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Alastair Gorton

Founder & Managing Director

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Alastair Gorton

Founder & Managing Director

Alastair founded Acolyte in 2009 having set up the global shared service centre for Randstad MEC. As Director of Financial Projects, he recognised the need for a model that increases efficiency in the staffing sector

Alastair has been leveraging the global economy for over a decade having previously specialised in Indian IPOs and post-acquisition synergy in Corporate Finance at KPMG and Deloitte

As a member of the ICAEW, APSCo and REC, Alastair has piloted Acolyte to 100% year-on-year growth since inception and is the current holder of the prestigious ICAEW Advisory Firm of the Year Award

An innovator with a keen sense of adventure, Alastair has travelled extensively. He is a NAS qualified maritime archaeologist, A PADI scuba instructor and has represented Great Britain as an American Footballer

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Con Conlon

Board Director

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Con Conlon

Board Director

Con is a Director at Acolyte, has worked in the offshore outsourcing industry since 1997 and is recognised as one of the UK’s most experienced “off-shore” professionals

He has lived full-time in Chennai for over a decade, managing operational activities for several UK organizations. Working with all types of companies from FTSE 100 media groups to small privately owned businesses to BT, Con has successfully established software development, technical help desk, telemarketing and back office processing functions

His experience includes; strategic planning, recruiting and training personnel, implementing technologies, developing middle management, re-engineering processes, building backup and redundancy systems and unrivaled local knowledge

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Anindita Doig

Board Director

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Anindita Doig

Board Director

Anindita sits on the board at Acolyte, is an experienced corporate and commercial lawyer who has worked for clients in many different sectors and provides support on investor relations and corporate governance

Trained at Norton Rose, Anindita’s previous roles include working as General Council at Dr Foster and as Associate Council at MWH Global Inc

Anindita read Jurisprudence at Oxford University and is an experienced Angel Investor

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Anthony Wilkinson

Head of Operations

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Anthony Wilkinson

Head of Operations

As Head of Operations, Anthony is based in India and is responsible for the day to day running of the Chennai delivery centre and management of all offshore staff

Anthony has been instrumental in implementing offshore solutions in sectors ranging from IT to Medical, Sustainability to Social Care. He has significant experience in solutions across the front and back office environments

Prior to joining Acolyte, Anthony had over a decade of experience in business to business communication in the textiles and international cosmetics industries

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Chris Murphy

Head of Business Delivery

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Chris Murphy

Head of Business Delivery

Chris has over a decade of experience managing and using outsourcing operations in India

Before joining Acolyte, Chris was Head of Research for a significant Publishing house and successfully integrated several outsourced solutions into his UK business

From an initial pilot of just 2 heads, Chris grew the offshore operation to a 70 strong research team who provided critical support for his UK analysts

The blended India/UK model delivered process and cost efficiencies as well as consistency and productivity improvements. Chris has worked with SMEs, multi-national retailers and large public sector organisations such as The Ordnance Survey

When he isn’t implementing bespoke solutions and services for key clients, Chris can be found competing in Triathlons, Cross country mountain biking events and Mountain Marathons

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Dawn Wilkinson

Staffing and Operations Manager

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Dawn Wilkinson

Staffing and Operations Manager

Dawn is the Operations and Staffing Manager for Acolyte and is based in Chennai

She has a strong background in leading business improvement initiatives, and previously specialised in efficiency, policy regulation and staff engagement in the UK education and justice sectors

Her day to day responsibilities include ensuring that staff are engaged, motivated and productive, as well as enabling the business to grow and flex as necessary from staffing capacity perspective

Key responsibilities include recruitment, induction and on boarding, KPI reviews and general staff well-being

Out of work Dawn enjoys the whole tapestry of experiences that life as an expatriate in India offers

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Puneet Kumar

Operations Team Leader

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Puneet Kumar

Operations Team Leader

Puneet (PK) was one of Acolyte’s first employees and has been instrumental in launching many of Acolyte’s key projects

His experience ranges from Compliance to Commercial Due Diligence and he has developed specific expertise in managing complex Research projects

Prior to joining Acolyte, Puneet was a research executive for Merit Group’s GCC team. Here he was involved in mapping organisations using a combination of web research and qualification calling

Puneet obtained his BSc in Mathematics from Vashnava College and has a passion for bikes and cars

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Imran Murza

Operations Team Leader

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Imran Murza

Operations Team Leader

Imran is a senior team member who specialises in the development of financial processes (a role he is currently providing as a full-time FC for a major City recruiter)

His experience at Acolyte has allowed him to develop key knowledge in Financial Process Outsourcing, Compliance, CV Formatting and Candidate Sourcing

Prior to joining Acolyte, Imran worked in Business Development and Sales at both Randstad and Kelly Services

Imran is MBA qualified (Manipal University)

A part time cook and full time chauffeur for his family over the weekends, he spends his remaining spare time reading and travelling