Michael Stirrup

Chief Executive Officer

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! I guess from the start I’ve always wanted to be involved in more than just finance and recently graduating from Finance Director to CEO has fulfilled that need.

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 quadruple our staff numbers and turnover – all this whilst not compromising our values and keeping the ethos that first attracted me to the company. I’ve loved working with such a diverse range of people and clients and I'm immensely proud to be CEO 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've been working hard on my kids to follow in my footsteps! 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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