoys baking.

Jimmy Broadhurst

Jimmy Broadhurst

CYBER CONSULTANT

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Jimmy joined Arcanum in 2023 as a Cyber Security Consultant having spent 22 years in the British Army. He has a wide range of experience in operational risk management and information security in a variety of global locations. Jimmy has a Level 6 / Graduate Diploma in Intelligence and Security Risk Management and is an ISO 27001 Lead Auditor.

Outside of work, Jimmy enjoys playing competitive football, taking his dog on long walks and spending time with his family.

Nick Brown

Nick Brown

CYBER CONSULTANT

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Nick joined Arcanum in February 2020. Nick works with clients from Industry and in Defence. He has significant experience in providing security advice and policy frameworks with a particular focus on Security Architecture and Accreditation of classified and high-risk systems. He has a MSc in Cyber Security Technology with Distinction from Northumbria University.

Nick is a former counter-intelligence specialist having served 12 years in the British Army. Outside of work, he has a passion for the outdoors, specifically climbing and mountaineering in places such as Snowdonia, the Lake District and in the French Alps.

Andy Crowther

Andy Crowther

CYBER CONSULTANT

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Andy joined Arcanum in 2023. Before joining us, he served in the Royal Air Force for 24 years as an Intelligence Analyst. Specialising in Signals Intelligence, Information assurance and most recently managing Cyber Intelligence Operations.

With qualifications in Cyber Threat Intelligence, he has recently undertaken CISSP and Offensive Security Certified Professional (OSCP) training and is working towards gaining certification.

Tommy Durbridge

Tommy Durbridge

CYBER CONSULTANT

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Tommy joined Arcanum in 2022 after a 22 year career in the Royal Signals. He has a wealth of experience in Defence capability and risk management, and information security policy and procedures. He has a first-class Bachelor of Engineering degree in Telecommunications Engineering, is certified as a NIST Cyber Security Framework Practitioner, ISO 27001 Lead Auditor and CompTIA Cyber Security Analyst, along with other management and cyber qualifications. Tommy is looking forward to continuing his professional development with Arcanum.

In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his family, travelling and playing several sports.

Amberley Fairley

Amberley Fairley

CYBER CONSULTANT

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Amberley joined Arcanum in 2023 serving 6 years in the British Army, working as an Arabic linguist before moving into a Cyber Threat Intelligence Analyst role. Amberley has studied and achieved several cyber security qualifications including the NIST Cyber Security Professional Practitioner and is currently studying for the Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) qualification.

Jack Fairley

Jack Fairley

CYBER CONSULTANT

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Jack joined Arcanum in 2023 after serving in the British Army for 6 years. In this time, he trained as an Arabic linguist, before transitioning to a new role as a Cyber Threat Intelligence Analyst.

Jack has achieved NIST Cyber Security Professional Practitioner and is currently focused on gaining Operational Technology (OT) related qualifications, having recently gained the ISA/IEC 62443 Fundamentals qualification. He hopes to further increase his depth of technical knowledge within the field.

 

Kaylind Grant

Kaylind Grant

CYBER CONSULTANT

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Kaylind joined Arcanum in 2022 as a Cyber Consultant after 6 years in the RAF. He works currently with clients in Space and Manufacturing and has achieved ISA/IEC 62443 Fundamentals Specialist, NIST CSF Practitioner, and CompTIA Security Analytics Professional.

In his spare time, outside of helping raise two children, Kaylind enjoys developing and learning new language skills. Kaylind is also a big American Football fan, and coaches at his local university.

John Greenwood

John Greenwood

CYBER CONSULTANT

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John joined Arcanum in 2024 after spending 10 years in the British Army as a linguist and technical intelligence analyst. He has a range of experience overseas and in the UK delivering intelligence analysis, training and management.

He is an ISO 27001 Lead Implementer, NIST Cyber Security Framework Practitioner and is looking to expand his technical knowledge pursuing CompTIA Security+.

