Who we are

We are an independent technical and strategic consultancy that specialises in secure electronic transactions. We have spent two decades helping organisations to make the right commercial and technical choices, exploiting technologies ranging from smart cards and mobile phones to contactless tickets and electronic ID in mass-market systems that include global payments, national and regional ticketing, international settlement, national identity and corporate services.

Our Team

  • Neil McEvoy
    Chief Executive Officer

    Neil McEvoy

    Neil McEvoy

    Chief Executive Officer

    Neil is a founding Director of Consult Hyperion. He specialises in security for financial transactions and smart identity cards. He is the inventor of Consult Hyperion's Structured Risk Analysis method. Every working day, hundreds of billion of pounds of financial transactions are settled through secure networks that Neil has specified and procured. Millions of citizens carry smart identity cards that he has specified.

    Neil's expertise has been provided to clients as diverse as the Bank of England , the Hong Kong government, American Express and the European Space Agency.

    Prior to founding Consult Hyperion, Neil worked as a consultant specialising in the transmission of scientific data from spacecraft, network management and cryptography. He graduated in 1980 from University College, Oxford in chemistry.

    Neil is the author of papers on several topics, most recently on information risk analysis, secure transactions and identity cards.

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  • Dr Stuart Fiske
    Financial Director

    Dr Stuart Fiske

    Dr Stuart Fiske

    Financial Director

    Stuart is a founding Director of Consult Hyperion. Prior to 1986 he was involved in the development of transaction processing systems and fault-tolerant command and control software. Stuart obtained a BA Honours degree in Physics and a PhD from the University of York.

    Stuart has specialised in the analysis of business requirements and the specification and verification of payment systems. He provides and oversees specialist consultancy to clients focussing on the design and deployment of innovative identity and payment methods based around the use of secure cryptographic devices.

    Stuart works with clients such as the global card schemes, banks and fixed and mobile telecommunications operators. His current interests include both contact and contactless payment cards, NFC-enabled phones, and the specification and verification of vendor products which form part of those schemes.

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  • Dave Birch
    Global Ambassador

    Dave Birch

    Dave Birch

    Global Ambassador

    Dave is a founding Director of Consult Hyperion. Here he provides specialist consultancy support to clients around the world, including all of the leading payment brands, major telecommunications providers, governments bodies and international organisations including the OECD. Before helping to found Consult Hyperion in 1986, he spent several years working as a consultant in Europe, the Far East and North America. He graduated from the University of Southampton with a B.Sc (Hons.) in Physics.

    Described by The Telegraph as “one of the world’s leading experts on digital money”, by The Independent as a "grade-A geek" and by the Centre for the Study of Financial Innovation as "one of the most user-friendly of the UK's uber-techies", Dave is a member of the editorial board of the E-Finance & Payments Law and Policy Journal, a columnist for SPEED and Financial World and is well-known for his blogs on Digital Money and Digital Identity and his Twitter stream @dgwbirch. He was also ranked in 2013 as one of Wired's top 15 sources of business information and as number one influencer in European emerging payments by Total Payments.

    He has lectured to MBA level on the impact of new information and communications technologies, contributed to publications ranging from the Parliamentary IT Review to Prospect and wrote a Guardian column for many years. He is a media commentator on electronic business issues and has appeared on BBC television and radio, Sky and other channels around the world.

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  • Gloria Benson
    Director

    Gloria Benson

    Gloria Benson

    Director

    Gloria is a Director of Consult Hyperion who, prior to joining Consult Hyperion in 1987,  has worked for a range of companies dealing with business administration and human resource management. She graduated with a Management MBA from City University Business School.

    Gloria brings a wealth of business and people knowledge to Consult Hyperion, having had many years experience in the IT industry. Gloria also represents the social commitment of Consult Hyperion to the local and wider community, and is Chair of the Industrial Advisory Board at the Department of Computing at the University of Surrey, where she has been a member of the Board for nearly 10 years and is now a Visiting Professor.

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  • John Elliott
    Head of Public Sector

    John Elliott

    John Elliott

    Head of Public Sector

    John is a Managing Consultant and the Head of the Public Sector Practice since 2005 and has been with Consult Hyperion since 1998. He is the inventor of Consult Hyperion’s Technology Roadmapping methodology that has been used many times since 2004 for clients ranging from national governments to global payment schemes.

    In the field of digital identity, John has advised governments in Europe, the Middle East and the Asia-Pacific region on smart identity cards. He was a key member of the Consult Hyperion team that specified the ground-breaking Hong Kong smart identity card and associated systems. John has led various research reports into state of the art electronic identity for the European Commission.

