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We were established in the UK in 2006 and CREST International was formed in 2015 to act as an umbrella organisation for our Regional Chapters globally. We currently have chapters in the Americas, Asia, Australasia, the European Union and the United Kingdom.

Our strategy is aligned to that of nurturing global capability, capacity, consistency and community in cyber security. It is not tied to any country specific agenda, but we support regions and countries to build their own chapters to service the needs of the local market.

Each Regional Chapter has a council of elected member company representatives who oversee the strategy and activities within the region. The chairs of each of these Regional Councils represent their region on the International Council.

CREST International offers central services in support of the Regional Chapters and their councils. These services include accreditation, certification and examinations, governance, supporting business between members and the buying community, liaison with governments and regulators, marketing and communication support and much else.

We employ staff to deliver central services on behalf of members. The team is headed by President, Rowland Johnson, and Chief Executive Officer, Nick Benson. Hold your cursor over each for more information.

CREST Permanent Staff

Rowland Johnson

President

Rowland is focused on driving initiatives to deliver increased engagement across the 290+ CREST members and all CREST qualified individuals globally. He is responsible for working internationally with governments, regulators and other key industry stakeholders to build stronger technical cyber security ecosystems.

A former member of the CREST GB Executive, serving between 2014 and 2020, he has been a dedicated supporter of the organisation for many years. He was instrumental in CREST’s international growth, playing an integral role in the creation of CREST chapters in Singapore, USA and Hong Kong.

Rowland was a founding director of cyber security company Nettitude and oversaw its acquisition by Lloyd’s Register in 2018. Following the acquisition, he worked with the leadership team as a strategic advisor focusing on global growth.

Rowland has worked 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. He is able to talk about these from a government and strategy perspective as well as sharing real-world examples from what is seen in the field. Rowland presents at many international events and is a passionate cyber security leader that is actively trying to professionalise the industry.

Contact: [email protected]

Nick Benson

Chief Executive Officer

Nick has a track record of building and leading teams through transformation, having previously been the Chief Operating Officer of ORX, the largest global trade association supporting operational risk management in financial services (FS). In this role at ORX, Nick led a programme of fundamental organisational change whilst delivering strong growth and improved service quality.

Before ORX Nick worked in executive roles across finance and risk management divisions at Nationwide Building Society, one of the UK’s largest retail financial services providers.

Nick started his career at KPMG in their IT advisory divisions in London and Sydney, also qualifying as a Chartered Accountant (ICAS) in 2005. Nick earned a BA degree in accounting and finance from Exeter University.

Elaine Luck

Head of Governance and Legal

Elaine has worked at board level in industry for over 40 years, predominantly for the leading trade association in the defence and public security sectors but latterly in the facilities environment. Her roles have included company secretary, business and operations management, membership management, event organisation and personnel management. Within CREST she is responsible to the International and Local Councils for all legal, compliance and governance matters and also for aspects of day-to-day operations.

Contact: [email protected]

Andy Woolhead

Head of Global Product

Andy served in the Royal Navy for 24 years with most of his career at sea in a variety of roles including navigation, anti-submarine and command. Latterly, he was responsible for developing the uniformed cyber profession in terms of training, culture, infrastructure and supporting operational capability. As Head of Information Warfare, he was responsible for the development of Naval Cyber doctrine.

Andy left the military in 2017 to join SANS as a Business Development Director working closely with the UK Ministry of Defence, law enforcement and broader government. He has an MBA in Cyber Security and GIAC qualifications in Security Leadership, Security Fundamentals Security Awareness Professional.

Contact: [email protected]

Adriana Costa-McFadden

Manager Academic & Professional Development

Prior to joining CREST, Adriana was a Software Engineer at Nortel Networks. Within CREST, she is responsible for membership renewals, examination equivalencies, administration of the Approved Training Provider scheme, Academic Partners and overall support to members.

Contact: [email protected]

Sally Fitzmaurice

Examination Co-Ordination Manager

Sally has extensive, high-level experience in administration and a strong background in customer engagement and time management. Within CREST she is responsible for managing all aspects of the examination booking process.

Contact: [email protected]

Jonathan Armstrong

Principal Accreditor

Jonathan is an experienced relationship manager having worked for over a decade in the banking industry. He has experience of quality assurance and internal auditing. Within CREST Jonathan leads the accreditation team and manages company audits and membership enquiries. Jonathan read Criminology at university and has a keen interest in cyber security.

Contact: [email protected]

Diana Cole-Williams

Project and Research Manager

Diana is a certified Project Manager with the Association of Project Management and holds APM PMQ and PRINCE2 Practitioner qualifications. With 10 years of experience in a project environment, she has successfully project managed the release of CREST’s first remote exam from inception to launch, as well as the delivery of CREST’s high profile Cyber security Maturity Assessment of the Global Ecosystem (CMAGE) project.

Alan Thomson

Communications Manager

Alan is an experienced senior communications specialist with extensive experience in publishing, communications and public relations. His career has spanned journalism, publishing and PR consultancy. In CREST he is responsible for internal and external communications strategy and for co-ordinating and writing a variety of internal and external communication mediums.

Contact: [email protected]

Inge Park

Examination and Team Support Coordinator

Inge has worked for CREST for the last 10 years providing key administrative and business support to all departments. Inge has extensive knowledge of business administration.

Contact: [email protected]

Jamie Speller

IT Technician

Jamie completed his BTEC Extended Diploma in Computing in 2020 and joined CREST straight out of college. He had previously worked as a staff trainer at Nando’s for two years. He understands common practices in cyber security and been involved in some exam development for CREST. Jamie is mainly involved in IT support.

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CREST International

CREST International
Seven Stars House
1 Wheler Road
Coventry
West Midlands
CV3 4LB
United Kingdom

+44 (0)20 3058 3122

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CREST Americas

CREST Americas
3 Becker Farm Road
Suite 105
Roseland
NJ 07068
USA

+(212) 220-3963

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CREST Asia

CREST Assurance

South East Asia Pte Ltd
11 Irving Place #09-01
Singapore 369771

 

Hong Kong: [email protected]

Singapore: [email protected]

CREST Australasia
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CREST EU Stichting
Zuid Hollandlaan 7
The Hague
2596 AL
Netherlands

 

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CREST UK

CREST UK
Seven Stars House
1 Wheler Road
Coventry
West Midlands
CV3 4LB
United Kingdom

+44 (0)20 3058 3122

[email protected]