Meet Our Team

Brian Honan
Brian HonanCEO & Principal Consultant

Brian is a highly experienced information security professional and is recognised as one of the foremost experts in cybersecurity. Over his career, he has managed and delivered information security projects and services to organisations of varying sizes, from SMEs to large companies and multinationals.

He has worked extensively with Government departments and agencies and is a trusted advisor for a number of bodies and think tanks, at national and international levels, in the area of cyber security. Brian is a former special advisor on cyber security to Europol’s Cyber Crime Centre (EC3), and has acted as an expert advisor to the European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA). Brian is also the founder and leader of IRISSCERT which is Ireland’s first Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT).

Brian regularly presents at various industry conferences around the globe, has authored a number of books, and is a regular contributor to various industry publications.

Valerie Lyons
Valerie LyonsCOO & Senior Consultant

Valerie is an accomplished information security risk manager with extensive senior-level experience in the financial services sector. She has a proven track record in delivering business-driven information security services.

Her experience spans compliance, corporate and ICT governance, data protection, information privacy, cyber auditing, cyber project management, cyber risk management, cyber strategy and leadership and business process controls. Valerie designs and delivers a suite of bespoke technical data protection training programmes and workshops covering a vast range of topics such as Data Protection, ISO 27001, and general cybersecurity awareness.

Valerie is currently pursuing a PhD in DCU, researching organisation privacy protection. Valerie is a certified CISSP for almost 20 years, and holds a Master of Science in Business Leadership from University College Cork. She also holds a number of post graduate diplomas from the Irish Management Institute; 1) Cloud Computing Strategy, 2) Executive Coaching, and 3) Executive Leadership. Her undergrad is a Bachelor of Science in Information Systems from Trinity College Dublin.

Joe O'Reilly
Joe O'ReillyBusiness Development Manager

Joe O’Reilly is BH Consulting’s Business Development Manager, responsible for building and developing the company’s growth strategy.

Joe has been working in the area of sales and business development for over 30 years and is currently working with the BH Consulting management team to help the company grow its business and expand its service offerings.

Joe has a Bachelor Honours Degree in Business from NUI Galway, and a Diploma in Sales Management from DIT. In addition, Joe is a qualified Executive Coach and is an accredited member of the European Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC).

Hamila Zadeh
Hamila ZadehSales and Account Manager

Hamila is a highly skilled and dedicated sales and marketing professional, with more than 10 years’ experience in sales, account management and digital marketing. A client orientated sales and account manager, Hamila manages many of BH Consulting’s accounts in Ireland, the UK, rest of Europe and the USA.

Prior to BH Consulting, Hamila has worked in the UK, Australia, the UAE and Ireland in B2C and B2B industries including finance, retail, energy, insurance and healthcare.

Hamila holds a Master of Science in Digital Marketing and Analytics from Dublin Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Education, from Oxford Brookes University.

Fearghal Keyes
Fearghal KeyesOperations Manager

Fearghal is a highly organised professional responsible for managing the day to day operations in BH Consulting, throughout Ireland, Europe, USA and the Middle East, driving timely delivery of work to all our clients

With almost 15 years’ experience in project management, account management and client delivery, he is passionate about ensuring that the client experience with BH Consulting is to the highest standard.

Fearghal holds an Honours Degree in Civil Engineering and is Prince2 certified to Practitioner level. Before joining BH Consulting, Fearghal worked with other information security and IT consultancies, and also worked as a project manager in the construction sector.

John Mangan
John ManganHead of Sales

John is a very experienced sales professional with more than 10 years experience in the Information Security sector promoting security solutions and consultancy. John develops new business for BH Consulting as well as managing many of the company’s major accounts in Ireland, the UK, France, Italy, the USA and UAE.

Prior to working in the Information Security sector John was involved in the Electronic Payments industry and also worked in the Sales & Management Training sector, which included setting up and running a successful Training Services business for several years.

John holds the Certified Risk Manager qualification and has trained as a Lean Practitioner.

Ian Travers
Ian TraversSenior Consultant

Ian Travers joined BH Consulting as a senior consultant after a career of more than 20 years in the Irish Defence Forces. Since joining BH Consulting, Ian has worked with clients in Ireland, the UK and the US and has programme-managed large ICT projects, adopting a ‘security by default’ approach.

Ian has briefed top-level management on cybersecurity risk, contributed to development of cybersecurity strategy and implemented organisation-wide security awareness training programmes. He has collaborated with international CERTs and managed the development of the incident response function along with the technical investigative skills of staff.

Ian holds a first-class Honours, Masters of Science Degree in Computer Forensics and Cybercrime Investigations from University College Dublin. He has formal qualifications in Engineering, Information Technology, Malware Analysis, Data Protection Law, Project Management, ITIL, ISO 27001:2013, Contract and Service Level Agreement Management as well as in Leadership, Management and Communications.

David Prendergast
David PrendergastSenior Consultant

A Senior Security and Compliance Consultant, David has been providing advisory and consulting services to in-house and external clients across the full industry spectrum for over thirty years. A former CISO, he has held security and operational risk roles in financial services, technology, manufacturing, health service, and local government organisations.

At BH Consulting, David works with various clients providing cybersecurity and data protection consultancy and advice. In particular David provides comprehensive security reviews, cybersecurity thought leadership, review and/or development of IT security and data protection policies, DPIAs, GDPR gap analysis and audit, general on-going advice in the area cybersecurity and data protection, and in many cases acts as the external chief security officer and data protection officer.

