Dr Chris Allgrove


Chris has a PhD in Electronics, specialising in biometrics, and extensive experience in academia, industry and government where he has worked on a range of projects and programmes related to identity technologies. Chris  led the Identity team at CESG and the National Cyber Security Centre, the information assurance arm of GCHQ, where he worked closely with a broad range of Government partners. Current projects include working as the Biometrics Advisor to Government Digital Service, part of the Cabinet Office, which includes advising stakeholders across the public sector,  as a biometrics expert for the World Bank, providing consultancy services to the ID4D programme and as a consultant to the European Commission. 

Chris has authored or contributed to a number of Government standards and guidance documents in the field of digital identity and biometrics. He is the author of the NCSC Biometric Guidance, published in Jan 2019 and is the technical author for GDS guidance documents covering  authenticators for online services, secure delivery of online services, transaction monitoring and business identity. 

Chris is a member of a number of key industry bodies related to biometrics, including the UK Government Biometrics Working Group,the Digital Identity Group at the Biometrics Institute, and is the chair of the Cross Government Identity Standards Working Group. Chris is co-chair of the Face Verification sub-group of FIDO Alliance’s IDentity verification and binding Working Group (IDWG).  Chris has also been part of the UK BSI Committee IST 33 (digital identity) and is an independent expert on the BSI IST44 Biometrics Committee and ISO SC 37 Biometrics Committee.

As a co-founder of Ingenium Biometric Laboratories, Chris leads the development of our testing proposition based on extensive experience of biometric and identity technology testing, This has included defining approaches to testing with partners such as the Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure, National Cyber Security Centre, the National Physical Laboratory, Cabinet Office,  the National Physical Laboratory, FIDO Alliance, ISO, and MOSIP.