Respond to a challenge

The future of cyber starts here

The Cyber Innovation Hub will unleash the potential of the Cardiff Capital Region, creating a world-class pipeline of new cyber security products, high-growth businesses, and technically-skilled talent.

We’re on a mission…

To transform Cardiff Capital Region into a leading UK cyber security cluster.

By 2030, we will:

Create more than 25 high-growth companies

Attract more than £20m in private equity investment

Train more than 1,500 people with cyber security skills

How we’ll do it

Challenge-led innovation

We’ll work with government, businesses and the public sector to pull through market-led innovation challenges – then drive rapid development of new, innovative solutions. These will be tightly tailored to industry demand and attractive to private equity investors.

Incubating businesses

We’ll match-make solution creators with entrepreneurs in the Alacrity Foundation’s incubation programme, building a team around the innovator, and providing them with support and services to scale quickly.

We’ll co-locate the team with internationally recognised researchers at Cardiff University. These researchers have experience of generating and validating cyber security solutions on world-class testbeds. Teams will have co-working space at Tramshed Tech – alongside existing cyber and digital SMEs.

Creating a skilled workforce

We’ll work with partners to develop a mix of bitesize hands-on training programmes, catering for existing cyber security professionals, recent graduates, and those looking for a career change. We’ll supply the skills to support not only the Cyber Security cluster, but other priority clusters like FinTech and MedTech, too.




What do we mean by cyber?

The cyber security industry is as diverse as the problems it seeks to solve. Whether you want to keep people safe online, develop clean transport systems, or harness technologies like AI to take friction out of our complicated lives, cyber security innovation is going to be a core part of the solution.

Careers in cyber security are diverse too. The industry is going to need people from all backgrounds, and with a variety of skills and interests. So whatever you’re into, there’s likely to be a job in cyber for you.

Our unique approach

We’re joining up strategic plans with physical infrastructure around cyber security innovation. We believe our blend of hands-on skills development, business incubation and product acceleration across industry and academia is unique within the UK.

By building a critical mass of activity, with successful delivery, we will pull national and international investment into the region, with economic benefits for our partners, funders, and the wider community. 

Who’s involved


Executive Management Group

  • Professor Pete BurnapDirector of Cyber Innovation Hub
  • Andy DodgeBusiness and Partnerships Manager – Cyber Innovation Hub
  • Karis DunfordOffice Manager – Cyber Innovation Hub
  • Louise HarrisCEO TramShed Tech
  • Sharan JohnstoneHead of Cyber, University of South Wales
  • Adrian SuttonCommercial Director – Cyber Innovation Hub
  • Matthew TurnerHead of Operations – Cyber Innovation Hub
  • Wil WilliamsCEO Alacrity Foundation

Advisory Group

  • Gwyneth AndersonWelsh Government
  • Alex BaxendaleCGI
  • Leanne ConnorThales/NDEC
  • Stuart CriddlePwC
  • John DaviesCyber Wales
  • Bradley FinnDSIT
  • Matthew MorganJacobs
  • Ed ParkinsonAngel Invest Network
  • Damon RandsPureCyber
  • Craig ReadThales
  • Matilda RhodeAirbus
  • Neil SandfordWelsh Government
  • Sarah SmithDevelopment Bank of Wales
  • Emyr ThomasBAE
  • Richard TobuttCCR Regional Skills Partnership
  • Josh WalterOsney Capital

Oversight Group

  • Nick Sturge MBEOmnigenix (Chair)
  • Eileen BrandrethCardiff University
  • Louise BrightUniversity of South Wales
  • Paul ChichesterNational Cyber Security Centre
  • Rhodri Evans PwCPwC
  • Carl GriffithsDevelopment Bank of Wales
  • Michael GrovesWelsh Government
  • Louise HarrisTramShed Tech
  • Chris HilbourneThales
  • Kevin Jones
  • Colan MehaffeyCardiff Capital Region
  • Dr Emma Philpott MBEIASME
  • Professor Roger WhittakerCardiff University
  • Wil WilliamsAlacrity Foundation

Why us?

Through the National Cyber Security Centre, Cardiff University and the University of South Wales are recognised by the UK Government for excellence in cybersecurity research, innovation, and education. We also have strong industry partners – Airbus, CGI and Thales – as well as strong links with schools and colleges across the region.

The Alacrity Foundation have established entrepreneurship and venture building programmes, while Tramshed Tech is a leading co-working space and start-up community in the region, with cybersecurity companies on premises and a commitment to growing technology-driven and cyber enterprise.

How to get involved

We want to hear from:


Whether you’ve got an idea that you want to take to market, or you’re simply bursting with energy and enthusiasm for solving cyber security problems, we want to hear from you.

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Do you have a cyber security problem in your organisation that you just can’t find the right technology or process to solve? Or are you in need of people with cyber skills to ensure your organisation is safe and secure? We can help.

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Cyber pros of the future

Hands-on skills in cyber security are in high demand in all kinds of organisations. We have some outstanding skills programmes already in the region, but we also know people can find cyber security a bit of a mystery. That’s where we can help.

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Let’s talk

Whether you’re an innovator with a good idea you would like to take to market, an established business interested in setting challenges or shaping skills activities, or you want to know more about upcoming training opportunities, we want to hear from you.

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