Our story began in Australia in 1993.

Back then it was just a few of us developing specialised financial markets trading software from a small room. Fast forward a couple of decades and we’re one of the leading suppliers of innovative technology solutions for clients in the financial markets, wealth management, and mortgage sectors. Our ever-expanding team and offices cover the globe across Australia, Asia, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa and the UK, and we just keep growing.

 

  • 1,400 brilliantly minded people

  • Global scale investment and expertise

  • We deliver for today and design for tomorrow

  • Publicly listed on the ASX since 2000

  • 17 offices in 7 countries, across 5 continents

Global expertise, local relevance

We may be global but we haven’t lost our focus. In fact we think the benefit of our global expertise combined with our local market knowledge makes for something very special. It’s what enables us to provide outstanding financial services software solutions that are tailored to each region and that deliver truly transformational results for our clients.

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Our Leadership Team

Andrew Walsh

Andrew Walsh

CEO

As CEO Andrew Walsh is the driving force behind IRESS. He is also the original founder of XPLAN Technology after having worked as an actuarial consultant. Andrew’s been at the helm since 2009, previously spending seven years as Head of IRESS Wealth Management. He is based in Sydney but clocks up a few thousand air miles each year travelling internationally between our office locations. Outside work Andrew is an avid cyclist and enjoys spending time with his family. He is also a keen photographer and one of his exciting experiences was photographing pro surfers in Hawaii at Pipeline.

Matt Rady

Matt Rady

Group Executive, Financial Markets 

Matt joined IRESS in June 2014 to look after IRESS Financial Markets globally. And, with over 21 years’ of experience including senior management roles at Macquarie Group in Sydney and Toronto, Credit Suisse in London, and Ernst & Young in Australia, he’s the best man for the job. Matt is also a Chartered Accountant and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He has an active lifestyle and is often accompanied by a variety of sporting equipment, usually skis, bikes or golf clubs (depending on the season).   Matt rode in the 2015 Sydney Spring Cycle Classic with his father and son, he says seeing three generations aged between 15 and 75 riding an event together was ‘pretty special’.

Julia McNeill

Julia McNeill

Group Executive, Human Resources

Julia takes care of all aspects of our strategic and operational HR activities, incorporating people development, training, recruitment, and employee communications. Before joining IRESS in 2000, Julia worked for BT and Vertex. Away from the day job Julia loves skiing, watching rugby, taking family holidays and spending time with her daughter.

Aaron Knowles

Aaron Knowles

Global Executive, Product

Aaron looks after the strategy, direction and lifecycle for IRESS’ Wealth Management and Financial Markets software and leads our Product Managers and Analysts. He has been working in FinTech since 1998 and enjoyed a diverse range of roles, having joined IRESS in 2004 and prior to that working for the likes of AXA, National Australia Bank, Bank of New Zealand and Legal & General across Australasia and the U.K.  Aaron enjoys sports and music and a well-guarded secret is (when he still had hair) he played guitar in an 8-piece band that played pubs and festivals across Australia & New Zealand. 

David Walker

David Walker

Chief Technical Officer

David has a long history with us having developed the very first release of the IRESS product back in 1995. In 1996 he moved to Tracker Software but couldn’t stay away and returned to IRESS soon after. Now David oversees the software development team and the network and systems architecture groups providing the vision behind the design and continued evolution of our technology.

Glenn Wilson

Glenn Wilson

Managing Director, Canada

Glenn heads up our division in Canada but was previously based in London where he built the IRESS financial markets offering in the UK and across Europe. He has over 20 years’ experience of the investment banking industry having worked for the likes of Schroders, Salomons and Citigroup. A Chartered Accountant, Glenn has also worked at Deloitte and as a Director of Peresys in South Africa (which IRESS later acquired).

Jason Hoang

Jason Hoang

Managing Director, Asia

Jason became Managing Director of IRESS Asia back in August 2010. A co-founder of XPLAN Technology he, together with Andrew Walsh, was instrumental in transitioning XPLAN from an independent start-up to a fully integrated division of IRESS. In the days before IRESS, Jason worked for Mercer and Vision FPS. He’s a self-professed sports fanatic and thrives in a competition. He's captained Singapore at the Touch Rugby World Cups in Scotland and Australia and also represented his state team at the Australian Touch rugby national titles. 

John Harris

John Harris

Chief Financial Officer

John joined the team in April 2015 after working for 10 years at the Commonwealth Bank in a number of senior finance roles. Like most of our leadership team, John has quite a lot of international experience having worked for CBA’s International Financial Services Asia business, Arthur Andersen, and Deloitte, where he spent six years in London.

Kirsty Gross

Kirsty Gross

Managing Director, Australia and New Zealand (Financial Markets)

Kirsty heads up our Financial Markets business in Australia. Prior to this, she looked after the Product and Account Management teams, and also knows a thing or two about IRESS trading systems having been involved from the inception. Kirsty has over 20 years’ experience in the information vending industry and in broking from roles at Equinet, Knight Ridder Financial, and McIntosh Securities. Outside of work, Kirsty loves spending time with her family and can often be found down at the beach or watching her favourite AFL team, the Sydney Swans.

