Crossword appoints Dr Robert Coles as Chair of its new Advisory Board

Crossword Cybersecurity plc, the cyber security firm, has today announced the appointment on a new Advisory Board made up of senior figures from academia, the corporate world and government.

Chaired by former GlaxoSmithKline & NHS CISO, Dr Robert Coles, with over 30 years of commercial experience, the new Advisory Board will provide expertise with the aim of benefiting Crossword’s clients and product development strategy.

Before GSK, Dr Coles served as CISO for the National Grid and Merrill Lynch. Dr Coles is an Honorary Professor at UCL and Visiting Professor at Royal Holloway, University of London and has extensive links with major industry information security networking groups and government security agencies.

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Crossword’s Advisory Board also brings together:

  • General Nick Houghton, Baron Houghton of Richmond, GCB, CBE, DL, former Chief of the Defence Staff of the British Armed Forces;
  • Professor Nick Jennings, CB, FREng, Vice-Provost (Research and Enterprise) at Imperial College London, Professor of Artificial Intelligence, and formerly UK Government Chief Scientific Advisor for National Security;
  • Dr Una-May O’Reilly, Principal Research Scientist, leading research in scalable machine learning, evolutionary algorithms, and frameworks for large-scale knowledge mining, prediction and analytics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL), Boston, USA.

“Crossword is exceptionally fortunate to be able to attract such a world-class group of senior industry figures to our new Advisory Board,” said Tom Ilube, CEO of Crossword. “We have big plans for the future and being able to draw upon the guidance, advice and networks of our new advisors will be invaluable.”

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