Meet and Mingle - TechVets @ Goldman Sachs

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TechVets is the non-profit which helps British military service leavers and veterans find careers, training and education in cyber security, and technology.

TechVets been featured in The Telegraph, Forbes, The Sun, TechCrunch and The New Statesman among other medias outlets.

This invitation-only event will feature speakers, panels and networking amongst Military Veterans, recent Service Leavers and prospective employers.

The outline programme is as follows:

1700-1725. Reception

1730-1900. Talks and discussion from TechVets, Goldman Sachs, Immersive Labs, Vodafone, Pay.UK, Pico, DeepMind

1900 onwards. Networking and social with hiring managers from industry keen to employ veterans

The venue has been provided to all attendees


Vicky Langston

Vicky has been the Neuroscience team Program Manager at DeepMind (part of the Alphabet group) since July 2017 and has worked on a variety of other special projects. DeepMind's audacious mission is to 'solve intelligence' by developing Artificial General Intelligence (AGI). Previous to this role, Vicky attended a tech access course in the US (because nothing similar existed in the UK) and spent some time developing a medical capability in Jordan with the British Embassy.

In her military career, Vicky served as a commissioned officer in the Royal Signals (2008-2016) working in EW, SIGINT (including Op HERRICK), Force Troops Command as well as alongside UKSF. In her last regular role Vicky deployed out to Nigeria to support the government against the Boko Haram insurgency.

Alex Rignall

When Alex left the Army as a Captain he followed the well-trodden path to Financial Services. Initially in Treasury Product Management with BNY Mellon before moving to Dubai with a Wealth Management firm where a large part of his time was spent developing and selling a FinTech product. As a result of participating in a startup incubator in 2018, he deepened his technical abilities in Python and Data Science understanding these are skills of the future.

Imogen Verret

Imogen Verret is a Senior Security and Risk Manager in Vodafone’s Global Cloud and Hosting team. She is an advocate of technical development and innovation – and is currently the lead security manager for a joint venture with IBM. This project is bringing in automation, AI and new technology to enhance and develop the Cloud and Hosting business. She values working in a dynamic and challenging environment and is using her 17 years of Army service to corral and lead her free-minded engineers. Outside of work she spends her free time travelling and trail running.

Alexis Cote

Alexis Cote’ is the Vice President of Global Procurement and Partner Relations with Pico Quantitative Trading. She is responsible for managing and negotiating company spend for technology hardware, software and professional services. Alexis maintains a close collaboration with business partners to develop and implement global sourcing techniques that are imperative for the company’s growth.

Since Alexis has been with Pico, she singlehandedly built the department by implementing processes and established authorized partnerships with the world’s top technology manufacturers.

Alexis served 8 years in the United States Navy where she earned a B.S. in Business Administration. She was stationed in Bahrain at The Naval Central Forces Command in the Fifth Fleet. Alexis holds several IT certifications including Cisco CCDA and VMware VSP.

Craig Rice

Craig is a cyber security leader with experience of cyber resilience for UK critical national infrastructure. He has served as the Chief Security Officer for Bacs, Faster Payments and the Cheque & Credit Clearing Company. Prior to that he joined the Payments Council in October 2013, subsequently Payments UK, after a variety of appointments in the intelligence and security sector spanning 28 years. During that time he held range of roles in deployments overseas and at home, providing advice to the most senior crisis management organisations as well as more tactical roles.

In April 2014 he published a series of research papers on Cyber Threat Intelligence for the UK Banking & Payments sector advocating an intelligence led, threat centric approach to cyber security strategy and the creation of a federated cyber threat intelligence service for banking and payments.

In 2016 he was asked by the Bank of England to form a working group to explore the concept in more detail and establish the inputs, process and outputs for a federated cyber security capability for UK financial services. Subsequently he supported UK Finance, the FS trade association, with the development of what is now known as the UK Financial Services Cyber Coordination Centre. He has also supported a number of regulatory bodies including the G7, CPMI-IOSCO, PRA and FCA with their work on cyber resilience, as well as academia and the NCSC.

Alastair Lukies CBE

Alastair is a UK businessman and entrepreneur best known as a pioneer and champion for the UK’s globally FinTech industry. He founded Monitise in 2003. Three years later, Monitise was recognized as a ‘Technology Pioneer’ by the World Economic Forum and in June 2007 Alastair led the company’s demerger from Morse and listing on the LSE’s AIM market. During his time as CEO, Monitise grew to a market cap of $2 billion, employing 1500 staff on four continents.

In January 2014, Alastair was appointed as a Business Ambassador to the Prime Minister for the financial services industry by the UK Government, as the sole Business Ambassador for FinTech. He was named Non-Executive Chairman of FinTech industry body, Innovate Finance, at its launch in August 2014. Alastair was awarded a CBE for services to mobile banking and charity in June 2014.

Prior to conceiving, financing and successfully building Monitise, Alastair was a co-founder of, the portal for Westminster, Whitehall and the devolved institutions.

Amanda Creak

Amanda is head of EMEA Technology Risk at Goldman Sachs. She joined the firm as a managing director in 2018.

Amanda has more than 20 years of experience in cyber and information security, specializing in cyber consulting and regulatory engagement. She began her career in 1991 as a systems developer building and maintaining secure systems for the United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defence. In 1998, she joined Ernst and Young’s newly formed UK cyber security team, where she focused on consulting for banks, regulatory entities and other European financial organizations. Amanda also played a key role in the cyber leadership team, with responsibility for European penetration testing services and the United Kingdom technical cyber team.

She previously held roles on the Information Security Forum Security Council and CREST advisory groups for incident management and penetration testing.

Amanda earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Pure Mathematics from the University of Wales, Swansea.


Mike Butcher MBE (tech journalist)

Peter Connolly (military veteran, now in cyber-security and tech)

Euan Crawford (investor and military reservist)

Mark Milton (a service design and innovation specialist)


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