North West Cyber Resilience Centre welcome two new directors to the board

Date: 13/05/2022
Author: Jared Thompson
Company: North West Cyber Resilience Centre

Two senior police officers have been confirmed as company directors for the region’s Cyber Resilience Group.

Assistant Chief Constable Jo Edwards and Detective Superintendent Paul Denn have both been appointed as directors of the North West Cyber Resilience Group to carry on the organisation’s mission to help prevent cybercrime within businesses in the region.

Detective Chief Inspector Chris Maddocks has also joined the growing team to work within the centre for two days per week.

Bringing over 28 years of experience to the table, ACC Edwards joins the team from the North West Regional Organised Crime Unit (NWROCU). ACC Edwards has worked across a diverse range of roles in policing including major and serious crime, counter-terrorism, covert policing, criminal justice, forensics, digital and public protection.

Det Supt Paul Denn, head of operations at the NWROCU, will help further align the specialist knowledge, skills and capabilities of the Regional Cyber Crime Unit and Regional Cyber Protect Officers to our mission of helping to protect businesses from cybercrime.

ACC Edwards said: "I’m delighted to be appointed as a company director and look forward to working together with partners across the region to tackle the current cyber threats in the North West.

“I’m looking forward to leading the Cyber Resilience Centre into its next chapter focussing on helping businesses across the region improve their cyber awareness, grow their resilience to the latest online crimes and threats as well as helping businesses recover from cybercrime.”

Detective Superintendent and outgoing NWCRC managing director Neil Jones added, “I am delighted to be welcoming Assistant Chief Constable Edwards and Detective Superintendent Denn to the business, who both share our vision of helping to protect SMEs in the region against cybercrime.

“It has been an absolute honour to have founded and led the centre since 2019 and to see the organisation grow to a regional capability, with the full support of the North West regional police forces.

“2022 is an exciting time for the centre, following the launch of our fully-funded business resilience programme, we have already helped over 160 small businesses within Greater Manchester, giving them access to training and resources which help protect their businesses and educate business owners against current cyber threats."