Michael Stirrup

Finance Director

I've been here since 2006 when I joined the company expecting to be a full time accountant but ended up doing a bit of IT consulting on the side. I graduated from Newcastle University with a degree in 'French and Accounting'; a slightly odd combination but one that secured me my first job at Procter & Gamble working as an accountant for a factory in Paris!

After leaving P&G I joined Elementis to help set up and work in their Financial Shared Service Centre. I've always been interested in IT systems after being involved in two large ERP roll-outs in my previous jobs at Procter & Gamble and Elementis PLC, so Waterstons seemed an ideal fit. My other professional passion (if you can have a passion for such things!) is finance and accounting and I qualified as a Chartered Management Accountant (CIMA) in 2007. I still enjoy getting involved with IT projects for clients where I can and my financial skills are called upon when needed; although they don't let me out of the office so much anymore!

Since I've been here at Waterstons I've seen us double our staff numbers and double our turnover – all this whilst not compromising our values and keeping the ethos that first attracted me to the company. Even at my interview I got a sense for what the company stood for and it was this that pulled me away from my career in much larger corporates. I've been our FD since 2011 and I'm immensely proud to be on the Board of Directors of such a great company.

Outside of work I enjoy playing and watching football. I'm a Tottenham fan; there are not too many of us about in the North East but I'm working hard on my young son to follow in my footsteps and so far he's ignoring the lure of the local teams! My other passion is music; I've always enjoyed going to lots of gigs and also playing my guitar and singing in a band (with other Waterstons members!).

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