Alexis Conran, TV Presenter and Actor (LAMDA trained) is best known as the man who identifies, uncovers and helps us to protect our businesses and ourselves against scams. As writer and presenter of the highly acclaimed BBC TV show, The Real Hustle, he is in the rare position of being able to advise and educate even the most-foolhardy on issues surrounding security and risk (in the real and virtual world), and identify the human behavior, communication skills and confidence tricks that the world’s top scammers rely on to achieve their unscrupulous aims. An expert in social engineering, Alexis shares insights into information security and how people are psychologically manipulated into performing actions or divulging confidential information.
As a charismatic and engaging keynote and after-dinner speaker, Alexis employs his knowledge of the dark and deceptive world of hustling, pickpockets and con-artists to speak candidly on the risks and security threats constantly faced by businesses, and to deliver important messages on the shrewdest ways to protect against the ever-increasing number of scams. His recent clients include Google, IBM, the RSA Security Conference, Experian, RBS, Halifax, Aviva, Facebook, Porsche, VISA, The Metropolitan Police and the City of London Police Fraud in Action Unit.
Alexis currently hosts his own weekly show, on Talk Radio. He has been part of several Channel 5 programs all focused around how to keep people safe from scams and sharp practices. He also contributes to ITV’s This Morning and BBC Radio 4 and 5Live, and was crowned champion of Celebrity MasterChef 2016.
Bill is a professional banker, a payments and risk specialist for over 30 years. He headed-up risk functions and special investigations in Lloyds Bank issuing and acquiring, following with acquiring and processing at First Data, and then insurance risks at RBS/Direct Line. He set-up, ran, grew and sold an outsource business that identified and managed deception in people's insurance and lost-card claims using teams trained in advanced forensic psychology.
For the last 16 years, he has been diving into many other businesses: largely advising merchants, acquirers and others in the payment chain to help reduce risks and costs, to improve business and to make significant organisational change. The catalyst for change will often come from losses, from regulators or from a card-scheme challenge. He is a mentor for innovative payments start-ups and sits on working parties and panels for the UK regulators. He works across the EU, but often much further afield. Furthermore, Bill has degrees in Mechanical Engineering and in Banking, and is a member of the high IQ society.
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