The Steering Group

Steering Group


The Cyber Resilience Centre Steering Group is made up of representatives from across Policing, the private and public sectors and academia, with the aim of providing representation for the wider cyber interests of the Greater Manchester business community.  

The Steering Group will help to support our aims and objectives, whilst helping to shape the activity of the centre in a meaningful capacity, drawing on the expert knowledge of it's members.


Detective Superintendent Neil Jones - Greater Manchester Police

Neil Jones


As a Senior Investigating Officer and Nationally Accredited Kidnap & Extortion Manager Neil has first-hand experience of supporting business victims of Cybercrime. As the Senior Responsible Officer for Cybercrime for the North West, Neil maintains close links with Greater Manchester Police, the North West Regional Orgainsed Crime Unit and local forces to provide accessible, consistent government backed advice, training and support to organisations of all sizes.

Neil’s experience has seen him work across a diverse range of police roles, including Local Policing, Cyber & Economic Crime, Serious & Organised Crime, Criminal Investigations and Public Protection.

In 2014 Neil graduated from Warwick Business School with a Master of Science (MSc) in Leadership & Management.


Katie Gallagher - Manchester Digital 

Katie Gallagher


Katie Gallagher is the Managing Director of Manchester Digital, the largest trade body for technology and digital businesses in the North. Under Katie's leadership, Manchester Digital has made a significant impact on the success of the tech and digital industry in the region, taking a lead on the development of innovative talent and skills projects. Katie is currently working to improve the regions' cybersecurity capacity through the Cyber Resilience Centre.



Colin Robertson - Northrop Grumman

Colin Robertson


Colin has worked in the Defence and Security industry for over 30 years in both public and private sector roles. Initially training as a weapons and avionics engineer, Colin progressed to manage a range of complex military engineering projects across the UK defence sector. Shifting focus in the early 2000s, he managed large scale business change programmes helping organisations to transform to respond to cyber threats and take advantage of technology changes including the wide scale growth of the internet. Since 2014, Colin has worked with governments around the world to help redefine their people, processes and technology to deliver operations that respond to new fast moving threats and opportunities. Within Northrop Grumman, Colin leads on growing the Cyber and Intelligence business across the United Kingdom and Europe.


Steve Boughton - NCC Group

Steve Boughton


Steve is responsible for the operational efficiency and effectiveness of the Group around the world. He joined the business in March 2018 and previously served as Managing Director of QinetiQ’s technical advisory business, leading software and service subsidiaries in the UK, Canada and Australia. Most recently Steve was the Chief Operating Officer of the NSL group, supporting the business through its sale in 2017.




Shaun Fensom - Manchester Digital 

Shaun Fensom


Shaun Fensom has over 25 years’ experience in computing and the internet. Shaun co-founded Poptel, the pioneering on-line services provider that became one of the UK’s first ISPs and also launched the .coop top level internet domain in the first round of new TLDs in 2001.
Shaun combines that experience with specialist expertise in the development of digital and on-line business sector for economic and social progress, business case and implementation of digital infrastructure including “next generation” broadband and innovation using community and mutual ownership in digital sector and infrastructure businesses.