John Meakin

Director

London

John Meakin is a Director in Control Risks’ Cyber Security practice in Europe and Africa. In this role, John supports a wide range of private and public sector clients to identify cyber threats, develop risk management strategies and respond to potential breaches. 

  • Europe
  • Creating a Secure Organisation
  • Cyber Security


John Meakin is a Director in Control Risks’ Cyber Security practice in Europe and Africa. In this role, John supports a wide range of clients to identify cyber threats, develop risk management strategies and respond to potential breaches. He is an expert specialist with over 25 years’ experience in developing and leading security functions in blue chip organisations across Banking, Insurance, Oil & Gas, Retail and Pharmaceutical sectors. He has wide experience in effectively managing responses to cyber security incidents. 

Prior to joining Control Risks John was Chief Security & Risk Officer at Burberry, he was responsible for successfully restructuring a significant investment in improved security and also advised the Board on status and remediation of all principal enterprise risks. John was also Chief Security Officer for Richemont International SA in Geneva, with oversight over physical, information and cyber security. He implemented a new strategy for a holistic approach to security (physical to cyber).

Previously, he has built and led information and cyber security functions in a range of Banks, notably the Royal Bank of Scotland, Dresdner Bank and Standard Chartered Bank. He has also been Chief Information Security Officer of BP, where he led the cyber response to the 2010 Gulf of Mexico crisis. He started his career in software development for Defence systems and was one of the very first CISOs with Reuters in the late 1980s. 

John has a Batchelors degree in Chemistry & Physics from Durham University and a Ph.D. in experimental solid-state physics from Cambridge University in the UK. 

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