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.

Rob Grealis
Rob GrealisCFO

Rob is Chief Financial Officer for BH Consulting and has over 28 years’ senior management experience in multiple industries. Prior to joining, he has worked as a CEO and CFO in professional services, market intelligence, distribution, biopharma engineering services and SaaS businesses globally.

Rob has extensive experience in strategic and business planning, financial planning and control, enterprise development, operations management, export development, HR management, corporate governance, consultancy and advisory services in over 30 countries globally.

A business graduate from Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology, he is also a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and the Institute of Leadership and Management. Rob also holds the position of Chairman of a Local Government Audit & Risk Committee in Ireland.

Consulting Team

Tracy Elliott
Tracy ElliottSenior Data Protection 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.

John McWade
John McWadeHead of Cybersecurity Practice

John is an experienced information security, governance risk and compliance professional with strong analytical and problem solving skills within operations management, design and delivery of complex client solutions with 25 years experience in IT & Information Security roles. John has extensive experience of OT and IOT Security, Networking, including connected devices, Public and Private Cloud Architecture and all aspects of Information Security.

John has a range of certifications and qualifications which include; ISO 27001 Lead Auditor, ISO 27001 Implementation, HCISPP, CISA, CCDK (Cloud), Law Society Certification in Data Protection, Prince 2 Foundation and Practitioner, ITIL Intermediate Level, B.Comm from University College Dublin, HPUX System Administrator, VMWARE VTSP (VROPS), M365 Foundation, Azure Foundation and CCNA.

The last position John held before moving to BH Consulting was as Principal Consultant, leading a team of 6 consultants for a well known Irish Cybersecurity Company. At this organisation John was seconded to the Head of Technology Security role for 12 months for a major telecoms operator to manage delivery teams and managed service providers for key Information Security remediation and transformation programmes.

Prior to that John was Security and Compliance Manager for Evros Technology Group, responsible for the Security of Client Solutions. Tasks included O365, Azure and AD Security Assessments for Major Clients and Risk based vulnerability management. John also benchmarked and introduced Service Catalogue items for BCP and DR as a Service for Digital Planet and managed major vendor partnerships from a Security and Compliance perspective with the likes of Cisco / Citrix / HPE / HPINC / VMWare / Veeam / Apple / Palo Alto &Dell EMC. Prior to these roles John was Professional Services Security Consultant for Sipsynergy and Lead Professional Services Consultant for BT Global Services.

Shruthi Dhananjaya
Shruthi DhananjayaCybersecurity Consultant

As a Cybersecurity Consultant with BH Consulting, Shruthi provides advisory services to help align clients information security processes and procedures to ISO 27001 information security standard. Shruthi also carries out carries out internal ISMS audits and security assessments for our clients.

Shruthi has over 6 years’ experience in Information Security. Her experience includes helping organisations to protect themselves against potential security threats and securing their personal and sensitive data, software, applications and logical & physical Infrastructure. Shruthi has achieved this by establishing various internal controls and validating the same through internal audits and assessments. Shruthi is very familiar with a multitude of Information Security and Data Protection standards such as ISO/IEC 27001, PCI DSS & NIST CSF, and data privacy regulations like EU GDPR.

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.

Fearghal Keyes
Fearghal KeyesData Protection Consultant

Fearghal works in our Data Protection team and has over 15 years’ professional experience in the areas of project management, client advisory services, and service delivery. This involves working with both private and public sector bodies in assessing their needs with regard to fulfilling data protection requirements, and in assisting them to attain compliance.

Prince2 certified, Fearghal has managed various projects with clients across several industries, from Pharmaceutical to Financial Services and Retail clients. This includes developing GDPR policies and analysing gaps in clients’ existing data protection systems, while advising on how best to safeguard their organisations from potential data protection threats.  As well as data protection, Fearghal also has experience in project managing organisations to achieve ISO 27001 certification, and is a certified ISO 27001 Lead Auditor.

Tom Knierim
Tom KnierimData Protection Consultant

At BH Consulting, Tom works with public and private sector clients managing projects and providing data protection consultancy. Tom has a professional GDPR certification from University College Dublin, holds a MSc in Business Analysis & Design from CITY University, London and a BA in Business Administration from OTH in Regensburg, Germany.

Tom is a business analyst with over 18 years’ in the IT industry working exclusively with air travel and border security technologies. His professional experience ranges across commercially focused roles such as technology trend research, market / opportunity assessment, content marketing as well as the facilitation of business planning / market intelligence processes at a globally operating IT service provider. He also managed a multi-year technology trends research program conducted with senior IT executives working for airlines and airports around the world. In 2018, Tom added the first aviation centric cybersecurity insight report to the research series to help raise the profile of the company’s newly launched Cybersecurity portfolio.

Yvonne McKeown
Yvonne McKeownData Protection Consultant

At BH Consulting, Yvonne works with public and private sector clients managing projects and providing data protection consultancy. Yvonne has a professional GDPR certification, holds a BA (Hons) in Financial Services, is a Qualified Financial Advisor, certified Lean Leader and Certified (Transacational) Six Sigma Black Belt.

Yvonne has many years’ experience as a Project Manager. For the last 3 years Yvonne has worked in a privacy role implementing and executing a number of regulatory (GDPR) and business led projects for many diverse clients.

