Our people

Put simply we think our staff are the best and the biggest differentiator for Softcat. Why? Because they have the drive, energy and enthusiasm to succeed. Success doesn’t come easy though and passion alone isn’t enough – inter-personal skills, flexibility, discipline and a very strong work ethic are all found in abundance at Softcat.

We believe these attributes help make us friendly and easy to deal with, and as a result we're regularly commended for our outstanding customer service.

We’re extremely proud of the 1000+ strong team we have assembled.  We go to great lengths to find and recruit our people, including our beacon Graduate Programme. Once on board we ensure we look after them, which in turn engenders outstanding loyalty and exceedingly low attrition. 

Management team

Our experienced national management team strive to embody our core values and support the 1000+ employee strong company as a whole, reinforcing our infamously warm and friendly culture, motivating our workforce for success, and driving customer satisfaction. Between the people featured on this page, there is a combined 130 years of experience at Softcat.  Many of the individuals below started their careers at Softcat and rose through the ranks.  We think both those facts speak volumes for the company.

Graeme Watt
CEO

Graeme joined Softcat in April 2018. With 30 years of experience in the IT distribution industry, Graeme was most recently Senior Vice President EMEA, Advanced and Specialist Solutions, Tech Data Corporation ("Tech Data"), a position he held from March 2017. He was promoted to that role when Avnet's Technology Solutions business was acquired by Tech Data in early 2017. Prior to that, he was President for Avnet Technology Solutions, EMEA for almost seven years and a member of Avnet's Global Executive Committee. He previously spent six years at Bell Micro (as President of Global Distribution) and his earlier career included roles at Tech Data (President EMEA) and Computer 2000 (Managing Director UK & Ireland).  Graeme is a qualified accountant (ICAEW).

 

Managing Director
Colin Brown
Managing Director

I was absolutely thrilled to take up the opportunity to become Softcat’s Managing Director in 2012. I joined at a time when Softcat’s growth had started to make very significant progress, with the challenge to keep the growth momentum going and at the same time add a dose of experience to the largely home grown management team. It’s been a fantastic experience thus far, and I can honestly say there isn’t another job in the IT industry that I’d rather have than this one. Previous to joining Softcat I had spent four years as General Manager for Services in Microsoft UK, and prior to that some eighteen years at Computacenter. My career there started as a bid writer, then I progressed through sales and management roles to run the UK Public Sector business. My final role there was CEO for Computacenter’s German business, which when I left had a turnover of more than €1Bn and more than 4,000 employees. I live near St Albans, with my wife and our two dogs and I have two grown-up daughters who have now flown the nest.

Graham Charlton
CFO

I joined Softcat in January 2015 attracted by a company that clearly had the things I was looking for in spades: terrific growth, fantastic future prospects, and great people. The culture at Softcat has to be experienced to be fully understood, and the virtuous circle of motivation and outstanding results it creates genuinely feels unique. I’ve been fortunate to work for some great companies in the past, spending time in the FTSE100 with Experian and also herding meerkats at privately-owned comparethemarket.com, but moving to Softcat was the easiest decision I’ve yet made in my career. My wife and I currently live near Oxford with our two fantastic girls and a Golden Retriever called Fonzi (the name seemed like a good idea at the time…).

Finance Director
Richard Lecoutre
Finance Director

Having worked in a number of different senior finance roles with Volex plc, Genus plc and Cookson Group plc, I joined Softcat in May 2013 as Finance Director, excited by the growth and dynamism of the company and wanting to help shape further Softcat success. As Softcat continues to grow, and the numbers get bigger, financial management becomes more complex and it is rewarding to work with driven Softcat people to rise to these financial challenges and put in place a framework that enables further profitable growth. After spending 3 years in the US in one of my previous roles, I now live in Guildford with my wife and four kids, whose various sporting pursuits seem to take up all of my time outside of work!

Corporate Sales Director
Matthew Jones
Corporate Sales Director

I joined Softcat in 1999, straight out of Higher Education. Since first walking through the doors at Softcat as a fresh-faced 18 year old, I haven’t looked back. Eighteen years later, I can say I have enjoyed many roles at Softcat including Sales Executive, Sales Team Leader, Marlow Sales Manager and Sales Director. Within this role, I am responsible for our fantastic, customer centric and growing sales teams across all six Southern and Northern locations. Working at Softcat has been and continues to be an incredible journey, particularly as the business grows in scale, scope and adapts to the ever evolving technology industry. Above everything else, it’s the people at Softcat that make it a great place to work, and I’m fortunate enough to consider many of my team and colleagues friends outside of work. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my two children, going to the gym and playing golf very badly!

