Tom Maxfield was Sales Director for Sage Group from 1984 until 1997. He was one of the team of four responsible for Sage’s explosive growth. He implemented a radical strategy in 1985/86 to slash the price of software in line with the first appearance of low cost PCs promoted by Amstrad.
He set up and maintained the largest and most successful reseller and distribution channel for accounting software in the UK and was a Sage Main Board director from flotation in 1989. He was involved in advising on the implementation of the Sage sales and distribution model in companies acquired both in the USA and Europe.
Following his retirement from Sage in September 1997, Tom created Tom’s Companies, a portfolio of upmarket properties in the North of England including The Samling, Seaham Hall Hotel, The Serenity Spa, The Fisherman’s Lodge, and Treacle Moon.
This portfolio was sold to von Essen Hotels in March 2008. Tom is a founder member and current Chairman of The Entrepreneurs’ Forum and a non executive director for a number of technology companies.On Wednesday March 9th 2011 Tom presented his inaugural lecture, in the Curtis Auditorium on the main campus of Newcastle University.
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