Our Team

Director of Abertay cyberQuarter

Professor Lynne Coventry

Prof Lynne Coventry is the Director of Abertay cyberQuarter and was appointed in the summer of 2022. Prof Coventry’s academic career began at University of Stirling and she has also worked with NCR as a usability researcher and also on secured interaction work such as replacements for PIN numbers. She went on to work for LifeScan in Inverness on development of user experiences for diabetes monitors and then rejoined academia with the PaCTLab at Northumbria University

Professor Lynne Coventry

cyberQuarter Business Development Manager

Cheryl Torano

Cheryl is the Business Development Manager for Abertay cyberQuarter. Her current role began in 2021 and is funded through Scottish Enterprise and the Scottish Government. Cheryl graduated from Abertay’s Ethical Hacking programme in 2017 having undertaken an accelerated degree. Prior to that she studied HND Computer Networking and Internet Technology at Dundee and Angus College. Following graduation she worked in Abertay University’s marketing team until 2019 when she took up a role with Brightsolid as a Cyber Security Engineer. 

Cheryl Torano speaking at the cyberQuarter opening

cyberQuarter Project Coordinator

Leon Chan

Leon graduated with a First-class honours degree from Abertay’s Game Design and Production course in summer 2023. After graduating, he started working as a Project Coordinator for Abertay’s cyberQuarter. Prior to his degree, Leon studied Computer Games Development at HNC and HND level at West College Scotland in Paisley. Leon's main focus is to deliver the Scottish Cyber 9/12 Strategy Challenge to students across Scotland.

cyberQuarter Co-Director

Professor Graham Johnson

Graham is driven by a desire to improve the relationships between people and technology, where this involves services, interfaces, design, quality, and business value. For many years Graham has built and directed teams from many research disciplines across the globe. They have developed successful partnerships with academia and business, developing new technologies and products. This has been chiefly within a multinational corporate context. Graham has a background in human-computer interaction, usability, applied psychology, ergonomics, UX, security, and technology innovation. Currently, Graham is a Professor of Human-Centred Technology, in the School of Design and Informatics, and Co-Director of the Abertay cyberQuarter.

cyberQuarter Co-Director

Dr Natalie Coull

Dr Natalie Coull is a Co-Director of Abertay's cyberQuarter, the Head of Division of Cyber Security in the School of Design and Informatics and has research interests in secure coding, digital watermarks and computer memory-based security concerns. She also teaches foundational programming and computer security to undergraduate students. Natalie is actively engaged in outreach, including promoting female participation in cyber security and leading a programme to provide Abertay student mentors for local school pupils as part of their National Progression Award in Cybersecurity.

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