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Paul Taylor, FREng

Director, Beyond Blue Ltd
Director, Morgan Stanley International PLC
Director, Morgan Stanley Bank International Ltd

Paul has over 30 years of experience leading the delivery of some of the most demanding national security programmes in the UK, operating at the very highest levels of government.

As a result, he is uniquely qualified to understand the evolving threat environment, as well as having an exceptional track record of driving and delivering change in complex organisations. Paul’s contribution to the world of science & technology was recognised by his election as a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2013, where he now chairs the SME Leaders’ programme and sits on the Engineering Policy, Enterprise, and Audit Committees.  Paul also sits on the Advisory Board of the Imperial College Institute of Security Science and Technology, and the Advisory Board of the Strathclyde University Security & Resilience Centre.

In 2020 Paul was appointed as a Non-Executive Director for Morgan Stanley International, where he sists on the Audit, Risk, Nominations, and Remunerations Committees
Paul is also a member of the Technology Advisory Board for NatWest Bank.

In addition, Paul serves as a Non-Executive Director in the Ministry of Defence, and as a scientific adviser to three small government departments.

For 6 years Paul was a Partner in KPMG, where he was the Head of the UK Financial Services Cyber Security Practice. In this role, he advised and trained the Boards and C-Suites of national and global retail and investment banks, investment managers and global technology companies, helping to address their cyber and information protection challenges.

Before consulting, Paul spent over 25 years in the UK public sector working for the Foreign & Commonwealth Office and the Ministry of Defence, on matters of research and development, defence equipment, nuclear deterrence, chemical and biological defence, information  technology and information security.