Craig Dean - Local Hero

Jack Simpson

Head of Marketing and Communications

Those who believe in telekinetics, raise my hand.

Chosen for his work with the local community and his passion for education, our Chief Executive Craig Dean was interviewed for 53 Degrees Magazine’s Local Hero feature. Equipped with a dictaphone and a list of probing questions, Jo Preihs began the interview by asking how Craig became part of Web Applications UK.

To answer the question, Craig gave a brief overview of his career up until being contracted as a consultant for Web Applications UK. Both Craig and the board at the time decided that what was best for the business was to have Craig join them.

Over the course of the meeting, various topics were covered from Craig’s work in the community to plans for our Centre of Excellence. WAUKCE offers effective training courses delivered by industry experts still active in their chosen field. Our first commercial course went ahead in December, led by highly experienced Project Manager and excellent trainer Kerry. The CompTIA Project+ course received the highest of praise from the delegates, spurring us on to offer it again this week. It’s not too late to book if you want to see for yourself!

The theme maintained throughout was Craig’s belief that businesses should be judged on their morals rather than their amount of turnover or profit. Corporate social responsibility is something we take seriously, and not for PR purposes. As we build software for major travel companies, our customers are not the people of Oldham but we do a lot of work in the local community.

January’s local hero was Bolton Lads & Girls Club Chief Executive, Karen Edwards OBE so Craig is in very good company and is honoured to have been chosen. For the full story, look out for the February edition of the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce’s magazine 53 Degrees.