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Meet the team

Robert Hannigan CMG

Chair of LORCA Industry Advisory Board

Robert Hannigan CMG

Robert Hannigan is a member of the UK Government’s new Defence Innovation Advisory Panel, a Fellow of the Institute of Engineering and Technology. Previously, Robert was Director of GCHQ, the UK’s largest intelligence and security agency from 2014-17. He established the National Cyber Security Centre in 2016, having been responsible for the UK’s first cyber strategy in 2009.

Robert Hannigan CMG

Godfrey Gaston

LORCA Executive Board

Godfrey Gaston

Dr Godfrey Gaston is CSIT Director, Queen’s University Belfast. Godfrey graduated with a MEng degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Queen’s University Belfast, followed by a PhD in Microelectronics and Semiconductors. In addition, Godfrey has also completed an MBA from Henley Management College, London and is the co-founder of Titan IC Systems.

Godfrey Gaston

Louise Cushnahan

LORCA Executive Board

Louise Cushnahan

Louise Cushnahan is Innovation Programme Manager at the Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT), based at Queen’s University Belfast.  She leads the development and implementation of innovation programmes across CSIT to encourage commercialisation and translation of academic research and acceleration of start-up growth within the cyber security sector across the UK.

Louise Cushnahan

Stephen Wray

LORCA Executive Board

Stephen Wray

Stephen Wray leads Deloitte’s Cyber Innovation and Transformation capability group in the UK. He is CISSP certified with 20 years’ experience of founding and scaling Cyber start-ups, including 6 years as Commercial Director of ECIT and CSIT at Queen’s University Belfast. He is Non-exec Director at Catalyst Inc., a member of the NI Digital Catapult Board and an Electronics graduate from University of Edinburgh.

Stephen Wray

Saj Huq

LORCA Programme Director

Saj Huq

Saj leads Cyber Innovation at Plexal and is the Programme Director for LORCA.

Prior to Plexal, he spent a number of years as a Management Consultant at Deloitte and PwC. He then moved into industry, leading strategic change at a PE-backed Property Finance firm where he helped them operationally scale towards achieving a UK Banking License, prepare for the incoming GDPR and improve their cyber and operational resilience in readiness for regulatory authorisation.

Saj started his career in the Royal Air Force, where he was a Commissioned Officer and Pilot. Outside of work, he is a keen runner; most frequently after his 2 young children, but also of the marathon variety too!

Saj Huq

Tracey Bedford

LORCA Executive Assistant

Tracey Bedford

Tracey is the team’s Executive Assistant supporting LORCA in our mobilisation phase. Tracey is responsible for secretariat support to the Executive, Industry Advisory Board, Innovation and Finance Forums. She also acts as the main point of contact for internal and external stakeholders, books meetings and conferences, conducts research, provides administrative support, and everything else necessary to ensure smooth provision of support to the Centre. Tracey has over 20 years administrative experience across multiple industries, and is excited about working with the Cohort, making a success of LORCA and learning all things cyber.

Tracey Bedford

Alanna Murphy

LORCA Programme Coordinator

Alanna Murphy

Alanna started her career in the hospitality industry after graduating with a BSc in Sports Science from Loughborough University. More recently Alanna managed an established London Innovation Centre, where she developed a keen interest in operational support structures for innovators and the creative process. As LORCA’s Programme Coordinator, Alanna works closely with current and prospective LORCA members to ensure they are supported throughout their time on the programme. She facilitates the delivery and logistics of the range of services offered to members; from academic masterclasses and sales development workshops, to international cyber trade missions and mentor matching.

Alanna Murphy

Prashant Lagisetti

Innovation Lead

Prashant Lagisetti

An entrepreneur himself, Prash is an innovation lead at Plexal – where he works with organisations to develop and deliver open innovation programmes. Whether he’s working with startups, corporates, academia, government organisations or a collaboration between them, he gains a deep understanding of their challenges before testing innovative solutions.

Before joining Plexal, Prash’s programme experience was developed by leading the running of the high-profile Arsenal Innovation Lab.

Prashant Lagisetti

LORCA’s the place for innovators, corporates, investors, academics, and engineers

We’re focused on supporting the most promising cybersecurity innovators with solutions to real-world cyber challenges.

Whether you’re an established business, startup, investor, thought leader or a sister innovation hub, there are plenty of ways to get involved with LORCA.