Tailored services and solutions that improve the
security, efficiency and effectiveness of operations

MASS is a technology company with a 30-year heritage

 

MASS is a technology company with a 30-year heritage serving the defence, government, business and education markets in the UK and around the world. In fact, some of our long-term customers include high-level government departments, which rely on us to provide services and systems critical to our national security and defence.

Part of Cohort plc since 2006, MASS delivers trusted and tailored services and solutions that improve the security, efficiency and effectiveness of operations. Whether our customers need us to manage the full life-cycle of a solution, designed especially for their operations, or one-off consultancy, our highly skilled experts deliver a world-class service in specialist areas.

MASS was formed in 1983 to supply the UK defence industry with mathematical and associated scientific services, which gave the company its name. Founded by four partners Malcolm Lowes, Fred Pew, John Cresswell and Roger Millington, MASS has grown into one of the UK's most successful defence technology companies.

Throughout the 1980s MASS grew steadily, and expanded from offering pure consultancy to developing services and solutions. The firm also developed capabilities in a diversity of technical areas such as analysis, mathematic modelling, guided weapon performance analysis, design, development of bespoke systems and RF test and evaluation.

Due to investment by a venture capital company, followed by a majority holding being acquired by Silicon Valley Group in 1993, MASS saw a period of significant growth. Over the next decade its turnover increased from less than £1 million to almost £13 million, due to winning prestigious managed IT contracts including highly secure MOD business. MASS also developed skills in real-time software, electronics systems design, development and low

 

The risks and threats to all organisations are continually evolving – MASS works to develop ways of keeping our customers' technology secure. Our ISO accreditation 27001 and other certification means we meet required industry standards. In fact, our teams strive to exceed these requirements in order to deliver outstanding work.

Focusing on Cyber Security, Secure Networks, EWOS and Contract R&D, MASS works in partnership with all of our customers, and responds quickly to requests and enquiries.

volume manufacturing, particularly for aerospace. The firm also worked on R&D contracts in the defence and commercial markets. This period of history saw the firm develop a solid reputation for providing technically demanding projects to very short timescales.

Over time Electronic Warfare became one of MASS' key capabilities. The firm played a key role in the development of the EW Test Facility at BAE Systems Warton, and developed solutions in EW Operational Support at its Lincoln site.

Additionally, since 2004 MASS has built a strong capability in secure information systems, supporting our customers' critical operations. We help them make cost-savings and increase efficiency by providing COTS system integration and prototype development.

Acquired by Cohort plc in 2006 – a parent company of innovative SMEs operating in defence and related markets – MASS continues to thrive, innovate and provide customers with an agile, world-class and trusted service.





Leadership team

Managing Director

Ashley Lane graduated from Surrey University with a masters degree (distinction) in Electronic and Electrical Engineering in 1991. After graduation, he joined Thorn EMI Electronics as a systems engineer working on countermeasures and electronic surveillance systems. Ashley spent four years in technology development and licensing, building the successful wireless technology company, UbiNetics.

Throughout his career, Ashley has held key technical roles on a number of electronics, IT and real-time system projects, including Business Manager, Consultancy Division Head, Programme Manager and he was MASS' Systems Development and Technical Director for five years.

Business Development Director

Sue Purdin joined MASS as Business Development Director on 11th January 2017.

Sue was previously with Atkins where she was the Business Development and Innovation Director across four separate businesses and markets - aerospace, defence, security and technology. Prior to this she led sales at IPL (an engineering-led IT and software company), and worked for the Chemring Group leading European strategy, BD and sales activities.

Finance Director

After studying for a Business degree in the UK and France, Bill gained his CIMA qualification whilst working at John Laing plc and Xerox Corp. After qualifying he joined Pearson plc as a Management Accountant working firstly at Head Office and then the Financial Times Newspaper. As a member of the Senior Finance team at the Financial Times, he worked on many acquisitions and joint ventures in Europe, Asia and the USA. When the Financial Times acquired Interactive Data Corporation, he moved to the US in 1996 to head up the finance & administration teams continuing to help the business grow both organically and by acquisition.

In 2010 he returned to the UK and took the role of International Financial Planning Director after the business was acquired by Private Equity, and supported the business across Europe and Asia. After 4 years he became an Independent Consultant before joining MASS in February 2016 where he leads the Finance, IT, Commercial and Operations teams.

