I'm Nick Birch, Founder and Managing Director of Exigia Ltd.
During my career, I have taken on a wide range of IT roles; working for a number of organisations, including a clearing bank, which I left as a systems development manager to join the NHS senior as a senior manager. At the NHS, I spent a fascinating 22 years, working for several authorities and trusts as a Trust IT Director and latterly a Director at Sussex Health Informatics.
During my career, I have built substantial experience in information management, programme/project management, procurement and website design and I am a life member of the British Computer Society and Chartered IT Professional.
However, starting with my time with a clearing bank right through to the NHS, I always seemed to find myself heading up (and sorting out) data protection and information governance. In fact my last NHS position included the roles of Senior Information Risk Owner (SIRO) and Director of Security.
On leaving the NHS, I set up Exigia to pursue these interests commercially. In addition to providing consultancy services, training and compliance advice through the Company, I act as Data Protection Officer for several organisations, including charities.
I also develop and host websites; getting them up and running very rapidly either as an interim or a permanent presence. I actively maintain the exigia.com website and an integrated forms service as tools to serve my clients with functionality I have developed myself.
I value long term relationships with my clients over one-off assignments and always aim to become a valued member of 'the team'.
Like may professionals nowadays, I work largely remotely because technology enables this mode, however it reduces costs such as travelling and improves work/life balance. My wife, a long term NHS Manager in a related filed, also has a hand in the business and together we maintain an open plan home office.
Nick Birch, MBCS, CITP, PGDip, CISMP
Specialties and interests:
Information governance, IG training, information security, cyber security, project management, web development, website hosting