Alastair Majury is a seasoned professional in the data science and business analysis industries. His distinguished work in both fields has earned him the respect of his colleagues and community, and has allowed him to work with a variety of high-profile institutions. His work has led him to collaborate primarily with financial institutions. He is currently based out of Scotland.
A businessman and entrepreneur, Alastair serves as the director of Majury Change Management; he also serves as a senior project manager at Alastair Majury Project Management. In both of these roles, Alastair is responsible for working closely with a variety of clients, mainly focused in the financial institutions sector. He has assisted several high-profile organisations in the management of business processes and data analysis. This work mainly consists of advising on process improvement, data migration and even training. A few of the organisations that Alastair has worked with include BNP Paribas, National Australia Bank and Barclays.
Alastair’s years of experience in the industry have honed his IT, data science, financial and communications skills. With his thoughtful analyses, hands-on approach, and track record of proven results, Alastair Majury has rightfully become a thought leader in his industry.
Outside of work, Alastair is a dedicated philanthropist. He thoroughly enjoys working closely with charities, both foreign and domestic, in order to bring some semblance of peace into the world. While a majority of Alastair’s donations come in the form of monetary giving, when he is able, he volunteers a bit of his time to local charities. Alastair firmly believes that in order for the human race to progress and move forward, we must all come together for the greater good. A few of Alastair’s favorite charities include UNICEF and United Way Worldwide. He hopes that one day, the bickering corners of the world will come together and stand united against all attacks on peace.
Alastair Majury is confident that this profile will act as a way for new and long-lasting professional relationships to form.
Our Interview With Alastair Majury
What’s the most important thing we should know about you?
I’m a thoughtful person. Whether I’m working with a bank on restructuring an aspect of its internal process or spending time with friends and family. I listen, observe, analyse and offer my advice and insight on any situation, while maintaining a fun, welcoming demeanor.
Name the most impactful lesson you learned from failure.
Alastair Majury: Don’t give up. It might sound cheesy, but that’s because it rings so true. There were many points throughout my career (as is the case with any professional) in which I “failed” or didn’t necessarily perform to the best of my abilities. Did I stop? No. I continued to push forward and learned from those experiences in order to avoid similar mistakes.
What accomplishment are you most proud of?
Alastair Majury: I’d say that I’m most proud of having my own business advisory firm. I was able to create my own business from scratch and now I’m helping some of the world’s highest-profile banks and organisations. And I get to do what I enjoy most. It’s truly quite an accomplishment, in my opinion.
Name a tool you use for work that you can’t live without
Alastair Majury: G Suite. Google’s online suite of services and apps allows me to create professional documents and files and share them with the people that need them the most. I can quickly collaborate with multiple individuals from anywhere in the world, in real time. It’s an amazing resource for productivity.
What is your favorite hobby and why?
Alastair Majury: Philanthropy. It’s a great way to help others, improve your local community (and by extension, the world) and meet new and interesting people. When you stop and think about it, it really isn’t all that difficult to perform some basic philanthropic endeavor. You don’t need loads of money in order to give back to your community. I love the satisfaction that comes from helping people around me and making a difference, whether that difference is tangible or not.
What’s the greatest risk you’ve ever taken?
Alastair Majury: Starting my own company. It’s an incredible investment and a huge risk, for anyone. It can go one of two ways, and everyone hopes it goes the right way. I was fortunate (and skilled) enough to establish a successful firm. Looking back now, it seems like an easy decision, but at the time, it was very scary.
Name one small habit that positively impacts your productivity.
Alastair Majury: Consistently checking my calendar. Lay out your day, week, month and consistently check it on a daily basis. Look at your tasks, analyse them and complete them. Once you’ve finished with one task, cross it off and move to the next. Knowing your calendar like the back of your hand is a fantastic productivity tip.
What book has made the biggest impact on your life?
Alastair Majury: Statistics in Plain English by Timothy C. Urdan. It just offers a very easy-to-understand basic overview of statistics that even non-technical people can follow. It’s a great read.
Do you value intelligence or common sense more? Why?
Alastair Majury: Common sense. Having naturalistic human instincts can come in handy far more than being incredibly well-versed on a subject. You just learn more from your experiences throughout your life (which helps build your common sense) than you do from a classroom setting.
What would you consider to be the perfect day?
Alastair Majury: A day in which I’ve completed all the tasks I’ve set, had a good laugh, spent a healthy amount of time with friends and family, and learned at least one new thing. It doesn’t get any better than that.