We were delighted to announce that techUK's first National Security Reception took place on 21 March 2023. The reception was an opportunity to hear from leading national security stakeholders and participate in informal discussions about technology's role in protecting the UK homeland. We were delighted that the keynote address was delivered by a Senior Government Official.
techUK’s National Security Programme provides a forum for national security stakeholders to lead debate on new and emerging technologies which present opportunities to strengthen the UK’s national security, but also expose the vulnerabilities which threaten it. The National Security Programme assesses the capability of these technologies against various challenges facing the national security community in the UK, developing thought leadership on key issues including improving procurement processes, stimulating innovation, and advocating for better diversity and inclusion across the sector whilst also closing the skills gap.
The National Security Reception was also an opportunity for broader techUK members working within the security and resilience sectors, to meet and congratulate the new National Security Committee which will exist to drive and govern the work of the techUK National Security Programme. The Committee will focus on addressing the strategic-level security concerns that impact the UK technology sector, whilst also providing a forum for the Government’s (HMG) national security community to engage with technology suppliers on industry engagement opportunities. The Committee will be techUK’s authoritative voice on national security issues and will lead in highlighting the opportunities for the technology industry to offer solutions to them.
18:30 - Registration and drinks reception
19:15 - Speeches
20:00 - Networking
21:30 - Event close
Dress code: Business attire
Ticket prices (please note that this event is limited to one booking per company):
techUK member ticket - free
Public sector - free (This is now full, please email [email protected] to be put on waiting list)
Non-member ticket - £120.00 + VAT
Fore more information, please contact:
Programme Manager, National Security, techUK
Programme Manager, National Security, techUK
Raya Tsolova is the Programme Manager for National Security at techUK.
Raya is responsible for all National Security related activities across techUK, specifically in the established programmes of Defence, Cyber Security and Justice & Emergency Services. Raya will leverage relationships with existing stakeholders across the three programmes, and will build new relationships between techUK and key stakeholders who are of interest to member companies.
Prior to joining techUK, Raya worked in Business Development for an expert network firm within the institutional investment space. Before this Raya spent a year in industry working for a tech start-up in London as part of their Growth team which included the formation and development of a 'Let's Talk Tech' podcast and involvement in London Tech Week.
Raya has a degree in Politics and International Relations (Bsc Hons) from the University of Bath where she focused primarily on national security and counter-terrorism policies, centreing research on female-led terrorism and specific approaches to justice there.
Outside of work, Raya's interests include baking, spin classes and true-crime Netflix shows!
Mary joined techUK in August 2022 as an Events Manager, running the event delivery for our flagship events, such as the techUK Annual Dinner, Defence Ethics Summit, Building the Smarter State etc
Mary is a passionate and experienced events professional who before techUK has worked in various industries, such as event sales, event memberships and sports hospitality. Her previous events role at a membership health organisation, lead her to manage event logistics for multiple training courses, conferences and awards in a national and international capacity.
Margot joined techUK in September 2022 as the Head of Events and Sponsorship, running the event programme for our flagship events, such as the techUK Annual Dinner, Defence Ethics Summit, Building the Smarter State etc
Prior to this role, Margot managed events and external affairs for the Centre for Policy Studies, a political think tank in Westminster and also worked at the D Group, a London-based business membership organisation, where she was responsible for the events programme, account management and business strategy.
She holds a BA in Technical Translation in English, French and Spanish from Paris 7 - Denis Diderot and a MA in International Relations from the London Metropolitan University.
Outside of work, she enjoys travelling, going to concerts and snowboarding.
The techUK Annual Dinner is the established, must-attend business dinner in our calendar. It brings together all the key figures in the tech industry, government and significant stakeholders for an enjoyable and influential evening.
The evening begins with a drinks reception, followed by a fabulous dinner and speeches from the country's leading technology stakeholders. The event allows important networking opportunities throughout the evening, culminating with after dinner drinks.