Your Defence Contacts

Mr. Chris Lewis

Managing Director – Defence Division

0333 8000 300

Chris Lewis was appointed to the Board in 1998 as Technical Director and is now joint responsibility for 50% of the total business as Managing Director for our Defence Division. Joining the family company in 1978, he has held several key positions within TIS, and was the driving force in establishing the Defence Division of the Company. He still continues a hands on approach in maintaining the reputation and standing the Company holds within the Defence sector today.

Mr. Karl Hayman

Head of Defence Division

01623 425809

Karl began working for TIS in 1987 and continued his career development and now holds the position as Head of Defence Division reporting to the Managing Directors at Board Level.

With 30 years experience gained in the manufacturing industry, Karl joined TIS straight from Doncaster College and University Centre. Working in manufacturing, testing, installations, repair, technical drawings, technical standards and publications specifically involved with Military systems including, CCTV, PABX, Main Broadcast, Internal Communications equipment for RICE 1 & 2 and Flight Deck communications equipment.

Promoted through the company, Karl is currently the Head of Defence Division, responsible for all MoD and MoD Commercial projects, including reviewing and approving plans, budget spending, material efficiency, engineering effectiveness, production planning and manufacturing processes. plus managing other key aspects of the business including quality processes, health and safety, and environmental responsibilities. Karl possess good business acumen to achieve the sustainability of the demanding market place to secure future business opportunities for the company.

Andrew Denham

Design Manager – Defence Division


0333 8000 300

Andrew has gained over 37 years experience in the electronics industry. He joined TIS 29 years ago. Andrew has an excellent knowledge of all aspects of electronics, ranging from manufacturing, repair, to design and test procedures. Specific areas of excellence include working with MoD legacy equipment and personally designing, setting to work and commissioning TV distribution systems for most of the current fleet. Other specific areas of expertise include IPTV design and distribution, Multi Media Reception Distribution (MMRD), Main Broadcast, IR and Internal Communications for RICE 1&2. He has the ability to repair units and systems set to work and test in accordance with manufacturers recommendations, and also to write and apply own test procedures to suit newly designed equipment. Andrew has been the Project Manager on extensive naval projects including design, installation, commissioning and training.

Lee Jones

Lead Technical & Platform Engineer – Defence Division


0333 8000 300

Lee has gained over 15 years experience in the electronics industry with TIS. He has excellent knowledge of TV/SRE systems, CCTV, Main Broadcast, IR and Internal Communication systems, ships installations, STW, commissioning and Sat at Sea systems including all aspects of manufacturing, repair, fault finding and set to work on all platforms.

Dale Gregory

Head of Technical


0333 8000 300

As our Head of Technical, Dale ensures our latest solutions are advanced and match our client’s needs underpinned by his impressive list of technical qualifications.

Joining the Company in 1993, Dale began his career working for the Defence division, manufacturing and testing Military equipment. He has worked on many RAF projects applying his technical capabilities within Closed Circuit Television and Telephone Exchange Systems (PABX).
Dale is an expert with telephone exchanges (PABX) both analogue and digital and has designed, configured, installed and repaired many exchanges for industry and the MoD. His 100% success rate in fault finding and resolutions to problems has gained him an excellent reputation and one that can be relied upon.

Now, in his senior position of head of the technical department, Dale is responsible for the efficient support solutions to our clients providing first class delivery in technical support.

Derek Pinnock

Senior Technical Engineer


0333 8000 300

One of our most technically gifted engineers, Derek is always on hand to provide our engineers with support on even the most demanding of solutions. Derek has an abundance of technical knowledge of CCTV and Telephone Exchange Systems, confidently providing results that meet our clients’ needs. His career progression has lead him into a senior role offering support to both the Combined Services and Defence sectors. Derek’s knowledge for a multitude of disciplines finds him regularly called in to assist other engineers in solving problems. Where this is not achievable Derek has the ability to re-design equipment and re-write software applications.

Shawn Hall

Health and Safety Advisor


0333 8000 300

With over 24 Years experience working through the management structure within the Royal Navy, Shawn is our highly qualified Health and Safety advisor. He ensures that our entire operation is compliant to the latest rules and regulations. He has a NVQ5 – DIPLOMA in Occupational Health and Safety Practice, and is a Graduate member of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health and an accredited CITB trainer.

Shawn is responsible for overseeing the Health and Safety of the entire structure of the business.

Heather Edwards

Purchasing Manager


01623 425803

Heather has over 35 years experience in purchasing within the electronics industry and joined TIS in 1997 from EMI Radar where she specialised in the purchasing of semiconductors and PCB’s using the MRP 11 system. Heather has superb negotiating skills, sourcing worldwide to meet delivery dates. Heather is responsible for maintaining strategic partnerships with our vendors and obtaining the best value for our clients within the Commercial and Defence Sector.

Lauren Howell

Contracts Compliance Manager

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01623 425819

Working alongside the Head of the Defence Division and Managing Director of the Defence Division, Lauren is the point of contact for Ministry and Commercial Sales enquiries. With her experience based largely around contract procurement, she has been able to contribute her knowledge and experience to the successful tender awards won by TIS over the past 10 years.

Lauren plays a key part in assisting our proposal activities such as preparing terms, conditions, reviewing technical and commercial proposals and coordinating respective company functions. She conducts appropriate reviews and ensures that all material and evidence is obtained and complete before submittal of proposals and/or executions of contractual documents.

Lauren has great understanding of sustainability and business continuity within the organisation. She supervises the department’s staff whilst managing current contracts ensuring that deadlines and KPI’s are met. She is responsible for the compliance of both future and current contracts for the Project Management, Security, Quality and Configuration expectations.

In addition to this, she maintains the in-house Operational Procedures and Quality Management System within the Company completing internal audits to ensure quality compliance and accreditation is achieved.

Lynn Smith

Contract Support Manager


01623 425818

Successfully running the Defence contracts held by TIS, Lynn has gained extensive knowledge since joining in 1996. She has also gained considerable experience and training throughout her career working for large reputable companies mainly in contract administration. Lynn is responsible for administering orders, deliveries and financial applications of contracts held by the Defence Division providing our accounts department with monthly status reports. Lynn is the point of contact for all financial queries within the department.

Amy Gillespie

Contract Support Assistant

0333 8000 300

Amy has worked at TIS for over 7 years however, transferred to the Defence Division of March 2018 to manage the Company’s Export Compliance. Amy is responsible for controlling all UK Export Licenses required for Defence Contracts and facilitates associated documentation for equipment compliance. Alongside these duties, Amy also supports the Purchasing Manager, expediting the departments purchase orders and controlling respective administration.

Louise Francis

Contract Support Assistant

0333 8000 300

Louise is our newest member of the team joining TIS in August 2018 and provides administrative support for all contract requirements. During her employment at TIS, Louise has gained knowledge within all areas of Contract Administration. Liaising with our Contract Finance Manager, she is also responsible for the departments completed goods process ensuring that our customers receive their orders in a timely manner.

Lisa-Marie Townsend

Contract Support Assistant

0333 8000 300

Lisa has gained exemplary knowledge of Business Administration since joining the company over 3 years ago. She offers daily support and assistance to the department, particularly the Contract Support Manager and Contract Compliance Manager.  She is responsible for administering both Commercial and Defence orders, processing respective documentation and controlling deliveries whilst liaising with the purchasing Manager to ensure deadlines are met.

Lisa is currently expanding her knowledge of Defence equipment working closely with the departments manufacturing engineers enhancing her experience.