EWOS and Cyber Security Director

After graduating with a BSc in Astrophysics and masters degree in Microwave Solid State Physics, Chris started his career designing radar systems and antennas for Racal Defence. He then spent six years developing radar and IR countermeasures for the RAF at the Electronic Warfare Operational Support Establishment. Chris progressed to Manager at the Mathematical Modelling Group, where he was responsible for the design and development of advanced radar systems for GEC Avionics over four years. During this time he also gained his MBA from Henley Management College.

From there, Chris managed and directed the technical services business unit within the VT Group before joining MASS in 2007 to head up the EWOS division.

Cohort Chief Executive

Andrew graduated from Imperial College, London in 1987 with a Master of Engineering degree in Electronic Engineering and Management Science. He joined the Ministry of Defence as a fast stream technology specialist, spending the early part of his career on the directed energy weapons research programme at the Royal Signals and Radar Establishment, Malvern. Subsequently, he held a project management role, acquiring special electronic warfare equipment for counter-terrorism use, and was a scientific adviser to the UK defence staff on land warfare matters. In 1996, Andrew joined Alvis plc in a role covering strategy, mergers and acquisitions, and business development. Following the BAE Systems' takeover of Alvis, he created Cohort plc with Nick Prest and Stanley Carter.

In May 2007, Andrew was appointed Managing Director of MASS and he re-joined the Cohort board, succeeding Stanley Carter as Chief Executive, two years later. He remains on the MASS board.

Cohort Finance Director

After graduating with a BSc from University College, London, Simon went on to qualify as a chartered accountant with Touche Ross in 1992. Simon moved to the Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Company (P&O) in 1993 - he was appointed a chief accountant for P&O European Ferries in 1995. Two years later, he was appointed Group Financial Controller at Alvis, going on to join Cohort as Finance Director in May 2006, bringing considerable industry experience acquired at Alvis and BAE Systems.

Simon is the Finance Director and Company Secretary of Cohort plc.
Ashley Lane Sue Purdin Bill Grieve Chris Stanley Andrew Thomis Simon Walther
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The MASS Values - Implications
for our Actions

Value Implications
Business Excellence
  • True technical excellence is not about the best possible product but about a product (or service) that meets the customer's needs and stays within budget.
  • Cost control is necessary for business success.
  • We are all business developers and can both shape customers' views and gather vital intelligence.
Success through Customer Relationships
  • The highest level of commitment to solving customers' problems.
  • A fundamental understanding that we achieve success through business transactions: we do things that customers value, and this enables us to make a profit.
  • A recognition that both sides of these transactions are equally important.
Common Purpose
  • Disapproval of actions that lead to confrontation or tension between us (though not a supine willingness to back down regardless of the issue or the consequences).
  • Absence of political manoeuvring, or high levels of tension between staff and management.
  • Commitment to the company and a recognition that it is an important part of all our lives.
People Business
  • MASS people are willing to make personal sacrifices when necessary to solve business problems or to meet customers' urgent needs.
  • MASS understands that its people have other commitments in their lives and is prepared to be flexible.
  • MASS is willing to go beyond the minimal contractual commitment to look after its people's interests.


Accreditation & qualification Corporate responsibility Financial information Company values Cohort plc Accreditation & qualification Corporate responsibility Financial information Company values Cohort plc
Our Business Management System is certified by LRQA (Lloyds Register Quality Assurance) as complying with the requirements of ISO 9001:2008, certificate number LRQ 10005276 and of TickITplus.

Also our Information Security Management System complies with the requirements of ISO 27001:2013, certificate No: LRQ 4005300 which is applicable to defence, aerospace, educational and commercial IT systems primarily in accordance with the HMG Security Policy Framework.

The ISO 9001 certified scope is as follows:
"Government, defence and security, education and commercial sectors for:
  1. Design, development, integration, delivery and support of bespoke and/or COTS based hardware, networks and software solutions or products.
  2. Provision of managed services covering IT Service Delivery, Facilities Management, and software solutions.
  3. Provision of training, consultancy and analysis services.
  4. Provision of technical staff to customer requirements."

View our ISO 9001 | TickIT plus certificate (PDF)
View our ISO 27001 certificate (PDF)
MASS puts its people at the centre of its business. Not only do we strive to support our employees' career development, but we also encourage everyone to get involved in supporting our chosen charity partners, including Help for Heroes and Action Medical Research for Children.

Our people are always keen to raise much needed funds through fun and ambitious events – from triathlons to 100-mile bike rides.

In addition, we support young people by providing work experience opportunities in our Little Paxton and Lincoln offices. Whether they want to work in office administration or ICT support, we can help them in their very first steps in their careers.

We conform to the Anti-bribery Policy of our parent company Cohort plc, which can be found on the public documents page of the Cohort website.
MASS has continued to make an important contribution toward the Group’s revenue and profit growth.

