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Our Senior Team

The Group’s board comprises three executive directors and four non-executive directors, all of whom have considerable experience and formidable track records of success. They are supported by a strong executive management tier that combines deep experience gained from working with global technology vendors with high-quality expertise and continuity from long-term Kainos employees.

Select a team member below for further information.

Board of Directors
  • Dr John Lillywhite

    Non-Independent Non-Executive Chairman

    Dr John Lillywhite

    Non-Independent Non-Executive Chairman

    Education

    In 2011 he was awarded a Doctorate by Queen’s University, Belfast for services to Commerce and Industry.

    Career

    John is a Fellow of the Institute of Management Accountants and has been in the Information Technology industry for over 50 years. In 1997 he stepped down as Group Finance Director of ICL (now Fujitsu Services) after a long career with the group in which he worked in the UK, Europe, USA and the Far East filling roles in divisional management and various aspects of finance, including group CFO where he was responsible for acquisitions, disposals, start-ups and recovery programmes. John has been Chairman of seven start-up companies. Three have been sold profitably, one is mothballed, two continue to trade successfully (one on AIM) and he remains chairman of one. He is also a trustee director for a large pension fund.

    Role

    John acts as a Non-Independent Non-Executive Chairman and sits on the Audit committee, Nomination committee and Remuneration committee at Kainos.

  • Dr Brendan Mooney

    Chief Executive Officer

    Dr Brendan Mooney

    Chief Executive Officer

    Education

    Studied Computer Science at University of Ulster. Awarded an honorary Doctorate (DSc.) for services to business development.

    Career

    Brendan joined Kainos in 1989 as a graduate software engineer before moving into a number of technical and commercial roles. Brendan was appointed Managing Director of Kainos in 2001. In addition to his role at Kainos, Brendan has been a Non-Executive Director at Meridio, Property News, the Probation Service for Northern Ireland and, until recently, was a serving Lay Magistrate. Brendan has over 25 years of technical, business development and management experience.

    Role

    Brendan is the CEO of Kainos responsible for setting the strategic direction of the company and for overseeing its profitable growth.

  • Richard McCann

    Chief Financial Officer & Chief Operating Officer

    Richard McCann

    Chief Financial Officer & Chief Operating Officer

    Education

    Richard is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland and trained with Coopers & Lybrand, before moving in to industry with Galen Holdings plc.

    Career

    Richard joined Galen Holdings plc as financial controller of a start-up subsidiary in the US and subsequently became Senior Vice President in charge of Corporate Finance with responsibility for the organisation’s acquisitions and investor relations. He served as the Managing Director of two subsidiaries in the Almac Group, including a US subsidiary that provides software development services for pharmaceutical companies.

    Role

    Richard serves as the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer. Richard joined Kainos in 2011, with over 20 years’ experience in accounting.

  • Paul Gannon

    Sales Director

    Paul Gannon

    Sales Director

    Education

    Studied Engineering at Trinity College, Dublin.

    Career

    Before joining Kainos, Paul spent four years in a sales role with ICL in Dublin and prior to that worked as a management consultant for Accenture in London. He started his professional career working for Siemens in Munich. He joined Kainos in 1998 as the sales manager for Ireland. Paul subsequently took on a company-wide role in strategy and marketing.

    Role

    Paul is the Sales Director at Kainos, responsible for all product and service sales activities in Kainos.

  • Chris Cowan

    Independent Non-Executive Director

    Chris Cowan

    Independent Non-Executive Director

    Education

    Chris holds an MA History from St Catharine’s College, Cambridge.

    Career

    Chris runs a board advisory business focused on digital transformation and has previously been the Managing Director of Accenture’s Telco, Media and Technology business in the UK; Accenture’s Telco Industry Managing Director for EMEA; Chairman and CEO of Digiplug (an Accenture Digital business); and Managing Director of Value Partners Group’s UK business.