Wendy Goucher

Wendy Goucher

CYBER CONSULTANT

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Wendy is a business focused cyber security professional specialising in risk, compliance, assurance and communication. The latter covers a wide range from training design and facilitation to authorship of articles for professional publications, academic papers and books covering incident management, information assurance and security awareness in the post COVID work situation.

In the last few years, she has also developed a series of books called ‘Nettie in Cyberland’ that use stories to open a conversation with young children about developing good security awareness and practice. The awareness of language in doing this helped Wendy design policies, including acceptable use policies, for parts of UK government.  

Oliver Hall

Oliver Hall

CYBER CONSULTANT

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Oliver joined Arcanum in 2022. Known as Oli, he possess vast experience in the Defence sector covering risk management and policy. Formerly a helicopter pilot in the Royal Air Force, Oli transitioned into cyber security where he is dedicated to continual learning and growing his expertise.

In his spare time Oli can be found on family walks, keeping fit or trying to improve at golf.

Giles Haywood Smith

Giles Haywood Smith

CYBER CONSULTANT

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Giles joined Arcanum in 2023 after serving nine years as a royal marine commando. He was employed as a communicator using and accounting for secure ICT systems and cryptography all over the world on land and at sea, from the arctic to the desert.

He loves to spend time with his family and has a passion for learning and improving new skills, sports and hobbies.

Matthew Holland

Matthew Holland

CYBER CONSULTANT

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Matthew “Dutch” Holland joined Arcanum in September 2023 after serving 15 years in the Royal Military Police. During his military career he specialised in several areas including Criminal Investigations and Close Protection before transitioning into Communications Data Analysis and Digital Forensics. He has achieved several Cyber Security and Digital Forensic qualifications including CISM, NIST Foundation, GCFA, GCFE and GIME. He continues to develop his skills and is currently studying to achieve ISACA CRISC.  

Outside of work he enjoys learning new skills, keeping fit and spending time with his family.  

Wayne Holliday

Wayne Holliday

CYBER CONSULTANT

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Wayne “Doc” Holliday joined Arcanum in September 2022 after a 30 year career in the Royal Navy in which he specialised in Electronic Warfare, Maritime Intelligence and in 2018 specialised in Cyber and Electromagnetic Activities (CEMA), Technical Surveillance Counter Measures and OSINT. He is currently developing his Cyber skills by undertaking CompTIA, NIST and CISM training to support his new position.

Away from the office, Doc enjoys a range of sports including triathlons and football as well as being at home with his family.

Jonny Keiller

Jonny Keiller

CYBER CONSULTANT

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Jonny joined Arcanum in 2024 after a 22-year career in the Royal Navy, specialising in Electronic Warfare, Maritime Intelligence, and Cyber and Electromagnetic Activities (CEMA). He played a pivotal role in establishing Information Assurance and OSINT techniques in the Royal Navy while more recently developing Defence command and control applications and networks for Carrier Strike operations and synthetic training. During his final tenure, he focused on implementing Defence operational EW database and Radar analysis network solutions.

Jonny holds a 1st BSc(H) in Cyber Security and Intelligence and is a Full Member of the Chartered Institute of Information Security (MCIIS). He is certified by CompTIA CySA+, CISMP, and NIST CSF.

In his spare time, Jonny enjoys coaching and playing cricket. Additionally, he contributes to CIIS by conducting interviews for new member applications and serves as a Royal Navy Reservist.

Chris Kirkham

Chris Kirkham

CYBER CONSULTANT

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Chris joined Arcanum in 2022 as a Cyber Consultant. Before joining Arcanum, he served 13 years in the British Army specialising in counter-intelligence, security assurance and risk management, both in the UK and overseas. Chris has studied and achieved cyber security qualifications including the NIST Cyber Security Professional Practitioner.

In his spare time Chris enjoys spending time with his family, hill walking and sailing. He also has a keen interest in history and is in the process of helping restore a medieval house and various antiques.