2014 - 2015 Results
"Cohort once again improved its performance in the year, achieving record revenue, adjusted operating profit and closing cash."
Nick Prest CBE, Chairman, Cohort plc

Full details are in the Cohort plc group results at the link below:
Cohort plc Annual Report and Accounts 2015

Results for Previous Financial Years
Cohort plc Annual Report and Accounts 2014
Cohort plc Annual Report and Accounts 2013
Cohort plc Annual Report and Accounts 2012
Cohort plc Annual Report and Accounts 2011

Dun & Bradstreet Rating 1
We are registered as a D&B Rating 1 Company (highest level of creditworthiness, minimum risk of failure)

View our D&B Rating 1 certificate
Business Excellence - An understanding that business success is the best way to achieve success for all MASS people, in terms of rewards, pride, security, fresh technical challenges and opportunities to develop

Success through Customer Relationships - A full commitment to delivering what the customer needs, as both a source of personal fulfilment and a means for MASS to achieve success as a business

Common Purpose - We all share the goal of profitable business expansion, and this displaces conflicting objectives and tensions that might otherwise arise between us

People Business - MASS is a business that values and is valued by its people

Learn more about the MASS Values
Cohort plc is the parent company of four innovative, agile and responsive businesses operating in defence and related markets. It aims to add real value through the experience and contacts of its senior team while providing a light-touch but effective governance framework. Its objective is to deliver value to shareholders through its four operating subsidiaries: EID, MASS, MCL and SEA.

Cohort was founded on the principle that SME-size businesses can prosper by being part of a larger group, where they can benefit from financial oversight, management support and the exchange of information and practices. Cohort aims to achieve this while preserving the high-growth potential of innovative independent businesses.

To find out more about Cohort plc visit www.cohortplc.com

News

Raytheon UK Announces MASS as Research and Development Competition Winner
December 2014 - Raytheon UK Announces MASS as Research and Development Competition Winner

Raytheon UK has named MASS as a winner of its 2014 SPaRK Research and Development Competition in addition to Plextek, a specialist engineering businesses, and the University of Nottingham ... Read more »

MASS awarded three EW Operational Support contracts
December 2014 - MASS awarded three EW Operational Support contracts

MASS, a Cohort plc company, has been awarded three contracts to provide Electronic Warfare (EW) Operational Support services with a value of £8 million. Delivery of all contracts will commence immediately. ... Read more »

Running with the Wolves
December 2014 - Running with the Wolves

A loud klaxon blasted on a chilly November morning in a field at Stanford Hall, Leicestershire. Jack Stark and Elliot Carter from MASS, a Cohort plc company, stood in the field with hundreds of others and began the "Wolf Run" ... Read more »

MASS Wins at the Cohort Business Excellence Awards
November 2014 - MASS Wins at the Cohort Business Excellence Awards

The Cohort plc Business Excellence Awards lunch was held on 12th November. Around 25 short-listed nominees attended from across the Group, and were presented with cash prizes and commemorative glassware. ... Read more »

MASS is awarded contracts to supply Electronic Warfare Operational Support
November 2014 - MASS is awarded contracts to supply Electronic Warfare Operational Support

MASS has been awarded a series of contract renewals to provide Electronic Warfare (EW) Operational Support services to an export customer with a total value of approximately £9 million ... Read more »

MASS Receives a VAST Honourable Mention
October 2014 - MASS Receives a VAST Honourable Mention

A team from MASS, working with the Interaction Design Centre in the School of Science and Technology at Middlesex University, were awarded an Honourable Mention from a wide field of international participants in the VAST Challenge 2014 ... Read more »

MASS is awarded a contract to supply Electronic Warfare Operational Support
October 2014 - MASS is awarded a contract to supply Electronic Warfare Operational Support

MASS is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a contract to provide Electronic Warfare (EW) Operational Support services to a new customer in the Middle East ... Read more »

Pioneering Harlow college creates a 'smart environment' for learning
June 2014 - Pioneering Harlow college creates a 'smart environment' for learning

Sir Charles Kao University Technical College (SCK UTC) in Harlow, the UK's first UTC for medical technology and smart environments, has selected MASS to deliver its cutting-edge information and communications technology (ICT) ... Read more »

Royal Thai Air Force upgrades to state-of-the-art EW data management
April 2014 - Royal Thai Air Force upgrades to state-of-the-art EW data management

MASS is proud to announce the sale of its leading Electronic Warfare (EW) data-management system, THURBON™, to the Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) ... Read more »

