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Ian Jenks, Chairman and Executive Chairman

Ian Jenks, Chairman and Executive Chairman

Ian joined the Board on 6th June 2016 as Chairman and appointed Executive Chairman 1st September 2016. Ian has more than 30 years of Board-level experience in the Communications and Industrial Technology fields, both as an investor and as Chief Executive Officer of companies operating in the US and Europe. He is currently also a director of FTSE-listed Paysafe Group plc, Birdsafe, Birdstep Technology ASA (publicly listed in Norway) and of Econic Technology Limited. Ian previously served as the Executive Chairman and as Chief Executive Officer of Intune Networks Limited. He was formerly a director of the British Photovolatic Association and a partner of Crescendo Ventures LLP in Palo Alto, US. He was a non-executive chairman of Oplink Communications Incorporated, of Quantasol Limited  and Executive Chairman of Evo Electric Limited. Ian is an associate member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.


Elizabeth Sipiere, Chief Operating Officer

Elizabeth Sipiere, Chief Operating Officer

Elizabeth joined the Board as a Non-Executive Director in October 2016.  The former Chief Executive Officer of Valueworks Ltd, Elizabeth is an experienced B2B technology executive. She has led growth in Microgen, Hewlett-Packard, OMX, Knight Ridder and several private equity backed businesses.

Elizabeth has also worked in software for the Financial Services, Construction and TELCO industries including as a Non-Executive Director of Orc Software AB participating in the Orc and OMX agreement to create a new front office product and in the acquisition of Cameron Systems moving Orc into a leading position in the global connectivity market.

In addition to her role as a Non-Executive Director, Elizabeth is acting as Chief Operating Officer until a new CEO is appointed.


Martin Thorneycroft, Chief Financial Officer

Martin Thorneycroft, Chief Financial Officer

Martin joined Brady as Group CFO and Company Secretary in January 2014, bringing with him a wealth of experience in both the finance arena as well as the financial services software space, having held various senior financial positions during his 30-year career in both public and private companies based in the UK and the US. Most recently, Martin spent 8 years as Group Finance Director at AIM listed financial services software group Patsystems plc, where he was responsible for all aspects of financial control and reporting, legal, HR, administration, company secretarial and investor relations across its worldwide operations. 

Prior to Patsystems, Martin held CFO and other high-ranking financial positions at companies such as EY, Profile Media Group plc and McMullens and Sons Ltd, where he successfully delivered sustained growth, profitability and increased shareholder value.

Martin has been a Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants since 1986, after graduating from Birmingham University with a Bachelor of Commerce.


Jon Hobbs, Chief Technology Officer

Jon Hobbs, Chief Technology Officer

Jon joined Brady in 1990 and has over 25 years' experience delivering software solutions to customers in the ECTRM and financial services space. He has held a number of senior development and technology positions at Brady, most recently as Group CTO. He is responsible for developing, articulating and executing the Group's technology strategy which is aligned with industry trends and best practice, through collaborating with colleagues, technology partners, analysts and clients. Prior to this he ran product development for Brady’s metals focused business.