Mikey Longman

Mikey Longman

CYBER CONSULTANT

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Mikey Joined Arcanum as a Cyber Consultant in 2022 following a 13-year career within defence. He has several years of experience working in cyber security and spent the last 3 years of his career heavily involved in protecting the Confidentiality, Integrity, and Availability of deployed UK MoD networks.

Mikey is a proud Yorkshireman with a passion for family, learning, and the great outdoors.

Shaun Marshall

Shaun Marshall

CYBER CONSULTANT

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Shaun is a Cyber Security specialist working on projects for Government and Critical National Infrastructure clients. He has a long history of working in IT and telecommunications, gained from a career spanning 17 years at the MOD.

Shaun has extensive knowledge of deployable wireless and Internet Protocol based communication systems and has a passion for network security and Penetration Testing.

Chris Rees

Chris Rees

CYBER CONSULTANT

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Chris joined Arcanum in 2023 as a Cyber Security Consultant having spent 24 years serving in the British Army as an IT and telecommunications specialist. He is a CompTIA Security Analytics Professional and has recent experience in Cryptographic management and defence projects in secure deployable infrastructure.

Outside of work, he enjoys keeping fit and has a keen interest in learning new skills, specifically in the fields of network security and penetration testing.

Steve Rees

Steve Rees

CYBER CONSULTANT

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Steve joined Arcanum as a Cyber Consultant in 2021. Steve has a BSc 1st Class Honours and an MSc with Distinction in Cyber Security from the University of South Wales, National Cyber Security Academy. Steve is now extending his academic knowledge with the University of South Wales as a 3-year PhD student researching ‘Advancing Cybersecurity Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and Operational Technology (OT) Convergence; Challenges, Innovations and Resilient Solutions in Agriculture’. Steve uses his skill set and knowledge as a Cyber Security Consultant at Arcanum.

Before joining Arcanum, Steve served in the Royal Marine Commandos full time service and Maritime Reserve Forces in many different roles, from Systems Security Administrator to Physical Training Instructor and Adventure Training Guide.’

Kat Abercrombie

Kat Abercrombie

SENIOR PEN TESTER

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Kat is a Senior Pen Tester in Arcanum’s Penetration Testing Team.

Kat is a CREST Registered Pen Tester with extensive experience in performing web application and infrastructure pen tests and build configuration reviews. She has experience of working with a wide variety of business sectors including Critical National Infrastructure, central government, banking, telecommunications and retail.

Kat also has an MSc in Information Security from Royal Holloway and a BSc (Hons) in Medical Science from the University of St Andrews.

Tamar Everson

Tamar Everson

SENIOR PEN TESTER

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Tamar Everson has joined the Arcanum Penetration Testing team as a Senior Pen Tester and is CREST Registered. During his career, he has tested the security of a multitude of systems ranging from web and mobile applications to infrastructure and bespoke systems across a range of industries and sectors.

Tamar holds a BEng (Hons) in Digital Security, Forensics & Ethical Hacking from Glasgow Caledonian University, where he established the Ethical Hacking Society. Tamar enjoys supporting outreach activities, encouraging University students, military veterans and school children seeking a career in the cyber security industry.

Rob Douglass

Rob Douglass

PEN TESTER

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Rob joined Arcanum in 2022 after achieving his Electronic Commerce Council Certified Ethical Hacker. Rob is a highly motivated individual who is always broadening his cyber security knowledge; he aspires to becoming a certified Cyber Essentials and Cyber Essentials Plus Assessor whilst completing his Cyber Security BSc (Hons).

Rob is a motor enthusiast and a qualified mechanic who runs his own small motor-events company in his spare time. He is also a keen equestrian and loves spending time outdoors with his family.

Jyoti Kaur

Jyoti Kaur

PEN TESTER

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Jyoti joined the team as a Digital Forensics Technician in 2021. Jyoti graduated from Birmingham City University in 2020 with a degree in Computer Science. She is further developing her expertise by working towards the end of her master’s degree in Cyber Security. With previous experience in IT and recognised qualifications in cyber, Jyoti transfers her skills and knowledge to her role here at Arcanum.

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