Q&A with Patrick Northcott – CEO of Ecleva
We sat down with Patrick Northcott, the CEO of ECLEVA for a quick chat during his busy day.
- Where did you grow up?
I grew up in England but moved to Cape Town South Africa when I was 10 years old. I then moved to Australia in 1993.
- Where did you attend Uni?
UCT (University of Cape Town, South Africa), where I did a Bachelors of Computer Science.
- How long have you been at ECLEVA?
I started the company 20 years ago now.
- Tell us about a typical day
A typical day will generally involve wearing multiple hats. Business Development Management, CEO, Line manager, Coach, getting involved in product delivery etc.
- What do you do outside work?
The little spare time I get outside of work and family I like to spend on photography. I enjoy Landscape photography, Seascape, Night, waterfall and portraiture.
- What’s your favorite book?
A hard question, there are so many good ones. I like reading all kinds of books and particularly enjoy reading all books of a particular author. At the moment I’m reading through the works of Orson Scott Card.
- What was your dream job when you were young?
I’ve always been an entrepreneur, and am lucky enough to be able to be in my dream job. In year 8 I built my first student administration system for my school. I had an office next to the principal with computers and everything. I was lucky enough to find my calling early on, which led me to my purpose, which is to build things that add value to people.
- Most interesting job you’ve had in your life and why?
Running ECLEVA for sure. Every project is interesting. Mapping a business to good technical solutions add value is what I love doing most
- What is the most different job you have had?
I was a skydiving instructor for 4 years in the 80’s. I did over 800 jumps and 50 tandem jumps during that time.
- Last favorite songs you listened too and why?
Bolero (Classical piece by Maurice Ravel). Reminded me of the business growing in intensity through hard work to a crescendo of productivity and results.
- Wine or beer?
- What motivates you?
Seeing results of our hard work. Delivering good solutions that add great value to our clients, and turning clients in to raving fans.