Kevin Dady

Executive Chairman

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

Elona Mortimer-Zhika

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 responsible for a wide range of functions including revenue generation, customer service and all back office functions. 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 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.

Contact: Louise Rogers
T: 01753 989521
E: Elona Mortimer-Zhika

Michael Cox

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

David Lockie

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

JF Sullivan

Chief Product Officer

JF Sullivan is the Chief Product Officer for IRIS Software Group. With over 20 years’ experience, his goal is to propel IRIS product solutions to the next level. JF leads product vision, strategy, design and development, overseeing every element of the product portfolio from conceptualisation to launch and post-launch performance.

Prior to joining IRIS, JF held executive leadership roles in several prominent global brands, including Digital Equipment Corp, Lotus Development, Netscape, Cloudmark and Acision. His perceptive, creative, and flexible approach has enabled him to lead successful product transformations and technology innovations across the B2B industry, including internet security, messaging, and wireless communications sectors. 

Contact: Misha-Jade Gill
T: 01753 989520
E: JF Sullivan

Stephanie Kelly

Chief People Officer

Stephanie Kelly is Chief People Officer and is responsible for the full employee experience, including talent acquisition and strategy, learning and development, compensation and benefits, diversity and inclusion, and office environment.

As an international human resources executive, Steph brings a wealth of experience in implementing best HR practices, as well as acquisition due diligence and integration. These include working for leading technology and IT firms, including Symphony and Torex. She is also a trained executive coach, with a passion for identifying, developing and supporting high potentials and great leaders.

Contact: Misha-Jade Gill
T: 01753 989520
E: Stephanie Kelly

Chris Smith

Chief Commercial Officer

Chris is the Chief Commercial Officer and is responsible for the revenue execution strategy and delivery. He is a dynamic commercial leader accumulating a wealth of experience and a proven track record for international business development in several senior leadership roles across EMEA.

Immersed in the technology industry, Chris has over 20 years of business growth experience, developing new markets and territories, dedicating himself to a proactive hands-on approach, leading strategic growth and change evangelism.

His most recent tenure was with Harman International, an industry leading, highly acquisitive technology business where he was responsible for growing revenue, securing sustainability and creating jobs. 

Contact: Jacqui Garland
T: 01753 980 223
E: Chris Smith

David Turner

Chief Marketing Officer

David Turner is Chief Marketing Officer at IRIS and is responsible for overseeing the planning, development and execution of the IRIS marketing strategy. His mission is to extend the company’s impressive market leadership position through influential thought leadership, powerful communications and meaningful customer engagement delivered by a digital-first marketing operation.  

David’s experience ranges from heading global marketing at accounting software company CODA to launching SaaS start-up FinancialForce. During his eight-year tenure at Unit4, David created a single global brand from 40 separate brands, and at cloud software vendor NetSuite, he built an EMEA-wide marketing team and substantially grew its customer base. Most recently at French AI fintech Sidetrade, David built an international marketing team to help the company scale globally.

Contact: Jacqui Garland
T: 01753 980 223
E: David Turner

Jim Murray

Chief Corporate Development Officer

Jim is responsible for developing IRIS Software Group’s acquisition strategy, as well as leading and delivering all M&A activity. Jim brings over 16 years’ of commercial and financial experience across the information and business services sectors in the US, EMEA and Asia-Pacific regions.

Prior to joining IRIS, Jim led Experian’s corporate development activities across the UK&I and EMEA regions.

Jim is a Chartered Accountant, having originally started his career with PwC; he has a Masters in Engineering from Cambridge University and has previously held the role of Registered Banking Representative in the US.

Contact: Gaynor Young
T: 01753 989522
E: Jim Murray

Alex Cutler

Chief Information Officer

Alex Cutler is the IRIS Chief Information Officer (CIO), bringing 21 years of experience of business-orientated IT leadership, programme management, business transformation and business change, product management, software development, cyber security, infrastructure and network expertise.

Alex Cutler joined IRIS after spending more than two decades in Capita plc where he rose through the ranks to be group Chief Information Officer. Alex joined at the bottom of Capita, and was promoted into numerous roles in many of Capita’s hugely successful software businesses, helping many dominate their markets.

Alex is passionate that by putting customers first, putting ourselves in our customers shoes, and valuing our staff, both customers and the company can enjoy success.

Contact: Louise Rogers
T: 01753 989521
E: Alex Cutler

Jim Scott

Managing Director, Accountancy

Jim Scott is the Managing Director (MD) for Accountancy and is responsible for driving forward IRIS’ evolution, leading the accountancy offering and focusing on meeting the needs of customers. 

Prior to joining IRIS, Jim worked at Sage for 20 years in both operational and strategic roles, building partnerships with accountants and the business community to ensure mutually beneficial outcomes

This included leading Sage’s Accountancy division, creating and executing a European-wide strategy for its small business audience and delivering its first global partner programme. More recently, he has advised several businesses across a variety of markets including technology, defining their strategies and implementation plans, and is a mentor for the NatWest Accelerator programme.  

Contact: Clare Edwards
T: 07775 110941
E: Jim Scott

Simon Freeman

Managing Director, Education

Simon is the Managing Director (MD) for Education and is responsible for driving forward IRIS’ evolution, leading the education offering and focusing on meeting the needs of senior leadership teams in Multi-Academy Trusts (MATs) and independent schools.

Prior to IRIS, Simon began his career as an engineer, quickly taking on strategic roles across BT, moving around its leadership programme, including living in India whilst focusing on delivering service for customers worldwide. He later moved to services specialist Serco where he was COO of the Ministry of Defence’s Business Services division.

Most recently he was the MD of Capita’s local government business, where his role was to reshape the strategy and transform the business to enable local government clients to deliver effectively for the many hundreds of thousands of residents they served.

Contact: Clare Edwards
T: 07775 110941
E: Simon Freeman

Ross Tracey

Managing Director, HCM

Ross is the Managing Director (MD) for HCM and brings with him over two decades of experience in leading and empowering teams to bring transformational technology to market and best support customers.

He will be driving our HCM offerings and focusing on meeting the needs of HR and payroll professionals across all organisations. Ross plays a key role in further establishing us as the leading supplier of software solutions and services that help HR and payroll teams connect the dots – from recruitment and attainment to engagement and reporting – to create powerful insights that will lead to better people decisions post-pandemic.

Prior to joining IRIS, Ross was the MD of Ceridian Europe, where he was instrumental in the successful launch of Ceridian’s cloud HCM product into the European market.

Contact: Clare Edwards
T: 07775 110941
E: Ross Tracey