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Client Testimonials

At Validis we turn accounting data into clear actionable information. Our clients include amazon, Santander, Deloitte, Lloyds Bank, KPMG and more and they all have one thing in common. A clear expectation of world class cyber security. We engaged with Stuart at High Table as our Chief Risk Officer to ensure our Information Security is world class, to ensure we meet our ISO 27001 certification, to operate and deliver our SOC 2 Type 2 and to represent security with our client engagements. Having a trusted, experienced and valued person on board means we are confident our cyber security is the best it can be. Highly recommend.

We have engaged Stuart at High Table as our Chief Information Security Manager. He oversees our information security management system and associated certifications, including the transition of our ISO 27001 certification. His professional no nonsense, commercially focussed approach, combined with his information security expertise and knowledge, gives us peace of mind and allows us to focus on running our business and delivering high quality solutions for our clients.

Security used to be an enterprise problem, now it’s something everyone has to contend with. But enterprise security management on SME budgets is tricky. That’s where Stuart at High Table comes in. Stuart is our “Virtual” CISO. He helps us attain ISO 27001 compliance, acts as a security advisor, and chairs our security management team. He provides flexible enterprise-grade information security management services according to our needs and budget. Stuart’s extremely knowledgeable about the industry and very well connected too – so even if there are areas he can’t cover himself, he’ll know someone who can.

BUSINESS CONTINUITY BUNDLE: I have been working with BCMs for over 15 years and also 27001/2 for the same period and working with Cyber Essentials since its creation so I have seen a fair few different approaches to creating and maintaining both BC/DR paperwork and an ISMS. When it came to getting a clear, concise, easy to follow and completely fit for purpose template set I immediately thought of www.hightable.io – I was not disappointed – they provided exactly what i needed, just when I needed it, with 121 support from the Author as an added bonus. Thank you Stuart & thank you hightable.io : James Mckinlay / Group Information Security Manager

I was lucky enough to work directly for Stuart when I started working at Agenci. I’m not going to comment about Stuarts direct knowledge with Information Security as anyone who knows Stuart or has looked through his LinkedIn profile will be able to make their own decisions on his knowledge of the subject. Unfortunately, few of those people get to work directly with him. Stuart has an amazing business acumen. Over the last 18 months I’ve learnt so much from Stuart on how a business ticks. I consider him to be a great mentor and someone I will continue to learn from in the future. He cares about people and strives to ensure the mental well being of his employees is always a number one priority. I would have no hesitation recommending Stuart to anyone. If he ever tries to employ you in the future, its probably a good move to listen to what he has to say. Kris Long | Senior Consultant

Stuart’s knowledge of the ISO 27001 frameworks in unparalleled. His ability to explain a dry and often confusing set of requirements in a manner understood by non technical stakeholders greatly assists the change management process and garners the necessary support from senior leadership. His approach can significantly reduce the amount of time and financial resource required to successfully achieve and retain the ISO 27001 certification. I have used Stuart’s consulting services on many occasions and would recommend him to anyone embarking on a ISMS journey.

Tahir Latif | Global Data Privacy and Data Protection Practitioner

Stuart basically knows InfoSec inside out. He’s giving a lot back to the community through his tutorials and The List. A very respected, honest and trustworthy guy.

Marc Turner | CISO @ Cloud Operations

Stuart and his team have been amazing. For my business I needed a solid ISO27001 understanding and more information on how to secure from malicious hackers. I cannot recommend Stuart more highly. Anyone in need of the mentioned services Stuart is not only knowledgeable, but very quick and on point to answer any questions. I highly recommend High Table!!!

Sebastian Trusu | Certified Penetration Tester | Certified Ethical Hacker

The team at High Table have a breadth and depth of subject matter expertise and capability that is the culmination of many years of hands on experience. The time to value and ROI of their services is truly a unique proposition in these times. For any organisation looking for ISO27K certification you really should consider High Table.

Pendle Jackson | Next-generation RegTech software

I have utilised Stuart and his incredible skillset for my customers on a number of occasions. His professional approach along with being pragmatic and easy to communicate with make working with Stuart very easy and rewarding all round.

Lee Gilbank | Director ALLOWLIST

Having worked with Stuart on several complex engagements across multiple organisations I have no hesitation in not only recommending him but strongly advising you put him at the top of your list and make him your first call…

Mark Shepherdson | Sales Specialist

Stuart and the team have years of experience in ISO27001 and its fundamentals which really makes for easy, straight forward expert consultation and road to accreditation. Highly recommended.

Phil Bedford | Information Security Manager

Stuart at High Table is both knowledgeable and experienced in the ISO 27001 certification. What we liked was his no nonsense approach to the certification. Would highly recommend.

Endri Baci | Cyber Forensics and Security

Stuart is a strong leader with unerring focus on the rapidly evolving realm that is Data Governance. He is able to accurately predict future opportunities, manage complicated business change, and has the rare ability to speak, drive and enforce governance to every business level clearly. Most importantly for me he has the ability of achieving goals in a way that others will rally round to support their delivery. 

Mark Lambe | Head of Azure Technology

Stuart built a strong team at GE that delivered leading practice initiatives to meet internal, regulatory and industry requirements. Several areas were adopted by other companies due to positive feedback and proactive knowledge sharing. Supported by numerous qualifications and experience, Stuart is able to convey a message in both a technical and business language to achieve results – a strength that enables Stuart to operate all all levels. Stuart fostered great team spirit and morale by empowering individuals, training, reward and recognition and celebrating success

Iain Wardle | Risk and Information Security

I found Stuart to be a true professional in every way. He supported us on all levels and always went the extra mile. His leadership and direction has paid dividends for all concerned. He is honest and straight forward, a pleasure to work with.

Geoff Berry | CEO

Stuart is always the consummate professional; he is a dedicated, passionate and dynamic leader with the ability to get the best out of people. He builds strong, well-motivated teams ensuring the right mix of skills to deliver for the business. He is highly knowledgeable and experienced in the information security domain and is never afraid to make difficult decisions to protect the business and the customer. Stuart excels in his ability to convey complex governance issues, at all levels, in such as ways as to achieve success.

Ian Clark | Managing Director | Global Chief Technology Officer

Stuart was always the extremely professional, dedicated and resourceful. He excelled in developing a highly motivated team with a track record of delivery. Stuart can communicate the most complex governance and security issues to all levels within an organisation.

Adrian Murphy | Platform Solutions Manager

During that time I worked with Stuart at GE, it was evident at the very start that his management and leadership skills were of an extremely high standard. I was immediately made to feel part of a highly professional and effective IT governance team and thoroughly enjoyed the work and skills that I acquired. I have no hesitation in recommending Stuart for his exceeding skills as an IT professional and leader. 

Gurpreet Bhamra | QA Consultant

It made everything a lot clearer so we now have a fairly good idea of what lies before us!

Communications Manager at Charity

Out of all the people we talked to, we appreciated your thoughts and ideas on how the whole process should work

IT Manager – Global Company

“Bloody awesome!”

“excellent Bootcamp , very informative and easy to digest”

“It is absolutely evident that you really do know your onions and have been there, seen it and done it and the quality of the outputs and what you have put together is amazing.”

“I like the no BS and no padding out approach “