Forest Rock is a UK-based software and technology company developing solutions for the Internet of Things. We specialize in IoT, Smart Buildings, Smart Cities, & Smart Grid solutions. We enable businesses, property owners, and occupants to better understand and control their facilities, to make informed decisions that are good for their pocket and the planet, and to increase their wellbeing and comfort.

Founded in 2010 by our current MD, Michael and his team at Forest Rock have become recognised as the leading software development, middleware, and cyber security company for the controls industry sector.

From our Loughborough University base on the edge of the Charnwood Forest, we provide specialist software development, design, and consultancy services to organisations around the world including many of the main players of our industry.

We also sell wide range of control systems technologies and software platforms, providing ongoing technical support and training to our partners.

Our Directors

team

Michael Kirkland

Managing Director & Founder of Forest Rock

After graduating with a degree in software engineering, Michael built a career developing middleware

team

Ian Kirkland

Commercial Director

Ian spent the first half of his career in aviation progressing to Senior Management within Heathrow

team

Richard Seed

Operations Director

Richard leads all engineering activities at Forest Rock for both bespoke software development and sy

team

Nick Cooper

Sales & Marketing Director

Tasked with growing the business, Nick is responsible for the growth of the Forest Rock brand, bring

team

Michael Kirkland

Managing Director & Founder of Forest Rock

After graduating with a degree in software engineering, Michael built a career developing middleware for some of the large players in the Building Automation industry.

Michael’s had a passion for entrepreneurial ventures since as early as he can remember. He finally took the plunge to leave the corporate world to start Forest Rock in 2010.
As Managing Director, Michael sets the direction for the business, and enjoys the challenge of solving problems whether that is designing a technical solution or recruiting a key staff member.

Enjoys…mountains, running and hiking.

follow me on
team

Ian Kirkland

Commercial Director

Ian spent the first half of his career in aviation progressing to Senior Management within Heathrow Airport. This gave him a fantastic education in leading teams to deliver complex, high profile, highly technical projects that have significant commercial impact.
In 2015 he had the opportunity to join Michael and bring these skills and experience to the challenge of growing a business in a completely different industry.

As Commercial Director, Ian’s main responsibilities are ensuring that the company is running smoothly, efficiently and ultimately profitable. He gets the most satisfaction from knowing that the company has delivered as promised, and that the customer is happy.

Enjoys….golf to an almost unhealthy obsession, when it’s too dark for golf then running around Charnwood to keep fit.

follow me on
team

Richard Seed

Operations Director

Richard leads all engineering activities at Forest Rock for both bespoke software development and systems engineering projects.

Enjoys…family time, cycling and creating music.

Admires… anyone who has the courage to turn something they love or a dream, into a successful business enterprise.

follow me on
team

Nick Cooper

Sales & Marketing Director

Tasked with growing the business, Nick is responsible for the growth of the Forest Rock brand, bringing his sales and marketing expertise in Smart building design and IoT technologies to good use. Nick enjoys being client facing and having a strong understanding of the pain points experienced by building owners and operators in their quest to digitize and improve the operational performance of their buildings.

Nick is an advocate that the power behind smart buildings lies in a digital platform, with the visibility and insights it delivers about operational performance, building efficiencies and environmental impact.

Enjoys: Good food, fine wine, craft beers, football, athletics, tennis and playing the drums.

follow me on