Engineering Education in Lincoln
April 2014 - Engineering Education in Lincoln

MASS, a specialist high technology and Cohort plc company, has been chosen to provide the information, communication and technology (ICT) solution to Lincoln University Technical College (UTC) ... Read more »

NATO Keeps On Jamming
March 2014 - NATO Keeps On Jamming

MASS is proud to announce that it has been awarded a contract to deliver engineering support services to a specialist NATO unit ... Read more »

Making Software Secure Through ThreadStrong
March 2014 - Making Software Secure Through ThreadStrong

The UK Government has categorised cyber attacks as a Tier One threat to national security, alongside international terrorism. They have stated that 93% of large corporations and 87% of small businesses reported a cyber breach in the past year. ... Read more »

'Engineering' Future Education
February 2014 - 'Engineering' Future Education

Leigh University Technical College (UTC), part of the Leigh Academies Trust, has chosen the high technology engineering company, MASS, to provide its Information, Communications and Technology (ICT) solution ... Read more »

Secure Network to 'Trust'
December 2013 - Secure Network to 'Trust'

MASS, a Cohort plc company, has been selected as the information, communications and technology (ICT) partner for the Leigh Academies Trust which is based in Dartford, Kent. ... Read more »

Cyber Threat Briefing Updates The CLAS
November 2013 - Cyber Threat Briefing Updates The CLAS

MASS, a Cohort plc company, hosted a Communications Electronics Security Group (CESG) classified threat briefing for consultants from the CESG Listed Adviser Scheme (CLAS) at its headquarters in Cambridge. ... Read more »

Half-ironman Helps the Heroes
November 2013 - Half-ironman Helps the Heroes

Tony Hernon who works for MASS (a Cohort plc company), has raised £2,500 for the charity Help for Heroes. ... Read more »

MASS Teams with Unmanned Experts to Deliver UAS Training
September 2013 - MASS Teams with Unmanned Experts to Deliver UAS Training

MASS, a Cohort plc company, has signed a teaming agreement with Unmanned Experts (UMEX) to deliver operationally-focussed and customer-centred training on the use of Unmanned Air Systems (UAS). ... Read more »

UK Trains Austrian Armed Forces
September 2013 - UK Trains Austrian Armed Forces

MASS, a Cohort plc and British high technology company, has won a contract to provide specialist Electronic Warfare Operational Support and data management instruction to the Austrian Armed Forces. ... Read more »

MASS Makes Online Cyber Health Check Available
September 2013 - MASS Makes Online Cyber Health Check Available

MASS, a Cohort plc company, has designed, delivered and made available a free Online Cyber Health Check. ... Read more »

Cyber Training Counters Increasing Threats
September 2013 - Cyber Training Counters Increasing Threats

MASS, a Cohort plc company, is responding to the increasing threat of cyber attacks by offering original, highly-focussed and relevant cyber security training to both the public and private sectors. ... Read more »

MASS Appointed Strategic IT and Business Partner for North Lincolnshire Council
July 2013 - MASS Appointed Strategic IT and Business Partner for North Lincolnshire Council

MASS, a Cohort plc company, has been appointed as the strategic information technology (IT) and business partner to the North Lincolnshire Council (NLC). ... Read more »

MASS Joins National Instruments Alliance Partner Network
July 2013 - MASS Joins National Instruments Alliance Partner Network

MASS, a Cohort plc company, is pleased to announce that it has joined the National Instruments (NI) Alliance Partner Network. ... Read more »

MASS Wins UK Government G-Cloud Contract
June 2013 - MASS Wins UK Government G-Cloud Contract

MASS, a Cohort plc company, has been appointed to provide specialist cloud services to the UK Government. ... Read more »

Innovation and Collaboration in Cambridgeshire
May 2013 - Innovation and Collaboration in Cambridgeshire

Acknowledging the role they have to play in the current economic climate, an SME Working Group that centres around Electronic Warfare, gathered for innovative and collaborative discussions on 24 April 2013 ... Read more »

MASS Expert Speaks at Pitmans Annual Cyber Conference
March 2013 - MASS Expert Speaks at Pitmans Annual Cyber Conference

At the Pitmans Annual Cyber Conference in London on 7 February 2013, Andy Lipinski, Managed Services Director at MASS (a Cohort plc company) delivered a speech on the topic "Preparing for Security Incidents - A Toolkit and Issues in Supply Chains". ... Read more »

First MSc Intelligence Systems students graduate from Lincoln
January 2013 - First MSc Intelligence Systems students graduate from Lincoln

