About Us


With offices in Dublin, London and New York, Governor Software Ltd supports senior risk and compliance executives at financial institutions maintain governance and oversight through clear visualisation of their regulatory obligations and risk appetite.


Founded in 2015 by CEO Richard Pike, the Governor Software team have first-hand experience of the production and oversight of governance information within financial institutions. Empowered with this unique knowledge, Governor Software have taken a fresh approach to addressing these challenges; using visualisation technology to efficiently tackle the issues associated with governance and oversight in their entirety.


Governor Software believe the opportunity for compliance and risk professionals to make governance and oversight a more robust and effective process is significant.


Meet the team..


Richard Pike



Richard has extensive experience of working with financial institutions throughout the world, assisting companies in managing enterprise risk more efficiently while addressing local regulatory guidelines and standards.  As well as being the founder and CEO of Governor Software,Richard is currently Chairman of Citadel Securities (Ireland) Ltd and an Independent Non-Executive Director,  National Cyber Security Society, FBD Insurance plc, JPMorgan fund administration, JPMorgan hedge fund administration and Citadel Europe.


Prior to Governor Software, Richard has worked in various senior banking, insurance, credit and market risk roles at Wolters Kluwer Financial Services, ABN AMRO, Bain, COMIT Gruppe and Quay Financial Software.  He has analysed, designed and managed the development of core treasury and enterprise risk management systems for large financial institutions, including UBS, Citibank, Schroders and Unicredito.


In 2009, Richard was recognised as a "Top 50" Face of Operational Risk by Op Risk & Compliance magazine and was a contributing author to two books on risk management.  He is also a board member of the Governance, Risk and Compliance Technology Centre which focuses on research in the area of financial services governance, risk and compliance. Richard has also received the designation of ‘Certified Bank Director’ by the Institute of Banking.


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Ross Kelly

Chief Customer Officer

Ross Kelly, Chief Customer Office at Governor Software, remit is to focus on our Customers Return on Investment, identifying how we deliver ROI to our clients and work alongside them to ensure they achieve it. Ross is also tasked with developing industry specific case-studies demonstrating the value of Governor Software to financial institutions and how it can revolutionise the way that they approach Risk and Compliance.

With a strong history and network of working with Regulators, Ross will also be charged with developing the Governor Software Regulator Client Community. Finally, Ross brings in-depth on-line experience to the Governor team that will be used to help build Governor Reg as a web-based product. 

Ross joined Governor Software with wealth of experience having been instrumental in building Vizor Ltd. Ross took Vizor from a ‘2 guys in a garage’-type start-up and built it into an extremely successful medium-sized enterprise - designing, manufacturing, implementing and supporting software for central banks, financial regulators and tax authorities. Vizor now boasts clients in over 30 countries, 80 personnel. During Ross’ tenure as joint CEO, the average annual growth rate at Vizor was greater than 100%.

Such success has cumulated in Ross being nominated for EY Entrepreneur of the Year in 2015.

Paul Manson

Paul Manson

Head of EMEA

Paul is responsible for Governor Software’s EMEA business.

Joining the team in January 2018, Paul has over 30 years client-facing and management experience in the financial technology space, with companies including Matrix-IFS, Wolters Kluwer Financial Services, DST, Algorithmics and Reuters. Covering the front-, middle-office and compliance functions, Paul has a strong background in the regulatory challenges that EMEA-based institutions face in risk management, regulatory reporting, GRC, AML and fraud spaces.

Paul has been involved in several new technology global projects in the Banking and Insurance sectors, both from a technology and business perspective.




Damien Forde

Head of North America

Damien joined Governor Software in October 2017 and is responsible for supporting operations, implementation and business development in North America. He brings with him over a decade of professional experience in the multi-national Pharmaceutical space for organisations including Ipsen and Merck.

Damien has a strong background in regulatory affairs, regularly dealing with organisations including the FDA, EMA, and local health authority agencies (e.g. HPRA) for audits and regulatory dossier filings. He also has extensive experience of 3rd party risk management, lean six sigma and project management.

Prior to starting at Governor, Damien obtained his MBA at Fordham University, and his PhD at University College Dublin.



Suzi Mutch

Suzi Mutch

Head of Marketing

Suzi is responsible for the marketing and communications activity at Governor Software. She has in-depth expertise marketing financial technology firms globally having completed a BCA in Marketing and Management and a BA in Psychology.

Suzi began her career in advertising at Saatchi & Saatchi and TBWA Simon Palmer before moving to Cap Gemini where she was responsible for financial services marketing and communications.

In 2001 Suzi co-founded the successful financial marketing and PR agency Cre8Results, which was acquired by Broadgate Financial in 2008. Following Broadgate Financial’s acquisition Suzi has worked with and advised a number of significant EU and US financial technology clients including ADP, Ameritrade, Apama, AXA, Broadridge, Funds Direct, JWG-IT, London & Capital, Nexus and Wolters Kluwer.



Nagaraja Kumar

Nagaraja Kumar,

Senior Advisor

Nagaraja has over two decades of leadership experience in finance, risk, regulatory, analytics and technology solutions working with Global Banking and Financial Institutions. As a senior advisor to Governor Software he brings a unique combination of industry expertise, academic research experience and industry consulting.

Nagaraja supports Boards, Chief Finance and Chief Risk Officers navigate the complex regulatory landscape in the US and further afield utilising his extensive experience as banks seek to maintain regulatory governance and oversight through clear visualisation of regulatory obligations.



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Eoin Finnerty

Senior Consultant

Eoin joined Governor Software in May 2018 and is responsible for supporting operations, implementation and business development in North America.

Eoin has a background in strategy consulting, advising city, state, and federal elected officials on campaign strategies as well as legislative affairs. He also has a background in business development, primarily in the area of government contracting and corporate funding as well as research in the area of public policy. Prior to starting at Governor, Eoin obtained his MBA in Information Systems at Fordham University, and his BA in Economics and Political Science at University College Dublin.