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Board Check-In: Cyber Governance & Organisational Resilience

Join us for an exclusive event designed to empower boards with essential knowledge and insights into effective Cyber Governance.

Date and Time
09 May 2024
12:30 - 13:30
Not Specified
Director’s Circle
Full Member
Digital Member
£ 20
£ 30

Registration closed for the event.

Terms & Conditions

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This event will focus on key actions to strengthen your organisation’s cyber resilience and its governance on cyber risk. It is highly relevant to all non-executive directors and other senior leaders interested in the latest best practice in this area.

The session will centre on the Cyber Governance Code of Practice, developed by the Department of Science, Technology, and Innovation (DSIT) in collaboration with the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC). It will also bring a practical perspective from an experienced board member and provide time for discussion.

Cub Llewelyn-Davies will join us direct from the NCSC to share a concise 15-minute briefing, outlining the new Code and providing an overview of the Code’s five key principles, which can drive robust cybersecurity practices and enhance your organisation’s resilience.

Cyber security expert, Gail Smith, will bring a practical perspective on driving cyber resilience from a non-executive position, drawing on her experience as an NED with global listed tech firms.

This event will be hosted by Rowena Ironside, Co-Founder, NED and past Chair, of Women on Boards UK. Rowena has significant experience in leading cyber security initiatives, including providing feedback on NCSC board guidance.

This interactive session will also include a dedicated Q&A, allowing you to ask specific questions and gain further clarification.

This event is open to both current and aspiring non-executive directors. Participants should have a basic awareness of cyber security to ensure they get the most out of the session. Those who are new to the topic may find it useful to complete our on-demand Quick Course: Cyber Literacy for the Boardroom in advance.


Cub Llewelyn-Davies, Head of Market Incentives, National Cyber Security Centre

Working in the National Cyber Security Centre, Cub’s primary role is Head of Resilience and Market Incentives, focused on improved cyber resilience practices across the UK Economy and Society.

Cub has been at the National Cyber Security Centre, a part of GCHQ, since 2017. His roles have included building resilience across civil society and developing the inaugural citizen resilience programme following the unprecedented shift to home working at the start of the pandemic, before being seconded to Whitehall to provide advice to Ministers and Senior Civil Servants on digital, cyber and national security policy issues. Cub now leads a team focussed on improving how cyber risk is embedded within organisations existing business strategy and governance mechanisms and working with the cyber insurance industry to ensure it’s a force for good in the overall resilience of the UK.

Gail Smith, Experienced NED, expert in Cyber Risk Governance; Founder Cavell Group BV, Advisor to cloud networking and security industry.

Gail has served as a Non Executive Director on both Nasdaq and Euronext listed companies. She has deep experience in scaling technology related companies multinationally and guiding them to successful exits, bringing particular insight on governing cybersecurity risk and digital transformation.

Gail is Executive Director and founder of Cavell Group BV, who advise Service Providers, Platform Vendors and investors on topics related to Cloud Networking and Cyber Security and provide engineering services to help large enterprise successfully migrate to new technologies.

Prior to Cavell Group she was a senior executive at challenger organizations that disrupted the telecommunications industry and created the backbone of the new digital economy. 

Rowena Ironside, Women on Boards founder and non-executive directors and Chair

Rowena Ironside

Rowena spent 25 years as an executive in the ICT sector, starting out writing software in Australia; building an IT services business in London; and running international services businesses in the software and hosting industries. Rowena has been a non-executive member of boards in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors since 2006, including 5 years as the inaugural Chair of the charity Compassion in Dying. She was executive Chair of Women on Boards UK from its launch in 2012 until October 2020 and is currently Chair of the healthcare charity PSPA and an independent committee Chair for THIS Institute. Rowena attended INSEAD’s Leading from the Chair programme in 2019.

In 2003, Rowena led the cyber-sec team at Boston-based Guardent Inc, one of the first managed security services providers. She maintains an interest in the leading edge of digital security and in 2019 contributed to a review of the NCSC Board Toolkit. Please click here to read Rowena’s guide to cyber resilience for non-executives.

This virtual event is free to Full and Directors’ Circle members. It will also include an opportunity for Q&A and sharing experience with other members of our network, under Chatham House rule.