About CyberLab

Detect. Protect. Support.

About CyberLab

CyberLab is a specialist cyber security company that provides a wide range of security solutions and services. 

Your one-stop cyber security advisor, the CyberLab team is equipped with the right technology, knowledge, and expertise to help businesses of all sizes, including large public sector organisations.

By leveraging world-class technology, decades of experience, and our vendor partnerships, we have helped to secure thousands of organisations across the UK. 

Our unique Detect, Protect, Support approach makes us the perfect partner to review and reinforce your cyber security defences.  

CyberLab Leadership Team

Our History

Since the acquisition of Foursys in 2017, Chess has been on a journey to becoming a cyber security powerhouse. In 2021, 15 of the UK’s top Penetration Test experts joined the company through the acquisition of Armadillo Sec. In 2023, Chess acquired Cyberlab Consulting, a specialist cyber security consultancy that provides a range of compliance and managed security services, including a cyber security as a service (CSaaS) platform.

In May 2023, Chess Cyber Security became independent from Chess ICT, bringing all of our cyber security operations under the CyberLab banner – a specialist cyber security company combining Chess Cyber Security, Armadillo Sec and Cyberlab Consulting into one entity, providing a one-stop shop for all UK business Security needs.

October 2023

David Pollock founds Chess ICT

Chess ICT grows to employ 100 people

Sunday Times Fast Track 100

Best Companies to Work For: 2ⁿᵈ place

Armadillo Sec founded in Stevenage

Foursys joins Chess Group

Best Companies to Work For: 1ˢᵗ place

Cyberlab Consulting founded in Lincoln

Armadillo Sec joins Chess Group

Cyberlab Consulting joins Chess Group

We launch the new CyberLab

Meet The Team

Chairman David Pollock headshot


David Pollock

Since founding the company in 1993, David has led Chess Group to employ over 360 people, serve over 30,000 business customers, and top the ‘100 Best Companies to Work For’ list.

David is a passionate fundraiser, summitting Mont Blanc and Kilimanjaro and undertaking epic cycling challenges in aid of The Prince’s Trust and Cure Parkinsons, and has received accolades including Cheshire Director of the Year, Deputy Lieutenant of Cheshire, and an Honorary Doctorate of Business from University of Chester.

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Chief Executive Officer

Gavin Wood

With over 25 years’ experience driving business transformation, Gavin has worked on projects and systems from supporting critical national infrastructure to solutions for major UK telcos.

Dedicating the last nine years to cyber security, Gavin joined Chess Group with the acquisition of Foursys in 2017 and was appointed CyberLab CEO in 2023.

Gavin is a passionate advocate for secure remote working and anywhere operations, as well as an avid yachtsman and racing sailor in his spare time. 

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Chief Technical Officer

Ryan Bradbury

Ryan holds a BSc in Computation from University of Manchester and has over 17 years’ experience in the industry.

From 2010, Ryan founded, ran, and grew a successful IT managed service provider.

After founding CyberLab in 2020 to empower SMEs to manage their own cyber security posture, Ryan joined Chess Group in 2023.

Outside of CyberLab, Ryan enjoys playing tennis, squash, and golf – although he claims not to excel at any of them – and is kept busy by his two young girls.

Tom Davies

Chief Financial Officer

Tom Davies

Tom is a Chartered Accountant who has worked in senior financial roles at PLCs and private organisations for over ten years.

He is passionate about driving financial performance through business partnering and transformation projects, and has extensive experience across mergers and acquisitions, system implementations, and business integration projects.

Tom enjoys spending time with his young family and spends his spare time indulging his passion for all things sport.

Our Vendor Partners

We work alongside the most reputable vendors in cyber security to ensure your people can work safely from anywhere.

Our Blueprint for Success

Our Blueprint sets out the reasons why we want to grow, our vision for the future, the areas we want to focus on and the importance we attach to our culture and values. Our people use it every day and at every opportunity; with vendor partners, customers, and with new starters.

