It feels like summer has arrived, and with it come a few new smiley faces to the Octopus Blue Team. Our small and expanding team brings a wealth of experience from across the UK and more recently from further across the globe too. We are happy to introduce three new team members of Octopus Blue and our not so new founder, Andy Bailey. Read on to meet Andy, Alex, Ian and Hannah and find out a little more about them.

Andy Bailey, Founder & CEO


Octopus Blue Founder Andy Bailey has operated in the accounting and taxation industry for 19 years, the latter 10 with accountancy software companies for market leading companies in the UK and Europe, as well as a start-up in the niche freelancer market. Bringing together an unrivalled knowledge of the accountancy market, a creative flair for problem solving and a ‘kaizen’ mentality of continuous improvement, Octopus Blue offers a unique perspective on the accounting software market.

Andy is a very proud dad to two children, Jon and Zoe with whom he spends as much time with as possible, along with his girlfriend and her daughter too. In the spare time that Andy does have, he enjoys photography, video games and sampling craft ales…occasionally all at the same time!

To connect with Andy on LinkedIn – click here

Alexandra O’Reilly, Operations Expert


As Operations Expert in our head office in Penarth Alex is the behind the scenes organisational whizz. She has a wide range of responsibilities including HR, bookkeeping, marketing, social media and more, all of which keep her happily busy. Alex ensures the smooth running of the business making it a comfortable, happy environment for the Octopus Blue team. Previously employed at an Auction House and firm of Architects in similar roles, the software industry is relatively new to Alex, but she is thriving on change, and is excited to continue to help Octopus Blue grow.

Alex lives in Penarth, just a few minutes away from Cardiff. She’s a big fan of the seaside and being outdoors, therefore spends most weekends out and about with her daughter, Elizabeth. Running, shopping and reading are amongst other ways she keeps busy in her spare time.

To connect with Alex on LinkedIn – click here

Ian Hunt, Software Expert


A knowledgeable sales professional and consultant, with nineteen years’ experience in the provision of software, compliance tools and services. Ian is an enthusiastic people person, tenacious, motivated and always ensuring customers’ needs are the main priority. He has worked with many Corporate and Listed Companies, Public Sector and on the Accounting side his clients have ranged from Top 10 Firms to sole practitioners. Ian is a highly experienced and informed facilitator to any progressive organisation looking for solutions that work with and add value to their processes.

Ian lives on the edge of the Peak District National Park which is the perfect location for walking, rock climbing, cycling and other outdoor activities. Inevitably these always end in a country pub! He enjoys spending time with his family and children, photography; has an over-inflated opinion of his own DIY skills and would like to own a canal boat.

To connect with Ian on LinkedIn – click here

Hannah Naylor, Business Development Expert (Pre-sales)


Hannah joined the team in May 2017 and is our first international recruit. She is responsible for contacting leads and arranging software review meetings. Hannah has a wealth of experience in pre-sales roles for BMW and others and currently works part-time around childcare.

Hannah lives in Cochrane, about half an hour from Calgary in Canada. She enjoys spending as much time as possible with husband Simon and their two young boys, Noah and Theo. Living so close to the mountains, they spend most of their spare time in the great outdoors exploring, walking, paddle boarding and looking out for grizzly bears!

Hannah has not yet joined the world of LinkedIn, we are hoping it won’t be long until she does!

And Finally…

Octopus Blue help your small business to optimise your processes and software, enabling you to operate in the most time efficient and cost effective way.

Octopus Blue are uniquely independent, whole of market, business software experts. Our experienced consultants will implement and configure your entire software stack, empowering you to laser focus on what you do best.

Octopus Blue. The business software experts.

To arrange a complimentary review of your software requirements, please get in touch or visit the Contact Us page on our website, fill in your details and one of the team will contact you to arrange.


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