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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 was 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. As a Non-Executive Director of Orc Software AB, she participated in the Orc and OMX agreement to create a new front office product. She was also involved in the acquisition of Cameron Systems, which moved 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.


Christian Prokopp - CDO

Christian Prokopp - CDO

Christian joined Brady Brady as CDO. He started his career as a software engineer followed by research in Information Retrieval and applied Machine Learning with SAP. He then focused on Big Data including Data Engineering, Data Science, Cloud Architecture, and Consulting as well as managing global teams. Christian was part of several startups including two successful exits, one being acquired by Google and one by Teradata. Christian joins Brady from Think Big Analytics, a Teradata company where he was responsible for their International Analytics Solution Development business. He has a BSc, MCom and PhD.

Christian is a native of Germany and has lived and worked abroad in Europe, Asia and Australia for the better part of the last two decades. His passion, outside of data and technology, is travelling.


Sara Mottus, Global Head of Human Resources

Sara Mottus, Global Head of Human Resources

Sara joined Brady in June 2017 and leads HR for all of Brady PLC. She is of Swedish origin and has also spent time living and working in New Zealand before moving to the UK. She brings proven HR leadership experience gained within the B2B software space with global Jade Software Corporation and crime fighting software company Wynyard Group and security analytics business Cognevo.

Sara brings strong experience in organisational design driving business performance through forward thinking talent acquisition and competence development strategies. Most recently she has developed her own HR consultancy for SMEs in growth mode when we were fortunate enough to attract her to lead our global HR function here at Brady. She is a well-rounded experience with a strong commercial understanding and is accustomed to partnering with leadership teams and delivering HR for comparable organisations with an international footprint.


Mark Gilliland, Global Head of Customer Success

Mark Gilliland, Global Head of Customer Success

Mark Gilliland joins Brady Plc as Head of Customer Success, Brady’s client-centric resource for account management, professional services, and support.  Formation of Customer Success is Brady’s response to the increasingly sophisticated needs of its global clients wishing to partner with Brady to win strategic advantage from new trading paradigms, advanced risk analytics and big data initiatives. 

Mark brings 18 years’ focus on leading the delivery of exceptional customer experiences with high-performing enterprise software technology and service businesses, in senior management roles with SAP, Marsh & McLennan Companies and Progress Software.  His early career was in mainframe computing sales with Computer Associates, and software development.