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Management Team

Richard Menear

Burning Tree CEO

David Lello

Burning Tree CISO

Richard is responsible for the overall management and day to day running of Burning Tree. He supports the 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.

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.

Peter Boyle 

Burning Tree CTO

Les Parsonson
Global Head of Sales
& Business Development

Les Parsonson - Global Head of Sales and Business Development

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.

As Global Head of Sales & Business Development, Les has held senior sales and management positions in major technology companies for more than 30 years. The depth of his experience working with major organisations across various industries, places Les in a strong position to advise on how technology and business can work together to provide secure business applications, that can increase an organisations bottom line.


Lee DayEngagement Director

As Engagement Director Lee is responsible for Consulting Services Operations, his primary focus is on quality of delivery and maintaining strong working relationships with our customers throughout the life-cycle of each engagement. He is also responsible for hands-on delivery of services to our customers especially in the areas of Security Assurance, Process Improvement and Bid Management.

Lee has over 35 years experience in a range of industries and a successful track record in management positions for high technology organisations. He has 15 years of experience in the IT Security sector having worked ay RSA Security, BT Global Services and Verizon Business. He has specialist knowledge of Bid Processes, Bid Management Proposal Authoring and significant experience in leading business process improvement initiatives.

Toby Stevens (FBCS CIPP/E CIPM)Associate, Privacy & Identity Assurance

Toby works with the Burning Tree consultancy practice focused on the filed of data privacy and protection. His experience is grounded in privacy and identity assurance.


Toby who works with clients delivering ‘privacy by design’ solutions for complex systems and project. He has worked in the UK, Europe, Far East and Australia for technology, government and financial services organisations including the likes of ANZ Bank, AVG, Government Digital Service, Post Office, Royal Mail, Vodafone. He is an advisor to the Government Digital Service’s GOV.UK Verify programme, and is currently working with the likes of Pearson Group, the Ministry of Justice and the Charity Commission.

Dan BlumAssociate, Principal Consultant

Dan works with the Burning Tree consultancy practice across the entire field of information security. His experience is grounded in security architecture.

Key Accomplishments:

An internationally-recognized expert in security, privacy, cloud computing and identity management Dan Blum develops security architectures, business partnerships, creates content and leads consulting engagements. Formerly, he was a Golden Quill award-winning VP and Distinguished Analyst at Gartner and one of the founding partners of Burton Group.


As a Principal Consultant working with Burning Tree and formerly at Gartner, he has led or contributed to projects such as:

  • Cloud security and privacy assessment for a pharmaceutical company with a global customer base
  • Full security assessment for a large U.S. health care network following negative audit results
  • Security organization review for a major university
  • Full security architecture for a large U.S. power company
  • Independent evaluation of the U.S. government’s E-Authentication Program
  • Directory services architecture for a Swiss bank
  • Full security assessment for a Fortune 100 technology company
  • Identity management and PKI architectures for a large pharmaceutical

Recently honored as a Privacy by Design Ambassador, he’s authored 2 books, written for numerous publications and participated in standards groups such as CSA, ISACA, OASIS and others.

Doug SimmonsAssociate, IT Security Subject Matter Expert

Doug works with the Burning Tree consultancy practice across the entire field of information security. He is an Industry leader in Identity & Access Management

Doug Simmons brings more than 30 years of experience in IT security, risk management and identity and access management (IAM). He has performed hundreds of engagements as the subject matter expert, focused solely on IT security, risk management and IAM. Doug holds a double major in Computer Science and Business Administration.


Doug has performed hundreds of engagements for large enterprise clients in multiple vertical industries including financial services, health care, higher education, federal and state government, manufacturing, aerospace, energy, utilities and critical infrastructure.

Core competency areas for these engagements include risk management, security governance, security assessments, identity lifecycle provision and workflow process automation, authentication, access management, PKI, role engineering, federated identity management, cloud security, mobile device security, data protection and privacy and network security zoning architectures and physical/logical convergence.

Robert TempleAssociate Director

Robert works with the Burning Tree consultancy practice across the entire field of information and network security.  His experience ranges from writing corporate security policies to security governance, security architecture and IPR generation in the field of Identity Management.

Key Accomplishments:

  • Successfully operating a global 250 person £25 million security engineering business unit.
  • A decade as BT’s Security CTO, identifying new business opportunities and emerging technology partners.
  • Lead Technical Design Authority for security within BT and for our customers.
  • Founder Member of the Permanent Stakeholder’s Group of the European Network and Information Security Agency.
  • Head of UK Delegation at ISO when what is now the ISO 27000 series of international security standards was born.
  • Vice-Chairman of the European Electronic Signature Standardisation Initiative.
  • Adviser to the UK government on encryption, interception of communications and emergency response.
  • Successful development of a new product portfolio around DDoS and a holistic cyber security service for corporates.


Robert worked for a global telecommunications giant for 27 years and, unusually he has specialised in information and network security for over a quarter of a century.  Robert’s experience at BT includes:

  • • Head of Group Security Policy
  • • Head of IT Security Consultancy Unit
  • • Chief Security Architect
  • • Director and Chief Architect, BT Security Platform
  • • General Manager, BT Assure Cyber

Qualifications and Certifications

Robert holds an MA in Law from Cambridge University and an MBA from Nottingham University.  He is a Fellow of the British Computer Society, a Chartered IT Professional, a Member of the Institute of Information Security Professionals, a Certified Information Systems Security Professional and a Certified Information Security Manager.

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