Visiting professional fellows

Fred Langford

Fred Langford web

Fred joined the IWF in December 2004 and is the Deputy CEO and Chief Technology Officer. Fred has over 25 years’ experience across a variety of sectors primarily focusing on the internet, its technology, governance, security, safety and regulation.

Fred is President of the International Hotline Association (INHOPE), Board Member of Video Standards Council, Former Chair of the UK Council for Internet Safety, Technical Working Group (UKCIS TWG), Board Member of the UK Home Office Child Abuse Image Database Strategic Group, Member of the National Crime Agency (NCA) Prevent Strategic Board, a founding Director of the UK Safer Internet Centre and is an expert advisor to UK and other Governments, Parliamentarians, The Commonwealth, Police and NGOs.
In 2019 Fred was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University of Suffolk for outstanding achievement in addition to being a finalist for Digital Leader of the year, and runner-up for New Chartered Director of the Year in 2017.

Hannah Frost

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Hannah is a solicitor in the regulatory team and regularly advises companies, directors and individuals on regulatory compliance across a range of sectors including health and safety, food safety, product safety, fire safety, healthcare, inquests, environmental matters and anti-bribery and anti-money laundering legislation.

Hannah is a member of the Health and Safety Lawyers' Association. Hannah graduated from the University of Birmingham in 2013 and completed the LPC at the University of Law, Birmingham, in 2016. Hannah joined Shoosmiths in 2013 as a paralegal in the Asset Finance department before commencing her training contract in September 2016 and qualifying as a solicitor in September 2018.

Faye Pressly


Faye is a people-focused business leader who is on a mission to transform how we think about organisational productivity, purpose, profit and people’s happiness, so we can move beyond insular focus on shareholder value. As COO for Vanti, one of the UK’s only Master System Integrators with a Smart Building reference site, Faye is currently working with the best and brightest minds to collaboratively imagine and engineer technology solutions that positively change the way people live, learn and work.
She is Chair of the Silicon Canal ‘Women in Tech’ working group and CompTIA Exec Council, where she is a key advocate for encouraging women and girls to enter careers in technology and helping to develop Birmingham to be the UK’s Smartest City. In Jan 2019, she founded DIDFest (Diversity in Digital) – a month long, city wide festival in Birmingham, made up of incredible events that aim to inspire behaviour change and close the gender diversity gap in digital.

Graeme Cowie

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Graeme Cowie is a Senior Library Clerk with the House of Commons Library, specialising in constitutional law and Brexit. He works in the Library’s Parliament and Constitution Centre, which provides an enquiries service for MPs and their staff, giving them independent and impartial expertise and analysis on a broad range of topics in connection with their Parliamentary duties. Graeme also publishes Commons Library briefings on topical issues and legislation going through Parliament, which are made freely available on the Parliament website for the wider public. His recent published work spans a range of public law issues, including:

Prorogation of Parliament; Devolution and legislative consent; Parliament’s role and procedures in various stages of the Brexit process; Public inquiries; Courts and tribunals reform.

Marion Smith QC


Marion Smith QC specialises in complex, high value commercial and construction disputes for UK and international clients.

She has extensive experience litigating matters before domestic courts and tribunals as well as in international arbitration where she has appeared before institutional and ad hoc tribunals, including under the Rules of the ICC, LCIA, LMAA and the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules. She has significant expertise in arbitrations where the law of the contract is not the law of England & Wales. She has been appointed as sole and co-arbitrator and as an expert determiner. She has provided expert evidence in foreign proceedings on English law.
Marion is a Visiting Senior Lecturer in the School of International Arbitration, in the Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary University of London and a Professional Fellow of Aston University. Marion is ranked in Chambers and Partners in Construction and Legal 500 in Construction and Professional Negligence. Marion is also ranked in Construction in the Legal 500 Asia Pacific.

Jelena Schidzig

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Jelena is the co-founder and manager of several companies active in management and consultancy including Legal Quant PLLC, a law firm specializing in legal risk management evaluation and remediation. Jelena takes a multidisciplinary approach to legal risk decision making processes applying financial and economic analytics to diverse legal problems arising from corporate liability and accountability. In the modelling process, Jelena assigns abstract mathematical graph theory concepts to genuine project objectives. Jelena employs graph theory algorithms in combinatorial optimization. She models systems for quantitative evaluation and risk analysis and related collateral, i.e. asset disparity taxonomies, by using stochastic analysis and random process theory.
Representative engagements:
Experience advising construction industry corporations on aspects of legal risk for multi-   jurisdictional project and contract management activities.
Advising clients on new portfolio investments providing legal and strategic guidance surrounding core organizational liabilities providing multidisciplinary solutions on mitigation of risk exposure to environmental liability in the US.
Advised clients on restructuring and corporate governance structures taking into account appropriate regulatory requirements in the context of both bankruptcy and reorganization and optimal legal entity structure.

Mary Prior QC

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Mary Prior QC has a reputation for being a powerful, persuasive advocate who gets results. She has especial expertise in representing or questioning those who would be described as vulnerable. That includes people on the autistic spectrum, those with ADHD, learning difficulties, addicts, sex workers, those in care or who grew up in care. She is regularly instructed to prosecute and defend cases where the key witnesses are vulnerable either because they are children or because they have special needs of some description. Mary teaches advocates how to question vulnerable witnesses and defendants. Mary prepares her cases thoroughly and ensures that they are presented in a jury friendly way to provide the best prospects of success. She pays attention to detail and takes great care to ensure that all relevant material is considered and utilised. When prosecuting she gains the trust of the families of the deceased and works well as part of a team of officers and lawyers. When defending she regulalry visits her clients to ensure that they develop a relationship of trust with her and that they are able to understand the case against them.
Mary runs the RASSO training programme for the Midland Circuit and produces a newsletter each quarter with updates and developments in the law. She has especial expertise in serious sexual offences. She regulalry lectures on advocacy and other aspects of law. She is often instructed in complex, historic sexual offences which involve the control of people and sexual exploitation. She is also often instructed in serious sexual offences against those in professions which involve contact with children and young adults.

Iain Geddes

Ian Brenncke

Iain studied Law and Computer Science at DeMontfort University and went on to complete an MBA at Birmingham University. Iain has recently completed and MSc in Financial Regulation and Compliance at Aston.
He joined Forward Trust, originally part of Midland Bank, based in Birmingham in 1996. Shortly afterwards, Midland Bank became part of HSBC and Iain has been part of their Regulatory Compliance team ever since. During his career, Iain has worked for the UK Bank but also internationally with roles supporting Compliance Teams in over 30 countries. He spent 2 year as Head of Regulatory Development for the US, based in New York. Iain is currently the Head of Regulatory Affairs for the HSBC UK managing Regulatory Engagements and Regulatory 

Martino Giaquinto


Martino is a Partner at law firm Mills & Reeve, and he won The Legal 500 UK Award 2019 for the best Real Estate partner (outside London). He holds a Doctor in Laws degree and is recognised by Chambers UK and Legal 500 as a Leading Individual in construction, engineering and energy. Martino was voted a tier 1 client partner by clients in Legal Week.
Martino has acted for clients in some of the defining construction projects of the last decade (including Portcullis House and the Millennium Dome) and the current decade (including the M6 Toll Road and Wembley National Stadium). Martino’s dual qualification means that his practice covers the full range of advisory and drafting work before and after the commencement of proceedings and advocacy in the courts and tribunals concerning claims by or against employers, contractors, sub-contractors and related professionals (architects, engineers, surveyors and project managers).