About

Summary

Awen Collective Ltd. is an award-winning software company reducing the time spent by manufacturers and critical infrastructure providers before and after a cyber-attack or cyber-physical incident. We develop digital forensics software solutions for Industrial Control Systems, Robotics and Internet-of-Things devices.

Local, Global

We are based in Caerphilly in Wales but work across the UK, EU and globally.

Award Winners

In 2018 we were crowned Cyber Den Champions at CyberUK 2018 Exhibition, and are recognised by the UK Government National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) (a division of GCHQ) for our work on producing software for digital forensics analysis on critical infrastructure.

Recognised

We have professional memberships and accreditations please see our credentials page. We are also a member or alumnus of a number of accelerators and initiatives:

Executive Team

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Daniel Lewis
Co-Founder and CEO

Daniel is the entrepreneurial co-founder for Awen Collective and is now its Chief Executive Officer. His academic background from the University of South Wales and the University of Bristol is primarily in artificial intelligence (including data science) and secondarily in cyber-physical security & incident analysis. His professional background is in software engineering and data consultancy. He was trained in entrepreneurship by the DCMS Academic Startups Initiative and the IoT Accelerator Wales, and is currently undertaking an MBA with Smartly. He is also a member of the IEEE.

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Professor Andrew Blyth
Co-Founder and CRO

Andrew is the technical co-founder for Awen Collective and is now its Chief Research Officer. He has a very extensive background in the areas of cyber-security and digital forensics, most recently as Professor and Head of the Information Security Research Group at the University of South Wales, and previously as Technical Lead - Cyber for DSTL. He is well-known and well-respected for his research, teaching and commercial work for both the public and the private sector, and has appeared as an expert both in the media (BBC News, WalesOnline, etc.) and in court.

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Jules Farrow
CTO

Jules joined Awen Collective in August 2018 and is now it’s Chief Technology Officer. His professional background is in IT management and consultancy, including a previous role of Head of IT for cyber-security company, Darktrace. He holds a BSc (hons) in Computing Information Systems from the University of Bath and is a Member of the BCS.

Directors

Tom o’brien
Consultant CFO

Tom is the consultant Chief Financial Officer for Awen Collective, and one of the founding Directors of Lime Finance. Prior to this, Tom gained experience at UHY Hacker Young advising clients on all areas of commercial and corporate finance and was acquisition director at HLN Group. During his time with HLN, Tom lead the firm through five acquisitions in five years, helping develop HLN into a multi-discipline advisory group and a national business with offices throughout the UK. In addition to founding Lime Corporate Finance, Tom is a business coach on the Welsh Government Accelerated Growth programme.

Dr Gerhard Manogg
Non-Executive Director

Gerhard is a Non-Executive Director for Awen Collective, with a wealth of experience within the software development sector. He is also Director of Imagitech.

Advisors

Our advisory team includes representatives from Airbus Endeavr, Sony UK, Raytheon UK, Bar Associates and BusinessWales.

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Twiglet
Employee Well-being Consultant

Twiglet frequents the Awen Collective office and is tasked with maximising employee happiness and spreading joy wherever she goes.