Our Team

Say hello to the brains behind our brilliant ideas and technology

Neil Wishart

CEO

Hi, I’m Neil and I’m CEO at SOLUS. It’s a bit of a grand title in a small business as we all muck in and do a bit of everything, or what’s required and when. I’m proud of our team and how we’ve managed to grow SOLUS internationally in recent years and that’s one of the best things about my job; traveling in the UK and internationally, meeting new people, experiencing new cultures and seeing how libraries are making a difference to people’s lives in different ways around the world. Oh & the food and beverage options are most often pretty decent as well! When I’m not working, I enjoy spending time with family & friends, cooking & eating BBQ (just bought a pizza oven.. so that’s next), playing with cars, skiing, movies and a bit of cycling.

Liz McGettigan

director

Hi, I’m Liz and I’m the Director of Digital Library Experiences at SOLUS and based in our UK office. I have a focus and passion for delivering results that create more effective libraries and better user experiences! Working as a team at SOLUS I use my global industry knowledge and network to reimagine and deliver innovative and contactless library user experiences. I was formerly Head of Edinburgh’s Library and Information Services and Founder of the EDGE Conference. I continue my work as Co-Chair Internet Librarian International. I was a Scotland Women in Technology Finalist 2017 and one of Scotland’s top 10 Digital Disruptors 2016. In 2017 I was named as one of HOLYROOD’S TOP TECH 100 2017 and a Past President of CILIPs. 

I remember my local library in Eaglesham, just south of Glasgow (Scotland) well. It was small but it packed a punch and was a really important resource in our village community. Personally, for my sister and I growing up, going in with our parents and taking the tickets in and exchanging them for books every couple of weeks was a big deal. Eaglesham Library was quite recently considered for “efficiency savings” and was under threat. Like many across the UK it would have been a travesty for the community had that happened. Thankfully it didn’t close, as whilst many people perhaps feel that they don’t use libraries, many many do and rely on them! My parents still live close by and it’s pretty cool that my Mum uses the East Renfrewshire Library App to reserve books for her book group & then collects them from Eaglesham Library…& no she can’t skip the book group queue!

Neil

Katriona Williamson

Development Manager

Hi, I’m Katriona (Kit) and I’m the UK Business Development Manager at SOLUS. My role will be very much focused on new product launches in the next 12-18 months; the newly available Self-Service module within the App which has huge potential to drive efficiency in the market and also on a couple of new exciting initiatives that we have been working on behind the scenes… watch this space! Away from work and aside from reading/mobile games (yep bit of an addict on both) I enjoy seeing new places… especially those warmer & drier than the West of Scotland, skiing and spending time with family and friends.

Caroline Dellow

Library Outreach

Hi, I’m Caroline and I work in Library Outreach and enjoy connecting with all the libraries. When I am not working, I am a busy mum of three amazing children Jess (7), Ruaridh (5) and Innes (1) and trying to learn some Gaelic as they are at the Gaelic school. In my spare time I love to cook and bake – always looking for new recipes. I am also am an avid Formula 1 fan and enjoy watching all the races. Recently I have taken up open water swimming which is cold but so much fun.  When I get the chance, my favourite thing to do is curl up with a cup of tea and the latest murder mystery. 

Andrew Day

CTO

TBC….

Natalie Hall

Business Manager

Hi, I’m Natalie and I’m the Business Manager at SOLUS in Australia. I have a passion for books, innovation, technology and creating a positive impact. When I’m not working some of my favourite things to do are catching up with friends and family, yoga, going to the beach, reading and travel.

I fell in love with libraries when I was 5! Our family was poor but education and reading was very important to my mum and dad! I still vividly remember the day Dad took me to join and the absolute joy of those 3 little tickets with my name on them which allowed me to go through the turnstile. They opened the magic world of books and reading for me and that has stayed with me forever! I wanted to be a librarian and that’s exactly what I became!

Liz

Our Libraries

Just a few of the libraries that inspired our team throughout their childhood and beyond…

With my mother being a librarian I’ve always had a strong connection to libraries from an early age.  I have great memories growing up spending quality time in my local library in Bendigo, Victoria, Australia. These days I love taking my young daughter down to our local library in Docklands “The Dock”

Brenton

Brenton Hall

Director, apac

Hi, I’m Brenton a Director of SOLUS and responsible for our business in the APAC region, based out of Melbourne in Australia.  I have a passion for innovative technology and delivering impactfully solutions in partnership with libraries for the benefit of the community.  It’s great to be able to work closely with libraries to bring all the fantastic content and services they offer to the fingertips of library users.  When I’m not working I love to spend time with my young family, watching sport and cooking. 

Scot MacLellan

3D Artist

Hi, I’m Scott and I am the resident 3D artist at SOLUS. This makes me responsible for 3D elements in Planet Library and aspects of the games and in-Library character hunt. I also take some responsibility for some marketing material and videos that may need to be created. Outside of work, I love playing football and getting innovative with 3D design and modelling. My Local library growing up was the East Kilbride Central Library, near Glasgow. I remember being introduced by a librarian to a book series that I did make a conscious effort to read though. The books were written by Darren Shan and followed the story of a teenager as he dived into the world of vampires and destiny. Perhaps it shaped my love of art and 3D modelling?

