Who We Are

Customer Service

Big enough to deliver, small enough to care


Working in ways that is best for you


Tailored approach

We know that one size does not fit all, everything we do is aligned to your budget and resource requirement

Award Winning Consultancy

Outstanding Customer Service Initiative – Cyber OSPAs Winner 2021



At iSTORM® we believe that strong privacy and information security practices are beneficial to every organisation.

Our management team has more than 2 decades experience, covering information security, cyber security, ISO 27001, information governance, data protection and penetration testing.

We work with organisations from across the world in sectors as diverse as charities/not for profits, pharmaceuticals, healthcare, automotive, space exploration and financial services.

We understand the issues that 21st century businesses face and our hand-picked team of experts are here to provide pragmatic support to cover all your governance, risk management and compliance needs.

Our Vision

To be recognised as one of the leading advisory service providers for Privacy, Security, and Penetration Testing.

Our Mission

To combine the best possible customer experience with market leading delivery for every client, every time. 

We have created a brand that inspires, and our clients trust us to deliver

The support received by iSTORM solutions over the past 18 months has been excellent. As well as delivering on the contractual requirements, they have gone above and beyond expectations to provide an outstanding service which is fully supporting all our data protection requirements.

Sally Woolston

Director of Quality Assurance (Group), Bionical Solutions


Excellent company to deal with. Very easy, pragmatic, and reliable with great advice, would definitely use again and recommend for other companies to use, thank you.

Andy Walls

Chief Operating Officer, WCS Group

Richard Merrygold

Richard Merrygold

Co- Founder & Managing Consultant

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An experienced Data Protection leader, Richard has spent the majority of his professional career working in privacy. He has travelled globally supporting organisations across healthcare, pharmaceutical, technology and financial service sectors.

Throughout his career Richard has gained the ISEB/BCS Data Protection Certificate, become a qualified internal auditor and delivered NHS secure network N3 connection to pharmaceutical companies.

Richard is a firm believer in engaging on an operational level and taking a risk based, pragmatic approach. He takes pride in building sustainable privacy frameworks, providing real world, workable solutions to a wide range of challenges.

Richard is a regular keynote speaker and commentator on data protection and privacy matters and sits on a number of advisory panels. He has produced training videos for Thomson Reuters and the DMA (Direct Marketing Association) and was voted in the 2018 Data IQ Top 100 as one of the most influential people.

He is also a committee member for the Data Protection Forum, a specialist data protection organisation based in London.

Talk to me about watches, travel, socialising, cars and anything you are passionate about!

James Pearson

James Pearson

Co-Founder & Client Services Director

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Experienced in providing advice and guidance on a variety of standards, frameworks and regulations from helping global organisations to complete multi-million pound projects through to supporting SME’s to implement basic security and privacy controls.

James helps to identify the most effective and sustainable solutions for any risk management challenge.

Throughout his career, James has worked across multiple sectors including automotive, aerospace and defence, healthcare and retail. He has helped to deliver complex penetration testing programmes, multi-standard implementations (including ISO27001, NIST, SOC2 & ISO22301) and data privacy solutions, including GDPR compliance and outsourced Data Protection Officers.

James is an ISO 27001 Lead Implementer, a GDPR Practitioner and holds certificates in Managing Cyber Security Risk, PCI DSS and ISO 22301.

James is well travelled both professionally and personally, with his career taking him to Venezuela, Mexico, Hong Kong and the Middle East.

Talk to me about travel, sport, wine and great food!

Joe Richards

Joe Richards

Business Development Executive

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Joe joined iSTORM® in 2020 as part of the newly introduced apprenticeship programme which he went on to successfully pass in 2022, and is responsible for developing and managing client relationships within iSTORM. 

He has an active interest in customer psychology. He enjoys understanding client challenges and how iSTORM offerings can address these issues.

Joe is a keen sportsman and enjoys all aspects of team sports and understanding how to lead and motivate a team. He lives in Warwickshire, and loves skiing, reading, and football supporting the mighty Birmingham City.

Suzy Oliver

Suzy Oliver

Operations Manager

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Suzy is an experienced Business Manager with a broad administrative skill set gained over years working across a variety of industry sectors including Healthcare, Hospitality and Automotive. 

She is excited to be part of the iSTORM team to be able to deliver a back-office function that not only provides exceptional customer service but enables the business to embrace new opportunities and succeed in being a market leader. 

