Paramjit Uppal

Founder and CEO, AND Digital

Paramjit is a successful entrepreneur who knows how to build and grow human centric businesses that help organisations transform through tech.

In 2014, he founded AND Digital, one of the fastest digital professional services companies, helping clients to close their digital skills gap through a unique guide-build-equip service model. The company grew to nearly 2,000 people in less than 8 years, built around a unique club-based org model that blends the best of small and the clout of large companies. At the same time, they have achieved revenues of £160m and recognition as one of the best companies to work for.

Prior to this, he founded and built Qedis, a next generation management consultancy from initial idea and funding through to a turnover of £30m, over 250 staff. Serving as the CEO between 2003-2013, as well as achieving year-on-year financial growth, Paramjit also created a unique internal culture, coming no. 4 in the Sunday Times “best companies to work for”. In 2013, Paramjit completed Qedis’ successful exit to North Highland.

During his earlier career, Paramjit held senior positions at what is now Accenture, NDS (now part of CISCO), Andersen Business Consulting (acquired by Deloitte), where he helped clients apply technology to transform their businesses and whole sectors.

Paramjit has an ability to keep things simple, develop people and deliver business results. He has a rare set of leadership characteristics and credibility from a track record of over 30 years of relentless execution, two-way respect, trust and making things happen. He also mentors a diverse range of people in the business world and outside. During his downtime, Paramjit enjoys relaxing with his family, being a foodie and travel.

1. What values are most important to you as a leader? 

Service, tolerance, curiosity and resilience.

2. Who or what is your biggest inspiration?

My wife, Harbinder, for her humility.

3. Best piece of advice you have been given?

Life is too short to sweat the small stuff, do things that are worth remarking about.

4. What would you tell your younger self?

Don’t be afraid to build your network. All sorts of people will help you on the journey, particularly when you’re stuck or need encouragement.

5. What has been your most important or profound lesson as a leader?

Nothing is risk free. Everything carries some level of risk. Even the biggest and longest established companies can go under (eg. Arthur Andersen). Starting your company, or doing something profound, no less riskier, particularly if you’re really good at it, and you give it your total focus. But total focus means throwing everything at it because not making it a success is never an option.