IoD Branch Ambassador Introduction
IoD East of England are pleased to be represented across our vibrant and successful region by IoD Ambassadors who are specialists in their fields. Our IoD Ambassadors are charged with leading in a chosen topic area/function that is their expertise or focus, whilst also promoting the benefits of IoD membership and the CPD route to Chartered Director.
Below you will find an introduction to our Chair who would be pleased to connect with you via Twitter or LinkedIn. Please contact the IoD East of England regional office for more information regarding becoming an IoD Ambassador.
Your name: Richard McBarnet
Your title/role and company name: Managing Director, Lumina Technologies Ltd
Your IoD branch: Hertfordshire
Your IoD Branch Ambassador role: Chair / Cyber Security
Your social media handles e.g Twitter, LinkedIn etc: @luminatech_uk
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Q: How long have you been involved with the IoD?
Q: Can you tell us a little about your career to date?
I left school at 18 and spent my gap year working in R&D for an electronics firm. I began an electronics degree, but after 18 months decided to pursue a new direction in lighting engineering. Following two years working at Stoll Moss Theatres in the West End, I became a freelance lighting engineer, later moving into TV.
The increasing sophistication of lighting technology suggested a move into computing, and in 1998 I founded Lumina Technologies, initially as a vehicle for my own work as an IT consultant. In 2008 I decided to recruit staff and begin offering IT Managed Services.
Q: What do you hope to achieve as an IoD Branch Ambassador?
Engaging boards by having some of my passion for cyber security and information security management rub off on them. Promoting security best practice as a board level requirement towards good governance.
Q: If you could give your 21 year old self some advice what would it be?
Don’t be so risk averse. Take the chance and you will have a world of possibility open to you.
Q: What keeps you busy outside of work?
I am a dedicated walker, with or without my dog, and roam the Hertfordshire countryside every morning for an hour before work. In the evening and weekends the children are my main focus but when I can I indulge my other hobbies of theatre, dance and opera as well as fine dining and fine wine. If I could afford to I would gladly spend several weeks a year skiing.
I am also co-chair of West Herts and Bucks SANDS and head up the support function hosting a monthly bereavement support group to help parents and anyone else affected by the death of a baby.
Q: Are there any business related or policy issues that keep you awake at night?
Staff retention and engagement is a recurring theme that never seems to get easier. I think we have a great workplace but we still have to put ever-increasing amounts of effort in to keep staff. I worry about the increasing impact of legislation on small businesses. From a risk perspective, I am always looking out for areas we have the potential to be caught out on around data security and am always pushing our teams to live and breathe security.
Q: Why do you think business leaders should join the IoD?
The IoD should represent the pinnacle of good leadership and governance and set an example of how to successfully rise to the rank of director, not just in title but in word and deed. The IoD should represent investment in our futures and engagement with youth to foster and nurture the directors of tomorrow. Business leaders with a passion for the pursuit of excellence and with community spirit should be sought out and encouraged to participate.