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Tech knowledge // Military heritage // Digital Firepower

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, which combined with several years of high level front line military experience, makes for a formidable offering in the defence and security mobile technology arenas.

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Established in November 2011, Nine23 specialises in the supply and maintenance of mobile technology solutions.  As a leading UK mobile app development and design outfit we are perfectly placed to react to the opportunities that today’s rapidly evolving mobile technology can bring to your business.


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 his career with leading technology companies for 15 years with senior posts at ICL, Fujitsu as country officer in Japan, Atos and Apple where he managed Fortune Global 500 companies along side 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.

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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%






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.

Latest News

In the fast moving, rapidly changing, ever evolving field of information management we strive to keep our workforce and clients up to speed with all that's new.  Here's where you'll find the news. . .

New Office

Nine23 have moved office ! Staying on the University of Southampton Science park but now based in bigger offices in Epsilon House. All the same contact details and visitors are always

Nine23 at Hero Ride 2014

The weekend of 7th / 8th June saw 7 riders from Nine23 setting off from the company's Southampton office destined for the capital for what proved to be a thoroughly enjoyable, arduous and humbling experience for all involved. Day One of the 105 mile route took the riders from Southampton, through some stunning Hampshire countryside and on through Alton, Tilford before our overnight stop in Guildford. With an early start on Day Two, the riders

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We'd like to hear from any enterprise; commercial, defence, government, education, health ..... which has a need for mobile communication security, data assurance, design, implementation or management.  Please fill the form below the map. . .





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