My doctoral research interests relate to military innovation, artificial intelligence and emerging cybersecurity threats. My research allows me to explore geopolitics and conflict, cyber-strategy, and how we can apply the principles of responsible technical innovation to national security. I am currently completing my doctoral research at Royal Holloway UoL, with visiting fellow affiliations at NATO CCDCOE in Tallinn and with the Belfer Center (Harvard Kennedy School).  

I have a lot of enthusiasm for the broader field, and usually have a number of side-projects in progress at any one time. These projects will usually highlight the social nature of cybersecurity, whether taking into account the creativity of adversarial actors, or understanding human-machine relationships in the workplace. 


Following an undergraduate degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics at the University of Oxford, I maintained my interest in politics and international security while working full-time in finance. Turning my attention to 21st-century challenges, I became interested in technology and security, teaching myself the fundamentals of emerging IoT concerns, computer security and privacy.  I started my doctoral programme in cybersecurity at Royal Holloway in 2017, following a MSc's curriculum in Information Security before a dissertation on the strategic aspects of cyber attribution. My current doctoral research is due for completion in Autumn 2021. 

Professional Experience

From 2015-2020 I took on a variety of roles at Barclays PLC, working as a part-time CREST certified cyber intelligence associate from 2017-2020.  I had previously progressed through roles as a regulatory business analyst and digital innovation project manager across the bank.  

I have been employed as a cyber security researcher with a number of start-ups including CyberPhish and Winsland Consulting.
I have also contracted for various cybersecurity research projects with the UK Cabinet Office and GCHQ (through Royal Holloway), Cybsafe, and the Institute for Technology and Society (via the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office). I also volunteer research perspectives to a range of projects to organisations including the Royal United Services Institute, We and AI, Rising Women in Cyber, and FS-ISAC (the Financial Services - Information Sharing and Analysis Center).


Prior to 2015 I have worked at J.P. Morgan and a renewable energy provider (LoCo2 Ltd, now dissolved), and, prior to my bachelors, as a technical IT recruitment consultant (Enterprise Recruitment Ltd).   

I also have a shorter (1 page) industry CV available on request. 

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