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 Senior Network Architect with over 21 years experience in the design, delivery and support of large scale enterprise networks and has acted as lead architect on some of the largest Data Centre transformation and delivery programmes in Europe.

As a key technical advisor on several of the largest network outsource deals in Europe, Matthew has a wealth of IT sourcing experience from both client and supplier perspectives.

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 Lloyds Bank performing a number of roles including Senior Delivery Specialist, Lead Designer and Technical Solutions Consultant.

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 organisation including Rabobank, SODEXO, Raphaels Bank, UK Fuels, Tesco Bank, Virgin Money and Travelex Financial Services.

Prior to joining the Savanti team, Russell lead 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 tokenization projects and holds a keen interest in the future of retail payments under the coming European Payments Services Directive II.

Jonathan Ashton

Jonathan Ashton Senior 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 this complex organisation. An expert in the field of information security for the University’s computer emergency response team (OxCERT) and with 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

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 has a wealth of experience in business operations, project management and marketing.  As an Agile & Prince2 certified project manager, she has worked across a broad range of assignments for SMEs and large multinationals.

As the project lead at Savanti for the ISO27001 certification process, Victoria 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.

Victoria has previously held project management and PMO positions with a number of leading global companies, including Vodafone and Deloitte, where she was fully immersed in the planning, monitoring and control of IT projects throughout their lifecycle.

Prior to working in the consultancy arena Victoria has performed a number of senior in-house roles with a particular specialisation in brand development, integrated marketing campaign creation, end-to-end campaign management and communications.

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.

Marvin Ngaha

Marvin Ngaha Infrastructure Consultant

Marvin is a Senior Network Architect with over 18 years experience in network design, security architecture and implementation, with extensive experience around LAN/WAN network architecture, network security, SAN, load balancing and firewalls.

Marvin has worked on some of the biggest networks in the world, across some of the biggest and most commercial key IT deliveries in the last fifteen years. With this wealth of experience, Marvin is able to bring his broad spectrum of capabilities to every new IT challenge.

Qualifications & Certifications: • Cisco CCIE x 3 (R&S/SP/Security) • SAN specialist • F5 specialist • Cisco UCS specialist • Ecommerce Architect

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 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’s returned to security architecture and technical PM responsible for bridging security requirements with systems integration and managing software development, gaining experience in the development, integration, and deployment of large scale CRM, VOIP, and cross platform architectures to strict security requirements.

Qualifications & Certifications: MSc Information Security, Cisco CCNA Instructor

Andy Moore

Andy Moore Infrastructure Consultant

Andrew has significant experience in strategic transformation from a number of senior management roles leading technology focused departments.

Primarily such transformations have focused on establishing the ‘baseline’ operating model of the department, followed by the introduction of new technology and business processes, best practices, awareness and training, and organisational restructures. He has managed teams with up to 40 employees, and has significant experience of managing staff both offshore and onshore. Qualified with a MSc in Information Security from Royal Holloway, his security experience has included defining and implementing ISO27001 procedures, processes and guidelines to gain accreditation, as well as more specific information security measures including software security implementations in large public facing eCommerce and publishing websites (e.g. using OWASP) and secure network implementations to service such websites.

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  • Security Consultants & Architects
  • Network Consultants & Architects

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