It helps us explain who we are, and we use it to make sure we remain true to our values. Every CyberLab person uses the Blueprint to challenge the business and our leaders, if they feel we are not living up to our beliefs.

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CyberLab Solutions Tree preview

Our Solutions Tree

Our Solutions Tree is an interactive document that provides an overview of the products, services, and solutions that we offer, and the partners we work with.

It gives a complete picture of our capabilities and explains where each of our products and services fit into our Detect. Protect. Support. approach to security.

"a great place to work, a great place to be a customer"

CyberLab team

Our Values

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Make life easier for our customers and our people.

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Attitude, energy, and performance of our people.

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High standards we set ourselves.

Our Accreditations & Qualifications

CREST (the Council of Registered Ethical Security Testers) is an international accreditation with a strict Codes of Conduct and Ethics. CHECK is the government-backed accreditation from the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) which certifies that a company can conduct authorised penetration tests of public sector systems and networks.

With decades of combined experience, our team take pride in operating at the highest level of the industry  and always aim to go the extra mile.

CyberLab Accreditations

Cyber Essentials Plus

Cyber Resilience Centre Trusted Partner

IASME Consortium Gold Certified Company

CREST PEN TEST certified

CREST VA certified

Penetration Tester Accreditations

Cyber Scheme

CREST Practitioner Security Analysts 

CREST Registered Penetration Testers

CREST Certified Web Application Testers 

CREST Certified Infrastructure Testers

CHECK Team Member

CHECK Team Leader – Infrastructure

CHECK Team Leader – Applications

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Our Culture

One Team

To help maintain a friendly, positive atmosphere where everyone feels valued and cared for.

To provide a healthy, happy, energetic, safe place to work.

To help others as one team.


To work hard, have fun and celebrate our successes.

To acknowledge the contribution and celebrate the achievements of others.

To encourage, motivate and support others in their quest for success.


To take responsibility for our performance and personal development.

To enjoy, and learn from, the challenges created by our growth.

To help improve the way we do things and embrace change.


To communicate openly, positively, honestly and constructively. To challenge those whose behaviour or attitude does not support our culture. To encourage, motivate and support others in their quest for success.

Playing Our Part


Over the last two years we have made huge steps in reducing our carbon footprint. One of the biggest successes has been the move to Home First where over 95% of our people work from home.


Having a healthy, happy, energetic, and safe place to work is part of our culture. We offer benefits to look after our people’s wellbeing, including private healthcare plans, wellbeing days, life assurance and more.


Our research shows that 95% of our ESG impact is passed to us by our suppliers, so we decided to focus on promoting suppliers, products and services which are ethically produced and minimise environmental and social impact.

Charitable Giving

We support diverse charities, including the Prince’s Trust and local hospices. Our people are encouraged to actively fundraise for these causes, with payroll giving, and we match charitable fundraising up to £100 for our team members.

People Opportunity

We invest in our people’s growth through structured Learn to Earn plans, designed to progress our people’s careers and earnings, while also running multiple initiatives to help our people save money.

Diversity & Inclusion

We expect our people to be fair, inclusive and treat others as they would wish to be treated, showing respect for differences in race, ethnic origin, religion, faith, marital status, disability, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or social and educational background, creating a culture where all forms of diversity are valued.

Data Security & Privacy

We are committed to conducting business in accordance with all applicable data protection laws and regulations and in line with the highest standards of ethical conduct. As a cyber security provider, we understand the importance of future-proof technology and secure-by-design platforms.

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Speak With an Expert

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Whether you’re looking to implement basic cyber security best practice, improve your existing defences, or introduce a new system or solution, our team of expert consultants, engineers, and ethical hackers are here to help.

Our team specialise in creating bespoke security solutions and testing packages to improve and maintain your security posture.

We are 100% vendor agnostic and will only ever recommend the best products and solutions for your requirements.