    Role

    Chris acts as an Independent Non-Executive Director and sits on the Audit committee, Nomination committee and Remuneration committee at Kainos.

  • Andrew Malpass

    Independent Non-Executive Director

    Andrew Malpass

    Independent Non-Executive Director

    Education

    Graduated with a BA (Hons) in Accounting and Finance from Lancaster University and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.

    Career

    Andrew (Andy) has over 30 years’ experience in the software industry covering both private and public companies, including, most recently as Group Finance Director of Fidessa Group plc (formerly, Royalblue Group plc) since joining in 1995. Andy also served as Company Secretary of Fidessa Group plc.

    Role

    Andy acts as an Independent Non-Executive Director and sits on the Audit committee.

  • Tom Burnet

    Independent Non-Executive Director

    Tom Burnet

    Independent Non-Executive Director

    Education

    Graduated with an MBA from the University of Edinburgh.

    Career

    Tom is Executive Chairman of AIM company accesso Technology Group plc, a leading supplier of technology platforms to the global leisure and attractions market, serving over 1,000 clients in 22 countries. Previously he was Managing Director of Serco’s Defence Services division and Managing Director of QinetiQ’s consultancy business. He started his career as the UK’s youngest Army Officer serving in the Black Watch (R.H.R.) and is a member of the Queen’s Bodyguard in Scotland.

    Role

    Tom acts as an Independent Non-Executive Director and sits on the Nomination committee and Remuneration committee at Kainos.

Senior Management
  • Dr Brendan Mooney

    Chief Executive Officer

    Dr Brendan Mooney

    Chief Executive Officer

    Education

    Studied Computer Science at University of Ulster. Awarded an honorary Doctorate (DSc.) for services to business development.

    Career

    Brendan joined Kainos in 1989 as a graduate software engineer before moving into a number of technical and commercial roles. Brendan was appointed Managing Director of Kainos in 2001. In addition to his role at Kainos, Brendan has been a Non-Executive Director at Meridio, Property News, the Probation Service for Northern Ireland and, until recently, was a serving Lay Magistrate. Brendan has over 25 years of technical, business development and management experience.

    Role

    Brendan is the CEO of Kainos responsible for setting the strategic direction of the company and for overseeing its profitable growth.

  • Richard McCann

    Chief Financial Officer & Chief Operating Officer

    Richard McCann

    Chief Financial Officer & Chief Operating Officer

    Education

    Richard is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland and trained with Coopers & Lybrand, before moving in to industry with Galen Holdings plc.

    Career

    Richard joined Galen Holdings plc as financial controller of a start-up subsidiary in the US and subsequently became Senior Vice President in charge of Corporate Finance with responsibility for the organisation’s acquisitions and investor relations. He served as the Managing Director of two subsidiaries in the Almac Group, including a US subsidiary that provides software development services for pharmaceutical companies.

    Role

    Richard serves as the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer. Richard joined Kainos in 2011, with over 20 years’ experience in accounting.

  • Dr Brian Gannon

    Senior Vice President Corporate Development SVP

    Dr Brian Gannon

    Senior Vice President Corporate Development SVP

    Education

    Studied Engineering at Trinity College, Dublin. Holds a PhD in Information Systems from the University of London.

    Career

    Brian joined Kainos in 2006 to run Kainos in Great Britain. Previously, Brian worked as a management consultant at Andersen Consulting (now Accenture), Capgemini and the DMW Group, and as a technology strategist at a number of blue-chip organisations, including Shell, Standard Chartered Bank and Allied Irish Banks, where he was Chief Information Officer.Brian has over 25 years’ experience in deploying information and digital technology solutions.

    Role

    Brian is the Corporate Development Director for Kainos, responsible for marketing, communications, media and analyst relationships.

  • Paul Gannon

    Sales Director

    Paul Gannon

    Sales Director

    Education

    Studied Engineering at Trinity College, Dublin.

