Neil “Pass” – Director/Co-Founder
Highly-experienced consultant/architect/auditor with a primary focus on Cyber and Cloud Security. Has over 30 years’ IT experience, in the UK and globally, across the life-cycle: business development, pre-sales, solution architecture, development, testing (including ethical hacking), implementation, security assessments, metrics/KPIs and often acting as “trusted advisor” for clients.
Neil manages the growing business, while co-running a local businessmen’s networking group. He also provides occasional consultancy services including training.
In addition to promoting and working towards a more secure cyber world for businesses and consumers, Neil is a keen innovator and developer.
He is also passionate about trade justice and helping the developing world generally. He has led local groups such as “Drop the Debt” and Fair Trade campaigns. He is now a trustee of a UK/Kenyan charity supporting HIV orphans (in East Africa) and inspiring UK teenagers to make a difference.
In his “downtime”, Neil likes to travel, study linguistics, canoe, play tennis, run, cycle, climb mountains (occasionally), sing (most genres) and act in plays/musicals.
He is married and has two children at university.
Jim “Gard” – Director/Co-Founder
James is married with three adult children. He enjoys running marathons, fund-raising for charities, and is a keen Arsenal supporter.
He is also a professional property investor with investments in the UK and abroad.
Economics, current affairs, politics, travelling, and reading are areas of great interest to him.
Originally starting his early working life as a Metropolitan Police officer in London, James found a route into business. He comes from three generations of recruiters (his father was a top City head-hunter and his daughter is an IT recruiter in London) and with over 25 years recruitment experience, James is passionate about the recruitment world. He built and owned a highly successful IT contract and permanent recruitment company.
James leads the recruitment services. To complement this, he provides recruitment mentoring services and non-executive directorship.
Tom – Recruiter
Tom is a fiercely competitive, ambitious individual who has been with GardPass for 4 years. Prior to joining the team, he was a professional footballer, training with the Spurs youth team (despite being a Gunner!) and later moving to Edinburgh to play for Hibernian.
Tom has in-depth knowledge of the contract market, and considerable experience placing experienced IT and cyber personnel into high security environments across Europe.
Tom lives in Hertfordshire with his wife and outside of work they enjoy travelling, trekking and competitive games nights with friends and family.
Anna - Director
Anna became a director of GardPass Cyber in 2019 , and her focus is on contractor care.
Alongside her directorship, she continues to work, after 30 years, for the UK National Health Service in London and elsewhere.
In her spare time, she keeps fit by power-walking, boxing and hooping, and has recently discovered a love of climbing mountains. She also sings with the local community choir and performs in several concerts a year.
Jamie - Resourcer
Jamie has experience within recruitment and is now enjoying his time at GardPass Cyber, trying to perfect his skills within the Cyber Security sector.
He has a great love for futsal and together with his Under 16s futsal team won gold medal at the European Maccabiah Games in Berlin in 2015. In 2021, Jamie will be Assistant Manager for the Under 16s Maccabiah Futsal team, travelling to Israel. Jamie is also a lifelong Arsenal FC supporter, having been a season ticket holder from a young age, attending with his dad and brother.
In his spare time, as well as seeing his beloved Arsenal play, Jamie enjoys socialising with his friends and family, going to the gym as well as playing in the National Futsal Series, training and playing three times a week.
Ollie - Resourcer
Ollie complements working on his university degree in International Business with helping GardPass Cyber with tracking down key individuals.
He is a keen Liverpool FC supporter and enjoys playing tennis, football etc. He too loves travelling and has just completed a gap year around the globe, where he qualified as a PADI scuba diver.