Peter Ferguson

Peter Ferguson

Group General Counsel and Company Secretary

Peter joined IRESS in 2011 and brought with him many years' experience in international legal and commercial positions in the FinTech sector. That included seven years with Nasdaq OMX located in Stockholm, and later in Sydney at GBST and SIRCA. A little-known fact, Peter was once a navy diver for the reserves for 10 years, where he ‘blew some stuff up’ and jumped out of a couple of planes and helicopters. 

Steve Barnes

Steve Barnes

Chief Operating Officer

Steve joined IRESS in 2012 and makes sure our core operations, including client-facing service delivery and support functions, run smoothly. Steve has more than 15 years’ experience in financial services from senior roles at National Australia Bank and MLC, and more than ten years with consulting firm Accenture. Steve used to work in journalism and corporate communications, and has had roles at major Australian media organisations and two United Nations agencies.

Simon Badley

Simon Badley

Managing Director, UK

Simon was Chief Executive Officer of Avelo when it was acquired by IRESS in September 2013. He has 25 years’ financial services experience since joining Aviva in 1991 as a fresh faced graduate and moving his way up to Director of Intermediary.  At IRESS Simon is focused on developing our business, ensuring we build upon our market-central position and achieve our strategic goals. In his free time he is a keen golfer and loves spending time with his family.  Not many people know this, but he once played football against England footballing legend Gazza.

David Tibbetts

David Tibbetts

Managing Director, UK Financial Markets

David joined IRESS in November 2015 following the Proquote acquisition.  He had been Managing Director at Proquote since 2008 and has a wealth of experience in the financial software industry from managing Singularity’s UK business and through other roles at Mercator Software and Braid Systems. David has a keen interest in cars and horses and is a big sports fan, particularly if it’s rugby, golf or motor racing. 

Simon New

Simon New

Group Executive - Strategy

Simon joined IRESS in November 2015 from Ernst & Young where he was a director in wealth and asset management.  He has extensive experience of domestic and international private wealth management and has clocked up around 23 years of financial services experience split between industry and management consulting. He’s also held senior management positions at Lloyds Bank and Capco. A lover of the great outdoors, his hobbies include skiing, running, mountain biking and golf.

Ray Pretorius

Ray Pretorius

Managing Director, South Africa

Ray leads our business in South Africa.  Ray has over 20 years’ experience in financial markets technology solutions, having started his career developing Equity and Derivative solutions at a leading Merchant Bank.  Ray joined IRESS (Peresys prior to acquisition) 15 years ago and along with an impressive team has driven the successful adoption of technology solutions into the South African financial and wealth management markets.  When he’s not working Ray loves to cycle, especially off-road mountain biking, so much so that he has found a way to combine it with work by holding a regular MTB client meeting.  Ray’s family is a source of constant energy and joy, including 2 daughters who are the ’light of his life’.

Tizzy Vigilante

Tizzy Vigilante

Managing Director, Australia and New Zealand (Wealth)

Tizzy looks after the distribution of Wealth Management clients in Australasia, supporting them in the use of our software solutions. Tizzy believes that client service is fundamentally about building relationships based on respect, and she leads by example heading up all client facing divisions of the business. Tizzy joined us from VisiPlan in 2007 and also spent eight years with IWL Ltd.

Mark Thelwell

Mark Thelwell

UK Executive Director

Mark joined IRESS in 2011 to lead the UK Wealth Management division. He has amounted 28 years’ experience in the Banking and Financial Services industry, holding management roles in Sales & Marketing, Compliance and IT. Notably, Mark was COO at Focus Solutions Group, helping to float the company on the LSE. He also co-founded AT8 Group, an e-commerce consulting company specialising in financial services.  Mark is a keen cyclist, riding for pleasure and a number of charitable causes.

Andrew Walsh

Andrew Walsh

Matt Rady

Matt Rady

Julia McNeill

Julia McNeill

Aaron Knowles

Aaron Knowles

David Walker

David Walker

Glenn Wilson

Glenn Wilson

Jason Hoang

Jason Hoang

John Harris

John Harris

Kirsty Gross

Kirsty Gross

Peter Ferguson

Peter Ferguson

Steve Barnes

Steve Barnes

Simon Badley

Simon Badley

David Tibbetts

David Tibbetts

Simon New

Simon New

Ray Pretorius

Ray Pretorius

Tizzy Vigilante

Tizzy Vigilante

Mark Thelwell

Mark Thelwell

Who we work with

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Board of Directors

Like our clients, our directors have extensive experience in financial markets, banking and wealth management.

Investors

We are a global, publicly traded company listed on the Australian Stock Exchange.

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