Senior Team

Our Team and our consultants include some of the industry's most respected and influential security experts from information security, data privacy, data compliance and cyber-security.  

Scott Simpson - Founder & Senior Consultant

Scott founded The Security Circle in 2015 and it has grown to become a leading information security, data compliance and cyber-security consultancy firm.

Scott is an information security and global data privacy specialist, certified Data Protection Officer CDPO, CIPP/E & CIPM, certified GDPR Practitioner, qualified ISO 27001 Lead Auditor, Lead Implementer and cyber-security consultant.

As the Senior Consultant, Scott has advised to over 50 organisations since 2015 on a range of areas including GDPR, data protection, data privacy, information security, cyber-resilience, business continuity and incident response management.

In recent years Scott has been engaged as a Group Data Protection Officer for two global organisations and has managed the security and compliance of over 200 applications in 60 countries.

Geoff Harris BSc, CISSP, C.Eng, MIET, ISSA Fellow - CISO

Geoff has is a highly experienced cyber security consultant and Chief Information Security Officer. He has over 20 years’ experience in providing these specialist services across a wide range of multinational organisations and market sectors.

With many years of Board level experience through to detailed technical level cyber knowledge, across companies of all sizes, Geoff is a very well-respected consultant and adviser.


In former roles, Geoff was International Director of the Information Systems Security Association (ISSA) and UK President as well as Advisory Council member on the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium (ISC)² for Europe, Middle East & Africa, in total for over 10 years.


Geoff is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and was a CESG (now the National Cyber Security Centre) CLAS Consultant and Certified Professional for Her Majesty's Government for over 12 years involved in large scale government IT security architectures and cyber risk assessments.  

Geoff has served as an expert witness in cyber security legal cases and has led incident response operations as well as advising on cyber security breaches and forensic investigations.

Lynne Cadenhead - Consultant

As COO of The Security Circle, Lynne is responsible for business strategy and commercial development.

A serial entrepreneur, Lynne has over 18 years investment experience, investing in, mentoring and nurturing a range of early stage technology companies throughout the UK. She has worked with a wide portfolio of technology companies – from pharmaceuticals and polymers, to prosthetics and optics – in a variety of Director, Chief Executive, fundraiser and advisor/mentor roles and has also managed two early stage technology venture capital funds.


She has considerable experience in the biometric authentication space and is CEO of Bio ID Security, a start up company developing unique biometric security software which fuses advanced biometrics and AES256 encryption to create the world’s first Person to Person Secure Email Tunnel. Bio ID offers secure global email communications both internally and with external third parties and has a wide variety of applications, particularly in defence, finance and healthcare.


Lynne is also a Director of Emotional Sciences, an artificial intelligence company using computational linguistics based on unstructured reasoning to detect emotions and the causes of emotion, at both a conscious and sub-conscious level, from any media, on-line and in real-time. This technology enables people to read between the lines of what is being communicated and to determine what people are really feeling and has numerous applications in workplace wellness as well as in cyber security.

Martin Schramm - Managing Director Switzerland

Martin Schramm is a proven executive and board director in corporate insurance and asset management.


Martin joined The Security Circle in November 2016 and heads up our Swiss office.  With his extensive experience and specific knowledge in general insurance including crime, cyber and business interruption risks, Martin helps to create strong relationships with our cyber security auditing team, insurance underwriters, brokers and other organisations operating in this field.


Martin joined from Cite Investments where he was running the Insurance Practice as Board Director. Previously, Martin held a variety of executive positions with Zurich Insurance in the UK and Switzerland. Most recently Martin was Executive Director of Zurich Global Corporate Russia in Moscow (AO Zurich Reliable).

Martin started his career as underwriter and portfolio manager in Financial Lines and Credit Insurance.

Noel Daly - Chairman Ireland

Noel Daly heads up The Security Circle’s Dublin office and brings a wealth of expertise in Strategic  Planning, Government, Change Management and the Healthcare sector to the business. He is currently Governor of the National University of Ireland Galway and Chairman of the University Audit Committee. Additionally, he is a member of the Advisory Board PonteMed AG and a Non-Executive Director 3fivetwohealthcare.


Having worked with various government bodies as well as acting as Consultant with WHO (the World Health Organisation), Noel joined The Security Circle to develop the company’s services in Ireland. He has extensive commercial experience and significant Government connections in both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. The depth and breadth of experience he has developed from his public and private sector work across the international stage allow him to develop The Security Circle’s business streams across a range of sectors.

