Tech knowledge // Military heritage // Digital Firepower
It is our mission to be the first choice information technology systems provider for complete mobile solutions via our tailored Managed Mobility as a Service; a package we deliver from concept to implementation and every step in between, from design, prototyping and testing, through to management and ongoing support.
We deliver wherever there is a need for security, discretion and secrecy in mobile data management. Our team has an in depth of knowledge of all aspects of the sector gained through sound technical expertise combined with several years of high level front line military experience. This makes for a formidable offering in the defence and security mobile technology arenas as well as within the commercial sector.
WHO WE ARE
Established in November 2011, Nine23 deliver integrated mobile solutions, which include bespoke software, secure hardware and through-life managed services. We operate in the secure environment required by our clients. An agnostic approach to all aspects of today’s technology, be it hardware or software, has enabled us to develop our own operating model focused solely on the user. We believe that the front line user should be considered before any other component in any organisation’s digital eco-system. We call this Front Line Experience (FLX). It is FLX that provides Nine23’s digital firepower in designing, building and operating the user experience.
Nine23 is a dynamic and agile organisation, able to respond to clients’ needs and deliver their objectives to the highest standard in a short time frame.
Our senior management team have a combination of Defence, Law Enforcement and IT backgrounds, including Apple, all of which give us an in depth understanding of the user’s needs as well as direct experience of in house government procurement. The existing clients have allocated substantial budgets for the provision of secure mobile IT services such as those we provide.
Stuart McKean founded Nine23 in November 2011 when he recognised the opportunity that mobility offered, initially, in the defence sector. From a small base it has grown rapidly to its current position and attracted key clients including Samsung, the Royal Air Force and the British Army.
Stuart McKean/Chief Executive Officer
Stuart is a former Army helicopter pilot with an accomplished service career spanning 23 years (15 as an aviator), which included a high profile secondment to the Royal Air Force Defence Electronic Warfare Centre at RAF Waddington where he was responsible for all aspects of the UK’s APACHE mission system integration.
As founder and owner of Nine23 Stuart is passionate about what mobile technology can deliver to business.
FLX - Defence95%
Iain Thomson CBE/Chief Operating Officer
Iain served in the British Army for 35 years, initially as an infantry officer and then as a rotary wing aviator. He has commanded an aviation regiment (battle group) in the air assault role, instructed at the UK Defence Academy and served in a major NATO Headquarters.
His flag appointments (in the rank of Brigadier) have included Director Army Aviation, where he was responsible for the sustainment of that capability across all the Defence lines of development; and more recently Defence Attaché Berlin, a senior diplomatic post in which he represented the broad portfolio of UK defence and security interests in a wide international setting.
FLX - Defence97%
Matt Service / Chief Technology Officer
Matt has spanned 15 years in leading technology companies with senior posts at ICL, Fujitsu, Atos and Apple, where he managed Fortune Global 500 companies alongside central government, blue light and defence. A technologist with service design, operating model and enterprise architecture skills, Matt is outcome focused and enjoys the challenges that mobility brings. He was principle on global technology outsources such as Reuters, Morgan Stanley, Cadbury, Microsoft and the Ministry of Justice.
As an NLP Master, British Computer Society Fellow and expert advisor with the charity Apps for Good, Matt is always looking to give something back.
FLX - Digital94%
Neil Beet / Special Projects Manager
Neil worked for McKenzie Arnold Security as an Operations Manager prior to joining the Metropolitan Police in 2006, continuing a long standing family tradition.
Since then Neil has worked in a number of areas including Response Team Policing, Plain Clothed Robbery Response, Public Order Deployments and Staff Officer to Senior Ranks. Over the last year, Neil has been a driving force behind identifying the possibilities available to policing & the wider public sector through adoption of mobile technology and has worked tirelessly to raise this as a priority both within the Metropolitan Police and on the National Policing Agenda.
FLX - Police96%
Chris Laneghan BSC CMgr / Project Manager
Chris has completed 8 years of commissioned service with the Army Air Corps. This time has been spent in the Apache programme as a dual-seated pilot, mission commander, and Electronic Warfare Officer with three operational tours of Afghanistan. Progressing from Flight Command his final tour was as an Operations Officer successfully managing the training, operations, and recovery of a Squadron of Apaches to Theatre. He is a keen trail runner who enjoys endurance events.
