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.
Managing Director – Chris Stanley
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.
Finance Director – Bill Grieve
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.
Cohort Chief Executive – Andrew Thomis
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 – Simon Walther
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.