David has extensive experience in policy development and working to international security standards such as ISO 27001, PCI DSS, and GDPR. He holds certifications in COBIT, CISSP, CISM, CISMP and ITIL.

Tracy Elliott
Tracy ElliottSenior Consultant

Tracy is a Senior Data Protection Consultant with more than 25 years industry experience. She is a highly qualified privacy specialist with considerable expertise in data protection, telecoms regulation, compliance & risk assessment, third party vendor management and standards certification and on-going compliance. Tracy is a very experienced manager of a broad portfolio of technical, legal, administrative and personnel management projects, delivering the highest standards to competitive, pressurised deadlines.

At BH Consulting, Tracy supports many clients in the provision of DPO as a Service, helping them in in establishing and leading an enterprise wide compliance framework and gap analysis of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), identifying key changes and impacts to business processes and procedures.

Tracy is a Certified Data Protection Practitioner from the Law Society of Ireland, holds an Executive Masters in Business Administration from Dublin City University and a Bachelor of Science (Hons) in chemistry from University College Dublin.

Gordon Kelly
Gordon KellyInformation Security Consultant

Gordon is an Information Security Consultant with over 25 years’ experience in various technical roles within the information security industry. At BH Consulting, Gordon provides GDPR gap analysis and tailored GDPR awareness and training programmes for clients. He carries out audits on, and provides advisory services on, implementation of the ISO 27001 security standard. He also conducts phishing campaigns, vulnerability testing and security assessments.

Prior to joining BH Consulting, he was an Information Security Analyst for LeasePlan. Previously, as business continuity recovery engineer for IBM.

Gordon holds a BTEC National Diploma in Computer Studies, a CompTIA Security plus certificate and Networking plus certificate. He is ITSQB certified in software testing, and recently completed the ISO 27001:2013 certifications in Risk Management and Implementation. He is a member of OWASP and the British Computer Society of Chartered IT Professionals.

Neha Thethi
Neha ThethiSenior Cybersecurity Analyst

As Senior Cybersecurity Analyst at BH Consulting, Neha’s role includes carrying out digital forensic investigations, conducting audits against the ISO 27001 security standard and performing technical and network vulnerability assessments and providing advisory services on overall information security and strategic cybersecurity.

Prior to joining BH Consulting, Neha worked at the Associate Faculty for Web Development at the National College of Ireland and an assistant lecturer in Digital Forensics at the Institute of Technology Blanchardstown.

Neha holds a Bachelor of Technology in computer engineering, a Master of Technology in software engineering and a Master of Science in information security and digital forensics. She is an ISO 27001 certified ISMS lead auditor, holds a CSA cloud security knowledge certification and a SANS GSEC certified professional.

She has contributed to a number of published security research and white papers, specifically on the subjects related to cloud security and has presented at a number of industry events such as the SecureCloud 2016, B-Sides London and Source 2015. Neha is a member of several security groups, including the Irish Reporting and Information Security Service (IRISS), the Irish Information Security Forum (IISF) and the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA).

Anne Marie Moore
Anne Marie MooreData Protection Consultant

Anne Marie is an experienced and dedicated professional with over 15 years’ experience in a range of project management, training and data protection roles in the public and private sector. At BH Consulting, she works with various clients providing data protection consultancy and advice services.

Anne Marie’s expertise spans financial services, FMCG, agri-foods and the health sector, with proven skills including collaborative client management, critical thinking, change management and efficient problem solving. Anne Marie prioritizes working alongside clients in order to achieve the desired results in a quick and efficient manner.

She holds an honours degree in International Marketing and Languages from Dublin City University, an advanced Project Management Diploma from Dublin Business School and is PMP Certified.

Anne Marie O'Donnell
Anne Marie O'DonnellCybersecurity Analyst

As a Cybersecurity Analyst with BH Consulting, Anne-Marie’s role includes carrying out digital forensic investigations, vulnerability testing and security assessments as well as assisting on conducting phishing campaigns.

Anne-Marie has over 20 years administrative experience working in Australia, Ireland and the UK. Prior to joining BH Consulting, she completed her BSc (Hons) in Computing with Computer Security and Digital Forensics at the Letterkenny Institute of Technology and is now undertaking a part-time MSc in Computing (Applied Cybersecurity) at TU Dublin Blanchardstown.  She is also a member of OWASP.

Erin Tonra
Erin TonraMarketing & Sales Assisstant

Erin is a professional marketing and sales assistant who is responsible for the implementation of BH Consulting’s marketing strategy, brand awareness, management of social media channels and the company website.

Erin has a Bachelor of Arts Degree from NUIG and a Postgraduate Diploma in Business Studies specialised in marketing from NUIG. In addition, Erin is currently studying her level 9 Postgraduate Diploma in Digital Marketing with the Digital Marketing Institute.

Svetlana Baranov
Svetlana BaranovOffice Administrator
As an Office Administrator with BH Consulting Ltd, Svetlana’s role includes day-to-day data recording into accounting software, financial reporting, credit control and client relations.

With a Master degree in Economics and over 20 years’ experience in business administration and bookkeeping in Belarus and Ireland, she specialises in financial planning and problem solving strategies.

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