Graeme Macadam

developer

Hi, I’m Graeme and I am a .NET developer at SOLUS, living in Glasgow, Scotland. I’ve been involved in developing integrations to vendor partner’s API’s to make access to their services and content a bit more seamless in the Library App. I enjoy reading, going to the movies and cooking in my spare time and when there’s a dry day, heading out to explore the countryside. When I was a child, my father would take me to Clarkston Library. It was a fairly old building that was renovated when I was still young. I remember even at that age being surprised at being able to take books home and read them in your own time for nothing. Unlike my father I was never a keen reader as a child but over the years I have grown to love literature and have a number of favourite books and authors who I could discuss at length given the opportunity.

Stuart Regan

developer

Hi, I’m Stuart and I’m a Senior .NET Developer at SOLUS. I stayed in Dundee just long enough to allow a succession of teachers and lecturers to attempt to teach me stuff, leaving when I found gainful employment with a large computer manufacturer. I then spent 17 years successfully pretending to be a process engineer and then a test engineer with a side order of software development. It was often said I was one of the best test engineers ever allowed out and I’m inclined to agree with me. The next few years saw me utilise my software skills to aid and abet companies engaged in debt recovery, ship/offshore management, craft beer distribution and road haulage, before finally arriving here at SOLUS where they kindly let me do very technical things people don’t seem to understand.

Since a young age, I have had a love of books and have always loved going to both my local and school libraries in Mildura, Victoria where we grew up. I remember spending my time browsing the shelves looking at all the different books and trying to narrow down which 10 books I would borrow that week! Growing up my favourite books to read were the Choose Your Own Adventure books as well as Autobiographies because of the interesting stories and all the valuable life lessons you could take away from them. 

Natalie

Hesham Saqqar

front end developer

Hi, I am Hesham and I head up the Front-End web development at SOLUS. I recently graduated with a 1st Class (Hons) degree in Web & Mobile Development. As one of the Front-End developers, I am responsible for designing, developing and testing web Apps and I help bring our clients’ and designers’ ideas to life. Besides web apps; my skill set includes UI/UX Design, Mobile App Development, Web Design, Graphic Design, 3D Modelling & Rendering Architectural Visualisation and CGI. Away from work I like Karate, Calligraphy, Music and playing the Lute (a guitar-like string instrument). The “My Childhood Library Experience” is difficult for me as we didn’t have a library where I grew up. However, my Dad took me to the National Library of Aleppo several times as a kid in the 1980s and I do enjoy reading and quotations. My favourite is; “Dream as if you’ll live forever, live as if you only have today!”.

John Richardson

director north America

Hi, I’m John (also known to many as JR). I’m the Director of SOLUS in North America based in Upstate New York and I’m focused on Business Development and Partnerships. I’ve been in the Library Industry for most of my working life and some would call me an industry veteran but I’m not ready for the bench anytime soon, Libraryland is too much fun! Previously to SOLUS I worked with the Linked Data innovator Zepheira and before that I helped grow the Polaris ILS system in North America.

William McClumpha

developer

I’m William, one of the programmers at Solus. I mainly work on the Planet Library children’s App, adding new features and improving existing ones, along with occasionally working on various other projects and Apps. Outside of work, I usually spend my time playing computer games, working on small computing and app projects, and filling any other time up with movies and TV shows. Back in primary school, our local library, South West Library in Greenock, Scotland happened to be just across the street, so the school was able to take us to the library every second Friday. We would each spend some time looking around for a book to check out through the week, and at the end of the day, we would come together to play some games and take part in a group book reading. 

Alasdair Hendry

developer

Hi, I’m Alasdair and I’m a games developer and programmer at SOLUS. I create minigames for our kids’ app, Planet Library! I also work on the design of the app from time to time, and create applications and tools, which help us provide the best services possible. In my spare time, I enjoy cooking, Munro-bagging (climbing, and most importantly, playing video games. As a kid, my mum used to take me to our local library, Gourock Library, Scotland which I remember being a very large, old building that was always warm inside. They would always have events running for youngsters whenever I was there. I enjoyed going to the library, mainly because it had a better internet connection than my house, but I liked the books too.’

With no Internet or Google available as a child, you could say the Library was our version of the Internet! My local Library, Teynham Library, was used regularly as a child whether it was our weekly school trip walking 2 by 2 to the library to choose a new reading book for the week ahead, or the time I woke up one weekend and decided that I was to become a vegetarian! After announcing to my parents that I had decided eating meat wasn’t for me and being anaemic at the time, this bought panic to their faces. How would I get the extra iron meat provided they questioned. Within the hour Dad and I were at Teynham Library looking up plant based foods that were rich in Iron! With this new knowledge, that afternoon we were in the Garden picking stinging nettles. Who knew boiling stinging nettles (to remove their sting) was a good source of iron … needless to say, my vegetarianism lasted a day!

Kevin

Kevin Lancaster

tech support

Hi, I’m Kevin.. or Kev and I’ve been working at Solus for about 4 years supporting the business in technical and customer support.  Initially I worked in our Melbourne office but after living in Australia for the past 16 years, I’m now back in the UK and based in Glasgow. Outside of work I enjoy being outdoors (not so easy with the great British weather… I do miss Oz!!) and participating in activities such as water skiing, snow skiing, camping, BBQ’s and socialising. 

Alasdair Hendry

developer

Hi, I’m Alasdair and I’m a games developer and programmer at SOLUS. I create minigames for our kids’ app, Planet Library! I also work on the design of the app from time to time, and create applications and tools, which help us provide the best services possible. In my spare time, I enjoy cooking, Munro-bagging (climbing, and most importantly, playing video games. As a kid, my mum used to take me to our local library, Gourock Library, Scotland which I remember being a very large, old building that was always warm inside. They would always have events running for youngsters whenever I was there. I enjoyed going to the library, mainly because it had a better internet connection than my house, but I liked the books too.’