About CyNam

The primary aim for CyNam (Cyber Cheltenham) is to help create the conditions for local cyber technology innovation. We provide the capability, community and culture to help set small companies on the path towards becoming ‘unicorns’. We see CyNam as orchestrators – bringing together pioneering start-ups with investment, industry and government for wealth creation in the Gloucestershire region.

Based in Cheltenham, the home of GCHQ and the largest concentration of cyber technology businesses in the country, CyNam (Cyber Cheltenham) began as a modest Meetup networking group in 2015, for members of the region’s cyber security community. In a short space of time, CyNam’s popularity grew dramatically, and today it hosts regular events with hundreds of attendees.

Now more than 900 members strong, CyNam provide a valuable, Cheltenham-centric platform that connects the best cyber technology minds and local SMEs and start-ups to support from people, expertise, guidance, funding, and new business.

Headed by a board of business leaders with vast experience of start-ups and SMEs, CyNam is driven by an unselfish aim to support the development of Cheltenham’s cyber technology industry, and its wider ecosystem.

CyNam is proudly independent, providing unbiased advice and impartial introductions for its members. As a Community Interest Company, CyNam ensures that all profits are invested back into developing even greater value for Cheltenham’s cyber technology community.

CyNam provides a Cheltenham-centric platform that connects the best cyber security minds and local SMEs and start-ups.

What makes CyNam different?

In addition to cyber security advice and support, CyNam offers its community access to a member’s directory providing collaboration opportunities, guidance or support services a growing business needs.

Based in Cheltenham, the UK’s fastest growing hub for cyber security, CyNam connects expert industry speakers and a knowledgeable community, from technical to C-suite, in leading, innovative and knowledgeable companies.

CyNam is an open and independent community, offering relevant information, signposting knowledge for local businesses, from industry experts, government and academia.

Support from our sponsors means CyNam events, and access to our community, are completely free for members.

Our Partners

CyNam works closely with businesses within Cheltenham to promote and record our events, and ensure we meet the demands of local governance, the areas and our community.


Physical home of CyNam


Cyber technology recruitment experts


Our official legal advisors



Strategic differentiation and consulting

Bronze Sponsor


Our official business and tax advisors

Our Charity Partners

CyNam works with local charities who help improve lives through technologies, providing these charities with a platform and opportunity to speak and showcase their causes.

GDA is the only charity in Gloucestershire providing practical and emotional support to deaf, hard of hearing and deafened children, young people and adults.

Deafness is one of the most misunderstood conditions in our society. Most people will assume deafness is about not being able to hear when in fact it’s about the daily battle a person faces with communication and the heart-breaking effect it can have on their physical and mental wellbeing.

GDA provides a range of services and support that aim to alleviate the loneliness and isolation people living with deafness can face, from lip-reading classes to social activities and communication support. Everything GDA does has the purpose to give deaf people confidence, to feel safe and inspired and to be part of the wider conversation.

IT Schools Africa is a UK-registered charity operating in Africa and the UK with a mission to transform lives through access to e-Learning.

IT Schools Africa collect, refurbish and upgrade donated IT equipment in the UK and reuse for educational and social projects in Africa and the UK. Since 2004 the charity has sent over 50,000 computers to Africa, installed 20 school e-Learning labs, trained over 750 teachers and given over 3 million children access to IT.

Meet the Directors

Chris Dunning-Walton

Director and Chairman of CyNam

Chris is also the Owner of InfoSec People, the leading cyber security Search & Recruitment Consultancy

Madeline Howard

Director at CyNam

Alongside working as Global Information Security Co-Ordinator at Sage, Madeline is also Chair of the Board of Directors at CyNam. Outside of this and her day job she is also instrumental in the Gloucestershire Cyber Schools Hub initiative, working as the Cyber Schools Hub Industry Engagement Coordinator.

Paul Bentham

Director at CyNam

More information about Paul coming soon.

Richard Yorke

Director at CyNam

More information about Richard coming soon.

Julie Kempson

Director at CyNam

Julie is one of the founding members of CyNam. She worked for 20 years in security in government. Now she helps cyber and tech start ups/SMEs scale up specialising in operations, compliance and HR.

Bruce Gregory

Director at CyNam

Director of CyNam and Managing Director of Hub8, a purpose built workspace dedicated to enabling the growth and development of the cyber tech community. Bruce works closely with stakeholders including local and national government to develop the vision for Cyber Central.

James Whittaker

Director at CyNam

James works within the Hazlewoods Corporate Finance team and has a particular interest in businesses with a ‘tech’ focus. Having qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2011, James has spent most of his career working with (and briefly for!) innovative businesses. James advises on a whole range of matters such as acquisition and disposal advisory, investment appraisals, structuring and forecasting, along with the provision of general accountancy and taxation compliance.

Emma Hickson

Director at CyNam

Emma Hickson is a partner at BPE Solicitors LLP where she heads up the IT and Cyber team. Having previously worked for DXC Technology, Emma is an experienced technology, IT and outsourcing lawyer with a passion for bringing together large corporates, government suppliers and start-ups in the region.

Reid Derby

Director at CyNam

Reid is Director of Strategy at Cyber Cheltenham, the UK’s largest cyber tech cluster, and part of the UK Cyber Cluster Collaboration, UKC3. Reid is also Strategic Advisor on Innovation for the Golden Valley Development, which aims to build the world’s most intelligent garden community at the heart of a growing tech ecosystem next to GCHQ in Cheltenham. He has led innovation projects in big data, open source software, and cybersecurity, working with a variety of startups, global technology companies and leading academic partners. Reid has formed and led successful innovation teams in government using the Lean Startup methodology introducing entrepreneurial governance to complement traditional management approaches.