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March CSIPC Networking Event (Risk, Resilience and Recovery)

March 26 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm


The CSIPC is a Public and Private Sector partnership aimed at increasing the resilience of businesses in the Tees Valley and surrounding areas to common cyber-attacks, helping to reduce the likelihood of business becoming victims of these crimes. The cluster, for the Tees Valley and wider region, has been formed to support its members by communicating national and international cyber security and information protection initiatives.

We provide a networking platform to share ideas and best security practice within the region, and encourage collaboration and the identification of partnership opportunities, to enable SME’s in the region to find new ways to grow and be secure in this ever evolving digital age. Membership to the cluster is free of charge and we hold monthly networking and knowledge sharing events which are free to attend.

Our forthcoming event will be hosted by Newcastle College with the event sponsor being Towergate Insurance.

Our Sponsors

Towergate Insurance Brokers is one of the UK’s leading independent insurance brokers and risk management advisors. We work alongside colleagues in our Health & Protection division, who offer expert advice on healthcare, protection and employee benefits.

With over 1,850 people in more than 60 local offices, we truly hold a UK wide presence. With over 100 dedicated claims professionals in 30 locations, we have local experts to help you recover.

Our Speakers

Craig Watson. Lead Underwriter for Financial Risks and Cyber for RSA UK. I’m an Associate of the CII and a Chartered Insurer. 32 years in insurance. Past 23 years primarily involved in emerging financial risks. Currently working with RSA stakeholders, external brokers, and our end clients to ensure our products meet our customer needs whilst ensuring businesses the length and breadth of the UK are aware of the risks they are faced with.






Phil O’Neil

Phil O’Neil, I am the He Curriculum Leader for Digital Technologies at Newcastle College. I have worked for the College for 6 years my main remit is to line manage staff to produce an up to date curriculum so that students have both the technical skills and soft skills that make them Work Ready when they finish a Degree course. I have made it my mission to engage with employers so that the students receive a more enriched experience; this gives students additional motivation during a course, which adds to the likelihood of them finding employment in their chosen field.







As well as our 2 main speakers, we also have a panel who work and live in the cyber security/data protection sector, these being:

  • Chris Jones, NVB
  • Steve Hood, N.T.E
  • Laura Dempsey, TeraByte


Newcastle College
Scotswood Road
Newcastle upon Tyne, England NE4 7SA United Kingdom