Kevin Dady is the Executive Chairman of IRIS Software Group and is responsible for IRIS’ acquisition and corporate development strategy, while also continuing his executive sponsorship of the company’s exciting next generation of products and services, which are due to be launched this year and beyond.
Kevin has more than twenty years of leadership experience, having held many executive roles across the UK. Most notably, his experience includes membership of Capita’s divisional executive board, spending 18 years with the business, including overseeing its Professional Services Division.
Contact: Louise Rogers
T: 01753 989521
E: Kevin Dady
Chief Executive Officer
Elona is the Chief Executive Officer of IRIS Software Group and is responsible for all operations across the Group. Elona is dedicated to ensure IRIS is the most trusted provider of mission-critical software and services. She is very passionate about building winning teams that put our customers at the heart of everything we do, providing them with an exceptional experience and value-add solutions.
She joined IRIS in 2016 as Chief Financial Officer and was promoted to Chief Operating Officer in 2018, and then Chief Executive Officer in 2019. In 2020, Elona was appointed as a Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Audit Committee at Purplebricks, the UK’s leading hybrid estate agency. Before joining IRIS, Elona held several senior leadership roles in Big 4 and PE-backed businesses, including Mavenir, Acision, Arthur Andersen and Deloitte.
Elona graduated with a First Class Honours Degree in Accounting and Economics and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales. Awards include Top 50 Women in Accounting 2021; UK Tech Awards Business Woman of the Year 2020; Global Banking and Finance Business Woman of the Year UK 2020 and the Venus National Finance Professional of the Year 2018.
Elona is passionate about diversity and is a mentor in the F-Ten ICAEW programme supporting women in leadership positions.
Contact: Louise Rogers
T: 01753 989521
E: Elona Mortimer-Zhika
Chief Financial Officer
Michael is Chief Finance Officer at IRIS, having originally joined the business in 2016 heading the financial planning and commercial team.
Prior to joining IRIS, Michael held senior leadership roles across both Operational and Commercial Finance at Xura, a PE-backed leading digital communications services provider. During this time, he led international teams and helped take the business through two transformative sale processes under both PE- and US-listed environments. His most recent role was Vice President Corporate Finance.
Michael is a Chartered Accountant, having begun his career at PwC focused on technology and software clients before moving into industry.
Contact: Gaynor Young
T: 01753 989522
E: Michael Cox
Chief Operating Officer
David Lockie is the Chief Operating Officer and is responsible for a wide range of functions, including Revenue, Customer Success, Systems Transformation and M&A Integration. He joined IRIS in 2018 as Chief Customer Officer, bringing a wealth of experience and knowledge across various sectors and industries, including taking responsibility for software businesses across central and local government, education, financial services and payments.
As a seasoned executive, David has a proven track-record for championing customers, providing an exceptional experience and driving innovation and improvement at every step of their journey.
Prior to IRIS, David enjoyed a varied tenure with Capita, most recently leading the Capita Software Services Division. David joined Capita as a result of the acquisition of Imasys, where he gained his initial software and payments knowledge and experience.
Contact: Clare Edwards
T: 07775 110941
E: David Lockie
Kevin Loosemore is a non-executive director of IRIS having previously served as Chairman of IRIS from August 2017 to August 2019.
Prior to this, Kevin was non-executive Chairman of Micro Focus in 2005 and Executive Chairman in April 2011. Kevin previously held roles as non-executive Chairman of Morse plc, a non-executive director of Nationwide Building Society and a non-executive director of the Big Food Group plc. His most recent executive roles were as Chief Operating Officer of Cable & Wireless plc, President of Motorola Europe, Middle East and Africa and before that, he was Chief Executive of IBM UK Limited.
He has a degree in politics and economics from Oxford University.
David has been a non-executive director at IRIS since October 2012. Prior to that, he occupied Director and non-executive roles at Everymind and Verve Partners respectively.
David has a BA in Economics from the University of Liverpool and an MSc in Mathematical Economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Nic is a non-executive director of IRIS and led the original buyout of the business by Hg in 2004. Nic is the Senior Partner and Executive Chairman of Hg and Head of the Saturn fund. He has ultimate responsibility for Hg’s strategy, management and governance.
Nic started his investing career in 1990. He joined Hg in 2001 as founder of the firm’s Technology Team. From 1990-2001 he was a director at Barclays Private Equity (now Equistone), Geocapital and 3i plc. He holds a first class degree in Electronic Engineering and was a IEEE and National Engineering Council scholar.
Dan is a non-executive director of IRIS. He joined ICG in 2018 and is part of ICG’s UK investment team. Prior to joining ICG, he worked in turnaround investing and at PwC within their financial and operational restructuring team. Dan is a Chartered Accountant and holds a BA in History & Economics from the University of Oxford.
Joe is a non-executive director of IRIS. He works for Hg focusing on large-cap investments in the software and services space. Joe joined Hg in 2020 after more than seven years in private equity at Montagu and Three Hills Capital Partners, and before this started his career at J.P. Morgan in investment banking. Joe holds a BA in Economics & Management from the University of Oxford.
James is a non-executive director of IRIS. He works for ICG plc as Head of UK – Equity & Mezzanine and is on their European Investment Committee. He joined ICG in 2008 having previously worked at Montagu Private Equity for a decade. James originally trained as an accountant with what is now PriceWaterhouseCoopers.