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Stephen Kelly
Senior Non-Executive Director

Stephen has 35 years’ unique leadership experience in both the private and public sectors. He has held CEO positions with three successful UK & USA public tech companies, as well as spending three years as COO of the UK Government, consistently delivering outstanding results in disruptive markets.

Most recently, Stephen was Chief Executive of FTSE100 company, Sage Group. Sage is the UK’s largest technology company. During Stephen’s tenure, Sage became a global Top 10 publicly-listed cloud company by revenue, and the fastest growing from a standing start. Under Stephen’s four-year tenure, Sage saw its market value double. Stephen launched the Sage Foundation, reaching out to communities and charities to promote inclusive, compassionate capitalism.

Prior to his time at Sage, Stephen served as Chief Operating Officer for the UK Government (HMG) until November 2014. As the most senior Civil Servant, Stephen was responsible for the Efficiency and Reform programme including Digital, Technology, Commercial, Major Projects and SME strategies across UK Central Government Departments.

Before this, Stephen was the Chief Executive Officer of two fast-growing public tech companies: FTSE 100-listed Micro Focus, and Nasdaq-listed Chordiant Software. During his four years at Micro Focus, the company achieved a 7-fold increase in market value. At Chordiant, Stephen was part of the Californian ‘start-up’ team to a ‘Deloitte Fastest 50’ of $100m revenues and Nasdaq IPO. Prior to this, Stephen was at Oracle for nine years on the European executive team. Stephen has held NED roles, including Curam Software which was acquired by IBM in 2011.