    In the field of Transport smart ticketing, John has worked on strategic studies for European governments including cost-benefit analyses for national schemes, design of security architectures and migration plans, and technical specification of extensions to allow the use of Chip and PIN cards and mobile devices for e-ticketing.

    Prior to joining Consult Hyperion, John worked at Smith Systems Engineering (now Detica) as a System Engineer, specialising in High-Performance Computing and the emerging GSM mobile telecoms standard.

    John has a PhD from the University of Edinburgh and is a Chartered Engineer with over 17 years IT industry experience.

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  • Nick Norman
    Head of Sales

    Nick Norman

    Nick Norman

    Head of Sales

    Nick is the Head of Sales at Consult Hyperion.  Nick has over 14 years experience in the Mobile Payments industry, initially with Gemplus, where he supported trials of WIM cards by Scandinavian banks and co-ordinated Gemplus’ activities across the Vodafone Group and all Vodafone Operating Companies. Whilst at Consult Hyperion, he has helped many leading Financial Institutions, Mobile Network Operators, Transit Operating Companies, Retailers, Acquirers and their suppliers to formulate their strategies towards EMV, contactless, mobile and NFC enabled services, for both local and remote transactions.

    Nick has an MBA from Manchester Business School and a B.SC (Hons) in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southampton.

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  • Michael Dick
    Non-Executive Chairman

    Michael Dick

    Michael Dick

    Non-Executive Chairman

    Michael joined Consult Hyperion as a non-Executive Chairman in February 2004, with a strong background in engineering and significant experience of successfully directing the sales and marketing activities of international IT organisations.

    He brings to Consult Hyperion a wealth of relevant knowledge of experience, and has expertise in assembling very successful senior management teams.

    Michael is currently Managing Director of Systems Ability Ltd, a consultancy firm that he set up in 1999. He is also non-executive chairman of Security Risk Management Ltd.

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  • Mike Nance-Kivell
    Software Development Manager

    Mike Nance-Kivell

    Mike Nance-Kivell

    Software Development Manager

    Mike has over 27 years experience within the electronics and technology industry, undertaking numerous roles including Product Development, Service & Repair, Resource and Project Management.

    Mike’s role as Software Development Manager involves the day to day management of the Hyperlab (a team of around 10 software engineers), working on a diverse number of platforms and technologies. Within this role he also acts as project manager for projects undertaken by his team. This includes both internal and externally facing projects and hence he has frequent exposure to our clients.

    Mike started his career in a hardware development role, taking an unproven design and ‘making it work’. Over the years he has worked with electronic controllers, ultrasonic scanners, measurement devices, automated test equipment, remote meter reading devices (both wired and wireless) and mobile phones in verification, field trials and specifications.

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  • Steve Pannifer
    Head of Delivery

    Steve Pannifer

    Steve Pannifer

    Head of Delivery

    Steve is the Head of Delivery at Consult Hyperion. In this role he oversees all of the consulting engagements undertaken by Consult Hyperion, whilst still taking an active role in specific projects.

     

    Since joining Consult Hyperion in 1999, Steve has primarily worked in the areas of retail payments and secure transactions but he has a broad exposure to many types of IT development. Steve was the technical authority for a major international payment scheme in the development of its various systems to manage secure payment smart cards. Steve was also heavily involved in a major IT programme building critical financial infrastructure. More recently, Steve has undertaken several assignments in the converging areas of mobile wallets, NFC payments and digital identity.

     

    Prior to joining Consult Hyperion, Steve gained 7 years IT experience at Logica, in the areas of IT security, systems integration and database design. Steve graduated from the University of Bristol with a BSc (Hons) in Computer Science.

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  • Howard Hall
    Managing Director - CHyp USA

    Howard Hall

    Howard Hall

    Managing Director - CHyp USA

    Howard joined Consult Hyperion (known is the US as CHyp USA) in the role of Managing Director. He is primarily responsible for helping to lead the Consult Hyperion expansion into North America and supporting our clients here. He has over 20 years of experience leading and growing companies in the areas of IT security, business intelligence and payments. 

    In recent years he was part of the executive teams of Vericept (acquired by Trustwave) and RiverGlass (Acquired by ASG Software). He has extensive expertise in strategy, corporate development and a strong understanding of product management.

    Earlier in his career he worked at some of the world’s most well respected investment banks, management consulting firms and hi-tech start-ups.

    He is an entrepreneur at heart who has authored several award winning business plans (Winner-NEU Ventures Business Plan Competition; Finalist in the Harvard Business School B-Plan Competition) and in recent years, was named to the Boston Business Journal's prestigious "40 Under 40" recognizing the next generation of business leaders.

    Howard holds a BA from Northeastern University where he graduated with honours.

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