Originally a Mechanical Engineer, Stuart moved into Software Engineering in 1988 and has held several positions across public and private sector organisations globally.
As Executive Vice President and 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 software portfolio.
Leading a team of 2600 people across 23 countries his team successfully delivered over 1200 product releases annually across a portfolio comprising more than 200 cloud and desktop products.
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) solutions across a range of business sectors, including Manufacturing, Distribution, Health Care and Construction. He also developed and ran the platforms for PCI regulated Card Payments and FCA regulated Bank Payments business units., and he is a strong advocate of emergent technologies such as Big Data, Machine Learning, 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 an accomplished Public Speaker.
Stuart is a native of the North East of England and he is proud to be a Visiting Professor at the Faculty of Technology at the University of Sunderland. Also, as the founder of TechNorthEast he works alongside business owners and large corporations to see the North East recognised and grow as a centre of excellence for Digital technology.
Stuart is a family man with a passion for technology, sport and cars.