TEAM

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.

Our Team Players

Simon

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

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

Andrew McMurchie

SENIOR CLOUD ACCOUNTANT

Andrew is a fitness enthusiast and loves being in nature. Andrew is hard-working, diligent and strives to add value wherever he can. His favourite superhero is Spiderman and like Spiderman, he cares deeply about others around him and will go the extra mile to help others. He is passionate about automation and aiding businesses to excel in this new-technological-era. Keep an eye on the horizon as Andrew is currently training to be the next superhero of automation!

Chay

Chay Stockdale

on sabbatical

Chay’s focus at Iridium is coaching young graduates on their path to becoming financial professionals. Apart from managing a team at Iridium, Chay focuses on providing a number of key clients the following services: advanced analytics, financial modelling, valuations, deal structuring, coaching and advisory services around their business. He specialises in the following industries: amusements, e-commerce, retail, hospitality, and financial services. Chay is a strong proponent of progressive thinking and enjoys solving difficult challenges. In his spare time, Chay loves to explore and socialise with mates. His favourite cartoon is The Jetsons, as Chay has been fascinated by technology and the future from a young age.

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

CLOUD CFO

Ben’s focus at Iridium is on managing a team and helping clients to streamline their internal processes. He focuses primarily on property, financial services, and inventory management sectors. He is passionate about simplifying internal processes through automation and problem-solving. Ben is big on sport and plays hockey, volleyball and squash in his spare time. He also enjoys the outdoors and hiking is right up his alley. Ben also believes that Dragon Ball Z was the greatest cartoon from his childhood. Intergalactic adventures and going super saiyan.

Britt Ambler

MARKETING MANAGER AND CLIENT SUCCESS

Brittany (aka Britt) is currently studying towards a CIMA qualification. She wears both the accounting and marketing hats in her client and marketing roles. The mix of creativity in advertising and logic in management accounting has lead Britt to wanting to be involved with entrepreneurs. She enjoys the variety of clients we have, who all have a unique take on business and have many amazing dreams and ideas. In her spare time, she enjoys horse riding, hiking, running and keeping it local with her travels. Britt absolutely loves animals and we are sure a fur baby is on the horizon. Her favourite hero is Thor as she enjoys the films, the song Thunderstruck and his journey of growth and self-discovery.

Micaelynn

Micaelynn Lindoor

CLOUD MANAGER

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.

Susan Maddock

OFFICE MANAGER

Susan 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 walking in the mountain with her family. Clearly, Sue is serious about exploring the outdoors and keeping fit. We would say Sue is our office superwoman as she often steps in and saves the day.

Carla

Carla van Zyl

CLOUD MANAGER

Carla manages a diverse portfolio of clients in their day to day accounting as well as the high-level advisory and analysis of the numbers. She is passionate about adding value to her clients and often goes above and beyond. Carla has managed to finish off her CIMA exams early and is now building up her CGMA CV to submit to CIMA. Her spare time is spent going for walks, playing tennis and enjoying a good read. Carla is most like Captain Marvel and admires that she is a strong female leader.

Salmon Pienaar Venter

Salmon Pienaar Venter

CLOUD MANAGER

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 through 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.

Marli Crous

SENIOR CLOUD ACCOUNTANT

Marli can’t wait to help people develop and grow their businesses. She likes small businesses because they allow for personal relationships 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.

 
Luna

Lunakho Masiko

SENIOR 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

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. She believes that small businesses are especially important to the SA economy and wants to assist clients in automating as many of their daily tasks as possible. Ash is a people person who aims to encourage and inspire people through her daily interactions. She is all about female empowerment, so Wonder Woman is, of course, her favourite superhero.

Stacey Kerr

cloud manager

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

SENIOR 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

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.

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?

 

Laura Coulson

senior CLOUD ACCOUNTANT

Laura spends most of her day reconciling and processing the client accounts, filing returns and offering her help in various matters her clients come across. She has enjoyed applying her knowledge and skills from University in real life and is working towards her CGMA qualification. Laura is originally from Durban but moved to the Cape for her undergrad. Laura enjoys all the exploration, scenery and events the Western Cape offers but does enjoy returning back on occasion to the where the sea is warmer. She is passionate about the environment and in her free time she enjoys relaxing on the beach, exercising and socialising. Her favourite superhero is Thor because he has the best banter of the superheroes.

Kauthar Petersen

Senior CLOUD ACCOUNTANT

Kauthar enjoys the close family-like structure at Iridium. Her goal is to help her clients grow and reach their full potential as a business which will ultimately have a domino effect on growing the economy. In her free time, Kauthar enjoys being surrounded by nature. She particularly enjoys beach days and picnics with her fiancé as well as spending time with her family and friends. She shows her artistic side through baking. Her favourite hero is Moana because she is sea-loving, headstrong, strong-willed and too stubborn to back away from a new challenge.

Mieke Hoffman

SENIOR 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 in battles that are not necessarily his own. She enjoys helping people and feels that this aspect of him really appeals to her.

Sivuyisiwe Mtshaka

SENIOR CLOUD ACCOUNTANT

Sivuyisiwe is our professional actor who has starred in 2 award-winning films. He enjoys working with small businesses because it is easy to form a personal relationship with these businesses, add valuable input and set them up for success. In his free time, he enjoys catching up with his friends and going out. His favourite superhero is Iron Man because who has more swag and finesse than the man himself?