Name Howard Durdle
Label Fractional CTO, CIO, CISO
Email [email protected]
Summary A Queen's Award-winning entreprenurial fractional CTO, CIO and CISO.


  • 2022.06 - Present
    Uptake Strategies
    Consultant to board on IT and Digital strategies, with a particular focus on information security.
    • Led team through internal firewall setup to ensure separation of conflicting teams and data when working for competing clients.
    • Framework for and management of Project Management tool selection.
    • Framework for and management of HR tool selection.
    • Migrated ~2TB of Microsoft Teams and Sharepoint data to new private, secure framework.
    • Operating as subject matter expert for senior management to validate MSP solutions and plan strategic company goals.
  • 2021.09 - 2023.12
    Clarify B2B
    • Defined and recruited for Data & Insight team to use technology (Elastic, Kibana, Tableau, Snowflake, FiveTran) to turn corporate data into actionable insight.
    • Review of incumbent MSP provision and exit of contract.
    • Recruitment of internal IT Team (IT Manager, technicians) to provide daily on-site support to growing company.
    • Information Security consultancy to sales team, specifically to answer queries from prospects around use of their data.
    • Extensive work around GDPR, PII and protection/acceptable use of data.
  • 2020.10 - Present
    • Took failing security function (due to staff attrition) and reworked ISMS and IT systems inside 45 days to remove non-conformances from external ISO 27001 audit.
    • Identified and mitigated security issues in Azure deployment while also reducing Azure hosting cost by a third, saving approx. 60K pa.
    • Review of incumbent MSP provision and rationalizing of requirements to reduce costs and improve service, validation of and contract with new MSP to provide new services.
    • Planned decommissioning of co-lo datacentre hardware and rerouting of global network traffic to support new ways of working.
  • 2011.02 - 2019.01
    FISCALTec Group
    • Built robust ISMS, training and processes to prove certification to the requirements of ISO 27001.
    • Recruited and managed engineering team (~20 people), working with them to build, deliver, host and support software that subsequently won the Queen’s Award for Innovation.
    • Pioneered lowercase “a” agile behaviours in the engineering team, reaping the benefits of an engaged team with strong autonomy, mastery and purpose. Teams became self-organising, and their practices spontaneously spread to other teams within the business.
    • Migrated a legacy on-prem customer base (>200 installs) to a new cloud platform; working with sales and providing expert information security assurance to satisfy customer concerns.
    • Ensured financial stability through budget planning, invoicing processes, and cash flow management.
    • Engaged potential clients through technical pre-sales.
    • Efficiently managed a diverse team, fostering collaboration and driving high performance.
    • Acted as an escalation point, promptly resolving complex issues and ensuring satisfactory resolutions for clients.
    • Acted as CISO and owner of the ISMS. Point of escalation for complex security queries from customers and prospects.
  • 2008.09 - 2011.02
    Information Security Consultant
    FISCAL Technologies Ltd
    Consultant to board and development team on secure deployment of Microsoft technologies.
    • Architect of strategic move and company focus from on-prem software to SaaS solution.
    • Mentoring junior members of the team.
  • 2005.07 - 2008.09
    Security Consultant
    Microsoft UK
    Subcontracted to MoD to review security aspects of their delivery partner's design.
    • Subject matter expert for MoD use of Microsoft technologies.
    • Vulnerability assessment and penetration testing of UK Defence networks.
  • 2004.08 - 2005.07
    Director, Principal Consultant ltd
    Vehicle for long term security consultancy contracts with Microsoft, Ministry of Defence, Specsavers et al.
    • Developed concept for software startup for innovative worldwide in-car satnav voices.
  • 2004.08 - 2005.07
    Founder, Technical Director
    Locutio Voice Technologies
    Created the concept and market for 'voices for satnav'.
    • iOS App from idea to market inside 4 weeks
    • Negotiated deal with MGM for licence for Stargate properties.


  • 2011 - 2014
    IT Provision
    The Yateley Society
    Provided IT guidance and support to local environmental and historical society.


  • 2003 - 2005

    Egham, Surrey

    Royal Holloway, University of London
    Information Security
    • Security Management
    • Standards and Evaluation Criteria
    • Advanced Cryptography
  • 1996 - 1998

    Guildford, Surrey

    University of Surrey
    Computer Science


  • 2016.04
    Queen's Award for Innovation
    HRH Queen Elizabeth II
    The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise are the UK’s most prestigious business awards, given only to companies or individuals who are outstanding in their field.


Strategy & Management
Technical Strategy & Innovation
Stakeholder Management
Vendor Management
Strategic & Agile Leader
Adaptability & Creativity
Team Development
PM and Delivery
Financial & Operational Efficiency
Standards & Technology
Information Security
ISO 27001
Azure and MS365
Linux, WIndows
UBiquiti, Cisco IOS
LDAP, Active Directory


Home Automation
Retro Computing
3D Printing
Human-AI Interaction
Science Fiction Books