Our Team will ensure that you get the latest technologies, the finest products and the best service
Our Team consists of leaders in their profession, who have served Chronos and the industry for many years and offer a robust platform of knowledge and continuity on which the company is based.
Prof. Charles Curry BEng, CEng, FIET, FRIN
Charles Curry is a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), and the Royal Institute of Navigation (RIN), and founder & Chairman of Chronos Technology Ltd. Charles graduated in Electronics from Liverpool University in 1973 and started his career at GEC Hirst Research Centre working on silicon MOS boundary research, progressing to Racal Instruments where he was responsible for sales of test equipment including specialist frequency and time products such as Loran C and Caesium standards. Later with GSE Rentals, Charles was involved with some of the first civil GPS and laptop PC deployments into the North Sea offshore oil exploration industry during the early 1980s.
He founded Chronos in 1986, a leading global system integrator, service solutions provider and manufacturer for synchronisation, timing, GNSS solutions and GPS jamming detection products based in the UK. Chronos has a worldwide sales footprint and has supplied and installed many GPS repeater solutions for aircraft hangers & distributed precise timing solutions for critical national infrastructure including mobile and fixed-line telecom operators. The Chronos Synchronisation MasterClass has been delivered to more than 2000 delegates across the globe. Charles transitioned Chronos into an Employee Ownership Trust and handed over the executive day-to-day running of the business to the senior leadership team in 2021.
Charles founded the International Timing & Sync Forum (ITSF) in 2001 and is past chairman of the Steering Group. He is also a past member of the Steering Group for the USA based Workshop on Synchronisation in Telecommunications Systems (WSTS) which meets annually. Charles is also a past member of the Industry Advisory Boards for the Universities of Liverpool and Bath, Electrical and Electronics Faculties.
In 2012 Charles was awarded Honorary Professorships from both the University of Bath, Faculty of Engineering & Design, Department of Electronic & Electrical Engineering and the University of Liverpool, Department of Electrical Engineering & Electronics. Charles was the recipient of the ITSF TimeLord award at the annual meeting in 2021.
Joanne AkersManaging Director
Joanne joined Chronos in 2001 and is now General Manager & Company Secretary with responsibility for day-to-day business operations and compliance activities including Health & Safety, HR and Quality.
With a background in HR, Joanne previously worked for Fortis Insurance, DuPont (UK) Ltd and ICI.
Liz NewFinance Director
Liz joined Chronos in February 2013, having previously worked in large American manufacturing companies and the UK retail sector. Liz is responsible for day to management of the company’s finances, together with strategic planning.
Calum DalmenyTechnical Director
Calum has nearly 40 years’ experience in the electronics industry, with 20 years’ experience specialising in all areas of timing and synchronisation for CNI market sectors. Over the years Calum has gained an in-depth knowledge of GNSS timing systems and a wide range of resilient PNT technologies.
Calum heads up the product development group within Chronos Technology and has direct responsibility for strategic direction and all R&D activities and serves as a member of the executive management team.
Steve NewcombeSales Manager UK
Steve Newcombe MSc. MIET
Steve has enjoyed a long and successful career primarily in the telecoms sector, as an engineer and senior manager, latterly in sales. In his time at Chronos Steve has led efforts in timing for LTE and 5G networks, particularly for Small Cells, including the establishment and running of our highly successful PhaseReady seminars at London’s prestigious Kings Place.
Steve has also been at the forefront of our service and audit offerings in the Enterprise sector; especially in our independent SyncAudit service to ensure institutions meet, and demonstrate continuing compliance, with the timing requirements of MiFID II.
As Sales Manager Steve is determined the company focusses on customer requirements and is working to bring the unique skillset of Chronos to other areas such as Smart Technologies to meet the rapidly changing needs of both existing and future customers.
Professional Services & Product Development
Chris FarrowTechnical Manager
Chris Farrow BSc (Hons), AMINSTP, MIET
Chris has been “in sync” since the mid-1990s when he was involved in significant upgrades with the UK’s major network operators as they rolled out their first dedicated sync platforms. Chris joined Chronos from Marconi’s UK Technical Assistance Centre in January 2006. At Marconi Chris was a sync product specialist and emergency support engineer for Marconi’s entire product portfolio from PSTN to optical and packet. At Chronos Chris is responsible for professional synchronisation services including delivery of the Synchronisation MasterClass, Sync Audit, and Network Architecture Planning & Consultancy for customers rolling out 5G networks. He participates in the ITU Study Group 15, Question 13 (synchronisation) which sets the standards for sync in telecommunications.
Chris holds an Honours degree in Physics & Electronics from UMIST – the University of Manchester Institute of Science & Technology.