In addition for her love for lists, process, and all things organisation, she is a mum of three children and if she gets spare time she loves to run and practice Yoga. 

Darryn Brownfield

Darryn Brownfield


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Darryn brings over 12 years of experience in the network and security industry where he designed, implemented and supported a wide range of solutions and services.

Outside of work, Darryn spends his time with his soon to be wife and children exploring the great British outdoors followed by a BBQ. He is also a bug bounty hunter and completes CTF challenges.

Rod Powers

Rod Powers


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Rod’s background with Quality Management Systems goes back to the time of BS5750!! Since then his experience in Quality frameworks includes; ISO9001/ TS16949 (Automotive) / Data Protection & GDPR and currently with ISO27001 during his ‘generalist’ career spanning across public/private sector functions for HR / Manufacturing / Operations and IT Management. 

He has active interests in; Business Intelligence, Corporate Compliance, and Information Security. Rod likes using the tools at iSTORM® to promote and maintain business vigilance capabilities through; Privacy, Security, and Pentesting. 

Outside of work, Rod is equally active as a grandfather, preparing for his forthcoming wedding, cooking, and reading. 

Emma Godfree

Emma Godfree

Data Protection Consultant

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Emma comes with a background in Customer Service and Complaints Handling. She has been a Foster Carer and has worked for the Military Police in the past. She has more recently developed experience and knowledge to pursue a career within Data Protection.

Emma is excited about gaining new skills and experience with iSTORM® to add to her knowledge of Data Protection. Emma is also looking forward to getting to know iSTORM’s clients, understanding their needs, and being on hand to provide support and guidance. Most importantly she is keen to get stuck in and bring her value to the team.

Outside of work Emma enjoys making Lego, she recently completed the Houses of Parliament set! She also loves walking her dogs and Aerial Hooping amongst other things!

Catherine Dickson

Catherine Dickson

Senior Data Protection Consultant

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Catherine comes with a background in facilities management (in-house DPO for the largest independent student accommodation provider in the UK). Previously to that, she has 15 years of experience in the energy industry, where she did various roles such as billing controls and compliance, GDPR lead, and continuous improvement specialist.

Catherine is excited about meeting lots of different clients from different industries and helping them with any Data Protection support and being able to make GDPR ‘real and relatable’. She is also looking forward to working with the rest of the iSTORM team to learn from other experiences.

Outside of work, Catherine loves getting out and being amongst nature, where she lives there are so many gorgeous walks. She is also a Trekkie and loves anything to do with Marvel, so she’s very much looking forward to geeking out with Emma!

Benoit Tachot

Benoit Tachot

Penetration Testing Consultant

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Benoit is a CREST certified cyber-security practitioner with several years’ experience in IT, mainly in consulting roles.

He helps keep our customers secure by focusing on identifying the threats they face from external actors, while ensuring all information is provided in clear, actionable language.

Originally from France, Benoit has now been living in the UK for over 4 years.

In addition to a passion for cyber-security and all things IT,  Benoit is a lover of travelling, football and good food.

Greg Charman

Greg Charman

Penetration Testing Consultant

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Greg comes with a background in kitchen and bathroom fitting since the age of 20 which led him to eventually run his own supply and installation business. After some time, Greg started to play with hacking platforms such as TryHackMe and HackTheBox as well as watching YouTube content on the subject in his spare time. This sparked his interest, and he subsequently went on to take some CompTIA certifications and pursue it as a potential career. This led him to his first Penetration Testing Role before joining iSTORM®.

Greg is excited to start working on projects with other testers are they are all very knowledgeable. He’s always keen to learn and share information on a subject that he is genuinely passionate about. As Greg likes to say, “I love having a good nerd out with others!”.

Outside of work, Greg loves to spend time with his family. If the weather is good, you will find him fishing with friends. Greg has also been involved on and off with music and playing in bands since he was in high school.

James Partridge

James Partridge

Customer Success Manager

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James joins iSTORM in the new role of Customer Success Manager bringing with him over 15 years’ experience in account management, sales, and customer service across a variety of sectors including: legal, digital, development, recruitment & drinks.

He is excited about meeting all iSTORM customers over the phone and in person in the coming months and helping your business or organisation get the most out of the services we offer.

Outside of work you will find James running around after his two children, cooking and scrolling through Auto Trader for the perfect vehicle to take trips to the North Cornish coast.





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