Expanding his technical horizons from physics degree, through software development and experience of projects in aviation and defence, he now uses his professional qualifications in Project Management .
FLX - Defence95%
Craig Standley / Police Account Manager
Craig joined the Metropolitan Police training school in 2001 and has over twelve years policing experience, ten in frontline roles including Borough based Response Teams, Public Order Deployments and the highly successful Proactive Street Crime unit. Since 2012 Craig has worked in a National Intelligence Unit, becoming a subject matter expert, providing strategic assessments for Police Forces nationally as well as Government and Policing Partners.
Prior to leaving the Metropolitan Police, Craig worked as part of a team of frontline practitioners working to highlight the need for mobile technology to support both frontline and investigative units and is passionate about its adoption by forces and the benefits realised as a result.
He joins Nine23 with one simple ambition – to improve the use of mobile technology within Policing.
FLX - Police96%
Daniel Radford / Project Control Officer
Daniel has completed 12 years of service as a non commissioned officer with the Royal Air Force (RAF). This time has been spent in the aviation sector working in Air Traffic Control (ATC) and Search and Rescue (SAR), including two operational tours of duty, Iraq 2003 and the Falkland Islands 2009. Progressing from the aviation sector with his final tour in Air Traffic Control (ATC), he successfully provided operational functional support and managed personnel with co-ordination for military trials. He has a young family and enjoys spending time participating in sports such as football, tennis & golf.
He achieved two project management qualifications while in the RAF, APMP and Prince2 and will use his experience in the military and aviation sector to control current and future projects that he is assigned to.
FLX - Defence95%
Duncan Brindley / Chief Financial Officer
Duncan is an MBA with 15 years experience in IBM Global Financing which saw him working at various times as the senior EMEA leasing / corporate planning interface; running the sensitive used mainframe operation in EMEA; managing a cross-border leasing boutique in Switzerland; and, setting up a centralised bad debt back-office operation in Hungary. Leaving IBM in July 2005 he worked as an independent management consultant mostly on international projects at Apple.
He joined the new online video start-up Videojuicer part time in 3Q 2007 and became a Director in 2008 with responsibility for “all the money and all the paper”. At various times he has raised equity, debt and convertible loan funding for that business. He joined Nine23 in October 2013.
Iain Galloway / MMaaS Service Manager
With 12 years service in the British Army, Royal Signals, serving as a Radio Network Manager, and 14 years in the commercial world, Iain has worked in both the commercial and the public sector in equal measures. His focus has been on delivering technical solutions to law enforcement agencies, the security services and the military both in the UK and overseas. Recent deliveries have been to agencies in the Middle and Far East.
His professional experiences include a recent position as a Senior Technical Sales Engineer, providing service-oriented technical advice and support to global sales opportunities and projects across the company’s product range.
He also engaged with the technical contacts within his customer and overseas channel partner organisations, to understand their needs, ensuring that products were positioned correctly, understood, and any technical objections overcome.
FLX - Defence90%
Frontline Experience // Digital Firepower
Data is knowledge. Information is power. Information superiority is a differentiator for any individual and their organisation.
Nine23 manage digital resources and assets on behalf of your users. These can be provided when needed for the task at hand on your organisation's front line. A map, a manual, a report or a service that delivers the task on demand, securely to your mobile device. We call this Digital Fire Power (DFP). The user interface and user experience are the medium by which DFP can be deployed.
Our systems, services and platforms form the focal point for our Front Line Experience (FLX).Don't be caught out with an ineffectual mobile solution that doesn't do what the front line needs. If it doesn't you've successfully procured a paper weight.
Nine23 has come a long way in a relatively short space of time. Part of the reason for this accelerated progress is the management team having many years of business experience, both good and less so; it’s often said that you learn more through your failures than through your successes.
We are committed to giving people with potential a chance in our business and to that end we currently employ a number of apprentices and interns. We would also like to offer support to those who are starting out in employment or have set up in business. In particular we are keen to support those with a military background as that is where we have come from; but we are also interested to meet anyone with an IT idea or a technology persuasion who may be struggling to find a niche.
We would be glad to hear from anyone interested in finding a mentor. Whilst we are not a charity, we are keen to give something back, so if we can help, we will.
Please get in touch if you are interested.
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