Who We Are
Richard Knowlton, Chairman of Richard Knowlton Associates Ltd
Richard is a member of the Digital Resilience Advisory Board of the Digital Leaders' Forum, and an honorary Life Member of the International Security Management Association (ISMA). He is also a founding Director of C-Secure, a new company developing innovative cyber certification programmes for businesses and their supply chains.
Richard was Group Corporate Security Director of Vodafone between 2009-2015, having previously worked in Milan as Head of Security (Global Operations) for the Italian UniCredit Group, the largest bank in Central and Eastern Europe.
Between 2014-2017, Richard was Executive Director (Europe) of the non-profit Internet Security Alliance (ISA), a multi-sector trade association based in Washington DC. He had earlier been a Board member of the Commonwealth Cyber Crime Consortium and of the UK Government's Overseas Security Information for Business (OSIB).
Richard has spoken on digital security risk management on BBC Radio 4 ("The Bottom Line") and regularly presents on corporate security issues at major international conferences. These have included the Mobile World Congress 2017 in Barcelona, RSA Conferences in San Francisco and London, Chatham House, the US National Association of Corporate Directors, CeBIT in Germany, the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) "In Person" series, the Financial Times Cyber Security Summit, and Wall Street Journal cyber security events in 2016 and 2017. Richard has also taken part in the digital security webinars run by the European Confederation of Directors' Associations (ecoDa).
In 2016 and 2017, Richard chaired the Security of Things World conferences in Berlin, a role he will repeat in July 2018.
A graduate of Cambridge University, Richard spent over 30 years in the UK Foreign Service, with postings in Europe, Africa, the Middle East and the Americas.
Richard has an unparalleled range of security contacts in governments, in multinational organisations such as the EU and in international business. These form the associate relationships which underpin the work of Richard Knowlton Associates.