2nd January: George Mackintosh
George is a serial entrepreneur in technology markets. He is the founder and CEO of TestPlant, a maker of software test automation tools. It is one of the UK's fastest growing tech businesses, included in the 2015 Sunday Times Tech Track 100. His company is a Red Herring Global 100 Winner, a Deloitte EMEA Technology Fast 100, a CityA.M. Leap 100 company and a two times winner of a Queen's Award for Enterprise. TestPlant has offices in London, Berlin, Shanghai, Tokyo and in the US, San Francisco, Boulder and Philadelphia.
A Bachelor of Commerce graduate from the University of Edinburgh, George served a corporate apprenticeship with Ford [on the Dagenham shop floor] before switching to the tech industry spending time with Motorola and Cable & Wireless. He has previously run businesses in the UK, Hong Kong, India, Western and Eastern Europe and in the USA.
Born in Inverness, George was brought up on a farm, the eldest of six children. He has been a motor racing competitor of two and four wheels, competing in British and European sports car championships as a semi-pro driver in Lotus, Porsche and Maserati cars. He has five children and lives in North London. A trustee of the national charity Kids in Museums, he is interested in agricultural heritage projects and is also a Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Coachmakers.