Alistair McLeod

Director

I am lucky enough to have been involved in the evolution of Waterstons since May 2000. I started when we were 20 people working out of offices above a Toyota dealership in Durham. The business has grown beyond recognition and during this time I have worn many hats, 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 client work. This has helped me draw a lot of personal satisfaction from my career.

The road to 'geekness' and beyond

One day in 1981 my dad came home with a Sinclair ZX81 stuffed under his arm and announced to 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.

Although my role as Director preoccupies a large proportion of my time, I still thrive on my engagement with clients and making a contribution to ideas and innovation activities that focus on how organisations can perform better through the use of technology.

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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