Richard Brinson

Richard Brinson Director and Co-Founder

Richard is an experienced FTSE 100 Technology Executive, Board Advisor and a Global Top 100 Chief Information Security Officer (CISO). 

He has been providing strategic guidance to many of the world’s largest global organisations for over 15 years, with core expertise in cyber security, technology infrastructure and enterprise architecture.

Richard leads Savanti’s Cyber Security practice, helping large organisations to transform and modernise their security functions for the digital age.

Prior to co-founding Savanti, Richard held senior consulting roles with KPMG and Cisco and has previously worked for several technology start-ups.

Richard holds a MSc in Information Security from Royal Holloway University of London, is a TOGAF certified architect, an EC-Council Certified Ethical Hacker and Computer Hacking Forensic Investigator and is a NSA certified Information Systems Security Professional.

Matt Taylor

Matt Taylor Director and Co-Founder

Matthew is a highly experienced technology and business leader with over 25 years experience in the design, delivery and support of large scale enterprise networks.

He has provided guidance and direction to FTSE 100 companies on some of the largest Data Centre transformation and Cloud migration programmes in Europe.

Matthew leads Savanti's Infrastructure & Cloud practice, working with organisations including major banks and service providers, to consolidate and migrate core technology systems to next generation platforms.

Prior to co-founding Savanti, Matthew held Senior Architect and Consultant positions with a number of leading global technology providers including IBM, AT&T and BT.  Previous to working in the service provider arena, Matthew spent 11 years at a major UK bank where he held multiple positions across the IT organisation, giving him a wealth of IT sourcing experience from both the client and supplier perspective.

Mike Altendorf

Mike Altendorf Non-Executive Director

As the founder and CEO of one of the UK’s most successful digital consultancies and systems integrator, Mike has a wealth of experience in consulting services, technology and business development.

After gaining a degree in Production Engineering & Management at Loughborough University in 1983, Mike worked in business development, sales and solution design for a number of technology companies before founding Conchango plc in 1991.  Mike grew Conchango into a world class consultancy built on helping companies to exploit the internet for business growth.  With revenues in excess of £45 million the company was sold to EMC Corporation in April 2008.

As an entrepreneur and investor, Mike is passionate about the role technology can play in driving business growth.  He holds a number of non-executive positions with digitally based software and services start-ups and is an active member of Rewired State, working with them to help promote technology education and investment in the UK.

Mike is also an active business mentor, working with blue chip companies to help them identify how technology can drive innovation and growth within the business.  As a strong supporter of CIOs within enterprise and a great believer in their role as innovation agents, Mike also mentors leading CIOs from across different industries.

A regular speaker at industry events including the Retail Week conference, Mix and Internet Retailing.  Mike also writes regularly for CIO Magazine.

Russell Chopping

Russell Chopping Payments Practice Lead

Russell is a proactive and highly focused payments specialist with 17 years' experience in the payments industry.

He has extensive knowledge and 'real-world' experience of tier 1, 2 and 3 merchants, as well as financial issuing and acquirer providers.  Russell has successfully delivered strategic payments services to organisations including Rabobank, SODEXO, Raphaels Bank, UK Fuels, Tesco Bank, Virgin Money and Travelex Financial Services.

Prior to joining the Savanti team, Russell led one of Europe’s largest retail payments outsourcing programmes, enabling one of the UK’s largest grocery retailers to benefit from a significantly improved eCommerce and store based payments infrastructure.

Russell has also been heavily involved in online fraud prevention, retail card tokenisation projects and holds a keen interest in the future of retail payments under the coming European Payments Services Directive II.

James Smith

James Smith Senior Security Consultant

James is an experienced information security leader with broad IT delivery, audit and information security management expertise gained across the private and public sectors, most recently within higher education.

He has a proven track record of helping organisations of all shapes and sizes understand and manage their information security risks.  James focuses on developing and implementing information security frameworks that can enable organisational goals and satisfy external requirements; and works with those organisations to ensure that their information security functions are fit-for-purpose.

Previous positions include being the first CISO at the University of Oxford, a Cyber Security Senior Manager at PwC, and a range of IT delivery roles at CSC.

Qualifications & Certifications: Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), ISO 27001 Lead Auditor, Affiliate Member of the Institute of Information Security Professionals (IISP), BA Politics from the University of Manchester  

Jonathan Ashton

Jonathan Ashton Security Consultant

Jonathan has over 10 years experience as an information security professional, the majority of which was gained within the University of Oxford, an establishment supporting over 200 separate businesses, 17,000 employees and 23,000 students.

He has a proven record of building and managing a team of experts, creating and maintaining an information security service and leading the development and implementation of information security policies and processes in a complex organisation.  Jonathan was an expert in the field of information security for the University’s computer emergency response team (OxCERT) and has an excellent knowledge of Information Security Management standards, including ISO 27001.

