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Female tech duo take flight to Dubai to launch the future of cyber leadership

Co-founders of Leading Cyber
Annabel Berry and Danielle Phillips

Two formidable female tech leaders have joined forces to launch an innovative new leadership development and mentoring platform for the cyber community - Leading Cyber. Danielle Phillips, Founder and Managing Director of Inside Out, and Director at CyberNorth has collaborated with Annabel Berry, Founder of The Lamplight, experienced CEO, and Chair of the Strategic Board at CyberNorth, and the duo have headed to Dubai to launch the new company to audiences at GISEC Global 2024.

Leading Cyber was unveiled ahead of the duo visiting UK Cyber Week in London and the leadership development and mentoring platform concept will connect cyber security leaders around the world. The innovative platform will build a global online community for cyber security leaders and cyber business owners to share, connect and grow. In addition, Leading Cyber will offer a range of services designed to provide people with the connections, tools and skills they need to develop their careers as leaders. The first stage will see the launch of the global mentoring programme, which is now live. The beta mentoring programme is free to join and Leading Cyber are now looking for mentors and mentees to get involved. Simply email to register to take part.

Danielle Phillips, Co-founder, Leading Cyber said: “I am very excited to launch this new business with Annabel, which compliments my other business ‘hats’ at Inside Out and CyberNorth. if you know either of us, you know we love the world of cyber security. We also love leadership and supporting leaders to be the very best they can be. Putting the two things together seemed obvious to us, particularly when we know that cyber leaders often don’t have all of the leadership skills, mentors or support networks they need to be fully effective and successful in their roles. So, this is something we know is needed in our sector.”

Danielle Phillips, Co-founder of Leading Cyber
Danielle Phillips, Co-founder

The team have flown over to Dubai for the region's largest cyber security event, GISEC Global 2024 held at the World Trade Centre, Dubai, to showcase the concept at the event which will bring together more than 750 cybersecurity companies and over 20,000 domain experts to discuss challenges in cyber, AI and technology.

Danielle is the Founder and Managing Director of Durham based Inside Out, an internal communications consultancy that has successfully penetrated the tech, HE and cyber security sectors building an esteemed reputation across the field as highly experienced and connected digital transformation and cyber security communications consultants. Working across the UK and globally in the US, Indian and Australian markets to help organisations effectively communicate their digital transformation and major IT projects.

Annabel Berry combines 25 years of experience founding and leading businesses in the cyber security industry with her voracious appetite for self-learning and development. Annabel founded The Lamplight last year to focus on leadership development, cultural transformation and building inclusive cultures. Annabel also continues to focus her energy on encouraging more diversity and inclusivity in the cyber security industry through her work as chairperson of Cyber North, an experienced CEO and former executive director of the Ladies Hacking Society and through voluntary work with CIISec. Both Danielle and Annabel have been key driving forces in the sector and in their roles at CyberNorth they have supported a number of ground-breaking projects and collaborations to support the region’s thriving cyber security landscape.

Annabel Berry, Co-founder of Leading Cyber
Annabel Berry, Co-founder

Annabel Berry, Co-founder, Leading Cyber said: “I’m delighted to join forces with Danielle to launch Leading Cyber, the initial response at UK Cyber Week in London has been great to witness and we can’t wait to unveil this concept globally in Dubai. Our new mentoring platform (beta) is driven by the need for better professional connections in cybersecurity, we bridge the gap between aspiring and established professionals, ensuring a swift and effective match, fostering successful mentoring relationships that propel careers.”

The mission at Leading Cyber is to help build the future of cybersecurity leadership through a supportive ecosystem for leaders at all stages. The cyber leadership programmes, off-site workshops, and robust mentoring platform equip individuals to reach their full potential and drive much needed positive change in the industry.

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