John Reid is the most experienced Cabinet minister of modern times and is also the Principal of the Chertoff Group. He has held more ministerial posts at Cabinet level than any other politician in recent history. In range of portfolios and in breadth and intensity of change management across departments, his experience is unparalleled.
In particular he has served in leadership across a range of security-related portfolios in the UK Government including Home Secretary, Defence Secretary, Northern Ireland Secretary, Minister for Transport and Armed Forces Minister.
Following almost quarter of a century as a Member of Parliament Dr Reid was honoured with a nomination to the UK Upper Chamber as a Member of the House of Lords. He is a Principal of The Chertoff Group, serves as a Senior Advisor to a number of major commercial companies and is presently Hon Professor and Chair of the Institute for Security and Resilience Studies at University College London; and Patron of Painting and Patronage, (Saudi-UK cultural and educational Exchange Programme 2010-).
Col. Gen. (ret.) Vladislav P. SHERSTYUK
Advisor to the Secretary of the Security Council
of the Russian Federation, Director of Lomonosov Moscow State
University Institute of Information Security Issues
In 1966, Col. Gen. (ret.) Sherstyuk graduated from the Physics Department of Lomonosov Moscow State University. In 1972, he graduated from the postgraduate course of KGB Higher College. From 1966, he served in the State security agencies. From 1995 to 1998, he was the Chief of the Radio-Electronic Communications Intelligence Department FAPSI (Federal Agency for Government Communications). From 1998, Sherstyuk was Vice Director of the FAPSI (Federal Agency for Government Communications) – the Chief of the Radio-Electronic Communications Intelligence Department. From December 1998 to May 1999, he was the FAPSI (Federal Agency for Government Communications) General Director and the member of the Russian Federation Security Council. From May 1999 to May 2004, he was Senior Vice-Secretary of the Russian Federation Security Council and from September 2004 Under Secretary of the same organization. Sherstyuk holds a Ph.D. in engineering. He is a member of the Russian Academy of Cryptography and Russian Academy of Natural Science. He is decorated with the orders of “For the Services for Homeland” of 3rd and 4th Classes, “Labor Red Banner”, “Red Star”, Honor, and several medals. He is an Honorable Officer of the Security Services, an Honorable Officer of the Federal Agencies of Government Communications, the winner of the USSR and Russian Federation State Prizes, Russian Federation Prize in science and engineering and Russian Federation Government Prize in education.
Andro has over 14 year background of very active participation in reforms of Georgian public and civil sector, including defence and security sector, local government, trade unions, SMEs, renewable energy and institutional development.
His work experience includes Ministry of Defence, Parliament, Trade Unions, civil sector and academia. In almost all of these capacities, he has been working on higher managerial positions, dealing with sector-wide or nation-wide reforms. Due to his multi-related background, Andro has developed an in-depth understanding of the situation in entire public sector; has developed close personal contacts and spirit of cooperation with the representatives of various public agencies, independent experts, politicians, civil activists, and he is himself well known to Georgian public through his wide-ranging publicity during several years. In the past, Andro has proved to be a principled civil activist himself, with strong liberal democratic platform and ability to withstand popular pressures when it comes to defending values of statehood and democracy.
Mr. Painter has been on the vanguard of cyber issues for twenty years. Most recently, Mr. Painter served in the White House as Senior Director for Cybersecurity Policy in the National Security Staff. During his two years at the White House, Mr. Painter was a senior member of the team that conducted the President’s Cyberspace Policy Review and subsequently served as Acting Cybersecurity Coordinator. He coordinated the development of a forthcoming international strategy for cyberspace and chaired high-level interagency groups devoted to international and other cyber issues.
Lt. Gen. Rhett A. Hernandez was commissioned as a second lieutenant of Artillery from the United States Military Academy, West Point, New York on 2 June 1976. His commands have ranged from the Battery level with 2nd Battalion, 33rd Field Artillery and 1st Battalion, 5th Field Artillery to Battalion level with 1st Battalion, 14th Field Artillery, later re-designated 3rd Battalion, 16th Field Artillery to Brigade level command as the Commander of Division Artillery, 4th Infantry Division (Mechanized), Fort Hood, Texas. He also served as the Assistant Division Commander (Support), 1st Armored Division, United States Army Europe and Seventh Army, Germany and OPERATION IRAQI FREE DOM, and the Commanding General, United States Army Human Resources Command, Alexandria, Virginia. His current assignment is as the Commanding General, U.S. Army Cyber Command / Second Army at Fort Belvoir, Virginia.
Jonathan Shaw joined the Parachute Regiment in 1981. He was a platoon commander in 3 PARA through the Falklands War. He has commanded at every level upto 2*, including 2nd Battalion The Parachute Regiment (1997-9), 12 (Mechanized) Brigade, Multi-National Brigade (Centre) in Kosovo, and most recently, Multi- National Division (South East) in Iraq (2007), for which he was awarded the US Legion of Merit (Degree of Officer). He also holds the demanding position of Colonel Commandant of the Parachute Regiment. His staff appointments have been mainly in the Ministry of Defence: beginning in the resources and programming area (Army Plans), but latterly focusing on operations and policy (Commitments), including disaster relief, Military Assistance to Civil Authorities, Northern Ireland and global counter terrorism.
General Shaw was Chief of Staff, UK Land Forces from September 2007 until March 2009. He then became Assistant Chief of Defence Staff (International Security Policy) and was appointed to his current role as Assistant Chief of Defence Staff (Global Issues) in January 2011. His responsibilities include Chemical Biological Radiological & Nuclear Policy, Arms Control and Counter Proliferation and Cyber.
Rear Admiral Arnaud Coustillière was born in Toulon in 1960 and promoted rear admiral since the 1th of July, he is appointing as “Cyberdefence General Officer” for French armed forces and Fr MoD, a new appointment just created in the Directorate of Joint Operations, but he was responsible of this domain since February 2011. He is an above warfare officer issued from the Naval Academy (1981-83). Between 1984 and 1999, he spent many times at sea and participated in many navy operations mainly in Indian Ocean and Mediterranean areas. He was Commanding Officer of four ships, the last one was the DDG DUQUESNE (2004-2006).
Mr Mark Field MP
Member of the Intelligence and Security Committee
reporting to the UK Prime Minister
Mark was elected as the MP for the Cities of London and Westminster constituency in 2001, and was re-elected with an increased majority in 2005. In the 2010 General Election he was returned to parliament once more having been re-elected in the revised constituency (bearing the same name) with a further increased majority of 11,076. This result took Mark’s share of the vote locally to over 50% for the first time.
He takes a special interest in economic matters, foreign trade and international development, and is currently Chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Groups on Business Services, Venture Capital and Private Equity and Azerbaijan. He is also Vice Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Groups on Bangladesh and Football. In September 2010 Mark was appointed by the Prime Minister to the prestigious Intelligence and Security Committee, chaired by Sir Malcolm Rifkind. He is the youngest MP ever to serve on the Committee which oversees and scrutinises the work of Britain’s intelligence services.