Digital Trust & Security Steering Group

Prof. Emma Barrett - Group Chair (Psychology)

Prof. Emma Barrett is the University of Manchester's strategic lead for Digital Trust and Security, which involves bringing together and developing expertise across the University around issues such as cybersecurity, privacy, data protection, governance, cryptography, responsible innovation, software verification, secure hardware, cyber-dependent and cyber-enabled crimes and criminals, and digital vulnerability to crime.

We work with businesses, local and national government, law enforcement, and academic researchers from across the world to develop research that helps protect citizens and enhance prosperity. She has a range of research interests, falling broadly into two themes: psychology and security, and the psychology of extreme environments. Prof. Barrett is involved in multiple projects relating to the psychology of performance and well-being in extreme and challenging environments; alongside Dr Nathan Smith, she collaborates with organisations across the world including Royal Geographical Society, Voluntary Service Overseas, the European Space Agency, NASA, and the Antarctic Heritage Trust.

Dr. Daniel Dresner (C.S)

Dr. Daniel Dresner is a lecturer in information and cyber security and governance in the School of Computer Science. He is also the director and co-founder of The IASME Consortium which created a benchmark of cyber security governance achievable by SMEs, and helped to pioneer the Cyber Essentials. He has described his mission as being to “find the threads that bind information together and mend them when they break.” He is an active member of IAAC North West and Yorkshire’s Cyber Security Cluster. Daniel advises the Greater Manchester Combined Authority on cyber security resilience in its digital economy. He contributes to books, conferences, and appears on the BBC explaining cyber security risks to the wider community. He was voted second top influencer in UK cyber security 2017 and number 8 worldwide in 2018.

Prof. Chris Taylor (FBMH)

Prof. Chris Taylor currently holds University-wide roles as Associate Vice President for Research and Director of Digital Futures. His academic appointment is joint between Informatics, Imaging & Data Science in the Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health, where his research group is based, and the School of Computer Science, in the Faculty of Science and Engineering, where he was Head of School 2004 – 2008. He has been a leading figure in health informatics in the UK for over 15 years. He chaired the UK Foresight Programme working party on health informatics and was awarded an OBE in 2000 in recognition of his services to Health and Foresight. Chris has also been at the forefront computer vision research for over 35 years with some of the most highly cited publications in the field and a strong record in technology transfer. He founded one of the world’s leading multidisciplinary research centres in computer vision and medical image analysis. Chris is a Distinguished Fellow of the British Machine Vision Association, International Association for Pattern Recognition and Medical Image Computing and Computer-Aided Intervention Society. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2006.

Prof. Mark Kambites (Maths)

Prof. Mark Kambites is a mathematician and computer scientist interested in semigroup theory, tropical algebra and geometry, combinatorial and geometric group theory, formal languages and automata, cryptography, computational complexity, parallel processing, quantum computing, and especially the interactions between these fields. He  held research fellowships in Canada and Germany, before joining the School of Mathematics in Manchester as an RCUK Academic Fellow in 2006. At the end of the fellowship, in 2011, he became a Senior Lecturer, and was promoted in 2013 to Reader and then in 2016 to Professor of Pure Mathematics. He is the central organiser of the North British Semigroups and Applications Network, and since 2009 has served on the editorial board of the journal Communications in Algebra. Since 2015 he has served as Head of the Pure Mathematics Group within the School of Mathematics.

Prof. Robert Stevens (C.S)

Prof. Robert Stevens is a professor of computer science in the Bio-Health Informatics Group in the School of Computer Science at the University of Manchester. He has a B.Sc. in biochemistry; an M.Sc. in biological Computation; and a D.Phil. in Computer Science - a blend of Biology and Computer Science that he use within his main research area of Bioinformatics. He is also a member of the Information Management Group where he works with colleagues on both e-Science and description logics. He has a close affiliation with the Bioinformatics Groups from the Faculty of Life Sciences.

Prof. Mark Elliot (SOSS)

Prof. Mark Elliot has worked at the University of Manchester since 1996, where he currently holds a chair in data science. His research is focused on the topics of data privacy and anonymisation. He founded the international recognised Confidentiality and Privacy Research Group (CAPRI) in 2002, and has run numerous research projects within the CAPRI remit. He leads the UK Anonymisation Network and is one of the key international researchers in the field of Statistical Disclosure and has an extensive portfolio of research grants and publications in the field. Prof. Elliot has extensive experience in collaboration with non-academic partners, particularly with national statistical agencies (e.g. Office for National Statistics, US Bureau of the Census, Australian Bureau of Statistics, Statistics Singapore) where he has been a key influence on disclosure control methodology used in censuses and surveys and where the SUDA software, he developed in collaboration with colleagues in Computer Science at Manchester, is currently employed.

