Board of Directors

The Board consists of two Executive Directors and two Non-Executive Directors, reflecting a blend of different experience and backgrounds. The Directors will be responsible for the management and operations of the Group.

Committee Membership Key:

Nomination Committee
Remuneration Committee
Audit Committee
Disclosure Committee
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Ian Mann

Chief Executive Officer

Ian has over 19 years of experience in the cyber-security sector having founded ECSC. He was previously an adviser for GCHQ, and established a Cisco Networking Academy for Dixons City Technology College.

Ian’s professional certifications include CISSP, PCI QSA, and ISO Lead Auditor.

Ian holds a B.Eng. in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the University of Nottingham, and an MBA from the Open University.

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Lucy Sharp

Chief Operating Officer

Lucy has over 19 years of experience in the cyber-security sector, having joined ECSC at its inception. Lucy worked as an ISO 27001 consultant, leading this area prior to taking the position of Operations Director in 2012.

Lucy has held a number of professional certifications, including CISSP, PCI QSA, and ISO Lead Auditor. Whilst working at ECSC, Lucy completed a Masters in Business Management at Leeds Metropolitan University.

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David Carr Mathewson

Non-Executive Chairman

David is a Chartered Accountant who has spent most of his career in merchant banking and as a Non-Executive director. He was an Executive Director of Noble Grossart Limited, Scotland’s premier merchant bank, for many years.

Previous non-executive roles include Chairman of Sportech Plc and he was a Director of Playtech Group plc. During his tenure at Playtech he was appointed chief financial officer and oversaw the company move from AIM to the main market of the London Stock Exchange.

He is currently a Non-Executive Director of AIM listed SEC Spa, an Italian company.

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Elizabeth Gooch MBE

Non-Executive Director

Elizabeth Gooch is an award-winning UK tech entrepreneur, having started her career in industry, joining Forward Trust (a subsidiary of Midland Bank) and then Birmingham Midshires Building Society, before establishing eg solutions in 1988.

She pioneered the introduction of industrial production management methodologies into the service sector and invented the eg operational intelligence ® software suite to embed these techniques into businesses. eg was listed on the Alternative Investment Market and was acquired by a major US Software Company in 2017.

Elizabeth was named as one of The Telegraph's Most Disruptive Entrepreneurs and West Midlands Woman of the Year for her Outstanding Contribution to Technology. She was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire in the Queens Jubilee Birthday Honours 2012, in recognition of her achievements in delivering significant benefits for clients with the products she designed.

Elizabeth is now CEO of The Tech Growth Factory; a company she established to assist the founders of small technology companies achieve their growth potential.

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Gemma Basharan

Chief Financial Officer

Gemma has over 10 years of financial experience both in the private and charity sector. Gemma joined ECSC in 2011 as a management accountant before taking the position of Financial Controller in 2016, and to Chief Financial Officer in April 2020.

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Ian Castle

Chief Technology Officer

Ian joined ECSC in 2003 and has been involved in the design and implementation of all technical aspects of ECSC’s service lines and is now focused on managed services. Ian ensures the smooth and secure running of our own systems and heads up our research and development efforts.

ECSC Group plc

ECSC Group plc is incorporated and registered in England and Wales under the Companies Act 2006 with Registered No. 3964848. Its main country of operation is the UK.

VAT No. 746361914


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Listerhills Science Park
United Kingdom

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