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New appointments reflect growth at Aareon


Aareon UK Ltd ( has announced two major internal promotions. The move reflects significant recent success of Aareon as market leader in the UK social housing sector.

Head of Business Development
Ian Lockwood has been appointed as Head of Business Development. Ian will build on the strong position and success Aareon has enjoyed in acquiring new business over recent years. Ian joined Aareon in 2002, having previously worked for both IBM and Xerox in public sector sales roles.

As a key part of the New Business team Ian helped to grow Aareon’s market profile, working closely with mobile workforce technology company 1st Touch during the initial partnership relationship. Here he built a joint customer base prior to Aareon AG ownership and subsequent merger.

Ian is also an active member of the Aareon Group Marketing and Sales community, liaising with colleagues from across our international markets. Ian will assume responsibility for both the Pre-Sales and New Business teams and will be recruiting to further strengthen this team.

Commenting on his appointment, Ian said: “I am looking forward to the opportunity to build on the success we have achieved over the past few years. We have an experienced and widely respected team which has been strengthened by recent new appointments. Our integrated product offering will only improve with developments in our current pipeline, enabling us to offer our prospective customers solutions that meet the challenges faced by UK Housing. This will be an exciting time for everyone involved at the Aareon business.”

Head of Account Management
Paul O’Reilly has been promoted to Head of Account Management having managed the Account Management team at Aareon since January 2016. He has extensive experience of the housing systems market, with senior roles in both Aareon's consultancy and training teams, including as Professional Services Team Leader.

As a Project Manager, he also had responsibility for a portfolio of projects with a contract value of over £4m and has played a significant role in the sales success of the company over a 13 year period. He has also sat on the Product Board, helping to drive a number of other international initiatives within the Aareon Group. Commenting on his appointment, Paul said:

“I am genuinely excited by my new role within the company. As well as the significance of having Account Management represented at Board level within Aareon UK, I look forward to the challenge of helping my team to build stronger customer relationships and to assist in Aareon’s goal of growing both our market-leading digital solutions and reinforcing our strong ERP business.”

Commenting on the appointments, Nigel Rees MD of Aareon UK noted, “The appointment of Paul and Ian will not only strengthen the UK Executive team, but will also benefit the Aareon business as a whole. Their experience and knowledge will ensure we continue to deliver and develop market leading solutions that really make an enormous and positive difference to and for our customers. Their intensely customer focussed approach will help us to both attract new customers and strengthen links with those we currently have. I look forward to working closely with both of them.”


About Aareon (
Aareon is the leading European Software Company providing IT solutions to the Social Housing Sector. With many years of industry specific knowledge, our position as a profitable, growing and innovative organisation enables us to set the standard for business processes in the housing sector both today and into the future.

The Aareon Product Suite provides housing providers with an enterprise-wide solution.

Aareon QL Housing, Aareon QL Financials, Aareon QL CRM, Aareon QL Asset Management, Aareon QL Personnel & Payroll, Aareon 1st Touch Mobile, Aareon 360, Aareon QL Reporting Service, Aareon QL Task Centre Alerts & EDRM.

For further information on 1st Touch / Aareon please contact:
Emma Page
Aareon UK
02476 323723


Leigh Richards
The Right Image PR & Marketing Group
07758 372527