Our Company

Colin Armitage

Founder and CEO

Colin Armitage, CEO

Colin is the CEO and the founder of Original Software.

Throughout his career Colin has been a key industry player focused on building companies and solutions where technology is aligned to true business needs. From the founding of Original Software in 1997, through its expansion into North America and the broadening of its solution set, Colin has provided the leadership and vision to deliver the track record of continual and profitable growth.

Prior to Original Software Colin was a main board director at AIG, leading their main business division through a period of unprecedented and highly profitable expansion. It was here that he had the opportunity to put his strongly held views on team management and personal style into practice. The results spoke for themselves with staff turnover less than 25% industry norms and a succession of multi-million dollar projects delivered on time and on budget.

Original Software and its flagship TestBench software product, grew out of that experience - as did an awareness of the potential opportunities and rewards offered by the corporate markets, to the proven professional supplier.

A passionate skier, tennis player and golfer, Colin confesses that these interests can create near crisis strains on his commitment to the cause of better software!

An interview with Colin

Q - What is the best business lesson you've learnt and how did you learn it?
A - Trust your intuition.

Q - Who do you most admire and why?
A - Winston Churchill. He had five lifetimes while the rest of make do with one.

Q - What do you like to do in your spare time?
A - Family, sport, WWII history.

Q - I couldn't live without?
A - My family.

Q - Cheese and wine or a pint and crisps?
A - Either.

Q - The thing you are most proud of in your career history to date?
A - Original Software.

Q - What was your first ever job?
A - Chef.

Q - Who in your opinion was the best James Bond?
A - Pierce Brosnan.

Q - Your favourite movie and why?
A - 'Shawshank Redemption.' Overcoming adversity/cunning plan.

Q - Golf, a good walk spoilt or the best way to spend a Sunday morning?
A - Don't waste my time.

Q - Which is more you. A city apartment or place in the country?
A - Country boy.