Advisory Board


The IOTSA is grateful to members of our International Advisory Board (IAB) – these individuals assist the IOTSA in ensuring it remains current, topical and reflective of the market. Most are leading experts in their respective fields and bring a wealth of experience to the benefit of the association and its members.

Charlie McMurdie

Senior Cyber Crime Advisor

Former head of the UK national police cyber crime unit and senior cyber crime advisor to PwC.

Charlie served for 32 years in Law enforcement where she established and led a world-class national cyber crime capability for the United Kingdom. She led the cyber crime and cyber terrorism response for numerous international investigations including delivering the 2012 Olympics cyber response whilst delivering over £1.8 billion harm prevention. She is an acknowledged cyber crime and security expert and internationally acclaimed authority and advisor on issues within government and industry in relation to the Internet, computing fraud and security sectors. As the senior cyber crime advisor to PwC Charlie has led on a range of global strategic and operational cyber security programmes as well as leading the cyber crime response within Breach Aid, PwC’s critical incident multidiscipline response team.

Howard Skidmore

Manager Information Security

Having delivered my project with The Tech Partnership (formerly e-skills), I I returned to the KPMG Cyber Security team. It was good to be back in the fold working along high calibre colleagues and delivering client facing information security solutions. I have recently moved on to explore new opportunities.

Recently completed my work with e-skills UK (The UK business and IT sector skills council), having successfully lead and delivered a £2M national project with industry and partner organisations to bridge the cyber skills gap.

Reluctantly in 2013 I made the difficult decision to leave KPMG after an amazing 12 months working with a very professional and high calibre team. I remain an evangelist for the great work that Malcolm Marshal, Stephen Bonner and the Information Protection and Business Resilience team at KPMG continue to deliver. It was not an easy decision to leave, but the lure of an opportunity to represent the information security sector and drive industry growth and skills development in this area was very appealing.