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Getting to know: Kieran Darlow

Understandably, times are hard right now and many businesses are now working from home, team Xalient included. We thought we would open the door into some of the teams’ homes, starting with Service Operations Director, Kieran Darlow.

What is your working-from-home routine?

Run, shower, brew, set my goals for the day, pick today’s playlist, collaborate and socialise with my amazing team and colleagues to ensure we continue to deliver to our customers whilst supporting each other!

And what would your advice be for those who aren’t used to working from home?

Get some fresh air! It is easy to just sit down and before you know it several hours have passed and you have not even moved! Get your window open, enjoy that fresh air but more importantly take regular breaks and change your scenery – go for a walk, even if it is around your garden.

As a Service Operations Director, what tools do you find useful when working from home?

Whilst Microsoft Teams and Skype for Business have been essential to keep in close communication with both my teams and customers, I would have to say Spotify is critical to ensure some high-energy beats inspire me throughout the day.

Xalient has introduced a quaranteam scheme to encourage employees to take on a new challenge while working from home.

I have set myself a goal to run at least 10 miles per week to remain fit and healthy. So far so good. If I keep up my current progress it will not be long before I increase my goal… who knows, the York Marathon 2021 might be on the cards!

And finally, we want to offer you the opportunity to use our platform to send a message to all the amazing people out there fighting to keep us safe:

To our emergency services and all those who are working hard to ensure we remain watered, fed and safe. In the face of danger, your passion continues to help and provide critical services to our nation, you are both mine and my families Hero’s and we will forever be in your debt!

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Portrait of Mark Foulsham, Board Advisor, NED, COO/CIO, Fractional Support, Digital Leadership Coach

Mark Foulsham

Board Advisor, NED, COO/CIO, Fractional Support, Digital Leadership Coach

With a broad background as a COO/CIO/CDO, C-Suite Advisor, NED, Senior Transformation Leader and Coach, Mark tackles multiple fronts from the advantage of diverse experience in business operations, technology, procurement, delivery and risk. With a deep knowledge of business models from multiple sectors and extensive experience in fast-paced digital start-ups.

Mark’s work across extensive business types, functions and countries empowers him with experience to bear across silos. Mark has built a reputation for advocating cross-business collaboration, taking a pragmatic approach and championing transformative change.