Our Founder

Nick Birch


I'm Nick Birch, Founder and Managing Director of Exigia Ltd.

My IT journey began in a clearing bank, which I eventually left as a systems development manager to join the NHS as a senior manager. I spent a fascinating 22 years working for and on behalf of many and varied NHS organisations, ending my career as a Director at Sussex Health Informatics.

My roles have given me substantial experience in a variety of disciplines including information management, programme management, procurement and website design. However, at the bank and right through my NHS career, I have always found myself heading up (and sorting out) data protection and information governance.

Perhaps inevitably, my last NHS position was as a Senior Information Risk Owner (SIRO) and Director of Security. On leaving the NHS, I set up my company, Exigia, to pursue these interests. In addition to providing consultancy services, training and compliance advice, Exigia acts as Data Protection Officer for several organisations, including charities. I value long term relationships with my clients over one-off assignments and once engaged, always aim to become a valued member of 'the team'.

Like many professionals nowadays, I work remotely most of the time. Naturally technology makes this easier, whilst reducing costs, helping the environment and improving work / life balance. My wife, a long-term NHS Manager in a related field, also has a hand in the company and together we maintain an open plan home office.

If you become a client, as I hope you will, I look forward to working with you and your team.

Nick Birch, MBCS, CITP, PGDip, CISMP

Founder & Managing Director