Ben Edwards, Protective Intelligence Manager - EMEA, Facebook
Ben (Bungy) is a Royal Navy veteran and former Metropolitan Police Detective. He has been a mentor to veterans and Service leavers over the last 5 years, placing vets successfully into business. Ben was recognised in 2019 receiving the role model of the year award at the Ex-Armed Forces in Business Awards for his dedication and commitment to mentoring and supporting veterans and Service leavers.
Ben has a regional corporate security background and was formally responsible for European markets of both Ralph Lauren and Hewlett Packard Enterprise. He now focusses on Protective Intelligence, managing a team of analysts responsible for identifying and mitigating threats and risks towards Facebook executives across EMEA. Ben’s sub role is a global co-lead for Facebook resource group Veterans@Facebook, responsible for shaping and developing internal mentorship programs for veterans hired into the business.
Chris Recchia, Senior Partner - Risk Advisory, Technology and Digital Risk, Deloitte LLP
Chris is a Yorkshireman who joined the Army aged 16 to see the world. He saw active service in 1990 during the first Gulf War when he was deployed with the Royal Artillery and on his return was promoted and graduated from Sandhurst in 1992 to join the Royal Artillery Commandos. His time as an officer saw multiple global deployments in both tactical and strategic roles, including combat operations working alongside the Special Forces.
After leaving the Army, Chris wanted to carve a different path and joined Andersons in February 2001 as a consultant. Throughout the last 20 years, Chris has held UK and Global executive roles at Deloitte. As a senior partner at Deloitte, he is responsible for leading global assurance and advisory engagements across a portfolio of complex client relationships within the Financial Services Sector.
Chris is passionate about his military connections, founding the Deloitte Military Transition and Talent Programme in 2012. He also leads a consortium of organisations that delivers the #veteranswork initiative, both of which help Service leaver’s transition from the military into UK PLC. Outside of Deloitte Chris is a Board member and trustee for a UK Military Charity.
Kevin Brady, HR Director, OpenReach
Kevin has been the Human Resources Director for Openreach since February 2016. Prior to this, he held a number of senior HR roles with BT and he has more than 20 years' experience in HR.
Openreach is responsible for delivering the critical telecommunications infrastructure which keeps all of the UK connected. With an annual turnover of more than £5b Openreach employs more than 35,000 people. The company is currently planning to invest more than £12b to upgrade its infrastructure to full-fibre to improve connectivity across the UK. Over the last 3 years, the company has recruited more than 10,000 new engineers and is currently the largest private sector employer of apprentices in the UK.
James Murphy, Chief Executive Officer, TechVets
James joined the Military in 2000, serving in Northern Ireland, Kenya and finally Helmand Province, Afghanistan with the Infantry, where he was wounded in action. James served the remainder of his 19 years service in intelligence developing the material personnel exploitation capability and providing integral support to UK Defence Engagement in East Asia, before serving in strategic intelligence support to global Joint Military operations.
Upon leaving the Military, James was responsible for the strategic direction of Threat Intelligence at Government Digital Service. Upon leaving the Military James was also committed to supporting the TechVets vision, supporting operational TechVets activities volunteering his time as the co-Lead of the London chapter. James joined TechVets in January 2020 as CEO, he also sits on the DMRC ADVANCED Study panel and is a leading voice within the Positive Transformation Initiative.
Emma Gregory, Head of Academy Ambassadors Programme, New Schools Network
In her role, Emma brings a vast amount of expertise in executive search; formerly working across the private sector in corporate recruitment roles for companies Penna, Siemens and Lumesse. Emma developed a deep understanding of education governance, volunteering as a Chair of Governors, leading Buckinghamshire Learning Trust’s Governor Development Programme for 3,000 governors across the region. She continues to volunteer in school and trust governance roles.
Tom Huckle, Director of Consultancy, Marclay
Tom is an experienced cyber security manager, qualified in cyber defence, cyber threat intelligence and incident response. An eight-year career in the UK Royal Marines led Tom to join Barclays Cyber Operations in the bank's Cyber Attack Monitoring team, before moving to lead Crucial's Cyber Academy where he trained over 150 individuals in a range of cyber disciplines.
He now leads Marclay Associates Consulting division that specialises in incident response, cyber investigations and outsourced-CISO services.
Ben Farrell, Partner and Head of Operational Support and Stock Flow, Waitrose & John Lewis
Commissioned into the Irish Guards, Ben Farrell held commands during the invasion of Iraq, in Kosovo, Macedonia, Bosnia, Northern Ireland and Afghanistan. He was awarded an MBE for his service in Kosovo. He commanded The Irish Guards between 2008-2010. He then held a variety of strategy roles in the Ministry of Defence for a number of years and led the team responsible for the day to day running of the British military operation in Iraq for two and a half years. He has a Master’s degree from Cranfield University.
Ben joined the John Lewis Partnership as Group Head of Operational Risk Management in 2011 and was responsible for developing the John Lewis Partnership’s resilience and awareness of future risks to successful trading. In February 2014 he took up his current role as Head of Operations for John Lewis.