Hazel McPherson

CISO , ALD Automotive

Hazel is a senior Information Security expert with over 20 years of experience in technology and security. As the Chief Information Security Officer at ALD Automotive in the UK, she is responsible for the strategic direction and oversight of the organisation's information and cyber security initiatives, ensuring the protection of people, critical asset,s and customer data. Throughout her extensive career Hazel has demonstrated a relentless commitment to enhancing the security posture of all organisations she has worked with, but also building the on the industry body of knowledge in a number of domains. Prior to joining ALD Automotive, Hazel held several leadership roles in healthcare, local government, manufacturing, and distribution, where she honed her skills and garnered a deep understanding of the information and cyber security challenges facing us all personally and professionally. Hazel holds a master's degree in cyber security and several industry certifications, further underscoring her commitment to professional excellence. She is a staunch advocate for diversity and inclusion in technology and security, actively mentoring aspiring professionals and championing initiatives aimed at fostering a more inclusive industry. In 2023 she became a Director of BSides Bristol and successfully helped to re-launch this important community conference for the South West.