Sean Sutton appointed cyber security partner at PwC UK

Sean Sutton

Sean Sutton

Sean Sutton has been appointed as cyber security partner at PwC UK, and will be based at the firm’s new Birmingham home at One Chamberlain Square. A former managing director for Accenture’s UK and Ireland cyber security business, Sutton brings over 16 years’ direct experience. This includes advising clients on topics ranging from security strategy and organisational design to technical security solution design, delivery and implementation.

As a seasoned programme manager, Sutton has led some of the UK’s largest security transformation programmes including multimillion-pound capability enhancements for organisations operating in the oil and gas, utilities, energy, pharmaceuticals and financial services sectors.

Sutton joins PwC as the business continues to deliver large and complex transformations for clients across the UK. His primary responsibilities will be to provide leadership for the practice outside of London and he will take responsibility for teams in the Midlands and the North. Part of Sutton’s remit will be to grow the team and continue to deliver consulting services to a broad range of clients across both regions where he has an excellent understanding of the marketplace.

He will also develop PwC’s Operational Technology security proposition, including the Industrial Internet of Things and operational systems across healthcare, manufacturing and other industries.

On his new role, Sutton commented: “I’m excited to be taking on this role at such an interesting time. Companies are going through a rapid period of change and disruption, which presents new cyber challenges and opportunities. Increasingly, there’s a need for businesses to work smarter to respond to these challenges and align cyber priorities to their corporate strategy. I’m confident we can play an important and valuable role in helping our clients navigate this ever-changing environment, especially so as they adapt and grow to face the future.”

Sutton concluded: “It’s exciting to be joining the firm at such a pivotal time for its regional growth aspirations. The company is putting more people, technology and expertise into strategic sites, including its new landmark Birmingham office at One Chamberlain Square.”

Matthew Hammond, Midlands region chairman and senior partner for PwC, explained: “I’m delighted to welcome Sean to PwC and particularly so given his focus on clients here in the Midlands and other UK markets. As our 23rd Global CEO Survey highlighted, 80% of UK CEOs are concerned about the risks of cyber threats to their business, Sean joins the team to lead our clients through the acute and dynamically changing risks and opportunities to leverage technology successfully. Businesses are wrestling with the speed of technological change, a relative scarcity of specialist key skills and a desire to accelerate digital transformation.”

Hammond also commented: “Supporting our clients to improve cyber resilience and build strong technology infrastructure is critical when it comes to achieving sustainable growth. Sean and the team are a key element in providing these business-critical services.”

About the Author
Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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