AFCEA West – Feb 2020 – Maj N K Hannan VR – SO2 Cyber Exercises (Overseas) LIAG, Joint Forces Cyber Group – “Hacker Troop: 20 years of Cyber Security Excellence” @ Brickhampton Golf Club
Feb 13 @ 18:45 – 21:15

Maj N K Hannan VR – SO2 Cyber Exercises (Overseas) LIAG, Joint Forces Cyber Group –
“Hacker Troop: 20 years of Cyber Security Excellence”

The Land Information Assurance Group (LIAG) has recently celebrated its 20th anniversary. Founded in 1999, it has delivered specialist information assurance and cyber security capability to the MoD in the UK, in operational theatres and worldwide. Maj Noel Hannan, a member of LIAG since 2006, has written its unit history, HACKER TROOP, copies of which will be available to purchase on the evening. His talk will cover the unit’s creation and first deployments, as well as examining its role in underpinning the modern concept of a cyber reserve embraced by NATO and nations worldwide.

  • Venue:

Brickhampton Golf Club
Cheltenham Road
Churchdown GL2 9QF

  • Timings:

Pre-meeting drinks 18:45
Presentation 19:30
Dinner approx 20:20

Please see the event flyer and booking form below. To download a copy, please click here – opens in a new tab

AFCEA UK West 13Feb2020 Form
AFCEA UK -July 2020 – Virtual Meeting
Jul 30 @ 17:00 – 20:00

AFCEA UK – Virtual Meeting

After a few months’ absence, our first ever AFCEA London Chapter “virtual meeting” will be held on Thursday 30th July 2020, at 17:00. Ciaran Martin, the outgoing CEO of the NCSC will give a short “fireside chat” followed by a brief Q&A session. Ciaran needs absolutely no introduction, but we are delighted that he has been able to make time in his very busy schedule to talk to us, just before he retires. It should be fascinating.

This is a free event for AFCEA members and guests, but in order to be able to attend, you must pre-register by booking on line at

AFCEA West – February 2021 – Col Laurence Fowkes – Programme Manager for the Defence ‘New Style of IT (Deployed)’ programme
Feb 11 @ 17:00 – 18:15

AFCEA West – Virtual Meeting

The Guest Speaker for our meeting on 11th February will be Col Laurence Fowkes, PM for the Defence New Style of IT (Deployed) programme. The topic of his presentation will be “OpNET – Delivering Defence’s next generation of operationally deployable IT infrastructure”. And will provide an insight into the scope, scale and complex of delivering Defence’s next generation of deployable IT for Land, Air and Maritime users through an Agile in-house design and delivery approach.

Col Laurence Fowkes is currently the Programme Manager for the Defence ‘New Style of IT (Deployed)’ programme, delivering the next generation of deployable operational IT services for Land, Air and Maritime users.  He was commissioned into 7th Duke of Edinburgh’s Own Gurkha Rifles (7GR) with early infantry roles around the world with The Royal Gurkha Rifles, 3 R IRISH and the Royal Green Jackets.  He has had varied staff postings including Northern Ireland as SO3 Surveillance, in MOD Directorate Equipment Capability (Special Projects) focused on delivery of SF & CT communications and information systems capability and as Regt Second in Command of 22 Signals Regiment.  SO1 postings at Army HQ as SO1 Capability Coherence and SO1 Force Development and in HQ ARRC as the SO1 G6 Capability Development.  He is a Chartered Engineer and Chartered IT Professional.

Colonel Fowkes has most recently served as the Deputy Head and lead for Portfolio Assurance at the Battlefield and Tactical Communications and Information Systems (BATCIS) Delivery Team at ISS.

This meeting is open only to pre-registered attendees. Persons not on the official list will not be admitted.

To register, go to AFCEA UK Website here: and click on “Tickets” in the February Meeting box.

  • Click through to the Secure Booking Form
  • Select the AFCEA UK West Virtual Meeting – 11th February option and tick the GDPR box
  • Under Payment Options, complete the details for the person making the booking and select the “Free virtual event / use prepaid voucher” option
  • Under the Tickets being booked section, if you know your AFCEA membership number click Industry Member Qty 1.  Non-Members click Qty 1 in the Non-Member box.  Mil / Gov use the MoD / Gov / Student box.  This opens up the Attendee Names details boxes further down.  YOU WILL NOT BE CHARGED, so long as you have selected the Free virtual event payment option (see above)
  • Scroll down to the Use Prepaid Tickets section, select one ticket and insert “11th February Virtual Event” in the Reference box.
  • Complete the Attendee Name section
  • Ignore the Other Information and Summary boxes
  • Click on the Submit button

The closing date for bookings is 12:00 – 5th February 2021

You will receive a manually generated confirmation email of your booking.

