Combining cyber/IT experience + recruiting prowess

Gardpass Cyber - Neil Passingham


Neil Passingham, Director/Co-Founder of GardPass Cyber

Highly-experienced consultant/architect/auditor with a primary focus on Cyber and Cloud Security. Has nearly 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 assessment/accreditations, metrics/KPIs and often acting as “trusted advisor” for clients.

In addition to promoting and working towards a more secure cyber world for businesses and consumers, Neil is a keen innovator and developer. He complements his involvement in GardPass with being a director of a Health Data Modelling start-up focused on enabling better use of open data for medical research.

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

In his spare time, Neil likes to travel, learn languages, play tennis (especially with his teenage son), run, cycle, climb mountains (occasionally), sing (most genres) and act in comic plays/musicals and concerts.

He is married with two teenage children and lives in rural Oxfordshire.

Gardpass Cyber - James Gardiner


James Gardiner, Director/Co-Founder of GardPass Cyber

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 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 & Permanent Recruitment company.  To complement this, James provides recruitment mentoring services and non-executive directorship.

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Tom Gardiner, Penetration Tester Specialist at GardPass Cyber

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.