Combining cyber/IT expertise with recruiting prowess

Gardpass Cyber - Neil Passingham

Neil “Pass” – Director/Co-Founder

Highly-experienced consultant/architect/auditor with a primary focus on Cyber and Cloud Security. Has over 30 years’ IT experience, in the UK and globally, across the life-cycle: business development, pre-sales, solution architecture, development, testing (including ethical hacking), implementation, security assessments, metrics/KPIs and often acting as “trusted advisor” for clients.

Neil manages the growing business, while co-running a local businessmen’s networking group. He also provides occasional consultancy services including training.

In addition to promoting and working towards a more secure cyber world for businesses and consumers, Neil is a keen innovator and developer.

He is also passionate about trade justice and helping the developing world generally. He has led local groups such as “Drop the Debt” and Fair Trade campaigns. He is now a trustee of a UK/Kenyan charity supporting HIV orphans (in East Africa) and inspiring UK teenagers to make a difference.

In his “downtime”, Neil likes to travel, study linguistics, canoe, play tennis, run, cycle, climb mountains (occasionally), sing (most genres) and act in plays/musicals.

He is married and has two children at university.


Gardpass Cyber - James Gardiner

]ames/Jim “Gard” – Director/Co-Founder

James is married with three adult children. He enjoys running marathons, fund-raising for charities, and is a keen Arsenal supporter.

He is also a professional property investor with investments in the UK and abroad.

Economics, current affairs, politics, travelling, and reading are areas of great interest to him.

Originally starting his early working life as a Metropolitan Police officer in London, James found a route into business. He comes from three generations of recruiters (his father was a top City head-hunter and his daughter is an IT recruiter in London) and with over 25 years recruitment experience, James is passionate about the recruitment world. He built and owned a highly successful IT contract and permanent recruitment company.

James leads the recruitment services. To complement this, he provides recruitment mentoring services and non-executive directorship.


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Tom – Recruiter

Tom is a competitive and ambitious individual who combines a life of playing semi-professional football with life as a Cyber Security Recruiter! He is not sure what profession is more competitive?

Tom went through the Tottenham FC academy system from the age of 11, winning a two year scholarship at the age of 16. At 18, Tom turned professional and joined Hibernian FC on a 2-year contract where he lived in Edinburgh developing his career. He returned to England in 2015 signing as a first team regular for Dartford FC in the Conference South. Tom has played alongside top professionals such as Gareth Bale, Michael Dawson and Luca Modric.

An interesting fact: Tom assisted Michael Dawson “with his boots” as a youth player and has been a regular beneficiary of Michael’s spare boots!!

He enjoys working in the Cyber Security marketplace as “it’s growing and a fast moving sector with loads of opportunities”.

In his spare time, Tom relaxes by playing table tennis and spending time with family and friends.


Emilio bio

Emilio – Business Manager

Emilio is our Argentinian/Italian member of the team. He is an enthusiastic and motivated individual who is a constant source of innovation for GardPass.

Using his degree in Engineering Management, Emilio is able to bring new and competitive ideas to the table. He is motivated by success and enjoys trying to solve new challenges as well as improving existing ways of working.

Emilio loves to travel and learn about different cultures. He especially enjoys hiking and snorkelling. His friends describe him as always up for a new adventure.

His love for music has grown recently due to starting a new project of buying old guitars and revamping them.

Anna – Director

Anna became a director of GardPass Cyber in 2019 , and her focus is on contractor care.

Alongside her directorship, she continues to work, after 30 years, for the UK National Health Service in London and elsewhere.

In her spare time, she keeps fit by power-walking, boxing and hooping, and has recently discovered a love of climbing mountains. She also sings with the local community choir and performs in several concerts a year.

Carolyn- Director

Carolyn joined GardPass Cyber in 2019 as a director and her focus is organising travel.

After a career in radiography for the UK National Health Service, she now manages a property portfolio alongside her GardPass Cyber work.

In her spare time she is a gym member and enjoys running, cycling and paddle-boarding. She sings in a community choir and is a member of a local book club.

Ollie – Resourcer

Ollie complements working on his university degree in International Business with helping GardPass Cyber with tracking down key individuals.

He is a keen Liverpool FC supporter and enjoys playing tennis, football etc. He too loves travelling and has just completed a gap year around the globe, where he qualified as a PADI scuba diver.