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.
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.
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, Commercial and Operations teams.
Business Development Manager
Rob joined MASS in 2011 following a 22 year career in the British Army with the Royal Corps of Signals and the Intelligence Corps. During his military career Rob served in the UK and Germany and served on a number of Operational deployments in the Balkans and Iraq.
Upon joining MASS, Rob used his comprehensive knowledge of the Electronic Warfare domain and was employed as a Senior Consultant delivering EW training to overseas customers. Rob later became Head of EW Business Development and in July 2018 was appointed to Business Development Director.
Group Head for Training Support
Steve completed a 31 year career in the Royal Air Force, initially as a Tornado pilot and subsequently instructing on Tucano, Bulldog, Jetstream, Tutor and King Air aircraft. His postings included Deputy Director Strategy, Combined Air Operations Centre, Al Udeid, Qatar; Station Commander RAF Cranwell and Officer Commanding No 3 Flying Training School; DACOS J7, Permanent Joint HQ; Senior Adviser to the Iraqi Air Force; and Chief of Staff, No 22 (Training) Group.
Having left the Service, he joined SCS to run the contracts at Northwood with Joint Forces Command and the EU Operational HQ. Steve was then promoted to become Head of Training Support Group and was part of the successful transition of the Group from SCS to MASS in 2016. Steve continues to be the Group Head of Training Support at MASS.
Group Head for Strategic Systems
A former Royal Navy Officer, Karl served as a submarine warfare officer on diesel and nuclear-powered submarine operations during the cold-war. This included two trips to the North Pole. Subsequently, he commanded the Trident submarine HMS Vanguard, for which he was made an OBE. He is a graduate of the Joint Service Command and Staff Course and Kings’ College London MA in Defence Studies. Following policy jobs ashore in Washington, DC and the MOD at Whitehall, he joined the National Security Secretariat at the Cabinet Office where his portfolio included the nuclear deterrent. Franco-British and NATO Summit meetings were highlights of this period. Using his wealth of experience in this area Karl joined MASS in 2014 and is now Head of Strategic Systems.
Group Head for EWOS
Phil graduated in 1996 with a BSc (Hons) in Computing Science. He started his career as a Software Developer before moving into Project Management, overseeing Corporate IT and Business Change projects for both Public and Private Sector clients. Phil is PRINCE 2 and MSP qualified with over 20 years’ experience in project and programme management.
Joining MASS in 2009, Phil successfully delivered a number of high profile programmes before moving into the role of Group Head of the Electronic Warfare Operational Support Group in 2013.
Chief Information Officer
Having previously worked in Education, Local Government and technical training, Jack joined MASS in 2006 in an IT role for the newly opened Lincoln office. Jack has since performed a number of roles within the business, gaining exposure to all aspects of work the company does and its supporting functions. Jack took up the role of CIO in 2016, having previously joined the management team in 2012.
Head of Human Resources
Michelle started her career at a large technology company where she stayed for 10 years and gained her MCIPD. On relocating to Cambridgeshire, she moved into HR Managerial roles which included the Pharmaceutical and Benefits and Rewards industries, she also took the plunge and went back to college to gain her CMI. In July 2014 Michelle joined MASS as HR Manager and in 2016 Michelle moved to the role of Head of HR.
Group Head of Information Management
After graduating with a BSc in Industrial Computing from Northumbria University, Aidan joined a local authority IT department where, over 5 years, he progressed to be a senior network and communications officer. Joining MASS in 2008 Aidan headed up our UK AWACS Information Services contract at RAF Waddington, providing a variety of bespoke and technical ICT support solutions.
More recently Aidan has been appointed as Group Head for our Information Management as a Service division where he proactively leads the team in business and operational change.
Head of Commercial
Christine has worked in the commercial and contracting environment for over 25 years, working mainly in the aerospace industry with both overseas and domestic customers. The majority of time spent looking after C130 fleets, both old and new. She has also worked as a Product Manager, leading a sales and technical team to take new software products to market through the distribution channel. Both of these roles also assisted in Christine’s involvement in heading up the commercial team on two significant ERP implementations. Christine joined MASS in early 2016, expanding the commercial capability to support the business and bringing the procurement function into the team.