Professor Richard Benham

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Job title of nominated professionalProfessor of Cyber Security Management
Company (where nominated professional or team is working)UK National Cyber Skills Centre, University of Gloucestershire
Company size (employees)3000

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World's first Professor of Cyber Security Management
International Ambassador for SWIFT and safer cyber banking
Champion for anti bullying and combating on line abuse.


Following a successful banking and financial services career, Professor Benham spent ten years at the highest level in the Policing, Transport and Security sectors before retiring in 2011. Since then he has co-founded the Ascot Barclay Group (ABG), a Global Cyber Security company where he sold his interest in 2014 to allow him to undertake interim positions and roles without any conflict of interest.

Professor Benham has since become a pioneer of Cyber Security Management having founded within the UK, The National MBA in Cyber Security and The National Cyber Awareness Course. Both of these received support from the Prime Minister Rt Hon David Cameron MP and were launched at The House of Commons in 2014 and 2015 with Ministers and Executives from all parties and sectors.

The National MBA is run through Coventry University Business School which is the UK University of the Year 2016. It is the first UK degree to be supported at its launch by a Prime Minister and Leader of Her Majesty’s Opposition. The National Cyber Awareness Course subsequently went live in 2015 with the support of three UK universities and The UK National Cyber Skills Centre.

He is the world’s first Professor of Cyber Security Management and lectures at Coventry Business School and The University of Gloucestershire. Other positions held include Professor in Residence at The UK National Cyber Skills Centre and Visiting Professor of Policing at Staffordshire University. He was a finalist for Personality of the Year at the Cyber Security Awards 2015.

Professor Benham regularly gives interviews to the media and a publication list for the last twelve months is attached for reference. He is the author of The Cyber Ripple Theory® and is currently writing the Institute of Directors White Paper on the future of Cyber Security due for publication in February 2016.

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