AFCEA West – April 2021 – David Ferbrache – Global Head of Cyber Futures, KPMG
Apr 15 @ 17:00 – 18:15

AFCEA West – Virtual Meeting

Dovetailing very neatly with The London Chapter’s March event, the Guest Speaker for our meeting on 15th April will be David Ferbrache – Global Head of Cyber Futures at KPMG.  The topic of his presentation will be “The hard realities of cyber security in the commercial world – the state of the art, the challenges and the scary moments”.

  • The trap of compliance and the struggles firms have to really create a business understanding of cyber risk and how to manage it.
  • The interconnected ecosystem and the need for community action to manage systemic risk and resilience.
  • The changing threat landscape and the rise of cyber extortion – the failures of our policy responses and the misalignment of incentives to counter cyber crime.

David is an acknowledged UK national cyber security expert and is the Head of Global Cyber Futures for KPMG international.  He leads KPMG’s global COVID-19 cyber response, future work on emerging technologies, alliance and partnerships and innovation agenda on cyber; as well as working with KPMG’s largest clients.

Prior to joining KPMG, David was a major contributor to the UK’s first national cyber security strategy, has been involved in establishing most of the UK’s initial national cyber security structures and organisations and led the delivery of the Defence Cyber Security Programme as the Head of Cyber and Space for the Ministry of Defence (MoD).  During his time in MoD, David held a number of senior director level roles including responsibility for a  large element of MoD’s science budget, lead for MoD’s research and development programme into cyber and influence activities and technical director (and fellow) for Information Operations in the Defence Evaluation and Research Agency.  David established the first MoD penetration testing team and undertook the first UK national infrastructure resilience reviews.

David is currently the chair of the Scottish government National Cyber Resilience Advisory Board and was a major contributor to the Scottish government’s cyber resilience strategy.

This meeting is open only to pre-registered attendees. Persons not on the official list will not be admitted.

To register, go to AFCEA UK Website here: and click on “Tickets” in the April Meeting box.

  • To register, go to AFCEA UK Website here: and click on “Tickets” in the April Meeting box. You will be re-directed to the booking form. Alternatively, use this link
  • You will receive an automated confirmation email of your booking, which will include a personal meeting hyperlink – no password is required.
  • If you have already booked for the April 15th meeting, your details have already been transferred across to the new platform.

The closing date for bookings is 12:00 – 9th April 2021

AFCEA UK West Chapter – September 2021- Col Andy Percival – Land CEMA @ Brickhampton Golf Club
Sep 7 @ 18:30 – 21:00

AFCEA UK West Chapter – First face to face meeting.

The UK West Chapter are planning on holding the opening meeting for our 2021 / 2022 Season on 7th September at the Brickhampton Golf Club. Please note the date change to deconflict with other Industry events that members may likely be attending.

This will be our first face to face meeting since March 2020 and our Guest Speaker will be Col Andy Percival from Land CEMA. The subject of Andy’s talk will be the Land Digitisation Programme (THEIA).

Multi Domain Integration presents new opportunities for the Army to maximise its
contribution to Defence and to mission success. The Integrated Review has sought to
balance investment and structural adjustment to evolve an Asymmetric Army for the
Digital Age, one more able to adopt new technologies and concepts and apply military
effect virtually, cognitively as well as physically. The Army’s Land Cyber Programme
is presented a series of opportunities in the next 5-10 years; the modernisation of
electronic warfare and electronic counter measures together with the cyber operations,
and their integration, is a key lever to Protect, Understand and to Deliver Effects across
the cyber and electromagnetic domain both in collaboration with and complementary
to other Defence capabilities. Colonel Andy Percival will outline the approach of Land
Cyber and the challenges it faces to deliver an ambitious programme.

For a preview of the Programme please see the animation on the .gov website here.

The running and management of this event will be governed by any covid restrictions that may remain in place at the time and the numbers of attendees may be limited.

For further information and booking details please see the information below. A version of the PDF can be downloaded here.

AFCEA UK West 07Sept21