Strategic Advisory Board


The SPRITE+ Strategic Advisory Board (SSAB) provide advice to the SPRITE+ Director and Management Team on the NetworkPlus’s strategic direction and activities. Specifically, the SSAB:

  • Review SPRITE+ activities in the context of the policy and practice landscape
  • Suggest ways of extending and developing the network
  • Promote SPRITE+ within stakeholder communities
  • Provide advice on the strategic direction of SPRITE+

Professor Tom Rodden (Chair)

Professor Tom Rodden is Chief Scientific Advisor for the Department for Digital Culture Media and Sport (DCMS) and a Professor of Computing at the University of Nottingham. His research brings together a range of disciplines to tackle the emerging human, social, ethical and technical challenges as computing becomes a ubiquitous feature of our world and we increasingly use personal data and AI technologies. Prior to joining DCMS Tom was seconded as Deputy CEO of EPSRC where he was responsible for research strategy and acted as the UKRI lead in both AI and e-Infrastructure. Tom is a fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of the ACM and the a Fellow of the BCS.

Professor Anthony Finkelstein

Professor Anthony Finkelstein is Chief Scientific Adviser for National Security and was appointed in December 2015. His research is based at The Alan Turing Institute and he holds a Chair in Software Systems Engineering at University College London (UCL). He is a visiting professor at Imperial College London and at the National Institute of Informatics, Tokyo, Japan. He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering (FREng), an elected Member of Academia Europaea (MAE) and a Fellow of the City and Guilds of London Institute (FCGI). Prior to assuming his current role he was Dean of the UCL Faculty of Engineering Sciences and Head of UCL Computer Science. His scientific work is in the broad area of systems engineering.

Auriol Stevens

Auriol is Global IT Director of the Applied Technology Group at Unilever as well as Chair of Unilever’s Design Authority, and a member of their Data Ethics committee.  Prior to joining Unilever, Auriol was previously CEO of the VTC Group (now trading as Inogesis). Auriol is deputy chair of the Advisory Board for the Institute for Security Science and Technology, Imperial College, and is a mentor both privately and to professional programs such as CyLon, GCHQ’s Cyber Accelerator and Cyber 101.


Professor Benoît Dupont 

Benoît Dupont is Professor of Criminology at the Université de Montréal, where he holds the Canada Research Chair in Cybersecurity and the Philanthropic Research Chair in the Prevention of Cybercrime. He is also one of the co-founders and Scientific Director of the Smart Cybersecurity Network (SERENE-RISC), which brings together government, industry, non-profits and academic partners to facilitate the mobilisation and uptake of evidence-based cybersecurity knowledge. Benoît's research interests focus on the governance of security and the use of networked initiatives to enhance online safety, as well as the co-evolution of crime and technology, and in particular the social organisation of malicious hackers.

Christina Blacklaws

Christina has developed and managed law firms including a virtual law firm and set up the first ABS with the Co-op. More recently, she was Director of Innovation at a top 100 firm. Christina now runs her own consultancy business providing strategic advice particularly in the area of transformational change, technological developments and diversity and inclusion. Christina holds a range of non-executive board positions for law firms and legal businesses and is on the advisory boards of several companies. She holds a range of public appointments and was President of the Law Society of England and Wales until July 2019. Christina chaired the Commission which reviewed the use of algorithms in the justice system and was a Commissioner for the Oxtec Commission which advised as to the use of social and digital media in elections. Christina is passionate about diversity and inclusion, technology and access to justice and uses every opportunity to advocate and progress positive change in these areas.

Emily Keaney

Emily Keaney is Director of Regulatory Strategy, Domestic, at the ICO. Emily was previously Director of the UK Regulators’ Network, a vehicle for collaboration between thirteen regulators across the financial, utilities, transport, communications, data, legal and financial sectors. Before that she was Head of Media Literacy and Children’s Research at Ofcom, the communications regulator, where she managed a large programme of qualitative and quantitative research into the ways in which adults and children use, create and understand media and the implications for policy. Emily has an extensive career in consumer policy and research, including in previous roles with the Communications Consumer Panel, The Arts Council and the Institute for Public Policy Research.

Commissioner Ian Dyson

Ian is Commissioner of the City of London Police. He joined the Metropolitan Police in 1983, working within many areas including crime and drug squads, vice and strategic planning.  For eleven years, Ian was a public order cadre trained senior officer. Ian then joined Surrey Police as Assistant Chief Constable in 2008 overseeing some of the highest confidence levels in the country and improving Neighbourhood Policing. Ian joined the City of London Police as Commander in 2010 leading initially on organisational change, and later as the chief officer lead on Economic Crime.  He was also the National Police lead for Contact Management and led the national roll out for the 101 non-emergency number. Two years later Ian was promoted to Assistant Commissioner and then to Commissioner in 2016. He was awarded the Queen’s Police Medal in the 2016 New Year Honours. Commissioner Dyson is the national police lead for Economic Crime, Business Crime, and for Information Technology within policing.

Miriam Dowle

Miriam is a Senior Portfolio Manager under the Digital Economy Theme, at the EPSRC. Miriam joined the Digital Economy Theme in 2016, taking on responsibility for the Trust, Identity, Privacy & Security (TIPS) priority. Previously, Miriam was a member of the ICT Theme at EPSRC, with responsibilities including Software Engineering, Data Science, Equality & Diversity and managing the ICT Strategic Advisory Team. Before joining EPSRC in 2013, Miriam completed a PhD in electron microscopy as part of the PSIBS Doctoral Training Centre at the University of Birmingham.

Nick Coleman

Nick Coleman is the Global Head of Cyber Security Intelligence Services at IBM. Previously he was National Reviewer of Security for the UK Government. He is an appointed advisor to the Executive Director of the EU Cyber Security Agency ENISA serving on the Permanent Stakeholders Group. He is an Honorary Professor at Lancaster University. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology and a Fellow of the British Computer Society. He also holds an MBA with Distinction.


Professor Roger Maull

Roger Maull is Professor of Management Systems and Academic Director of the Initiative for the Digital Economy at the University of Exeter (INDEX). He has been an investigator on 21 RCUK projects with a total value of £14m including £5.9m of active RCUK awards. His current research focuses on (i) using the Hub-of-all things (HAT) platform to consider questions emerging from the ‘personalisation paradox’ i.e. the consumer wants more personalised products and services while simultaneously being increasingly concerned about the uses of their data; (ii) working with food companies on collecting data on food use in the home; and (iii) Digitally Enhanced Advanced Services (DEAS), which places focus on how products or services are used rather than delivered.