MASS's innovative Master of Science in Intelligence Systems, delivered in Partnership with the University of Lincoln, has been running for the past three years ... Read more »

Another contract win for MASS in the education UTC sector
January 2013 - Another contract win for MASS in the education UTC sector

MASS is pleased to announce that it has been awarded the services contract for the University Technical College Sheffield ... Read more »

Further Royal Thai Air Force Students Graduate From MASS Course
January 2013 - Further Royal Thai Air Force Students Graduate From MASS Course

On 20 December 2012, six students from the Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) graduated from the MASS Electronic Warfare (EW) Course ... Read more »

Charity Auction of MASS office furniture helps KIDS STRUT
December 2012 - Charity Auction of MASS office furniture helps KIDS STRUT

Members of staff at MASS, a Cohort plc company, have raised £520 for KIDS STRUT in Lincoln, a charity which works with disabled children, young people and their families. ... Read more »

Aston UTC ICT services delivered
November 2012 - Aston UTC ICT services delivered

We delivered design and installation of the ICT and network infrastructure ... Read more »

New state-of-the-art Electronic Warfare training facility opens
October 2012 - New state-of-the-art Electronic Warfare training facility opens

Our new training facility in Lincoln allows students to learn in a high-tech environment ... Read more »

Aston University Engineering Academy
October 2012 - Aston University Engineering Academy

MASS provides ICT services to new academy as new students begin classes ... Read more »

MASS & BAE Systems sign MOU
August 2012 - MASS & BAE Systems sign MOU

MASS to partner with BAE Systems on EW technology transfer programmes in support of export platform sales. Please click for more information. ... Read more »

MASS achieves a UK First in Cyber Security
July 2012 - MASS achieves a UK First in Cyber Security

David Johnston achieves UK CLAS certification in Information Assurance. Please click for more information ... Read more »

Mass selected to deliver Aston University Engineering Academy ICT Contract
February 2012 - Mass selected to deliver Aston University Engineering Academy ICT Contract

Aston University Engineering Academy is the first UTC to be commissioned under the new Department for Education framework and MASS were delighted to be chosen as the first partner to work on these engaging schools. ... Read more »

New
January 2012 - New "MASS in Education" website goes live!

MASS is pleased to announce its new website www.massineducation.co.uk - dedicated exclusively to providing a wealth of up-to-date information on technology in Education. ... Read more »

UK Ministry of Defence awards Electronic Warfare Capability to Team Excalibur
August 2011 - UK Ministry of Defence awards Electronic Warfare Capability to Team Excalibur

The MASS THURBON™ EW data management system is at the heart of the Team Excalibur's solution to deliver a significant improvement programme for the Defence Electronic Warfare Centre ... Read more »

Final Results
June 2011 - Final Results

We are pleased to announce that MASS has delivered another strong financial performance this year. ... Read more »

MASS Continues to Perform Strongly
December 2010 - MASS Continues to Perform Strongly

Commenting in the recently-released Cohort plc unaudited interim results Chairman Nick Prest said "..MASS has performed ahead of expectations." ... Read more »

MASS awarded coveted Becta ICT Services framework
November 2010 - MASS awarded coveted Becta ICT Services framework

MASS today announces that it has been selected as an approved supplier on the Becta ICT Services framework agreement, which was launched on 8th November ... Read more »

UK Ministry of Defence appoints Team Excalibur as preferred bidder for Project SHEPHERD
November 2010 - UK Ministry of Defence appoints Team Excalibur as preferred bidder for Project SHEPHERD

MASS advanced data management system to be a key component of the Team Excalibur's solution to deliver a significant improvement programme for the Defence Electronic Warfare Centre ... Read more »

MASS in St Neots has moved... but not very far!
July 2010 - MASS in St Neots has moved... but not very far!

The MASS head office and engineering facilities in Little Paxton have now relocated to our new premises adjacent to our previous Grove House location ... Read more »

Cohort plc Annual Results 2009-2010
June 2010 - Cohort plc Annual Results 2009-2010

Strong Performance from MASS for the Year Ended 30 April 2010 ... Read more »

Acquisition of Abacus EW Consultancy Ltd
May 2010 - Acquisition of Abacus EW Consultancy Ltd

MASS, a Cohort plc company, today announces that it has acquired the entire share capital of Abacus EW Consultancy Limited ... Read more »

Nine Year £50m In-Service Support Contract Award for MASS
April 2010 - Nine Year £50m In-Service Support Contract Award for MASS

Mass Consultants Ltd has been awarded a nine year in-service support contract valued at over £50m by the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) ... Read more »