Ironshare appoints James Phipps as Non-Executive Chairman

Former CEO of Excalibur moves into Cyber Security arena

Today, Ironshare, a Birmingham-based cyber security consultancy, is pleased to announce the appointment of James Phipps to the new role of Non-Executive Chairman of the Board.

Phipps recently stood down as CEO and became Executive Chairman for Excalibur, after an MBO saw him sell his majority shareholding in the Swindon-based company, which as a Microsoft Gold Partner, provides managed IT and Telecommunications services. In almost two decades at Excalibur, he has overseen significant investment in systems and products and moved them from mobile phone shops to providing full telecom and IT services, supporting over 4,000 SMEs and organisations in the south and south west.

Excalibur was recently identified in London Stock Exchange Group’s ‘1000 Companies to Inspire Britain’ Report and is listed in the Sunday Times 100 Best Small Companies to Work For (2017 and 2018). They also hold the South West Federation of Small Business Award for Employer of the Year 2018. In setting the business apart from its competitors, Phipps has also made unprecedented commitments to staff development and local community projects, including the new Younite Foundation charitable trust he has created.

James Phipps joins Ironshare at a pivotal point in the company’s development as they focus on expansion and success in the U.K. market. As Board Chairman, he will be instrumental in defining go-to-market strategy while identifying new partners and growth objectives.

Commenting on the appointment, Stuart Hare, Director and Co-Founder of Ironshare said, “We are fortunate to have someone with James’ depth and breadth of business knowledge join us. We know that his experience will support the team in getting a stronger foothold in the UK security landscape.”

James added “I am delighted to be joining Ironshare at this exciting stage of its development. There is a distinct shortage of cyber security professionals in the industry, and the attention to detail and service that this team brings means there is remarkable growth potential. Ironshare is perfectly poised to take a significant market share, this is a very talented team and it will be a privilege to contribute to their success.”

About Ironshare

Ironshare is a provider of Information and Cyber Security services. The company focuses on helping customers to achieve a greater understanding of the risks to their organisation, whether large or small, while ensuring that defined security solutions are delivered in simple and effective manner. Ironshare is headquartered at The Colmore Building in Birmingham, UK.

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