    Career

    Before joining Kainos, Paul spent four years in a sales role with ICL in Dublin and prior to that worked as a management consultant for Accenture in London. He started his professional career working for Siemens in Munich. He joined Kainos in 1998 as the sales manager for Ireland. Paul subsequently took on a company-wide role in strategy and marketing.

    Role

    Paul is the Sales Director at Kainos, responsible for all product and service sales activities in Kainos.

  • Tom Gray

    Chief Technology Officer CTO

    Tom Gray

    Chief Technology Officer CTO

    Education

    Graduated from Queen’s University Belfast and holds a BSc. in Computer Science. Currently studying Innovation Management at MIT Sloan.

    Career

    Tom is a 25-year tech veteran, and is the driving force behind many of Kainos’ most imaginative and successful customer and staff initiatives, including HealthHackEU, Kainos AppCamp, Code4Derry. Tom joined Kainos in 1990 as a Software Engineer and, subsequently took on roles in Support, Pre-Sales and Solution Architecture before being appointed CTO in 2005. Tom is Chairman of the University of Ulster Industrial Liaison Board, and is a member of the Industry Board of Manchester Connected Health.

    Role

    Tom is the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at Kainos, responsible for advising customers on Healthcare IT, Enterprise Architecture and Applied Technology.

  • Colette Kidd

    Head of Talent Development

    Colette Kidd

    Head of Talent Development

    Education

    Graduated from University of Ulster, Jordanstown in 1997 and holds a BEng in Software Engineering.

    Career

    Colette spent one year working for Microsoft in Dublin, before joining Kainos as a Software developer. Her career path has given her the opportunity to fulfil many roles within the business including a Software developer, Business Consultant, Team Lead, Project Manager, Talent Manager before taking up her current post of Head of Talent Development in November 2014.

    Role

    Colette is responsible for Recruitment, Staff Development, Training and Staff Assignments.

  • Russell Sloan

    Divisional Director, Digital Services, (Government Digital Services BU)

    Russell Sloan

    Divisional Director, Digital Services, (Government Digital Services BU)

    Education

    Studied Engineering at Queen’s University, Belfast. Alumnus of Darden Graduate Business School, University of Virginia.

    Career

    Russell joined Kainos in 1999 as a software engineer. He worked as a team leader and manager before taking up a role as head of the Support business unit in Kainos. In 2012, Russell was charged with developing public sector business for Kainos, the largest and fastest growing area of activity in the company. In this role he leads a team of over 200 staff, developing digital solutions as part of the UK government’s ambitious and challenging ‘digital-by-default’ initiative.

    Role

    Russell leads the Government Digital Services business unit, part of the Digital Services division.

  • Grainne Burns

    ​General Counsel and Company Secretary

    Grainne Burns

    ​General Counsel and Company Secretary

    Education

    Graduated from Queen’s University Belfast and holds an LLB Honours in Law, and an LLM in Law and Computers. Qualified as a Solicitor following completion of the LPC in the College of Law, Chester.

    Career

    Grainne joined Kainos in 2001 from a private practice background in PI and Commercial Litigation. She manages a busy in-house Legal team who have responsibility for contract negotiation and management; IP protection; commercial risk mitigation; commercial property, corporate governance and compliance.

    Role

    Grainne is head of Legal at Kainos.

  • Nigel Hutchinson

    Divisional Director, Evolve

    Nigel Hutchinson

    Divisional Director, Evolve

    Education

    Studied Computer Science at Queen’s University, Belfast.

    Career

    Nigel joined Kainos in May 2013 to lead its healthcare business, primarily focussed on Evolve. Nigel started his career at Kainos in 1988, before leaving to join records management company Meridio, which was established as a spinout from Kainos in 2001. Following the acquisition of Meridio by Autonomy in 2007, Nigel became Senior Vice President EMEA, responsible for growing revenue for a major part of Autonomy’s enterprise software portfolio across the region. Nigel brings a wealth of experience to Kainos having helped both public and private software organisations achieve sustained growth and build value.

