Originally qualified as a Mechanical Engineer, Stuart moved into software engineering in 1988 and has held several positions across the public and private sectors.
Most recently, as Chief Product & Delivery Officer for Sage Group PLC, Stuart was responsible for the Product Management, Product Engineering and Service Operations of Sage’s global cloud and on premise business management solutions portfolio.
Leading a team of 2600 people across 23 countries his team successfully delivered over 1200 product releases across a portfolio comprising more than 200 cloud and on premise products over the last 12 months of his tenure.
With nearly 30 years of experience of delivering award winning technology solutions he has acquired a broad range of skills and capabilities, involving product and technology strategy definition, designing and building technology functions, recruiting high calibre teams, leveraging investment for maximum return, embedding a strong customer centric ethic, driving agile working practices, and more recently successfully leading digital transformation. He is also well versed and possesses a deep understanding of corporate governance at board level, buisiness planning, budgeting and forecasting, risk management, and audit/compliance controls.
Having led and worked with research and development teams worldwide, he possesses vast experience of developing and implementing Accounting, Payroll, HR, ERP (Sage, Microsoft Navision and SAP), PCI and FCA regulated Card and Bank Payments businesses, Manufacturing, Distribution, Construction, Business Intelligence, Mobile, and emerging technologies such as Bots, AI and Collective Intelligence.
During his time as a CIO he ran the IT Infrastructure and Services for Sage’s UKI business and led several IT transformation programmes such as enterprise systems consolidation and the creation of a new cloud services operations function.
He prides himself on being a customer champion and strong business leader with a rare blend of technology and commercial acumen. He is also a Mentor, Coach, and acomplished Public Speaker.
Stuart is a native of the North East of England and is proud of the success of the region. As the Vice Chairman of an organisation called ‘Dynamo North East’ he works alongside local business owners to see the North East recognised as a centre of excellence for Information technology.
Stuart is a family man with a passion for technology, sport and cars.