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Workstream 8: Thought Leadership

Workstream Purpose 

Workstream 8. Focusses on developing the plan for ensuring the UKCSC will be positioned as a thought leader.

The UK government are looking for the Council to be an independent, trusted voice of the profession in line with the role of other professional bodies. The Council will support ‘Thought Leadership’ by providing a neutral platform for current discussions of consequence to the profession, regulators and government stakeholders and a path to precedent-setting resolution. Examples of topics that may be discussed include:

  • Government policy consultations on cyber security related matters.
  • Principles of best practice for emerging concerns (e.g. AI) as they impact professional practice

In order to be considered a reputable and trusted thought leader the UKCSC will develop initiatives to transition government and wider cyber community proposals and concepts to the profession and to ultimately release, for example, its own position papers, technical events and policies.


  • Position paper on transitioning government initiatives to the profession - The content of the paper will be agreed between the Authority and Supplier in advance but is likely to incorporate:
    • Evidence that the Supplier has engaged with appropriate government teams.
    • An analysis and evaluation of potential government initiatives that could be transferred to the CSC including financial analysis, cost implications, how the UKCSC would run such initiatives.
    • A set of recommendations based on the evidence gathered providing a roadmap for transitioning initiatives and new bodies of work that will demonstrate and support thought leadership.
    • The paper should also outline a broader understanding of and outline approach to ensuring the UKCSC builds and maintains its position as a thought leader, including ways in which it may support and influence government.

Person Specification 

Essential Criteria:

  • Strong technical understanding of the fundamentals of Cyber Security, an educated view on the future of the subject matter and an innovative approach.
  • Leading experts from institutions/ organisations with a strong track record in cyber security as evidenced by reputation and past achievements.
  • Representing “high-growth” companies or application areas.
  • A company and/ or representative individual synonymous with innovation thought leadership and at the forefront of the cyber security industry.
  • Experience of working closely with Government bodies to develop and transition initiatives to industry. 

Desirable Criteria:

  • A passion for making the UK the leading country for cyber security professionalism.
  • A desire to help strengthen the secure digital economy and society in the UK.
  • Experienced across a range of industries/ applications.

This description is intended as a general guide to the scope of the position. 

Roles are to be applied for by organisations with a suitably experienced and senior representative individual identified. 

If you are interested to support the UK CSC Formation Project and feel you have experience in a number of these areas (even if it’s not quite all of them) please send a ‘Letter of Application’ signed by C (or Director) Level for consideration to csc@theiet.org

Please note: There is no template for the letter of application. It should outline credentials and experience in relation to the person specification and the deliverables/ the role summary.  A C/Director Level signature is a helpful indication of the organisation's willingness to support the individual's participation in the project.

Equality, Diversity & Inclusion is an important part of any project and it enables us to understand everyone's individual experience and perspective; we kindly request that applicants complete and return our ‘Equality and Diversity Monitoring’ form along with their letter of application.

We look forward to hearing from you soon.


The information provided on this form/email will be processed by the IET, as part of the Cyber Security Skills Alliance, for purposes which support and further the Alliances aims and ideals for the development of cyber skills within the engineering community including the UK Cyber Security Council Formation Project.