    Role

    Nigel is the head of the Evolve division in Kainos, responsible for all activities in the Healthcare market.

  • Malachy Smith

    Divisional Director, Workday Implementation Services

    Malachy Smith

    Divisional Director, Workday Implementation Services

    Education

    Graduated from Queen’s University Belfast with a BSc. in Computer Science.

    Career

    Mal joined Kainos in 1989 as a software engineer. He worked as team leader, project and programme manager before leading the Kainos Insurance business in 2002. In 2010, Mal was appointed head of the Workday business unit and charged with establishing Kainos as a leading Workday implementation partner in EMEA. Mal has played a key role in overseeing the successful launch in 2013 of Kainos Smart, an automated testing tool for Workday implementations.

    Role

    Mal leads the Workday Implementation Services division for Kainos.

  • Dr Sam Bolton

    Divisional Director, Digital (Enterprise BU) Enterprise

    Dr Sam Bolton

    Divisional Director, Digital (Enterprise BU) Enterprise

    Education

    Studied at Queens University Belfast where he gained a BSc and PhD in Biology. Subsequently completed an MBA at Heriot-Watt University and recently graduated in The Executive Programme of Darden Graduate Business School, University of Virginia.

    Career

    Sam joined Kainos in 2000 to set up and run the Applications Support business unit. He worked in a variety of senior Delivery positions within Kainos before becoming Head of the Enterprise Business Unit in 2014. Before joining Kainos, Sam spent five years at Scottish Power managing a number of IT support functions. Sam spent the first ten years of his professional career in IBM Global Services.Sam has almost 30 years’ experience in managing the business of delivering, and supporting, complex IT solutions.

    Role

    Sam is the head of the Enterprise business unit, part of the Digital Services division, responsible for growing our business through the development, maintenance and operation of IT solutions across all industry sectors.

  • Paul Hamill

    Head of Human Resources

    Paul Hamill

    Head of Human Resources

    Education

    Graduated from Queen’s University Belfast with a BSC. Hons. in Computer Science, and also holds an MBA from the Ulster Business School. He has an Advanced Diploma in HR Leadership and Development, awarded by the CIPD.

    Career

    Paul has 29 years' experience in the IT industry. He joined Kainos shortly after graduating, following a brief spell with STC in London. He started his Kainos career as a software engineer, leading to varied roles including Project Management, Quality, Infrastructure and Consulting. In 2002, Paul moved into an HR role, and has successfully led many of the growth, talent and employee engagement initiatives - Kainos now regularly features in the Sunday Times Top 100 list. Paul is a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the CIPD.

    Role

    Paul is head of HR at Kainos, responsible for employee engagement, compensation and performance management.

  • Stephan Sakowicz

    Head of Gdańsk Operations

    Stephan Sakowicz

    Head of Gdańsk Operations

    Education

    Graduated from the Warsaw University of Technology, Electronics and IT Department.

    Career

    Stephan (Szczepan) joined Kainos in 2007 as a Solution Consultant in the Dublin office. Previously, he worked as systems designer in France Telecom in Paris. Since 2009, Stephan has led the Gdańsk operation, a product and services delivery centre for Kainos. In his role, he leads over 100 staff, making sure that the growth of the Gdańsk office talent pool follows the company growth and addresses the skills gap.

    Role

    Stephan is Head of Gdansk operations for Kainos.

Board Committees

The Board contains three main committee groups detailed below.

Each committee has adopted formal terms of references which are available as downloads:

Audit committee members:
Andrew Malpass (Chairman), Chris Cowan and John Lillywhite
Terms of Reference

Nomination committee members:
John Lillywhite (Chairman), Tom Burnet and Chris Cowan
Terms of Reference

Remuneration committee members:
Tom Burnet (Chairman), Chris Cowan and John Lillywhite
Terms of Reference