Meet the Team


Our senior team has a wealth of experience across many years and in many business sectors from luxury brands and retail, FMCG in the personal care and kitchenware, drinks, toys and consumer electronic markets. We have also experience in the utilities sector, oil and gas and the mobile telephony areas.

Penny Heyes is a highly experienced business woman with international sales, marketing and business development in multiple product & service sectors.

Dr Graham Dodgson is a senior professional, a technology strategist, and advisor in areas of innovation, licensing, IP Valuation, deal making. Graham brings wide and deep cross sector experience including senior sales, marketing and general management experience from the  biomedical, electronics, semiconductor, IT and mobile technology sectors in the US, Asia and Europe.

Steve Leyland (consultant) is a high-tech industry expert with significant experience in general management, sales and marketing roles in the fields of unified communications, media and telecoms.  He currently advises boards and CEOs of international-facing companies on how to achieve growth – specifically in the areas of market analysis, marketing & sales acceleration, product portfolio strategy, international expansion & multi-cultural challenges.

Dr Rachel O’Connell is one of the preeminent authorities on GDPR (to be introduced in May 2018) and electronic identification and age verification. Rachel was a founder board member of the start-up social networking platform, Bebo, which was acquired by AOL in 2008. Rachel set up the Cyberspace Research Unit, at the University of Central Lancashire and established the first UK Internet Safety Centre (2000- 2000).. Rachel’s PhD examined the implications of online paedophile activity for investigative strategies.

David Clarke FBCS CITP, is co – founder of the TrustBridge and a leading authority on security issues with experience across Finance, Telecoms and the Public Sector. A Fellow of the British Computer Society, the most senior professional grade, David had a distinguished career at British Telecom (BT) prior to joining forces with mesospheric to head up the security practice.

At BT, David held a suite of senior security posts including Global Head of Security Product Enablement, Global Head of Security Service Delivery and Head of Global Security Infrastructure. His work included building secure operations capabilities, often from scratch, and developing a full Cyber incident response. Other projects included the development of CERT on a Financial Intranet which handled 3.5 Trillion dollars of trading per day, rollout of managed security services with a $400 million dollar global install base for which David headed up the architecture and oversaw implementation. A recognised thought leader in the InfoSec industry, David has over over 28,000 twitter followers and is the author of a forthcoming book on cyber

Carol Tullo  LLB Barrister is an Associate Consultant of The Trust Bridge, Carol was, until July 2017, Director of Information Policy and Services, Controller and Queen's Printer, National Archives, Carol was responsible for providing leadership in information management and policy across government and the wider public sector to improve the way information is managed and exploited to deliver real benefit for those that use and access this valuable resource. As Controller of Her Majesty’s Stationery Office, Queen’s Printer of Acts of Parliament, Queen’s Printer for Scotland, and Government Printer for Northern Ireland, she delivers a range of UK wide official documents.

Carol’s area of expertise is Open data and access to public sector information, legal regulation of IP, Crown copyright and database rights, media and publishing, dissemination and information accessibility and standards both from private and public sectors rooted in information management and executive responsibility government information management, assurance and security.

Specialism: Governance and integrity of data and information, its reuse and exploitation. Data enabled transformation, records and information management in government, copyright and licensing, data protection

Rachel, David, Carol and Penny lead our GDPR practice, The Trust Bridge

Our Insight Specialist is a highly experienced research, cultural insight and trends specialist, with over ten years’ experience in domestic and international work for blue-chip clients including digital research, trend analysis, brand planning and strategy, campaign and creative development,, brand and product innovation, retail innovation, creating and facilitating creative and inspiring workshops.

We have a number of senior industry experts on our advisory board, and a network of professionals that is expanding regularly

Why are we different?


      • We are subject matter experts
      • We are results driven
      • We are not a solution based organisation

The Bridge Group has:

      • Wisdom
      • Personality
      • Drive
      • Momentum

The Bridge Group is:

      • Agile
      • Flexible
      • Connected