Michael Eaton

Product Marketing at CounterCraft

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Product Marketing, CounterCraft
Policy Fellow Alum, Centre for Science and Policy

"I found the planned week to be very useful, timely, enjoyable and informative, enabling me to firmly engage on the policy and delivery topics that are most pressing in my area. Gaining an understanding of areas of scientific, technological and organisational behaviour work taking place across the University - and the individuals involved - will have a real bearing on my next steps over the coming year."(May 2010)

Michael Eaton joined cyber security company CounterCraft in 2017 to work in Product Marketing, after several years working as Cyber Security Consultant at Bournemouth University. From 2012 to 2015 he was working as Deputy Director responsible for ICT Business Strategy and Planning across all Welsh Government Departments creating new approaches to collaboration, introducing Enterprise Architecture disciplines and reviewing the balance between policy, business, technology and vendor management insight.

Prior to this appointment he was the Director of the Public Sector Broadband Aggregation Network, Welsh Government. Michael has been a senior civil servant for 11 years following 23 years' experience in high-tech multinational corporations (raising finance, R&D, product management, strategic marketing, new business development and corporate venturing).

Having been appointed as a Director in 2003 to lead Broadband Wales (a £115 million market intervention across the public and private sector) and to lead national ICT strategy, he then joined the First Minister's Senior Science Advisors Group, and also represented Wales at the UK Cabinet Office CIO Council, helping to create the Government IT Profession and IT Academy.

He was responsible for the policy, procurement, design, build and operation of the Public Sector Broadband Aggregation (PSBA) activity in Wales, a complex multi-agency collaboration (£250 million over 7 years), forming a major infrastructure component in Wales's public service improvement programme. He has also been a member of the Senior Leadership Forum, a non-executive Corporate Governance Director for the Department for Education, and a non-executive Advisory Board member for the Institute of Advanced Broadcasting at the University of South Wales. His core interests are exploiting ICT in all its forms, and coping with complexity in delivery systems that are hybrid human/technology creations.