Founded by David Murray CEO and Neil Harvey CTO, Kirona has experienced a significant growth. Key to this growth and our ability to continue to deliver the best possible solutions and services to our clients is a leadership team. Combined, the members of the team share a common vision, but individually, they bring a unique set of experiences and talents to our organisation.
Meet The Team
David Murray – CEO
Prior to forming Kirona, David spent 15 years in Oracle Development and Architecture, including consultancy roles with Cap Gemini, Oracle New Zealand and First Software/Sx3. As a founding director of Kirona, David has steered the company through a period of rapid growth. In addition to providing support to the operational management team, David now focuses on the commercial and strategic growth of the company across its multiple operating divisions.
Neil Harvey – CTO
Neil is a founding director of Kirona. With over 16 years’ experience of Oracle, Java, Integration and Networking technologies, and a proven track record of designing systems for telecoms, utilities, banking, retail and the public sector, Neil is responsible for the design and architecture of Kirona’s products. Prior to Kirona, he held senior technical and consultancy positions with Xicon, IBM and First Software (Sx3).
Graham Gilbert – Chairman
Graham started his career as a Graduate Trainee with Hewlett-Packard having graduated from Leicester University with a degree in Engineering. He progressed through various engineering, market development and sales roles before leaving HP to found ComputerLand. ComputerLand became a leading provider of IT services to the UK corporate and public sector markets. As Chairman and Chief Executive, Graham floated CL on the AIM list of The London Stock Exchange in 1997 and sold the business to Capita Group plc in 2008. Graham left Capita at the end of 2008 to pursue opportunities within the Private Equity sector.
Mike Marrison – CFO
Mike qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Ernst and Young in 1987. He has held several senior finance roles in the IT sector including Finance Director of Midland HR and, from 2002, Finance Director for Northgate Public Services Division (formerly Sx3). While at Northgate, Mike led the integration of several acquisitions and worked with Private Equity investors to grow the business. Mike joined Kirona in 2012 as Mergers & Acquisitions Director before being appointed to the CFO role in July 2012.
Peter Mountford – Director of Delivery
With 20 years’ experience in Management, Learning Development and Business Analysis, Peter brings a wealth of cross-industry experience to his role at Kirona. Responsible for the Implementation Team and all aspects of the implementation cycle including project management, solutions design, technical implementation, application set up and configuration and Training. Peter ensures Kirona’s reputation for excellent customer service is maintained and enhanced
Paul Saunders – Business Development Director
Prior to joining Kirona, Paul spent several years working as a principal consultant specialising in Oracle and collaborative working technologies. He then took up the role of Head of eCommerce within the Office of Government Commerce (OGC). Paul now helps build Kirona’s partnership network and works closely with Kirona’s customers on their business enhancement projects.
David Todd – Director Partner and Account Management
David started Xmbrace in 2001 and led the company until its acquisition by Kirona in 2012. He was previously UK Managing Director of Origin, a global IT services company. He was in KPMG Management Consulting for 16 years, with eight years as a partner, when he ran some of KPMG’s largest IT projects. His early career was in local government finance. Having built up excellent relationships in the industry over the past decade, David’s role now focuses on strategic partnerships, key customer relationships and the User Group.
Gael Sainson – DRS Product Director
Gael joined Delia Systems (later OPTI-TIME SA) in 1997 as an engineer to work on the Scheduling Engine. He took on the management of the Scheduling Engine team in 2000 and became company CTO in 2005, with responsibility for building a new SAAS product known as OPTI-TIME RMS or OnDemand. He was in charge of two R&D centres, the QA department, support and IT. After a period as CTO of the Korian Group, Gael joined Xmbrace in 2010. Following the acquisition by Kirona Group of rights to the scheduling product, Gael’s role is to lead its technical development and provide expertise in hardware architecture for large customers.
Matt Elvy – Group Customer Support Manager
Matt began his career in finance before moving into IT where he spent the next ten years working predominantly within the Telecoms industry. He joined Xmbrace in October 2005, providing support for its scheduling software and all Xmbrace components. Following the acquisition of Xmbrace by Kirona, Matt has since taken the role of Group Customer Support Manager and is now responsible for customer support of over 350 organisations across the entire Kirona group.