Meet our Leadership Team


Alyn FranklinAlyn Franklin – Chief Executive Officer

Alyn leads the management team, sets the strategy for the business and carries full commercial, financial and legal accountability. He is passionate about helping organisations to become safer, healthier and stronger and has set this as a clear vision for the business.

Alyn has extensive business leadership experience within the Risk Management and Professional Services sectors and has been with Alcumus for 9 years. He has been CEO since October 2017, having previously excelled in both CFO and COO positions within the business. 

Alyn’s prior leadership experience includes Audit & Advisory at Arthur Andersen, Sales Management for Coors Brewers, Financial Controller at Wincanton, Finance Director at Connaught Compliance and CFO at Santia Consulting.

Val ReesVal Rees – Chief People Officer 

Our people are at the heart of our business and as our Chief People Officer, Val is responsible for the people agenda to support the business growth, driving employee engagement and ensuring our company is a great place to work.  

A Fellow of the Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development, Val brings over 30 years Human Resources expertise and experience to the team.

Val joined Alcumus in 2018 after an illustrious career at Marks and Spencer, where she held numerous senior HR positions and leadership roles within Business Partnering and Regional & Divisional Management. Her most recent role was the Global Head of Employee Relations, Employee Wellbeing and Performance.

Mike Fogden – Chief Marketing Officer

As CMO, Mike leads the design & execution of the Alcumus marketing strategy. He is accountable for driving customer awareness and demand for our business solutions within our target sectors and has been with Alcumus since April 2017.

Mike has 18 years’ experience in senior commercial marketing roles across the Financial Services and Telecommunications industries. Prior to joining Alcumus, Mike was Head of Marketing within the RAC, one of the UK’s largest membership organisations, and before this held several senior marketing roles at Vodafone, a leading global technology business.

Earlier in his career, Mike cut his teeth at Santander, as Product Manager for Savings and Investment products.


Mike Talbot – Chief Technology Officer

Mike’s role as CTO is to deliver a technology vision that ensures our software solutions enable our clients to have safer, healthier and stronger businesses.

Mike is a technology visionary who has been leading innovative software companies for more than 30 years. His first interest in technology was at the age of 15 where he started developing computer games for the BBC Micro. He went on to build over 100 games, worked for Electronic Arts and UbiSoft amongst others. He’s since led a fascinating career founding Brann Software in 1993, Alterian in 1997 and 3radical in 2012.

Mike joined the business in 2018 and is recognised in the industry as a technology evangelist that is hands-on whilst being able to develop and communicate an inspirational vision to both his team and clients. 


Gemma Archibald – MD Advisory & Accreditation Solutions

As Managing Director for Advisory & Accreditation Solutions, Gemma has full P&L accountability for our SafeContractor & Advisory business.

She has significant experience in account management, business improvement and operational roles, including a Masters in Lean Enterprise.

Gemma has been with Alcumus since April 2016 and has already driven impressive double-digit growth in her time with the business. Her previous experience includes senior commercial roles within National Britannia & Connaught Compliance and she also led large scale transformation projects for The Royal Mint.


Danny Reeves – MD Software Solutions

Danny is responsible for helping our clients develop a data, information and risk management culture within their organisation via our Info Exchange and Sypol software solutions.

Prior to joining Alcumus in March 2018, Danny held several senior roles within global organisations operating in Oil & Gas, Financial Services, Telecoms, Local Government and Construction. During this time Danny sat on several National Advisory Boards promoting ICT as an outright business leadership function.

In his previous role, Danny was CEO at Romonet, a market leading Software Modelling, Predictive Analytics and Engineering Consultancy.


Helen JonesHelen Jones – MD Certification Solutions

A proven B2B senior leader, Helen heads up our ISOQAR Certification business, ensuring we help our clients demonstrate their commitment to Health, Safety & Quality standards.

Helen leads a team of specialised, UKAS accredited auditors, who provide certification services for organisations of all sizes, operating across multiple sectors. As a Chartered Civil Engineer, Helen has over 15 years’ experience in a variety of senior leadership roles across the Construction and Services sectors.

Prior to joining Alcumus in July 2018, Helen led the Mobilisation and Demobilisation of major outsourcing contracts for Carillion.