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Our judges of 2023

We selected our judges based on the fact that they are people we know, people we trust and people we respect.

We would like to thank all our judges for their amazing work and being part of the Class of 2023, for the REAL Cyber Awards! You were amazing! See you again in 2024?! 

Stuart Coulson

Stuart Coulson is a cyber security expert with over 20 year’s experience in a variety of roles in the cyber industry. He has recently moved into a role as Cyber Ecosystem Project Manager for the University of Manchester on the DiSH Accelerator project, giving cyber startups and entrepreneurs everything they need to grow and succeed in the Manchester region. Stuart has a passion for helping people and companies to grow in the cyber sector resulting in him being nominated for 2 years in a row for Cyber Mentor at the Unsung Heroes Awards.

Stuart also runs his own consultancy HiddenText concentrates on Security Awareness and Business issues and has previously been supporting one of the UK’s largest government departments to create a bespoke Security Awareness project for approximately three thousand highly-technical staff.


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Catherine Knibbs

Human Behaviour Technologist. Psychotherapist and Researcher

Cath is a Clinical Doctoral Researcher, Online Harms Consultant, Public Speaker, Author (of 4 books to date), Educator and TEDx Speaker. She is a Child/Adult Trauma Psychotherapist. She works with organisations globally regarding child sexual abuse material, Mental health and Immersive Technologies and the harms that can occur in the new digital spaces. She writes about and works with Cybertrauma, this is any trauma that occurs through an internet-ready device or medium.


This is much more than Online Harms covers in its remit to date. She also educates therapists and practitioners via her company Privacy4 about Data protection/privacy/cybersecurity issues in relation to their practice. She disrupts and advocates for children’s rights, privacy, and online digital explorations. Catherine is also a director for Online Safety UK. And, also the mental health advisor for Gamers Beat Cancer.

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Esther Utuk

Another new entry to the industry, Esther joins the panel holding a masters degree in cybersecurity from the University of East Anglia. She has a keen interest in Governance, Risk and Compliance and is experienced in implementing Governance, Risk Management and Compliance policies and implementing ISO27001 performance metrics.  New to the sector, she will bring a critical eye to what our entrants claim.


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Suze Phillips

Suze is the Director of Garden City Assurance Ltd, based in North Hertfordshire in the UK (that’s Letchworth GC, the original Garden City by the way, not the other one)

As well as being a qualified Maastricht DPO (ECPC-B) , Certified Information Privacy Manager (CIPM) and Certified Information Privacy Professional Europe (CIPP/E) certified, she is an ITIL Expert, ISO27K Lead Auditor and holds Certified Information Security Management Principles certification, and has undertaken Six Sigma Green Belt training.

She has wide experience in providing DPO services and consultancy to start-ups and established organisations for data protection and e-Privacy, as well as strong experience of managing a large ISO27001 ISMS, including the Information Security Risk Assessments, and 3rd party vendor due diligence and risk management. 

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Lee Scorey

Lee is the co-founder of Consultants Like Us, and is highly experienced in the world of Cybersecurity, ISO27001 and Governance, Risk and Compliance. He has honed his technical skills, working in a number of industries and sectors, including financial, commercial and the public sector. Having worked his way from Engineer to Technical Manager and eventually Information Security Consultant, he has a pretty good grasp of what ‘Good security’ looks like! 


With over 20 years experience he is still passionate about our industry and is committed to not only helping organisations be more secure, but helping individuals who want to move into the world of Consultancy.



Alan Calder

Alan is an acknowledged international Cybersecurity expert, speaker and leading authority on cyber security,  privacy management and Business Continuity. With over 25yrs in the industry , Alan has been actively involved in the development of international cybersecurity standards and frameworks. 

Alan is the founder and executive director of IT Governance LTD, a leading provider of cybersecurity and compliance solutions.


Gary Hibberd

Gary is the co-founder of Consultants Like Us, and brings to the panel over 30 years experience in the industry. He has operated as CISO for large organisation, and small. But is most proud in the work he has performed with smaller organisations to help with their ISO27001 and GRC programmes.


He is an international speaker and published author on Cybersecurity and Business Continuity.

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Office Coffee Break

"These awards are different because we want them to be a REAL celebration of our industry!"

Gary Hibberd

co-founder of Consultants Like Us

Design Studio

"This is our chance to celebrate and have fun!"

Lee Scorey

co-founder of Consultants Like Us

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