Nine23 introduce their advisory board to support their business growth.

Nine23 Ltd, have been in business for over 12 years with a desire to grow the business in line with their strategy and values. Nine23 are excited to announce they are investing in the experience and guidance of an advisory board to support their growth plan.

After a series of conversations, we found the right fit of people who understand our company mission, vision and share the same values as Nine23. 

The new board, which will meet quarterly, is led by James Illingworth, Chairman of the Advisory Board; providing vital perspective, as we work with our discerning clients to enable their businesses and users to use technology effectively and securely. 

Joining James on the advisory board we welcome Maggie Titmuss, Mike Morgan and Alasdair Shannon.

Since leaving the British Army in 2022, James has set up his own Consultancy/Advisory business (JETI Limited) and has built a diverse portfolio of NED/advisory/consultancy commitments that predominantly focus within the Defence Sector. Having led and managed organisations of up to 11,000 personnel including x-government agencies, army, navy and RAF, as well as defence contractors, he has a deep knowledge and experience for advising others in their support to the military, other Governmental Departments, and civilian organisations. James has operated at Executive Board level in the Field Army and as the Commander and Administrator of the Cyprus Sovereign Base Areas, his skills are also acutely attuned and transferable to Non-Executive Director roles. He is well versed in running organisations with large budgets, and planning multi-million pound programmes that focus on the near and longer term.

Maggie is an extremely experienced, respected leader and Board Advisor. She carries the unique blend of senior private sector career leader blended with the highest level of international law enforcement leadership and management. She served as the UK’s lead for serious and organised crime based in Washington DC for 4 years and was latterly Lloyds Banking Group’s Director Intelligence & Incident response prior to adopting a portfolio of companies with whom she advises and consults. Maggie is also the Chair of the National Cyber Resilience Advisory Board for the Scottish Government and is a strong advocate for new and emerging sectors and skills.

Michael Morgan (FCMA, FCT, MBA) joined the Nine23 Advisory Board in July 2023 following a successful career at BAE Systems where he had previously been employed in a number of senior finance posts from 1991 until his taking early retirement in 2020.

He brings considerable hands-on experience in the costing and delivery of managed IT services and their associated change and delivery mechanisms to a wide-ranging and geographically diverse customer base, having been responsible for the financial stewardship, budgeting, forecasting, long term planning, income recognition and recovery of approximately £225m of annual expenditure on IT labour, goods and services delivered to approximately 35,000 employees across more than 100 end user managed services, and the financial tracking of approximately 400 concurrent business change and transformation programmes.

Prior to this period, Michael worked on a number of large-scale M&A activities (including the merger of British Aerospace with Marconi Electronic Systems in 1999); the aggregation and disaggregation of internal and external business combinations (as BAE Systems evolved its business portfolio mix in line with its strategic objectives); and the growth, insourcing and outsourcing of IT service activities both internal and external to BAE Systems (ultimately growing Enterprise IT Services from its initial delivery of End User Computing, Office Systems, associated cyber protection services, and their physical and virtual associated peripherals and storage mechanisms within BAE Systems).

He also worked for a short period in Treasury operations and has previously sat on the Exostar Advisory Board, supporting both it and BAE Systems’ representative Director from its inception in 2000 through to its sale to Thoma Bravo in 2020.

Alasdair joined the Nine23 Advisory Board with twenty years’ experience in leading new market growth in digital transformation (mission-critical technologies) and solutions-sales across Defence, National Security, Corporate Intelligence and Enterprise (cyber) Resilience markets.

Following an early career in Aviation Operations with the British Army, Alasdair has gained a broad range of commercial, executive expertise in the UK and Internationally with both large-scale Enterprise (Rolls Royce Defence and Macquarie – Airwave), SME, Corporate Advisory and Professional Services. In 2013 he moved to Doha and set up an Anglo-Qatari cyber communications Joint Venture under Emirati licence, enabling local sovereign cyber capability development for augmented National Security preparation and implementation.

Since his Qatar business, Alasdair has led cyber, data centric secure systems and managed services (ITSM) growth with Fujitsu Defence (Middle East & Pakistan markets) and latterly with Jacobs Defence, where he focussed on leveraging the company’s US Defence & National Security capabilities for UK MoD (Defence Digital) capability development across Tactical Communications, ISR – Enterprise, GEOINT – Data Exploitation and Multi Domain & Service Integration programmes.

Alasdair seeks to bring his blend of strategic Enterprise Resilience market development, and operational IT cyber solution–sales knowledge into Nine23’s corporate ‘Go To Market’ planning and growth, the value of which clearly presents a highly differentiated proposition for the increasing demands in UK sovereign cyber capability.