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WE ARE TECH-DRIVEN, INNOVATIVE ACCOUNTANTS WHO TELL JOKES

Who we are

Iridium is the accounting, advisory and automation firm that is passionate about making a difference.  We’re pretty friendly and not your average accountants.  Yes, that means that we are deep individuals who tell the funny-kind-of jokes.  But wait, there’s more: we’re also highly qualified and Xero certified.  We believe in integrating technology with accounting practices to achieve the highest level of efficiency.  With a vision of disrupting the industry, it’s our mission to take business to the next level, always pursuing the latest technologies and providing professional services to businesses and startups.

Team Iridium

Our team players

Simon Magner

Simon Magner

Managing Director

Simon is passionate about helping people grow their businesses and making a difference during the process. He is responsible for instigating office banter and is excited about the future of small business in South Africa. In his spare time, Simon enjoys hanging out with his two sons and teaching them life lessons. He is team Batman as he believes the Dark Knight is an actual person – just with super wealth and strength. Hashtag role model.

Peter Magner

Peter Magner

Director

Peter simultaneously manages a team of management accountants and focuses on growing Iridium's Retail, Hospitality and eCommerce verticals. He is passionate about using his skills to help grow clients' businesses. In his spare time, Peter can either be found outdoors, trail running and hiking, or watching sport and enjoying a glass of wine with friends. Peter's childhood superhero is Spiderman. With a name like Peter, no surprises there. Peter Parker is both a nerd and a superhero - Peter believes that this is a lethal combination.

Andrew McMurchie

Andrew McMurchie

Senior Cloud Accountant

Andrew has been given the nickname ‘Andrew’ at the office. His colleagues are quite creative. He spends his days processing invoices, analysing businesses and generating reports for clients. Andrew enjoys drawing and gym-ing in his spare time. His favourite superhero of all time is Spiderman as he's the youngest Avenger. Andrew aims to follow in Spiderman’s footsteps. Watch this space: new superhero on the block coming soon.

Chay Stockdale

Chay Stockdale

Team Lead

Chay is a fundamental analyst at heart who has worked at Bloomberg LP. At Iridium, he heads up the hospitality division and is passionate about the way advisory services are translated into a change for the better in businesses. In his spare time, Chay enjoys sailing and plans to sail up the coast of Africa then across to Asia in the next three to four years. Title change to 'Captain Chay' is very much on the cards.

Aqeelah Abdullah

Aqeelah Abdullah

Cloud Relationship Manager

Aqeelah is involved in project-based accounting at Iridium and is passionate about helping small businesses grow. In her spare time, she enjoys hanging out with the hubby and her kids. Aqeelah is a huge Mulan fan and channels her for courage as well as bravery during trying times. It's the only way to 'bring honour to us all'.

Suzaan Lombaard

Suzaan Lombaard

Cloud Manager

Suzaan’s daily activities are client centred and have resulted in her developing a close relationship with financial statements and management accounts. She's passionate about working with clients and using her skills to make their lives easier. Suzi (as she is nicknamed in the office) loves Minnie Mouse and enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She also enjoys being in nature, exercising and reading in her spare time. Wonder woman much.

Ben Merckel

Ben Merckel

Team Lead

Ben’s focus at Iridium is on managing and advising clients – mostly in the property, consulting and financial fields. He is passionate about simplifying problems and solving them. Ben is big on sport and plays hockey, volleyball and squash in his spare time. He enjoys the outdoors and hiking is right up his alley. Ben also believes that Dragon Ball Z was the awesome-est cartoon from his childhood. Good versus evil…it’s legendary stuff.

Britt Ambler

Britt Ambler

Senior Cloud Accountant

Brittany (aka Britt) is currently studying towards a CIMA qualification. She spends most of her time managing accounts, dealing with tax matters and admin tasks. Brittany is passionate about small business start-ups. In her spare time, she enjoys horse riding, hiking, running and keeping it local with her travels. Brittany is a huge Pokemon fan – she's watched the series, likes the game and has a desire to catch ‘em all. True fan girl.

Philip Wapenaar

Philip Wapenaar

Cloud CFO

Philip comes from an audit background. He has extensive experience working on Annual Financial Statements and Income Tax returns. He is also a qualified ASA (SA) which a qualification managed by SAICA. He recently settled in Cape Town after relocating from Pretoria. He is enjoying the change in clothing style that working in the cloud has allowed. him.

Susan Maddock

Susan Maddock

Office Manager

Susan has adapted to this new role at Iridium and spends most of her time ensuring that everything in-office runs smoothly. She is passionate about making a difference and has a no-nonsense attitude towards getting the job done. Sue is a people person and as such, she enjoys spending time with family and friends. In her spare time, you may find her on the beach or climbing a mountain. Clearly, Sue is serious about exploring the outdoors and keeping fit. P.S. she also dabbles in squash. The lady is nothing if not active.

Carla van Zyl

Carla van Zyl

Senior Cloud Accountant

Carla spends most of her time at work processing the accounting needs of Iridium clients and she is passionate about adding value to these clients. Her spare time is spent exercising (tennis is a top choice) and enjoying a good read. Carla believes that there's nothing NOT to like about Spongebob Squarepants - living in a Pineapple under the sea is just scratching the surface of this charactor's cool factor.

