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Matthew Holloway

DIRECTOR AND FOUNDER

Matthew plays a key role in setting Firesand’s customer-centric direction and strategy, with the objective of enabling it to outperform both reputationally and commercially.

Matthew has a track record of delivering this kind of excellence: after many years with a leading systems integrator, he became a Director of a Europe-wide installation company where he put in place innovations that enabled the business to meet its exit strategy of a lucrative competitor buyout.

An engineer by training, Matthew quickly discovered a talent for systems design and project management, developing in-depth knowledge that enables him to deliver consistently stellar levels of support and advice to customers to this day.

With well over 20 years’ experience in the electronic security industry, Matthew is a well-known and respected specialist, with highly influential professional connections.

Chris Blake

DIRECTOR; PRINCIPAL DATA PROTECTION & PRIVACY CONSULTANT

Chris leads the design and development of Firesand’s current and future services, making him a key player in the business’s strategic focus on customer needs.

With extensive experience of leading large-scale development, architecture and security projects, Chris specialises in designing and engineering security solutions, but also in validating and improving the security of existing systems, enabling customers to maximise the value of their past IT investments.

After several years with one of the world's largest retailers and ecommerce companies, Chris headed up the establishment of an ISO27001-compliant and certified Information Security Management System (ISMS) in the highly regulated e-gaming market.

He then contracted for some of the world's largest financial organisations at the same time as completing his MSc in Software and Systems Security at the University of Oxford. With over 17 years’ experience in the information security and privacy industry, Chris is one of the most certified, respected and connected specialists in this space.

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