Meet the OSP Cyber Academy Team, our Ambassadors and Trainers

OSP Cyber Academy are a cyber security and data protection consultancy provider, that achieves its aims in part through training. Our key focus are in the areas of Education, Protection and Enabling companies and clients to achieve business growth in the digital age. 

Don Randall MBE

Brand Ambassador
OSP Cyber Academy

Don has been at the forefront in Policing, Banking and Cyber Crime prevention for almost 50 years. Don served with the City of London Police from 1969-1995, with specific emphasis on fraud and counter terrorism. Following 13 years at JPMorgan Chase as Managing Director of Global Security. He joined the Bank of England in 2008 and was appointed the Bank’s first Chief Information Security Officer in 2013. He is also Chairman of the ‘Sister Banks,’ City of London Crime Prevention Association. Chairman of ‘Project Griffin’ and a member of the City of London Crime Disorder Reduction Panel. Don is also a member of the London First Security Advisory Board, Executive Member of the London Resilience Board. Chairman of the London Resilience Business Sector Panel Co-founder and Vice Chairman of the Cross Sector Safety & Security Communications initiative.A Fellow of the Security Institute and a Chartered Security Professional.

Richard Parlour

Chairman EU Task Force on Cybersecurity Policy
Associate Policy Advisor OSP Cyber Academy

Richard is Chairman of the EU Task Force on Cybersecurity Policy for the Financial Sector, and has been a member of the DCMS Cyber Experts Working Group.

He is also on the Bank of England Financial Markets Law Committee Brexit Advisory Group.

An experienced international financial markets lawyer. His career started with Clifford Chance’s derivatives team, he put together the first oil price master swap agreements, and helped in the establishment of the oil market participants regime. He was seconded to London International Financial Futures Exchange (LIFFE) as in house general counsel, and has worked in Brussels with the European Institutions.

He advises on regulatory compliance systems, using a new tool to improve efficiency and effectiveness, as well as developing new products such as cryptocurrencies and crowdfunding platforms. His firm has a particular specialism in deterrence of economic crime, cyber investigations and training. His due diligence network now covers 140 countries.

Sandip Patel QC

QC Chief Legal Adviser
OSP Cyber Academy

Sandip Patel QC has been at the forefront of cases involving ‘cybercrime and cyber security’, and has been involved in high profile cybercrime cases involving fraud, deception, money laundering and organised crime, including money laundering on the ‘Dark Web’. Sandip was involved as the prosecuting QC in several cases, ranging from “Facebook Hacker”, ‘Anonymous’, including Prosecutions for computer hacking involving PayPal and Visa. From computer hacking of UK and US Government websites, for agencies such as the CIA, FBI in the US and National Crime Agency UK. In addition, he has acted on behalf of the National Health Service and Ministry of Defence in the UK.

Sandip is also a contributor to the leading text book namely: Electronic Evidence, 3rd Edition and also lectures regularly on

He has trained law enforcement officials in both the UK and abroad, Includes advising the Police in the Republic of Grenada on the formation of a cybercrime unit with focus on policies and procedures.

Sandip is also the Chairman of the Cybercrime Practitioners Association.

What does Industry have to say about Sandip Patel QC

“has a pleasing and reassuring courtroom manner” Legal 500 2016

“a very good all-round advocate, who is quick on his feet in court” Legal 500 2017

“a truly exceptional Lawyer with a phenomenal eye for detail” Stuart Miller Solicitors

“one of the leading Private Prosecution QCs in the country” Forrest Williams

“an outstanding lawyer and advocate” Scarmans

Irene Coyle

Training Director & DPO
OSP Cyber Academy

A former Chief Inspector with Police Scotland, responsible for the recruitment of officers and staff for the whole of Scotland. Irene was responsible for recruitment for 5 years and promoted in January for the national position. Irene retired in August 2018 from the Police after serving 30 years, having had a very varied experience with the police which has equipped her with skills relevant for Data Protection, training and consultancy.

Throughout her career she worked in a variety of departments including recruitment, training, operational uniform, public protection, community partnerships, offender management policy, project management and internal investigations. Irene had her own Live web chats which reached over 30,000 people on facebook for recruitment.

She was also responsible for the development of the Vulnerable Persons Database(VPD) and the Project Management of the database with developers, initially for Grampian Police then other forces came on board and adopted it as a national project. Irene was also responsible for designing and delivering online training and classroom based training for Scotland on VPD – and was seconded to a national team for 10 months to do this.

