Graham Wylie, Chairman and Founder of TSG
Graham was one of Sage’s founder members in 1981, and programmed the original Sage accounts software himself. Following flotation in 1999, as Sage started to develop into an international business, Graham became managing director of Sage UK as well as holding the position of group technical director.
Under Graham’s leadership, Sage UK became market leader in the accounts and payroll software market, with almost one in three of all UK businesses using a Sage product in 2003.
Having retired from Sage, in 2003 Graham established Technology Services Group Ltd (TSG) with the initial acquisition of Newcastle-based IT company Joynsons. TSG provides IT services and support to thousands of small and medium sized businesses throughout the UK, and has grown to employ over 500 staff out of 14 regional offices.
Graham’s contribution to the North East region has been acknowledged by the award of honorary doctorates by both the University of Newcastle upon Tyne and Northumbrian University, and the freedom of the city of Newcastle. In 2003, Graham was honoured by the Queen with the award of a CBE.
In his spare time Graham enjoys watching horse racing and owns a number of racehorses. J Howard Johnson trains the horses from his stables in the North East of England. Graham and Howard have enjoyed a number of successes, including winning the 2004/05 Order of Merit, and a record hattrick of wins in the World Hurdle at Cheltenham with Inglis Drever, Graham's silks have regularly made front page news...all promoting the TSG brand.