Dr. Andrew James (AMBS)

Dr. Andrew James is a Senior Lecturer in Science and Technology Policy and Management and a member of the Manchester Institute of Innovation and Research at MBS. His research and teaching interests focus on corporate technology strategy, innovation management and science and technology policy, as well as business strategy. He has engaged in research and consultancy with companies from a diverse range of sectors including chemicals, industrial electronics and pharmaceuticals but his particular focus is on the industrial and technological dynamics of the defence, security and aerospace sectors. In the defence and security field, he has held a number of international advisory positions including membership of the European Union Institute for Security Studies Independent Expert Working Group on the European Commission's Green Paper on Defence Procurement and he was External Expert on defence matters and Rapporteur to the European Union Research Advisory. 

Dr. Shavana Musa (Law)

Dr. Shavana Musa is a Lecturer in international law, security and human rights at The University of Manchester and a Fulbright Fellow in Cyber Security at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington D.C. She is also Founder of Ontogeny Global, a revolutionary risk management firm. Her main areas of expertise are governance, security law and policy, risk management and human rights. She has worked extensively on business and human rights (including digital rights), the law and practice surrounding reparation for victims of armed conflict, as well as on the regulation of the arms trade, cyber security and autonomous weapons systems. Currently, she is conducting a project on systemising human rights within the international investment regime and developing human rights-based business management systems. She is also working on strengthening the human rights approach within the technology sector, as well as tackling modern slavery and child labour within supply chains. She has worked for various international organisations, such as the UN, and regularly consults for governments, NGOs and businesses, and has held Visiting Fellowships at The University of Cambridge and the European University Institute.

Dr. Nicholas Lord (Criminology)

Dr. Nicholas Lord is a Reader in Criminology. He joined the School of Law in September 2013 and teaches in the areas of white-collar and corporate crimes, financial and economic crimes, and criminological research. Nicholas has primary research interests in white-collar and corporate crimes of a financial and economic nature, such as fraud, corruption and bribery, as well as the organisation of serious crimes for financial gain, such as 'organised crime' and food fraud. His research monograph, Regulating Corporate Bribery in International Business (Ashgate), was the winner of the British Society of Criminology Book Prize 2015. Nicholas was also the winner of the US National White-Collar Crime Research Consortium Young Career Award 2014. In recent years, Nicholas has received prestigious funding to research a range of complex corporate and financial crimes, including business fraud in the UK food system.

Carmel Dickinson (Digital Futures)

Carmel Dickinson is Programme Manager for Digital Futures. She is responsible for bringing together over 850 researchers into multi-disciplinary research communities focusing on key themes and capabilities the digital world. Her role includes community building around interdisciplinary themes, exploring opportunities for capacity building and developing alliances with key stakeholders locally, nationally and internationally. She helped set up Manchester Informatics (the forerunner to Digital Futures) developing major research and innovation themes around Data Science, Digital Trust and Security, Smart Cities and Digital Health, and she has also been involved in a number of digital projects including the New Mind Plus Network, the ProFouND EU thematic network and the UK Health Data Analytics Network. She was responsible for coordinating the University’s involvement in the £10M Innovate UK CityVerve project developing an Internet of Things cities demonstrator in Greater Manchester.

Prof. Richard Reece (Division of Molecular and Cellular Function)

Prof. Richard Reece is currently the Associate Vice-President for Teaching, Learning and Students, and a Professor of Molecular Biology at The University of Manchester. He formerly held the role of Associate Dean for the Faculty of Life Sciences. As well as teaching at both undergraduate and post-graduate level, he is also deeply committed to enhancing the public understanding of science. He regularly gives talks, both in the UK and across the world, to school-aged science students and participates in numerous public science events.

Rachel Kenyon (Business Engagement)

Rachel is part of The University of Manchester's Business Engagement team and the Business Engagement Lead for FinTech, LegalTech & Cyber Security. The Business Engagement function provides a mechanism for improved information flow between universities and the wider-world, facilitating collaboration with industry, government and the third sector. By widening the university's engagement with society, this role helps inform research and increase our impact on society and economy.