Exception is a Digital Solutions company that helps customers transform digitally and realise their opportunities so their businesses can reach new horizons. Our services include DevOps, Agile Software Development, Programme & Assurance, Intelligent Client & Cloud Transformational services.

What makes us different

  • We are an agile company – able to respond to change quickly because of our own agile processes and dynamic organisational structure
  • Our focus is on Digital – all our systems are on the cloud, however we bring our robust enterprise technology heritage to bear – offering you the best of all worlds
  • We will deliver the highest levels of assurance for any project – based on our extensive experience in some of the Finance industry’s largest and most complex programmes and projects
  • This experience has led to us creating numerous tools and accelerators to improve velocity for our customers
  • We deliver every time

The story so far

Exception was founded to share our Directors’ collective technology experience to help customers solve their most complex business challenges. We have always recruited only individuals with proven experience of delivering working solutions to Government and Industry – not just Consultants, but people who had successfully implemented large-scale transformation programmes and complex projects, and have the scars to prove it.

Our vision set us on the journey to create customer relationships that would endure, and where we would respond rapidly to their changing needs. We often witnessed large corporations with excessive administrative and legal burdens that made it difficult to stay digitally up-to-date and service their customers effectively. We have helped them to change that.

Our first large contract in 2003 was to lead the Infrastructure integration of Churchill Insurance and Direct Line. That was swiftly followed by the Littlewoods and Shop Direct integration and the creation of an enduring IT function for NGN Networks. As the years passed our desire and ambition developed and we made our first business purchase in 2015, Waracle, now one of the leading Mobile Development and Digital Product companies in the UK.

Having now delivered successful projects for most of the UK’s established and challenger banks, and for many government departments and agencies –  Exception has now refined it’s offerings even further to clearly differentiate us from other digital solutions companies. Our capabilities and experience in the areas of DevOps, Agile software development, Programme and Project Assurance and Cloud migration and transformation makes Exception an ideal partner for both growing FinTech businesses, as well as a trusted and reliable partner for major financial services companies. Our unique “Intelligent Client” offering benefits large and small customers who are trying to manage multiple complex supplier and partner relationships in a mature and controlled manner.

Martin Burke


Martin is a founding Director of Exception and serves as Chairman. As well as providing leadership for the board, he contributes to the ongoing strategic development and performance of the business. Martin is also an Executive Director of Waracle Ltd.



Alan Anderson


A founding director of Exception, Alan has been instrumental in the growth and development of the company since it was formed in 2002. Alan has director responsibility for our consulting and delivery services and provision of overall customer service. With over 20 years-experience on both the client and supply side of the industry, coupled with the ability to draw on his Financial Services, Government and Utilities expertise, Alan is ideally placed to ensure that the services delivered meet or exceed customer expectations.


Scott McGlinchey

Chief Executive Officer

As Chief Executive Scott leads the business. Scott has a background spanning Executive and Board level roles in ICL, Fujitsu Services and Newell & Budge. Scott is also a Director of Young Scot as well as being a Fellow of the Royal Society for encouragement of Arts and of the IoD. He is a founding member of Generation Science and has previously been a member of the Digital Scotland Task Force, a Director of the Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce, a Director of ScotlandIS and a member of the Council of CBI Scotland.


David McLellan

Group Finance Director

David  is responsible for the management of the Company’s financial and commercial functions and plays a key role in the strategic development of the business. David has over 30 years-experience working in the sector, and prior to joining Exception he held senior finance positions with IBM and ICL.


Raymond O’Hare

Non-Executive Director

Raymond has held a number of high profile board positions in Scotland including, Chairman of the IoD, board member of Young Scot, and member of the Government’s Skills Utilisation Leadership Group. He is currently on the boards of a number of ambitious and growing SMEs, as well as being a member of the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) board of management and member of the government’s National Economic Forum. Raymond worked for Microsoft for over 12 years and was the corporation’s director for Scotland for five and a half years.

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  • Funding Stage Self-funded
  • Trading for 16-20 years
  • Employees 100-200
  • Sector Data/Analytics
  • Valuation N/A

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