IoD Norfolk Ambassador Introduction
Your name:Nicky Lawlor
Your title/role and company name: Co-founder, Cyberfen
Your IoD branch: Norfolk
Your IoD Branch Ambassador role: Cyber Security
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Q: How long have you been involved with the IoD
I joined in February 2018
Q: Can you tell us a little about your career to date?
I have a background in Teaching and Training, combined with 10 years’ experience in global corporate Human Resources in a FTSE 100 company with a turnover of approx. £19 billion and 500,000 employees.
Since 2008, at Creating Value Ltd, I have specialised in designing and facilitating business simulations for global corporate organisations, aimed at developing management capability.
I co-founded cyberfen in December 2017. We take an innovative approach that enables business leaders to assess, understand and mitigate cyber risk and its specific impacts on the running of their organisation. Through a hands-on cyber vulnerability simulation, the executives play out (wargame) scenarios and make decisions in the simulated business environment. It aids the prioritisation of business information requirements which then inform and focus the organisation's business continuity plan.
I speak fluent French and Spanish and have a MSc in Business Leadership combined with Chartered MCIPD (Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development) status.
Q: What do you hope to achieve as an IoD Branch Ambassador?
I have become an advocate of trying to widen the talent pool in the sector to attract people from a wide range of backgrounds into what is an exciting and growing industry with diverse career opportunities.
Q: If you could give your 21 year old self some advice what would it be?
It's a list really:
- Carpe diem. Always!
- Be brave. Always!
- When one door closes, another one opens. Always!
Q: What keeps you busy outside of work?
Spending time at my home in Mallorca, walking on the North Norfolk coast and I have just started running again (slowly).
Q: Are there any business related or policy issues that keep you awake at night?
I do worry about the skills gap that we are facing – not only in tech but also in other areas. I believe there is too much emphasis on gaining qualifications and not enough on encouraging a mindset of curiosity, problem-solving, flexibility and continuous learning.
Q: Why do you think business leaders should join the IoD?
Any opportunity to network with other business people is an opportunity to challenge your own thinking and to see new ways of moving forward.