Martha Philips


Research topic: Utilising the ‘Cultural Theory of Risk’, establish whether there is a dominant cultural bias within FinTech institutions. Use this research to assess whether cultural biases impact analysis of information technology risks (including Cyber) and decision-making.

Supervisors: Professor Philip Linsley and Anna Einarsdottir


I obtained a BA (Hons) in Philosophy and an MA in Marketing at the University of Leeds in 2005. Since then, I’ve been busy working across financial services companies in the UK and US, in a variety of communications, operations and risk management roles. 
I am now Head of IT Risk Management at Aviva PLC, based in York. I lead a global team who conduct Risk and Control assurance across IT and Cyber disciplines, on behalf of the Group COO.  I am therefore completing my PhD part-time – you could say I enjoy a challenge! 
I have a broad range of academic interests, and with the exception of football and scurrilous reality TV, find most things fascinating.

School for Business and Society
University of York
YO10 5DD
United Kingdom