Yvonne has a proven track record in managing all aspects of the project life cycle from scope of work to implementation, follow-up and relationship management with stakeholders at all levels in the organisation. Yvonne also brings a full complement of Lean/Six Sigma and business qualifications.

Anne Marie Moore
Anne Marie MooreSenior Data 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.

Her 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.

Anne Marie is a certified Data Protection Officer from the European Centre on Privacy and Cybersecurity, Maastricht University. 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.

Clíona Perrick
Clíona PerrickData Protection Analyst

At BH Consulting, Clíona supports the data protection team of consultants in all aspects of their work. Clíona aids in research on current data protection topics as well as providing administrative support to the data protection team by assisting in the development of SOP’s among other tasks.

Clíona holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) degree in Law and Media Studies from DCU and is currently completing her Master of Arts degree in Data Protection and Privacy Law from DCU which encouraged her to pursue a career in data protection.

Clíona has previous experience in hospitality, retail, and journalism. Working in environments that heavily relied on teamwork and strong communication lead Clíona to enter into consultancy based work.

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.

Alexis Robinson
Alexis RobinsonCybersecurity Project Manager

Alexis has over 27 years’ experience in executing all phases of Project Management disciplines, portraying excellent leadership and communication skills. A former Security Compliance and Privacy Lead, Alexis has a wealth of experience demonstrating success in the roll out of cybersecurity projects and performing compliance monitoring activities and audit mitigation activities.

A Cybersecurity Project Manager for BH Consulting, Alexis manages key client projects, covering domains such as data protection, IT governance and cybersecurity. Currently focusing on the operational side of the business assisting clients from project inception through to completion, Alexis has a key role in the smooth delivery of all our key services.

Alexis has a BSc. Hons Degree in Computer Science and Applied Physics, and an MSc. in Applied Cybersecurity. Alexis holds various IBM badges in relation to cybersecurity such as the IBM Security & Privacy by Design badge and the IBM Security Essentials for Architects.

Ian Travers
Ian TraversPrincipal Cybersecurity & Data Protection Consultant

Ian Travers has over 20 years’ experience in the IT industry working with high profile companies and clients and has a proven record of successfully delivering large scale IT and cybersecurity projects and services on time and within budget.

Ian has in-depth technical experience which is backed up by his strong business and risk management knowledge and experience. Ian’s broad experience ranges from SMEs to multi-nationals across many verticals. Ian’s experience includes working in highly regulated industries such as multi-national pharmaceuticals, financial and legal services along with experience working in critical national infrastructure, smart building technologies, national and international military organisations, and government agencies.

At BH Consulting, Ian is our Principal Cybersecurity and Data Protection Consultant. He mainly delivers our Chief Information Security Officer as a Service offering, conducts comprehensive security reviews, and provides cybersecurity thought leadership. Ian also delivers our Data Protection Officer as a Service, as well as related data protection services such as advising on technical measures to ensure appropriate data protection risk management is being carried out.

All of Ian’s work is standards driven and he has extensive experience delivering projects and services in line with many standards such as ISO 27001, NIST 800 series, IEC/ISA 62443, CIS controls and ITIL. He holds numerous cybersecurity and data protection qualifications and certifications including a First-Class (Hons) Master’s Degree in Cybersecurity. Ian also holds formal project management qualifications which underpin his domain expertise, supporting effective service delivery.

Sophia Fanning
Sophia FanningCybersecurity Analyst

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

Sophia has over 20 years administrative experience working in many environments for companies such as Bank of Ireland, Hewlett Packard, the HSE and Leaseplan.  Prior to joining BH Consulting, she completed her BSc (Hons) in Computing Science and HDIP in Software Development.  Studying currently a part-time MSC in Applied CyberSecurity/Digital Forensics at TU Dublin, Sophia is hoping to complete the MSc in 2022.

Sales & Operations

John Mangan
John ManganHead of Sales & Marketing

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.

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 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.

Amy Biddulph
Amy BiddulphSenior Marketing Executive

Amy supports our Head of Sales and Business Development Manager in all activities both in Sales & Marketing. Amy qualifies inbound opportunities and prepares proposals and related documentation. Amy creates, implements and and monitors all Marketing Strategies. She is in charge of coordinating company events and carrying out all marketing activities in relation to our focused campaigns. She coordinates company events and carries out all marketing focused campaigns.

Amy has experience in the Retail and Logistics industry and her sales experience in the logistics industry is what lead her to a career in Sales & Marketing.

Amy holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) Degree in Business Studies from Dublin City University with a specialism in Marketing.

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.

Bozena Jaslan
Bozena JaslanService Delivery Lead

Bozena has a vast amount of experience executing all phases of Project Management disciplines. A former project manager for an Information Security company, Bozena has experience in executing complex cybersecurity projects for a range of customers in both the public and private sector.

As the Service Delivery Lead for BH Consulting, Bozena works with top management and Finance, to ensure that the proposal-to-invoice cycle is effective and streamlined. She monitors, controls and supports service delivery; ensuring systems, methodologies and procedures are in place and followed and is in charge of Project Planning and Management.

Bozena is Prince2 certified, has a diploma in Project Management and has a Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt. Bozena also holds an M.A. in Addiction Studies.

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