Alliances Director
James Baker
Alliances Director

I joined Softcat in April 2014 and take responsiblity for managing partner relationships and strategy, maximising marketing opportunities and increasing growth of new business and technologies. As they are our largest partner, much of my time is spent managing and co-ordinating our extensive Microsoft relationship and ensuring we are keeping up with or indeed ahead of the rapid changes that a new cloud era brings to the software segment. I have previously worked for Insight EMEA, VERITAS and Symantec. I live in Hertfordshire with my wife, daughter and barking mad dog!

Solutions Sales Director
Richard Wyn Griffith
Solutions Sales Director

I joined Softcat in 2002 as a graduate Sales Executive. I didn't know what to expect from a career in the IT industry other than I knew it would be fast paced. I found it just that, and immediately found a home in Softcat that feels as special today as it did all those years ago. The company has grown hugely in that time, but we've managed to keep it a fantastic place to work, and I'm proud to be part of the team tasked with making sure that continues. In my sixteen years at Softcat I've enjoyed a number of roles including Team Leader and Sales Manager; then in 2010 I was trusted to open our City of London office. I relished the opportunity, if not the commute, but after almost three years, with our firstborn on the way, I returned to Marlow to head up our Solutions Sales teams. Today, these teams cover our abilities in Managed Services, Networking & Security, Cloud & Datacentre, End-User Computing, Connectivity, Collaboration, Lifecycle Solutions and Managed Print, so there is never a dull moment! I live locally to Marlow with my wife and our two amazing children.

Operations Director
Alastair Wynn
Operations Director

I joined Softcat in 2005 on the graduate program as an account manager. A career in IT sales seemed the perfect mix for skills learned at uni, following a degree in business and IT (and a one year placement with IBM). I've enjoyed a challenging and rewarding time with Softcat and had several promotions in this time including previous roles as team leader, sales manager and head of sales operations, which has recently changed to operations. I live in Southampton with my wife and two young sons, and spare time largely consumed with family activities, such as football and swimming. 

HR Director
Rebecca Monk
HR Director

I joined Softcat in August 2017 as the new HR Director, having spent the last thirteen years in HR and Recruitment. I worked at Three for six years, culminating in leading the recruitment team, before working as the HR Director at Universal Pictures. I loved the Softcat culture during my interview process and have been overwhelmed by how friendly everyone is since starting the role. It's definitely the most unique place I've ever worked! Outside of work, I'll watch any sport I can, I'm always planning my next travels and I live in Shepherd's Bush with my husband Matthew and the best dog in the world, Tyson.

Services Operations Director
Mike Curtis
Services Operations Director

I had the privilege of joining Softcat as the Services Operations Director in September 2016, though my journey in this area started over 20 years ago as a trainee hardware engineer! From this role I spent twenty or so years gaining experience in the large SI and MSP sectors. Most recently, in the seven years prior to Softcat, I was focused on building and running a Consulting, PS and Managed Services business that serviced mid, enterprise and public sector organisations, through to acquisition. In my role as Services Director I'm now responsible for a multitude of areas; Services Portfolio, Programme / Project Management, Partner Management, Solutions and Technical Design, Service Management along with Professional and Managed Services. Beyond Softcat, I live in Gloucester with my wife, our daughter and our two energetic dogs. I'm an avid Gloucester rugby fan and have a keen interest in motorcycling, both riding and customising them as a hobby.

Public Sector Sales Director
Anthony Cowen
Public Sector Sales Director

I'd been in the IT industry for ten years before joining Softcat in May 2011 as Public Sector Sales Manager in our Manchester branch. I have always taken great pleasure in building sales teams and Softcat offered me the platform to do just that. We have a team of over 100 people servicing the Government, Healthcare and Education sectors. It is a real privilege to work in such a fantastic, unique and fun company that has allowed me the freedom to develop my career to my current role of Public Sector Director. Outside of work I enjoy my sport and spending time with family and friends. I love to travel and Softcat has taken me to places all over the world on wonderful incentive trips that have inspired my family getaways.