LEADERSHIP TEAM

Rowland Johnson

Rowland Johnson

Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Rowland founded Nettitude in 2003 with a vision of providing high-quality cybersecurity and risk management consultancy services for organisations across the globe. Rowland has developed an award-winning company, delivering high-quality services at the cutting edge of the security industry.  Nettitude is now the cybersecurity division of the Lloyd’s Register group.

Rowland holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from the University of Birmingham and has held numerous cybersecurity certifications throughout the years. He has provided speaking engagements throughout the UK, the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and Asia, on topics ranging from technical threat intelligence gathering, red teaming to improving organisations’ detection and response capabilities.  He has also been called upon by Her Majesty’s Government to give both oral and written evidence to the National Security Select committee, as part of the strategic cybersecurity review.

Rowland works closely with international governments and regulators to bring about increased levels of capability in the Penetration Testing, Threat Intelligence, Incident Response and Security Operations Centre markets.  As a director of CREST, the not-for-profit organisation that is driving professionalization and maturity in the technical cybersecurity industry, Rowland has been integral in creating CREST chapters in the USA, Singapore and Hong Kong and has worked closely with government and financial services regulators to achieve these objectives.

Rowland’s passion is deeply rooted in all aspects of cybersecurity. He can provide insight about cybersecurity from a government and strategy perspective, as well as share real-world examples from what is seen in the field.

Colin Benson

Colin Benson

Head of Finance

Colin joined Nettitude in May 2016. Having held various finance positions in a variety of industries, he developed the finance team through a combination of process automation and people development.

Colin began his finance career as a financial accountant at Scholastic, where he became an ACCA qualified accountant. After realizing that he was especially interested in the strategic side of finance, Colin qualified as a management accountant and held roles with a national hotel chain and a machine tools reseller. This experience helped him to develop a best-practice approach; skills he has employed to help shape the finance function within Nettitude.

In his role as Head of Finance, Colin aims to continue developing the finance function to provide insights that inform decision-making and enable Nettitude to grow from strength to strength. Colin sees cybersecurity as a fascinating and continually evolving field and he feels that, as the world becomes ever more connected, we need businesses like Nettitude to be at the forefront of technology to help keep us protected.

Karen Bolton

Karen Bolton

CMO & Head of Americas

Karen has worked in the IT industry her entire career.  She joined Nettitude in April 2017, and brought with her extensive experience in developing strategies, driving sales, managing clients, operations and developing talent. Karen’s previous role was as Managing Director (Sales & Relationship Management) of Marsh ClearSight; leading their global sales, account management and professional services organisation, providing risk management solutions to some of the world’s largest corporations.

Karen received her undergraduate degree at the University of Technology, Sydney and MBA from the Australian Graduate School of Management, University of NSW, Australia.

Based in New York, Karen is responsible for leading Nettitude in the America’s, in addition to being the Chief Marketing Officer for the Nettitude group. Her goal is to continue to grow and develop the Nettitude brand, realizing the strategic vision to be a global leader in research led cybersecurity services.

Karen’s passion centers around helping organisations understand the cyber risks facing their business and advising them on developing strategies to protect against it.

Ben Densham

Ben Densham

Chief Technology Officer (CTO)

Ben has a passion for cybersecurity, having worked in IT for the last 18 years. For the last 11 years his focus has been on cybersecurity. Ben has delivered strategic cyber assurance program development across all key areas including risk and governance, technical architecture, assurance testing and detection and response. Ben has an in-depth knowledge of threat intelligence, risk and cyber strategy, with a focus on bridging the offensive knowledge of attackers with effective detection and response capabilities.

Over the last ten years Ben has worked in, led and developed each of the technical capabilities at Nettitude including the professional services, managed services and product development.

As the CTO Ben not only oversees the technical services delivery but also the dedicated research and innovations  department  focused on enhancing Nettitude’s capabilities around threat intelligence, SOC maturity, advanced threat simulation red teaming tools, deception technology, vulnerability research, blockchain and SCADA/ICS challenges.

As well as a regular conference speaker, Ben leads and runs industry working groups for CREST as well as being a technical assessor.

Steve Ellis

Steve Ellis

Head of UK & Ireland

Steve joined Nettitude in 2017 as Non-Executive Chairman. He applied his wealth of experience in various IT Services companies to help the company prepare for the acquisition by Lloyds Register in 2018.

Prior to joining Nettitude Steve was CEO of 365IT, a Private Equity backed IT services business that specialized in Unified Communications and grew both organically and by acquisition. The business was sold in 2018.

Steve has a degree in Mechanical Engineering, obtained from the University of Staffordshire. Currently, he is responsible for running the UK and Ireland business from the Nettitude Head Office, based in Leamington Spa.

Steve views cybersecurity as a supporting pillar of the contemporary world and is devoted to creating awareness of the importance of protecting against the growing risk of cyber threats from increasingly diverse groups and methodologies.