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Manchester Cybersecurity Meetup

Join GFT for an evening discussing the latest big thing in cyber security and a chance to connect with the community!


Part of Digital City Festival 2024

Organised by: GFT

GFT is delighted to invite you for the second cybersecurity meetup in the series. Each meetup includes a keynote speaker and an ‘Interesting Thing’. The ‘Interesting Thing’ ranges from an innovative security update or project update from GFT or meetup members. We discuss all things security innovation and how we as security professionals are tackling day to day problems in the industry.

Our GFT chair for this event will be Simon Newton. Simon leads GFT’s security practice. He has over 20 years of experience in various areas of IT and business verticals, including advertising, financial services, IT consulting and management. He has extensive experience of risk and compliance, master data management, identity and security, architecture and strategy, and business change. Prior to GFT, Simon has worked in organisations including Microsoft, Barclays, Absa Group and Mimecast.


John Eccleshare, Head of Information Security – bet365

John is the Head of Information Security at bet365. He has over 20 years of experience within the field of Cyber Security, Data Protection and Regulatory compliance. This experience has been gained within Financial Services, Pharmaceutical, Public sector, and the on-line gaming industry. John is accountable to the CEO for all things Information Security related across the bet365 business, responsible for leading a team of highly skilled professionals across multiple Info Sec disciplines. The role is broad in that it covers the technical aspects of delivering a safe and secure on-line business, creating, owning and delivering the Info Sec Strategy right through to consulting and mentoring. John will be discussing how he got into Information Security and sharing his experiences of how to navigate the transition into Info Sec including advice on training and some of the challenges faced.

Niomie Haynes, Commercial Manager – North West Cyber Resilience Centre

Niomie is the commercial manager at the North West Cyber Resilience Centre (NWCRC), specialising in assisting SMEs. Passionate about cybersecurity, she helps businesses understand and improve their resilience against cybercrime. Niomie’s expertise lies in crafting tailored strategies and guiding SMEs to implement effective security measures. The NWCRC, led by the North West Regional Organised Crime unit, is dedicated to empowering SMEs in cybersecurity. In this crucial role, they actively foster a safer digital environment for North West businesses. With over 1000 members across the North West, Niomie will be discussing what common issues businesses are facing and the solutions that are available.

Please join us and help us to build a great cyber security community in Manchester. Kindly hosted by Bruntwood SciTech.

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Start: April 17, 2024 5:30 pm
End: April 17, 2024 8:30 pm

Hosted at

No.1 Circle Square, Manchester

No.1 Circle Square, Symphony Park, Manchester, UK

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