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Meet Craig Ingham, Xalient’s Group Information Security and Compliance Director

Following his recent promotion to the position of Group Information Security and Compliance Director, we caught up with Craig Ingham, a driving force in building our Managed Services business and who has made substantial contributions to our growth journey. His passion and experience have helped us acquire and retain ISO accreditations, strengthen our Information Security Systems, and ensure high-quality service delivery. Learn about Craig Ingham’s journey to becoming the Group Information Security and Compliance Director at Xalient, his role in shaping the company’s growth, and his vision for the future.

What is your current role at Xalient and how long have you been part of the Xalient family?
Group Information Security and Compliance Director, 7 Years

What motivated you to join Xalient?
Initially it was a change to the way in which cloud services was evolving the industry, I needed to change too. After that is was the Interview with Mark and Sherry, we talked a lot, I got hooked with their passion and decided it was the company for me.

How does Xalient align with your career goals and values?
Xalient have supported my growth both personally as well as in my career. I have a supportive leader and mentor and we operate well as a team.

Describe a typical day in your role?
There just isn’t a typical day. They don’t exist. One minute I could be workshopping a Managed Service with a Customer, the next I could be in with an auditor running through our information management systems, the next I could be leading a response on an RFP. Every day is different.

What do you enjoy most about working at Xalient? Can you share a memorable or rewarding experience during your time here?
The respect I get for my work and the freedom to contribute either as a team, or as an individual. Winning new business is pretty addictive too.
A fairly memorable experience was pulling together contracts for the Commonwealth Games (2022), then hiring and training staff, then finding them somewhere to live and work in Birmingham for 6 weeks, then leading the project until the games ended. A whirlwind set of experiences.

How would you describe the team culture at Xalient?
Extremely collaborative, respectful and hardworking (also fun), with an innovative and creative spirit.

What’s your favourite thing about the industry Xalient operates in?
It’s complexity under the surface, but it’s simplicity in how we position it. It’s actually very difficult to be good and remain good in our industry. The competition is fierce but we always prevail.

What advice would you give to someone considering a career at Xalient?
Do it! But it’s not for the faint of heart. If you like being in the thick of it and love a challenge, then sign that contract.

Share an interesting fact about yourself that others might not know.
I’ve raised thousands for Cancer Research with Xalient over the years (running).

Is there something on your personal or professional bucket list?
Personal: Spend my retirement cycling around Europe. Professional: Be Xalient’s first CISO.

Are you into any specific tech gadgets or innovations?
Health statistics stuff (Garmin ecosystem) – watch, cycle computers etc.

What’s the last book you read or movie/TV show you enjoyed?
The Gentlemen (Guy Richie’s new TV Show). Also… anything by James Holland (Historian).

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
Europe (anywhere, so long as it’s warm) on a Bike.

What are your must-have apps for productivity or relaxation?
OneNote for productivity. Calm for Mindfulness.

What’s an item or possession you cherish the most?
My home / garden.

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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.