Who We Are

 Your Trusted Advisory Service

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 21stcentury 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.

Richard Merrygold

Richard Merrygold

Co- founder & Managing Consultant

“This subject doesn’t have to be boring and it doesn’t have to be complicated. It can be the key to better customer relationships, increased levels of trust and a greater understanding of your people.”

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.         

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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.

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James Pearson

James Pearson

Co founder & Client Services Director

“I pride myself on providing the best customer experience possible. This is the key to ensuring success for both iSTORM and our customers. I’ll always go the extra mile to make sure that the service we provide is second to none”

Benoit Tachot

Benoit Tachot

Penetration Tester & consultant

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.

Charlotte joined the iSTORM® team as an apprentice Business Development Executive and is responsible for developing and managing client relationships.

Charlotte successfully completed her A-level education at the local Chipping Campden Sixth Form, after which she spent 2 ½ years living in and exploring Australia (a trip she initially planned to be 6 months). During this time, Charlotte decided to continue her studies in Leadership and Management at a local college in Sydney whilst working for a direct sales company.

Charlotte’s previous experience working in customer relations is where she developed her passion for providing the best service and experience to her customers; but most importantly she likes to work closely with her clients to help find a solution that is personalised to their needs.

Charlotte is excited to be a part of a growing business and looks forward to tackling the new challenges in the industry of cyber security.

Outside of work, Charlotte is a sporty person who loves going to the gym, walking her dogs and watching a good movie.

Charlotte Hughes

Charlotte Hughes

Business Development Executive - Apprentice

joe Richards

joe Richards

Business Development Executive - Apprentice

Joe joined iSTORM® in 2020 as part of the newly introduced apprenticeship programme 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, loves skiing, reading and football supporting the mighty Birmingham City.

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





Privacy - Security - Penetration Testing : Your Trusted Advisory Service



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Elizabeth Court
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Stratford Upon Avon
CV37 6HX

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