Qualifications & Certifications: MSc Information Security (distinction), Royal Holloway University,  BSc Computer Science, University of Leeds,  ISO 27001 Lead Auditor, Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA),  PCI-DSS Internal Security Assessor

Meenu Verma

Meenu Verma Security Consultant

Meenu is an experienced Security consultant who has worked with multiple clients during planning, analysis and implementation of solutions to support business objectives.

She has broad exposure in security technologies which includes Access Management, Vulnerability Management, Penetration Testing and Incident Management.

In her previous position as Information Security Analyst at Affinity Water she developed her skills on Security Awareness Campaigns, Risk assessment, Operational and Cloud Security and implementation of ISMS Framework.

Qualifications & Certifications: Bachelor of Technology in Electronics & Communication, ISO 27001 Foundation, PCI DSS and ITILÆ 2011 Foundation.

Andrew Lock

Andrew Lock Security Consultant

Andrew is an experienced security consultant with a broad range of information security skills and knowledge, from safeguarding IT infrastructure and conducting technical investigations, through to policy, governance and risk management.

As well as general security consulting, Andrew leads Savanti’s Incident Response & Forensics Service, where he is responsible for helping clients to improve their in-house response processes and supporting them with cyber breach and forensic investigations. Prior to joining Savanti, Andrew spent 15 years in specialist law enforcement roles, where he gained extensive security, cyber crime and investigative skills and thrived in sensitive and highly pressured environments.

Qualifications & Certifications: MSc Cyber Security Management, Warwick University (current studies). BA (Hons) Business Management, University of Northampton. Certificate in Information Security Management Principles (CISMP). XRY – Mobile Device Forensic Examiner. DV Security Clearance.

Victoria Mills

Victoria Mills Service Delivery Manager

Victoria holds a wealth of experience within project management, business operations and marketing.   As an AgilePM, ScrumMaster & Prince2 certified project manager, she has worked across a broad range of assignments for SMEs and leading global companies.

She is client focused and oversees the Savanti Information Security education and awareness functions, both defining and establishing programmes to ensure organisations significantly reduce their cyber risk.

Victoria acted as project lead for Savanti's ISO27001 certification process, and was central to the implementation of the Information Security Management System which forms the framework of policies and procedures involved in the organisation's information risk management processes.

Previous positions include project management and PMO within the IT sector including a number of senior in-house roles with a particular specialisation in brand development and marketing.

Chris Stabb

Chris Stabb Security Consultant

Chris is an Internet Security Consultant originally from Atlanta, Georgia in the United States.  He has over eight years of experience in the Information and Cyber Security industry and recently moved to London

He has worked with a diverse set of security technologies among several types of professional environments, including leading managed security service providers and fortune 500 companies.  From front-line security operations and network engineering, to incident management and implementation, Chris has maintained exposure with cutting edge security threats and technology and has a proven history of success in improving security posture.

Sarah Gardner

Sarah Gardner Service Delivery Manager

Sarah is an experienced consultant and project manager focused on delivering IT strategy, transformation and improvement projects for clients.

Prior to joining Savanti, Sarah worked for 10 years at Accenture Management Consulting driving change across a range of banking, retail, pharmaceutical and telecommunication clients.

Managing and delivering business and internal IT projects for her clients, Sarah worked on IT outsourcing strategy, service transition, compliance and systems implementation projects.  She focused on delivering operational and commercial efficiencies through the design and implementation of new IT operating models, service levels, support models, processes, governance and organisational structures.

Sarah has also led business change teams as part of large IT transformation programmes and worked with clients at all levels to embed new processes and ways of working in order to effect change.

Qualifications & Certifications: Accenture Core Training: global training programmes for each career level.  IT Infrastructure Library (ITIL) and Six Sigma Foundation Courses.

Tim Hazel

Tim Hazel Compliance Consultant

Tim is an information security compliance consultant with over 25 years extensive experience in IT infrastructure implementations, with a proven track record of delivering PCI and information security solutions.

Prior to joining Savanti, Tim spent 7 years with an FTSE100 retailer delivering information security solutions as business transformation programmes, to ensure that the full value of the investment was realised.  As a security product lead he is experienced in developing information security strategy, product roadmap and investment decisions based on a company’s risk profile and business strategy.  He has recently directed the UK’s largest retail deployment of a market leading privileged access management capability and is also a specialist in the implementation of SIEM products.

Tim has worked for some of Europe’s largest outsourcing providers, Atos Origin and Capita, and has a wealth of experience working in both the public and private sectors, with client’s across a range of different industry sectors.

Qualifications & Certifications: BA (Hons) Politics and History, MSc Computing Science, Certified Scrum Product Owner.  

Madeline Roberts

Madeline Roberts Financial Controller

An experienced chartered accountant, Madeline has worked for over 20 years in senior finance roles delivering financial management in a variety of environments.