Irene also spent time in Professional Standards Department, internal covert investigations, Involving misconduct hearings, discipline interviews presenting for criminal prosecution. Covering data protection criminal offences. She was also a Detective Inspector for two years in the public protection unit, with management responsibility for the sharing of sensitive child protection data and vulnerable adults with social work, education and health.

One of her last functions within Police Scotland was to assist with the implementation of the GDPR Privacy Policy for the entire recruitment function. She has since developed a series of specific Data Protection and GDPR Courses for both Recruitment and HR which focuses on the specific requirements within these sectors to ensure those responsible are meeting compliance requirements set forth by the ICO.

Irene is a certified Data Protection and GDPR Practitioner with the GCHQ GCT training scheme for quality assured trainers, she is also a registered DPO with the ICO and is currently supporting a wide range of clients with their training and outsourced data protection needs in the Uk, within sectors from Oil & Gas, Finance and the general business sector.

Irene is also a mentor for female police officers specialising in support for promotion and she is a member of the City of London Crime Prevention Association (COLCPA), and also holds two Teaching degrees obtained through Napier and Stirling University.

Richard Preece

Chief Training Officer
OSP Cyber Academy

Richard is an experienced international hybrid consultant, leader, OSP Cyber Academy GCHQ Certified Trainer and Henley Business School Executive Fellow. He enables organizations to become more strategically agile and resilient, to exploit the opportunities and minimize the dangers of the current and future digital hyper-connected world.

Richard has led many data protection and cyber security education, exercises and consultancy engagements. Current and recent assignments include information security and data protection strategy and capability development for a number of UK and international organizations, covering Financial Services, Oil and Gas, Energy, Telecoms, Education and Defence sectors. He is currently appointed as an outsourced Data Protection Officer (DPO).

He is a chapter author for Managing Cybersecurity Risk – How Directors and Corporate Officers can protect their businesses. He has written a follow-up chapter in Managing Cybersecurity Risk – Case studies and Solutions. He has also co-authored a recent whitepaper GDPR: What to expect in 2018, up to May 25th and beyond, under The Security Foundation Research Trust.

Due to his work, he was a co-opted core-panel member of the recently British Standard (BS) 31111 Cyber Risk and Resilience – Guidance for Boards and Executive Management. The Standard is intended to provide guidance for those in the commercial and public sector who must minimize the risks and maximize the opportunities of the Digital Age. He is now a co- opted panel member on the Governance Standard.

Previously he was Serco’s Director of CybX, an innovative cyber resilience training, exercising and consultancy services capability. This comprehensive ‘server room to board room’ approach delivered the first national and international cyber- crime exercises on behalf of the UK National Crime Agency and with commercial organizations, including a number working in critical national infrastructure and internationally. He also led the development and delivery of a series of cyber education packages for MOD senior leaders and staff.

Underpinning Richard’s experience and qualifications is a background of over 20 years in the British Army. As a result of his early career he was selected specifically to be educated (2 master’s degrees and advanced command course) and then employed, to be a ‘hybrid’ who could straddle the strategic and operational environment and that of information technology, digital transformation and cyber security.

Thomas McCarthy

QHSSE Director
OSP Cyber Academy

Thomas is a commercially focused Business Development and QHSSE Director, with 34 years experience in the fields of construction & HSE, including significant time spent working in the oil and gas industry.  He is an Industry Qualified Audit and Safety professional, having consulted for various organisations, ensuring delivery and maintenance of Quality and Safety standards.

Thomas has worked in various sectors over his career, helping companies develop business strategies for growth in developing regions.  Thomas spent time producing Training Programmes for a safety/security and training specialist business Praetorian International UK Ltd.  Praetorian developed and delivered Situation Awareness and Risk Assessment Programmes, including, surveillance exercises, defensive driver training, and specialist exercises for team training.

Thomas co-led training on presentation skills, communication, leadership, decision making, team work and motivation, and worked with a range of international clients including BP, Cape Industrial Services, Atlantic Power and Gas, Legal & General, Petroline Well Services and Sonsub Ltd.

Having been involved in Quality, Health, Safety and Security throughout his career, Thomas has  become heavily involved in the Cyber Security sector over the past two years. He will work closely with the Academy’s Chief Training Officer to ensure that the highest standards of quality and training are maintained.

Qualifications Include:

– ISO 14001 Environmental  Lead Auditor

– ISO 18001 HSE Lead Auditor

– NEBOSH National General Certificate Occupational Health & Safety

– IOSH Managing Safety Qualified