Two new senior appointments at Iridium

Ray Gearing

The Leeds-based IT transformation consultancy adds two new specialist practices to its portfolio of services, to be led by IT industry experts, Ray Gearing and Mike Rogers, as the business continues to experience significant growth.

Ray Gearing, who joined Iridium in June as Delivery Practice Lead, has worked in IT for over 30 years, most recently in consulting roles for leading institutions such as Lloyds Banking Group, HSBC and Vanquis Bank. Ray will set up the firm’s Delivery Practice to sit alongside Iridium’s expanding range of services, seeing him build and evolve new digital transformation capabilities for the firm.

Joining Ray is Delivery Practice Lead, Mike Rogers, former Program Director at Medical Protection Society. He has also occupied Head of Technical Projects and Consulting Manager roles at TransUnion and Deloitte respectively and will bring extensive experience in regulatory compliance to his new role at Iridium.

Mike said: “I can’t wait to start building Iridium’s regulatory and compliance capability, whilst leaning in to support the growth of the wider business with new and improved ways of working. The business has a network of some of the best people in the industry, so I jumped at the opportunity to be part of its future.”

Ray said: “I’m looking forward to building something new at Iridium. That’s not to say that there won’t be challenges ahead given the current market. Whilst being buoyant, there is uncertainty at the moment, so the task at hand will be to focus on the right things at the right time for our clients, whilst, developing a sustainable set of services centered around change delivery and project management disciplines for the long term.”

Founded in June 2018, Iridium is a unique IT consultancy that challenges the traditional consulting and recruitment models. It works with clients predominantly in the financial and utility sectors to provide deliverables-based solutions and specialist IT services spanning Business Transformation, Cards, Migrations, Cyber Security, Quality Assurance and Cloud.

The business prides itself on offering the same levels of expertise as the Big Four professional service consultancies, yet with a much more competitive pricing model and faster, more agile service that’s relevant for clients today.

As such, founders, Ben Dainton and Sinclair Elliott have grown annual turnover from £2.1m in the business’s first year, to £18.5m across 2021, with a projected £24m turnover for 2022.

Ben Dainton, co-director and founder, said:  “Having worked closely with both Ray and Mike over the years, we have seen the great work they are capable of delivering, and we’re thrilled to now have them on board as part of our permanent team.”

“We’re at an exciting phase of our growth, and bringing in some of the best people in the UK to help us build out the business is exactly what we always set out to do four years ago. As a result, we are now recognised by some of the UK’s leading financial industry names as a leading service provider.”

It’s been a busy few months for new starters, with the business also bringing in Des Lee, a highly experienced Senior Consultant within the Cards and Payment Practice, supported by Consultant, Rowen Lazarus, who has an impressive IT background in financial services.

Furthermore, Iridium has demonstrated its commitment to developing next-generation of tech talent with the recent recruitment of its two in-house junior consultants, Ibrahim Hussain and Jason Aisbitt, who will be trained on-the-job by the firm’s QA Practice Lead, Martin Sutcliffe.

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