Tony FlavinManager, Strategic Research
Tony Flavin MIET, AFRIN
Tony joined the Post Office Research department (later to become BT) as an apprentice in 1974 and started his career in electronic and semiconductor design for early digital transmission systems. Later he helped develop the first optical fibre networks, before specialising in SDH and network synchronisation. He represented BT’s interests globally at ETSI and ITU for SDH and OTN/DWDM transport systems and gained experience across network design, procure, test, development and rollout. In the later years with BT he was responsible for BT’s Timing platforms supporting frequency time and phase across all of its platform domains. At Chronos, Tony is responsible for strategic research, technical support within the research projects and helping new products to emerge into the marketplace.
Ian SmithProduct Manager
Ian is responsible for managing the development and outsourced manufacturing of Chronos’ own range of products. He joined from Kohler Mira and prior to that Rank Xerox where he held various Quality Assurance, Supply Management and Product Management roles over a period of twenty years. He holds a Degree in Electrical/Electronic Engineering from the Polytechnic of Wales.
Sales and Sales Support
Steve WellsAccount Manager
Steve joined Chronos in 2009 as Account Manager for the Microchip Frequency and Time portfolio to key UK customers. Steve joined from Chronos’ major supply partner, Microchip Inc, where he worked for nine years firstly as a sales engineer responsible for pre-sales support and then as Regional Sales Manager responsible for sales and business development for the EMEA region.
Richard ElsmoreSales Support Engineer
Richard is part of the Chronos’ Sales Support Department with focus on Chronos products and the Microchip Frequency and Time portfolio. Rich works closely with customers on time & phase projects, demos and trials.
James LaingAccount Manager
Jamie joined Chronos in March 2021 as Account Manager for the Microchip Frequency and Time portfolio and services and is responsible for some of our key UK customers as well as leading sales activities in Sweden, Denmark, Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg. He joined Chronos from our longstanding customer Scottish Power where he was a customer facing Solutions Architect through Scottish Power’s carrier partners Thus, Vodafone UK and latterly Magdalene. Jamie has over 18 years’ experience in telecoms across a variety of client relationship and operational roles and brings a variety of technical knowledge across a wide portfolio of telecoms services.
Duncan SmithAccount Manager
Duncan’s career has been in telecoms from the onset, starting as Post Office telecom apprentice working on valve based relay sets. He has worked for multinational suppliers such as Ericsson, Alcatel, and Newbridge as well as two US-based start-ups in the Microwave world. He has experience of building and managing partners and resellers across APAC, Africa, Russia and the Middle East. He joined Chronos in 2014 and is responsible for business through our global network of partners and resellers. He also has a role in business development and marketing both in the UK and internationally.
Ian CottsAccount Manager
Ian is Account Manager for GNSS, Government & Enterprise products within the Resilient Navigation and Timing area of Chronos Technology with specific focus on GNSS vulnerabilities and mitigation, and our range of GNSS GPS repeater solutions and installations. With experience gained in the areas of Transportation, Air Traffic, Military and Civil Infrastructure he comes from a background in the GNSS Timing market and was previously Sales Engineer at Time & Frequency Solutions for five years.
Chris BoultonTechnical Sales Specialist
Chris joined Chronos in 2006 as an installation engineer. He moved to the sales team in 2014 as GNSS sales support engineer, helping design project specifications and advising on the equipment needed, along with working in many GNSS R&D projects. He also has a role as Customer Support Engineer.
Louise DaviesMarketing Manager
Louise is part of the sales & marketing team and is responsible for website maintenance, SEO, public relations, customer communications, social media, and event management.
John LyonsEngineering & Projects Manager
John Lyons BSc, MSc
John started his telecommunications career in 1978 as an apprentice telecommunications engineer for Plessey. He has practical experience in TXE4A, System X, PDH, SDH, various network management and Intelligent Network (IN) platforms. Over the 21 years he was working for Plessey, GPT and Marconi Comms, he gained extensive commercial, technical and project management experience including involvement in strategic activities such as SLAs and chairing technical and performance review meetings with customers. His last role before joining Chronos was to manage Marconi’s international support contracts on switching and IN platforms. John joined Chronos in 1999 to head up the operations department and is responsible for pre-sales technical support, testing, installation and commissioning. He also project manages all live implementation and handover on all telecom contracts and systems.
Jason MeekCustomer Support Manager
Jason started his working life in the Armed Forces as a Signals and Rapier FSB2 operator in the Royal Artillery. Jason subsequently trained as a fibre optic and data installation engineer, working his way up to the position of Lead Project Engineer/Project Manager specialising in large scale private and government based installation projects. Jason has been a part of the Chronos Customer Support Team since 2006 and assumed the role of Customer Support Manager in 2017. His team is responsible for the 24/7 technical support of the network synchronisation hardware and software for many of the world’s largest and leading technology companies.
Darren ShareSenior Customer Support Engineer
Darren is part of our Customer Support Team. With over 20 years of IT technology experience, Darren provides technical assistance to our customers and helps maintain the reputation of this important Team.
Russell JordanCustomer Support Engineer
Russell has been a part of the Chronos Customer Support Team since 2019. He is part of this important team which is responsible for the 24/7 technical support of the network synchronisation hardware and software for many of the world’s leading technology companies.