Practice Leaders

Tony Collings OBE

Tony Collings OBE
Executive Chairman ECA Group

A fellow of the British Computer Society, an experienced CLAS Security consultant and qualified UK Government Security Accreditor. Tony is a regular conference speaker and authority on a wide area of associated Cyber, Business, Data Handling and Identity Assurance matters. He has 40 years' experience in the practical application of system and network architecture, appropriate security policy, business assurance and continuity, and data and control centres for military, government and corporate application.

Now directing the overall cyber business assurance challenges for the a number of National and International clients; he was previously head of the Resilience, Security and Fraud prevention team for the UK National ID Card Programme and wrote the present policy for defending Critical National Infrastructure Data Centres for CPNI and the UK Clearing Banks.

Catherine Mitchell-Reid

Catherine Mitchell-Reid
CEO ECA Group

Catherine has extensive senior global and national leadership experience in multinational Corporates and SME's, principally in the global pharmaceutical industry and latterly expertise in cyber business assurance. She has lead P&L operations and functions, key areas of expertise being Marketing and Business Optimisation, Global Branding, Global New Product Launch Operations, Corporate and Marketing Communications. Catherine also works internationally with Executives and Key Talent as an Executive Coach/mentor and establishes programmes to ensure successful implementation and rollout of organisational change management for Information, Business Assurance and Cyber-security. She holds UK Government Security Clearance.

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Martin Hogan

Martin Hogan
Managing Partner, Head of Practice, Corporate Business Assurance

Martin has huge global experience in corporate General Management, marketing, sales, performance optimisation and organisational protection and integrity of Information and Data, principally in the Pharmaceutical arena - where Corporate, National and International perspectives are daily concerns. Key skills are Strategy design and implementation at the highest level and management consulting at C- Suite and exec/ senior operational levels. After military service Martin obtained legal and business degrees before moving into the Pharmaceutical Industry where his final position was as Director of Operations for a global company. In the intervening years Martin was a strategic VP, leading the formation and development of what is now the world's leading Life Sciences Consultancy before joining ECA.

Marc Hocking

Marc Hocking
Practice Lead Cyber Security

Marc’s most recent experience as CTO-Cyber Security for Raytheon UK brings a wealth of knowledge to his leadership role within the ECA team. Marc works across all Customers, Government and partners promoting the necessity for Cyber Security products and capabilities and has created and delivered architectural design and operational deployment of cross domain, cyber/e-security and Web-based Systems for large multinational organisations world-wide. He has served in several Cabinet Office positions in the UK Government working on security and infrastructure architecture initiatives.

 

 

Toby Stevens

Toby Stevens
Practice Lead Privacy & Identity Management

Toby is a privacy, security and identity expert who specialises in facilitating debate about the implications of managing privacy and personal information, and has also worked in security management research, Year 2000, euro implementation and broader IT project management roles. The author of the Information Commissioner's 'Privacy by Design' report, and publisher of Computer Weekly's privacy blog, Toby is a leading commentator on privacy issues.

Toby is a Fellow of the British Computer Society, where he chairs the Information Privacy Expert Panel, sits as a referee for the RSA Conference Europe and Kantara ID Deployment of the Year awards, and sits on the Department for Transport’s Road Pricing Advisory Forum. He is is also a member of the European Advisory Committee for the International Association of Privacy Professionals, and a referee for the Economic and Social Research Council.

Fraser Smith

Fraser Smith
Head of Practice, Business Assurance

Fraser has been involved in IT/IS/IA within the Ministry of Defence and other Government departments including the Security Services for the last 35 years before joining the ECA Group in January 2009. He is a highly skilled HMG Accreditor and CLAS consultant with a breadth of complementary skills of complex network and IT security technologies. As an overall security professional he has a huge depth of knowledge both at the theoretical and the practical level, combined with a proven managerial background. He delivers outstanding results from his team utilising excellent teamwork, co-ordination and motivational skills, with huge professional and personal integrity. He is currently SC cleared and held security clearance to DV (Developed Vetting) status as the Senior Pan Government Accreditor.

He is an expert in the pragmatic application of all HMG Security Policy, Physical and Technical Security Measures, Corporate Business Assurance, Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery and was granted Head of Profession status in recognition of his services to Accreditation within Government.

Matthew Mitchell

Matthew Mitchell
ECA Ocean: Trusted Crew Services

ECA Ocean Skipper, Matt Mitchell, is a commercially endorsed RYA/MCA (Royal Yacht Association/Maritime & Coastguard Agency) Cruising Instructor and RYA/MCA Ocean Yachtmaster. He qualified at the age of 18 and has accumulated over 120,000 nautical miles. Matt has experience of cruising and racing in most of the prime sailing locations, including Europe, the Caribbean and America. He has 11 transatlantic crossings, 2 Fastnet races and several full racing seasons in the Caribbean with blue-water cruising and deliveries and extensive offshore experience around Europe and the Caribbean. He is a very popular Instructor and Skipper; with a successful racing career, notably leading his Crew to second place in Class in the 2010 ARC (Atlantic Rally for Cruisers) as the youngest professional skipper in the race.

We are delighted to announce that Matt is one of only 12 professional skippers selected from around the globe to skipper one of the new 70ft Clipper Round the World Race boats in the 2013 – 2014 race, which leaves London on 1st September. The Clipper Round the World Race is the world’s longest yacht race. He is the youngest skipper in the race but has packed huge experience into his racing career, which has led to his selection. You can follow the Clipper news and race progress here: https://www.clipperroundtheworld.com/

Whilst Matt is away we have several equally experienced skippers on whom we can call for instructing and crew security work.

News item - Clipper Round the World 13-14 posted on 09/08/2013