Stuart has 25 years of experience working in Security, from Special Duties operational work with the British Government through to heading an international security consultancy team, and then spending 12 years as Oracle’s Global Vice President of Information Security, a Global CISO role with the group reporting independently to President-level with full cross-corporate oversight; a fully independent Line of Business and not a sub-set of a technology team.
As Optus’s CTO Cyber Security, Stuart brings extensive experience to help Optus partner with our customers as a subject matter expert, trusted advisor and thought leader to aid in addressing the security threats of today and tomorrow.
His background includes designing and implementing Information Security strategies for large multinationals, which focus on a risk-based approach to enable an effective security spend. Leading a Global Mergers & Acquisition security team and a Global Investigations & Forensics group. These were, respectively, involved in the due-diligence process of selecting and then integrating both small and large acquisitions, and the cross-corporate investigation of compliance and cyber issues, including full forensic capabilities and all eDiscovery obligations. This extensive experience enables Stuart to offer a unique insight into leading information security across multiple cultures and a highly complex technology infrastructure with a variety of sector-specific requirements.
As well as being a keen triathlete, having represented Australia at Age Group Level at the World Championships, Stuart is a Full Member of the Institute of Information Security Professionals, holds a Master of Laws and has served as an Expert Witness in a variety of Court cases.