CEO of Software Europe
Neil is not the sort of man to quibble over a dentist appointment or an extended tea break from his team; he’s relaxed on rules, but quick to empower and an ardent fan of driven, hungry people. He describes himself as motivational and fun, which is a pretty rare combination for the leader of an IT firm, and says if you get the right people they’ll deliver results because they want to, not because you dictate it. He gives his team the freedom and environment to do their jobs.
Neil has been with Software Europe on and off for nearly 25-years – sales, marketing and now CEO. He joined the firm when its greatest physical asset was a tin-shed office in Lincolnshire; he led an MBO in 2013 and now empowers an amazing team of people, a growing list of cloud services and hundreds of customers.
It wasn’t Neil’s idea to move Software Europe away from its heritage, reselling mainframe software, and into developing its own range of software and cloud services, but he says it’s the company’s greatest achievement, and one that he has championed ever since. More than anything, Neil recognises the brave and bold – to become a cloud services provider before the term ‘cloud’ was even known – but well-calculated move.
Neil has featured on our Lincolnshire Business website. Read the cover story here.