Director, Assistant Chief Constable, ERSOU
Assistant Chief Constable Dan Vajzovic was appointed as the head of the Eastern Region Special Operations Unit in 2019. Dan is a Cambridgeshire officer and from April 2017 he had responsibility for local policing in the county. Prior to that Dan was temporary assistant chief constable heading up the Joint Protective Services of Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire.
Dan joined the police in 1997 after reading chemical engineering at Churchill College, Cambridge. During his 24 years of policing Dan has been his force’s head of operations, the area commander for the city of Peterborough and has headed the force Professional Standards Department. His operational background is predominantly in crime investigation having worked in serious and organised crime, public protection and volume crime environments.
Dan is the National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC) lead developing policy, practice and operational response for a number of areas including sex work, the response to online CSE/A activist groups (OCAGs) and development of the Sensitive Intelligence Network. He leads the national CSE/A Undercover On-Line capability.
Dan is married with two children and outside of work he is an active climber having reached the peak of the Old Man of Hoy as part of his 40th birthday celebrations.
Detective Superintendent Paul Lopez has almost 28 years policing experience with Essex Police and ERSOU. Over the past 5 years Paul has worked across number of diverse disciplines including Serious and Organised Crime, Intelligence and most recently Cyber Crime.
Paul has recently been appointed as Director of the Eastern Cyber Resilience Centre and is keen to use his experience to support businesses within the Region tackle the growing threat of cyber-crime and improve their levels of cyber security.
East of England Co-op
Richard oversees the day-to-day running of ICT services for the East of England Co-op, which comprises 200 locations and 4,000 employees. He is responsible for the full voice and data infrastructure for the business as well as their multiple IT applications and platforms.
Essex Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner (PFCC)
Mr Hirst became the first Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner in October 2017 and continues to work nationally and locally to build stronger links between emergency services and help create more secure communities. His core belief that safe and secure communities are the bedrock on which we build well-being and prosperity for all, remains central to his vision for both the services for which he is now responsible.
Mark is the CEO for Cantium Business Solutions and has over 20 years’ operational and consulting experience as well as working in the Local Government sector for over 12 years where he has developed an excellent understanding of local government challenges, culture, and opportunities.
Mark has held senior roles at Capita, PwC, Capgemini, EDF and Thales, growing their businesses and optimising services. This unique experience has enabled Mark to bring commercial success to local government and he has an excellent ability to join the dots to develop innovative opportunities that enhance both public and private sector delivery.
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Nigel is the Chief Operating Officer for the Cyberfort Group and brings more than 20 years’ experience of delivering operational security, as well as serving 23 years in Her Majesty’s Royal Air Force, where he developed his leadership and security skills, working within the counter-intelligence and security investigations specialisms.
This unique experience shaped Nigel’s passion for cyber security, from an independent certified cyber security consultant to managing operational and consultancy-based security practices, delivering multi-disciplined cyber security services to public and private sectors; including Defence, Welfare, Justice, Policing, Legal, Medical and Sporting bodies.
Today, Nigel’s experience and leadership are focused on developing and delivering technology and process driven certified cyber security services, providing a first-class professional client service and driving profitable revenue growth to Cyberfort. Nigel is passionate about developing new and ‘home grown’ talent in the industry and an advocate for structured training and development paths for future cyber security generations.