The Marylebone Risk and Cybersecurity Forum is an invitation only membership club. Group sessions take place at regularly at The Reform Club where members gather for discussions on the issues most important to them in their role leading organisations.
The Marylebone Risk and Cybersecurity Forum membership is open to CEOs and select Executives of substantial companies in the private, public and not for profit sectors. The Forum operates under Chatham House Rule.
Structure of The Marylebone Risk and Cybersecurity Forum
Forum sessions will focus thematically on key strategic issues. Each Forum session is three hours, from 15:00 to 18:00 and will include a guest speaker to provide insight on a particular topic. Following the forum, a private dinner is held to enable members to discuss issues openly, sharing and benefitting from each other’s experience in a collaborative and confidential setting.
Membership is by invitation only, which includes:
- access to all forums and events
- bespoke research
- year-round support from Marylebone experts
Why we created the Marylebone Risk and Cybersecurity Forum
There is an abundance of conferences and events on strategy and risk out there, but often these are not geared to the specific needs and concerns of top-level Executives, and all too often, they are more of a platform for companies to sell their products and services. The Marylebone Risk and Cybersecurity Forum was created by Paul Lever, who has a combined 25 years’ experience as Chief Executive and holds a Master in Teaching in the field of Industrial Business Policy, to remedy this lack of support and specifically address the needs of Executives.
Throughout my career in the military and in business, I have seen the paramount importance of strategy and collaboration in understanding and managing risk. I spent my military career in the Far East as an army officer serving in Nepal, Hong Kong, Singapore, Borneo, Brunei and Aden, where I first developed an understanding and appreciation of strategic planning. In this context, the consequences of failure to effectively strategise could be fatal. One principle any good military officer lives by is that you must determine the key objectives, which will then in turn determine the structure and method of execution of any operation. This strategic maxim stayed with me when I left the military to join the business world, and I attribute much of my success in the private sector to this.
I’ve been fortunate to have had an interesting and varied career. When I first left the military, I started in the steel industry in production and industrial relations, then moving into sales and marketing. Later on in my career I became Managing Director and Chief Executive of FTSE 100 subsidiary companies and Executive Chairman of a fully listed PLC. Additionally, I have held the role of Chairman of a number of other listed PLCs, equity-funded private companies, and government organisations concerned with fighting organised crime and counter terrorism, as the Home Secretary’s representative of such bodies, or as Chairman of the National Crime Squad and the National Criminal Intelligence Agency.
As in the military, I found strategic planning to be one of the core skills needed to succeed, but saw that in this area there was often a lack of support for the leaders of companies. In total I have spent 25 years as a Chief Executive, and like any experienced CEO can tell you, the role can be a solitary one. This is one of the prime reasons for establishing the Marylebone Risk and Cybersecurity Forum; to bring together a select group of Executives who, under Chatham House rules, can openly discuss key issues that they face and develop strategic solutions with the benefit of each other’s collective experience. Issues could include the threats and opportunities of Brexit, the growing issue of business risk and, in particular, cyber, digital crime, money-laundering, data protection, as well as new proposed legislation that will make Board Directors liable for ‘failure to prevent’ certain types of economic crime. Throughout the year, we will aid members in the strategically managing risk and provide the support that those with the responsibility of steering a company need. In short, the key objective of the Marylebone Risk and Cybersecurity Forum is to support Executives operate strategically and effectively through providing knowledge, insight and guidance.