Our Executive Team

With over 100 years combined technology sector experience, our Executive team are focused on leading our company and people to new levels of growth and success.

Dean Forbes

Chief Executive Officer

Dean is CEO and a member of the Board of CoreHR. Driving CoreHR’s exciting strategy of growth and market disruption, he’s a dynamic people-leader whose high energy and passion is contagious! Dean has a strong record growing software businesses and is named one of the UK’s 50 most ambitious business leaders by Lloyds Banking Group. Previously CEO of travel and expense software firm KDS, he was judged one of the most influential business leaders in corporate travel technology by the BTN group, before selling the company to American Express. Earlier, Dean also played a key role in building the business of project management software firm Primavera, through to its sale to Oracle. Once at Oracle, Dean took on global responsibility for the Primavera business unit as GVP Worldwide Sales & Marketing, making him the youngest Vice President at Oracle for 29 years. As well as being a successful entrepreneur, investor and public speaker, Dean devotes time to mentoring others and to charitable interests through the Forbes Family Group entity that he established with his wife.

Paul Smolinski

Chief Financial Officer

Paul leads our Legal, Commercial and Corporate IT teams. He has a successful track record as CFO for private equity backed and UK listed international technology companies. He played a key role in transforming Thomson Online Benefits into a Global SaaS company, completing a secondary buyout with ABRY Partners and then a successful sale to Mercer in December 2016.

Steve Leeson

Chief Revenue Officer

Steve is a welcome addition to the CoreHR executive team. He brings two decades of experience heading growth strategies of respected SaaS vendors. He led Oracle’s Human Capital Management (HCM) Cloud Apps Business in the UK for four years through 2018, delivering a fivefold increase in annual revenue and having previously achieved a similar growth story for HCM provider Saba. He now joins CoreHR from Genesys, where he was General Manager and Vice President UK and Ireland. Other roles have included leadership positions with ABB Software and SAP UK.

Sharon Looney

Chief People Officer

Sharon leads our award-winning HR team and is focused on the development and growth of our people. Guided by Sharon’s vast experience, we are accelerating our transformation through knowledge and organisational development. At the forefront of her commitments is evolving employee engagement.

David Welch

Chief Technology Officer

David leads our Technology team and is focused on developing innovation and disruptive SaaS solutions. He is responsible for creating our long-term technology vision and oversees all aspects of our product evolution – from design through to release.

Kev Willers

Chief Customer Officer

Kev is responsible for ensuring all our customers maximise their investment in the CoreHR solution. His extensive experience of setting up and building Customer Success teams in SaaS companies ensures CoreHR delivers a best in class customer journey and experience.

Oliver Quayle

Chief Marketing Officer

Oliver leads our Product & Marketing teams and is focused on ensuring our software continues to deliver value to our customers while staying ahead of the ever-changing needs of the market. With a long history of bringing innovative SaaS solutions to market, Oliver ensures we provide an exceptional user experience that delivers tangible returns for their organisation.
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