She has a demonstrable track record of the creation and strengthening of financial processes thereby enabling and supporting growth, along with building and managing strong teams.

Having spent her early career in audit at Deloitte, she then took on a number of senior finance roles including financial controller of the UK affiliate of a global US company and CFO for a small biotech company. She also has significant governance experience in the education sector.

Qualifications & Certifications: ACA Chartered Accountant, BA Joint Hons in Italian and French

Jo Goodenough

Jo Goodenough Marketing and Operations Manager

Jo brings 25 years of corporate communications experience to the Savanti team.  She is a creative thinker with a structured approach and straightforward manner that enables her to develop trusting relationships with our consultants, clients and suppliers.

With meticulous organisational skills, strong visual awareness and a flair for writing, Jo is forging ahead with streamlining our operational systems whilst focusing on running our inbound digital marketing via HubSpot, exciting times!

Prior to Savanti, Jo headed up digital marketing for the forward-thinking tech company, Capture, before this she spent many years as a producer within the communications industry.  Jo is still a full BAFTA voting member and really enjoys keeping her hand in the film industry.

Jodie Brinson

Jodie Brinson Resourcing Manager

Jodie brings over 16 years of resourcing and recruitment experience to the Savanti team, gained during a successful career in IT Recruitment and Executive Search, recruiting both permanent and interim roles.

After 10 years of working for established agencies, Jodie set up her own recruitment firm in 2010, specialising in sourcing hard to find technology skills.  She grew the business over 6 years, becoming a key supplier to clients including FTSE 100 constituents, then successfully exited the business through acquisition in 2016.

Following the acquisition, Jodie took the opportunity to return to studying, to fulfill a personal ambition to work in fitness and personal training, which she currently does alongside her role at Savanti.

John Greenwood

John Greenwood Compliance Consultant

John has proven to be a forward-thinking payments and personal data compliance subject matter expert with strong programme delivery focus. Working predominantly in the large-scale customer contact programmes since 1992 and specialising in PCI DSS compliance since 2011 to help consumer centric organisations reduce time, risk and cost in achieving and maintaining payments compliance.

In 2012/13 John was the project principle on the world’s first PCI DSS project that allowed a large retail merchant to be the first to have a no card data environment but still have access to legacy information. The award-winning Shop Direct case study has been the prime example, globally, of how retail estates can be effectively de-risked by reducing PCI DSS scope from 11 of the 12 PCI DSS Requirements and thus reducing the cost of compliance.

Prior to this John was very much part of the beginnings of the contact centre industry and the early consumer adoption of payment cards. In 1993 he was part of the team supporting the launch of RBS’s first payments cards and in 1995 led the team enabling the automation of payment card activation for American Express.

Outside the card payments business John led the customer service launch of home shopping for Sainsbury, delivered the pan-European ecommerce launch for Playstation II and in 2,000 set up Europe’s first dedicated contact centre working exclusively on supporting customers via webchat.

Moving forwards, John has become a leading thinker and innovator in payments compliance focusing his efforts on securing telephone payments.

John Wigley

John Wigley Security Consultant

John is a consultant with over 15 years experience working in various electronics, IT, and security roles.

Starting off in embedded electronics, John worked on electronics related aspects of security and tamper resistance before focussing on embedded cryptography and software development.  He then worked in a variety of IT roles, including training - delivering Cisco CCNA and Microsoft courses.  Subsequently, he has returned to security architecture and technical project management and is responsible for bridging security requirements with systems integration and managing software development.  John has continued to gain experience in the development, integration and deployment of large scale CRM, VOIP, and cross platform architectures, all to strict security requirements.

Qualifications & Certifications: MSc Information Security, Cisco CCNA Instructor

David Pain

David Pain Infrastructure Consultant

David has over 25 years experience in the design, delivery and remediation of large-scale enterprise and service provider networks.

He has acted as lead designer on some of the largest network transformation and delivery programmes in Europe. David has held senior design and consultancy roles with large managed network suppliers and technology start-up companies.


Qualifications & Certifications: • Cisco CCIE #2080

Hani Banayoti

Hani Banayoti Security Consultant

Hani is a passionate business technology transformation and cyber security consultant,  with over 20 years experience advising clients across numerous industry sectors covering central government, defence, media, energy & utilities, financial services and telecoms

With broad expertise across a number of cyber security domains, covering technical, strategic as well as governance and enterprise risk management aspects, Hani also brings in-depth knowledge of cyber-incident breach preparation and response.

Relevant Expertise

Niche experience in Industrial Control Systems (ICS) and Smartgrids security due to participation in security standards development for the European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA).  Security Operations Centre setup and operations.  Broad experience in IT service management and operating models; ITIL, ISO 20000 and Service Integration & Management (SIAM).  Experience in agile methods for business and technology transformations.  Holds a current UK Government Security SC Clearance.