Alistair McLeod


I am lucky enough to have been involved in the evolution of Waterstons for the past 14 years. I started in 2000 when we were 20 people working out of offices above a Toyota dealership in Durham. The business has grown beyond recognition since then; our headcount is now above 80, we have clients all over the UK, and purpose built offices in Durham with a rapidly growing office in London. I have had many roles during this time, starting as a senior software consultant before moving through the business to my current role as Business Development and Consulting Director.

Exciting, varied and challenging…

…is how I sum up working for our business and it’s what I thrive on. I am known in the business for my enthusiasm and my 'half glass full' view of the world (which is sometimes a curse as well as a blessing). It means I am constantly looking for new opportunities and challenges. Our culture of trust and empowerment means I have the freedom to express this in my business development role and also in my consulting work. This has helped me draw a lot of personal satisfaction from my career.

The road to 'geekness' and beyond

In 1981 my dad came home one day with a Sinclair ZX81 stuffed under his arm and told me that computers were the future. My enthusiasm was instantly aroused when I switched it on and I was confronted with a flashing cursor and a blank screen. I immediately reached for the manual and I’ve never looked back since. My career started at Yorkshire Electricity in Leeds, joining from University after a year’s internship. I then moved back to my home city in 1994 to spend four and a half years working for a small accounts software firm in Newcastle, with just over 150 people, called Sage! I left Sage in 1998, (when the business was 500 strong and expanding fast) to take up my first consultancy role for Sema Group, writing business applications for central government departments and the department for social security. It was at Waterstons where I transformed from 'Geek' to become a business and technology specialist and Director of the board.

The majority of my clients are based in the construction and property management sectors and consequently I know a lot about BIM and Asset Management systems. I would class myself as a 'Business and IT generalist' who can help clients define and leverage full strategic value from technology and manage the change required to deliver acceptable returns on their investments. I am also a social animal, which plays to my role, and I like to have lots of fun, both inside and outside of work; life would be boring otherwise right?


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