The Team

Silicon:SAFE has created an impenetrable storage and authentication appliance for customer log-in details that promotes a better, safer customer experience. Our patent-pending No-Read™ technology isolates secrets at the hardware level – they can be stored and verified for accuracy, but it is impossible to read, copy or steal them.

Nick Lowe

Nick Lowe


Nick Lowe is responsible for delivering customer success, building a strong organization and growing our share holder value.

With over 15 years in the Cyber Security business Nick has overseen some of the fastest growing organizations in the market today, most latterly AppSense and CheckPoint Software where he was responsible for growing these businesses from single digit $millions through to multiple $100 Millions.

Nick formally studied Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Portsmouth with post grad at Queen’s Collage Cambridge before studying at Stanford and going on to lead commercial organizations.

Dr Will Harwood

Dr. Will Harwood

CTO & Founder

Will is responsible for product strategy and research and development. He is an expert in data security and has over 30 years of software development experience gained in both academic and commercial environments.

Will is an honorary visiting fellow at the dept. of Computer Science, York University where he teaches Cyber Security. Will recently completed a Ph.D. thesis entitled The Logic of Trust. Prior to that, Will worked in various research and development roles at companies including Citrix, APM, STL and Marconi Avionics.

Will co-authored The Specification of Complex Systems with Prof. Bernie Cohen, published in 1986 and has authored several software patents and published a number of research papers.

Roger Gross

Roger Gross

Founder & Head of Engineering

Roger Gross is responsible for leading the company through its early start-up phase. He has over 25 years of experience in computer R&D and embedded systems with the first 10 years as a programmer and the last fifteen in leadership roles. He has founded and run several companies including US based Caldera Thin Clients, Inc., and UK based iCentrix Ltd and ASV Ltd.

Roger has a track-record of turning ideas into commercial revenue generating products, and has developed/delivered over 50 software products and hardware appliances at computer manufacturers and software companies including Citrix, Novell and Digital Research.

Roger has authored several patents and is a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute.

Gail Hazley

Gail Hazley


As CFO of Silicon Safe, Gail is responsible for all aspects of the company’s financial control, reporting and planning, whilst supporting the company in its pursuit of its strategic aims and business objectives within a strong control environment.

Prior to joining Silicon Safe, Gail has been CFO of a number of high growth companies within the IT sector, where she has been a key member of the Operational Board. Most recently, at AppSense Ltd, where she was CFO for 7 years, she led the company in obtaining a significant investment from Goldman Sachs. Prior to AppSense, Gail was CFO of leading Information Services company, Vistorm Limited.

Gail is a CIMA qualified accountant, with a BA Accounting and Finance from Manchester University.

Chairman, Advisory Board and Non Execs

Charles Sharland

Charles Sharland


Charles joined the board of Silicon Safe in December 2015 as chairman with a view to helping to create an important and disruptive technology in the cyber security space.

Charles is also founder and chairman of AppSense Technologies, the leading user experience and endpoint security player. Charles built Appsense into a global brand in the enterprise space as CEO over eight years. Prior to Appsense, Charles founded Vistorm, an enterprise managed security operation which was acquired by HP.


Greg Saunders

General Counsel

Greg’s appointment to the executive board reflects the emphasis the company places on protecting its commercial and intellectual property interests.

Greg has experience in all areas of corporate disputes and commercial litigation with a particular focus on shareholder disputes, warranty claims.

Greg has substantial experience in defamation matters and has advised local authorities and large corporates on procurement issues and judicial review. Greg is also a Notary Public.

Dr. Jeremy Jacobs

Jeremy is a senior lecturer at the University of York and has published over 40 papers in the area of the formal development of secure and safety critical systems including co-authoring “The Certification of the Mondex electronic purse to ITSEC level E6”.

Dr. Nick Milner

Nick has had significant strategy across a range of enterprises from small start-ups to companies listed on the London and Indian Stock Exchanges. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, a Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Marketors, a Chartered Marketer and a Chartered Psychologist. He won the Company of Marketors Mais Bursary for his study on Silicon Valley Marketing
He has over 25 years experience in the international telecoms and IT industry with Azure, BT, FirstMark Communications and Brightstar.