Management Team

Richard Menear – Managing Director

Richard is responsible for the overall management and day to day running of Burning Tree. He supports the other Directors in the delivery of their assignments and on the development of the consulting practice in the field of Information Risk Management. Richard specialises in Operational Risk Management, and has held senior positions in a number of Global Financial Institutions.

With a successful track record of over 26 years in Financial Services and 13 years in Risk Management, Richard has a wealth of experience. He was Head of Operational Risk for a Global service unit of HSBC Bank and worked at a number of UK based banks helping them achieve AMA status under the Basel II accord.

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David LelloDirector, Professional Services

David is responsible for the development and management of Burning Tree’s consulting practice. He is an Enterprise Architect with a vast amount of experience, who has worked in this field for over twenty years with architectures across the business and technology landscape, including information security and financial systems. David has a proven track record in transformational and improvement programs for Identity & Access Management and Information Security.

David has worked Globally delivering both innovative and good practice security across all industries. David has delivered more than 60 consulting engagements on behalf of Gartner and continues to support their security practice. Prior to Burning Tree, David was Enterprise Security Architect at Absa Bank (part of Barclays Group), Senior Accounts Executive at Internet Solutions, and Product & Accounts Manager at IXCHANGE.

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Des Powley Director, Sales and Business Development

Des is responsible for creating and driving sales, marketing, business development, channel partner and go-to-market strategies for Burning Tree. His primary goal is to explore new routes to market, open up new markets and drive compelling value propositions. Des has a proven track record in creating platforms for delivering high growth across multiple security products and service.

Des has worked in the information security market for over twenty years having previously led Security Business Development across EMEA for Oracle. Prior to Oracle, Des served as Head of Identity, Access and Biometrics for Atos Origin, EMEA Principal Security Consultant and Business Development Manager for RSA Security.

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Peter Boyle Director, Product Management

Peter is responsible for creating a suite of security products to complement our existing consulting capability. Under Peter’s direction we are creating a product suite that helps companies overcome many of the complex security challenges we see today without incurring the overhead of an in-house security team.

Peter has joined us from BT where he spent the last 20 years in IT, and specifically the last 8 years as Head of Identity & Security Services. There he was responsible for the design, development and operations of a range of platforms covering Identity Lifecycle Management, Privileged User Management, Single Sign On, Authentication, SIEM, Physical Security, Threat Detection, Access and Fraud Management. Prior to that that he was Chief Architect for BT’s global PeopleSoft deployment.

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