Micaelynn Jansen

Micaelynn Jansen

Senior Cloud Accountant

Micaelynn is a Micky Mouse enthusiast who spends her days performing reconciliations, processing receipts as well as attending to various client accounting needs. She is passionate about helping businesses grow and achieving sustainability through proper accounting. Therefore, she believes that any challenge is worth the reward. Preach. Micaelynn enjoys spending her free time on a range of activities, from chilling to adventuring, with her significant other, friends and family. She is pretty easy-going and has a bubbly personality which she keeps under wraps. For the most part.

Salmon Pienaar Venter

Salmon Pienaar Venter

Senior Cloud Accountant

Salmon is better known around the office as SP and clocks most of his hours by handling most of Iridium's client accounts. He makes sure clients receive maximum value and he is passionate about making a positive difference in the business world. SP channels his favourite superhero, Superman, by exuding dependability, positivity and persistence on a daily basis. In his spare time, SP enjoys keeping active though gyming, swimming hiking and running. He is also a tech junkie and strives to read a fictional novel or two when time allows. Basically, he is the typical Clake-Kent kind of guy.

Lunakho Masiko

Lunakho Masiko

Cloud Accountant

Lunakho is better known around the office as Luna and she spends most of her workdays processing clients' accounting needs. Luna is passionate about entrepreneurship and the development of ``lean`` start-ups as well as SMEs. She is inspired by Kim Possible's time management skills and strives to reach similar heights. In her spare time, Luna can be found making gym missions and trips to the mall possible. Superhero stuff.

Ashleigh Hobson

Ashleigh Hobson

Business Development Manager

Ashleigh is our Vend Point of Sale expert. She aims to set up our retail clients with smart, effective systems so that they can run their businesses as efficiently as possible, and keep the economy of SA going strong!
Ash is a people person who loves a chat and laugh and aims to encourage and inspire people through her daily interactions. She is all about female empowerment, so Wonder Woman is, of course, her fave superhero. She enjoys spending time with family and friends and is a lover of wine and sunsets!

Stacey Kerr

Stacey Kerr

Senior Cloud Accountant

Stacey has been working in the cloud for over six years and has built up a wealth of knowledge over that time. She loves to go the extra mile with her clients and enjoys building strong relationships with all those around her. She is an ex Springbok badminton player, avid baker and corgi enthusiast. At just 5 foot 2, she may be short but in a difficult situation, there’s no better person to have in your court. Her strong will and determination is why Wonder Woman is her favourite Superhero.

Ella Pretorius

Ella Pretorius

Cloud Accountant

Ella is our foreign import from Scotland - she is studying towards her CIMA qualification and spends most of her time processing clients' accounting needs. She is passionate about learning, improving her skills and challenging the industry. Her favourite superhero is Marvel's Cypher as she believes communication and networking are key to success. In her spare time she enjoys going geocaching, skateboarding and going on adventures with her husband.

Trent Wolff

Trent Wolff

Cloud Accountant

Trent’s favourite superhero is Superman because he is not only one of the most powerful, but also very wise. Trent enjoys the potential that small business have for growth and the enthusiasm of the management team who have a personal interest in their business. In his free time, he is a bush baby and enjoys exercising and being in nature. Being at Iridium, Trent is excited to learn about different industries and to grow his financial knowledge.

Laura Coulson

Laura Coulson

Cloud Accountant

Laura is excited to apply what she has learned during her studies and about working with small businesses because they are not complex, making it easy to focus on the important things. She is passionate about the environment and in her free time she enjoys relaxing, exercising and socialising, Her favourite superhero is Thor because he has the best banter of the superhero's.

Mieke Hoffman

Mieke Hoffman

Cloud Accountant

Mieke is excited to use Xero and to be exposed to various businesses because they allow for personal connection and they give insight into the future of businesses in South Africa. In her free time, she loves to paint, be outdoors and spend time with friends and family. Her favourite superhero is Thor because he helps others on battles that are not necessarily his own. She enjoys helping people and feel that this aspect of him really appeals to me.

Kauthar Petersen

Kauthar Petersen

Cloud Accountant

Kauthar enjoys the close family-like structure at Iridium and is excited to help our clients grow. She believes that by helping small business grow, ultimately the economy is helped. In her free time, Kauthar enjoys baking, crafting, being a tourist in South Africa, going to the beach, picnics, long walks with her boyfriend and spending my time with her family. Her favourite hero is Moana because she is sea-loving, headstrong, strong-willed and too stubborn to back away from a new challenge.

Marli Crous

Marli Crous

Cloud Accountant

Marli can't wait to help people develop and grow their businesses. She likes small businesses because they allow for personal relationship with the people. She is a huge Friends fan and enjoys hiking, reading and spending time with friend and family. Her favourite superhero is Black Widow because she is resourceful, smart, focused and the very best at what she does.

Sivuyisiwe Mtshaka

Sivuyisiwe Mtshaka

Cloud Accountant

Sivuyisiwe is excited to be doing management reports. He is excited about working with small businesses to learn from them and to set them up for success. He is a professional actor and has starred in 2 award-winning movies. His favourite superhero is Iron Man because he never panics in any situation. In his free time, he enjoys catching up with his friends.

Joshua Westcott

Joshua Westcott

Client Success Manager

Josh believes that SME's are the backbone of any growing economy and so he can't wait to help SME's develop their businesses. In his free time Josh enjoys chasing adrenaline rushes and being outdoors, riding his motorbike, doing anything sporty or being with friends & family.. His favourite hero is Batman because who wouldn't want to be a billionaire philanthropist during the day and a crime-fighting superhero at night?