Rachel Carter MSyl - Cyber Insurance Consultant

Rachel Carter is a cyber insurance specialist and has an extensive knowledge of the cyber security market. She works closely with insurance companies, brokers and Security Circle clients ensuring that businesses have the most comprehensive cover and protection. Additionally, she assists companies to develop an insurance strategy that promotes resilience for Security Circles’ clients.  


Rachel is a dedicated insurance professional, published author (co-authoring a book as well as a variety of insurance, policy and trade publications), journal editor, well established natural catastrophe, cyber and terrorism risk researcher, presenter and university law lecturer with experience as a Managing Director of an insurance consulting firm. Rachel regularly appears in the media and speaks at a broad range of events and institutions. Her media and speaking presence is global although centered around London, Paris and Australia. She also has experience in designing training and educational courses to promote resilience for businesses, governments and the community.


Rachel recently co-founded the Journal of Terrorism and Cyber Insurance and she manages the Journal.


Her prior UK experience includes working for Pool Re (UK terrorism pool) providing research to the CEO and Tokio Marine Kiln where she was a Senior Model Evaluation Analyst. She also worked at Lloyd’s in the International Regulatory Affairs Department.


Rachel has had international experience working for the OECD within their insurance directorate. She also worked in Australia, focusing on the interaction between insurance and law and has provided work for the Australian Strategic Policy Institute and provided evidence for the Australian Parliament (Senate). Currently Rachel writes for the Security Institute as their subject matter expert for terrorism risk insurance and cyber risk insurance.


She holds a Bachelor of Law with Honours and a Bachelor of Arts as well as a PhD in Insurance Law.

Professor Merfyn Lloyd OBE MA – Security & Defence Consultant

Merfyn Lloyd is a systems thinker and systems architect whose expertise lies in the development and management of complex socio-technical systems. A former civil service scientist and army officer, his experience lies chiefly in the defence and security sectors.


He provides independent advice and support to both the UK MOD and industry, to encourage open innovation amongst the defence community and more widely, and in particular, to support small and medium enterprises (SMEs). 


Before retiring, he spent 8 years as the Science Advisor to the Chief of Materiel (Land) in Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S) on secondment from the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL).  During this period he was responsible for the development and implementation of the Land Open System Architecture (LOSA) programme. With a small team, and working closely with UK defence industry colleagues, this introduced generic technical architectures based on open standards to the Land Environment. These are being implemented in UK Ministry of Defence projects and are being adopted more widely by NATO countries and elsewhere.


He is a member of the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) and the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE). He was awarded the OBE in 2001.

Tim Musson BA, MSc, LLM, MBCS – Head of Computer Law & Data Protection

For many years up to 2009 Tim was a lecturer at Edinburgh Napier University, initially in the Department of Mathematics and latterly in the School of Computing.  Towards the end of this time his teaching was focussed on legal aspects of computing.


At the end of 2009 Tim left the academic world to set up his own company, Computer Law Training Ltd, offering training and support in data protection and information security.  He regularly delivers courses on data protection for the Law Society of Scotland as CPD for their member solicitors.  He also speaks at their conferences and is Convenor of their Privacy Law Committee.  Other recent clients include the Institute of Fundraising, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, Lockton Companies, housing associations and various law firms.


While he was working at Edinburgh University Tim also undertook teaching of systems thinking for the Open University and was seconded as a visiting lecturer at the University of Le Havre, France.  He also volunteered his time as a member of the Edinburgh panel of the Prince’s Scottish Youth Business Trust and as a board member and chair of Skillnet Edinburgh, a charity supporting ethnic minorities into work and further education.


Tim’s academic qualifications include a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and Psychology and Master’s degrees in Control Engineering, Artificial Intelligence and IT and Telecoms Law.  He also speaks fluent French.

Gaynor Simpson - Communications Director

As Communications Director, Gaynor oversees marketing, PR and events for The Security Circle. She works closely with our stakeholders to deliver a stategically effective communications programme, reaching business and trade media contacts across the UK and overseas. She also manages our social media and exhibitions schedule, ensuring that The Security Circle and its suppliers have their share of 'digital voice' and are represented at key national and international events in the cyber security calendar

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