Chronos Technology

Who's Who

Executive Management

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Charles Curry
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Joanne Akers
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Liz New
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Calum Dalmeny

Sales & Sales Support

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Chris Roberts
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Steve Newcombe
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Steve Wells
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Gregg Watson
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Ian Cotts
Duncan Smith
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Richard Elsmore
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Louise Davies
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Beverley Coleman
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Gean Jones
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Amanda Cox
 

Operations & Customer Support

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John Lyons
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Andrew Hancock
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Darren Share

Professional Services & Product Development

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Chris Farrow
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Ian Smith

Executive Management

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Prof. Charles Curry, B.Eng, CEng, FIET. Managing Director

Charles Curry is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and founder & Managing Director 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 industry during the early 1980’s.

He founded Chronos, a leading system integrator for synchronisation and timing products in the UK telecom industry, in 1986. Chronos has supplied and installed thousands of GPS & Timing systems worldwide for mobile and fixed line telecom operators. The Chronos Synchronisation MasterClass has been delivered to more than a 1000 delegates across the globe.

Charles founded the International Telecom Sync Forum (ITSF) in 2001 and chairs the ITSF Steering Group. He is also a member of the Workshop in Sync in Telecommunications Systems (WSTS) Steering Group which meets annually in Boulder, Colorado. Charles is on the Steering Group for the Technology Strategy Board’s Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) for Digital Systems - Location and Timing Programme. Charles is also a 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 the University of Bath, Faculty of Engineering & Design, Department of Electronic & Electrical Engineering and the University of Liverpool, Department of Electrical Engineering & Electronics.

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Joanne Akers, General Manager and Company Secretary

Joanne joined Chronos in September 2001 from Fortis Insurance in Gloucester where she was responsible for 450 employees, initially as Personnel Officer before being promoted to Senior Personnel Officer after 18 months’ service. 

Prior to that, Joanne, who is a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, was Personnel Officer for Gloucester based Dupont for 5 years.  Joanne is responsible for all the day to day business administration at Chronos.

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Liz New, Financial Controller

Liz joined Chronos in February 2013 from Delphi Diesel Systems where she was Finance Manager. A qualified accountant, prior to Delphi Liz was Financial Controller with Stoneridge Pollak where she completed a postgraduate in Employment Law at the University of Surrey and qualified as MCIPD. Liz joined Stoneridge Pollak from Assureweb Ltd where she managed the transition of a small company into a division of a large corporation following the company’s sale.  Earlier in her career Liz worked as an Operations Analyst for W H Smith News where she completed her MBA and prior to that she was Financial Controller and Company Secretary at Pirelli Power Transmissions.

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Calum Dalmeny, BSc (Hons), Technical Manager

Calum graduated in Electronics from Manchester University in 1985 and started his career as an Electronics Design Engineer for Dowty Electronics.  A role as Technical Sales Engineer followed for Datel Semiconductor UK.  Calum has subsequently held various Product Marketing Manager roles for Semtech Semiconductor UK, Harris Semiconductor UK, Pulse Engineering and Connor-Winfield. Calum is responsible for developing and bringing to the market a new range of Chronos products to leverage recent strategic developments in timing technology and address the emerging timing requirements for Next Generation Telecom Networks. He will also manage the product marketing for SyncWatch the round-the-clock telecom network synchronisation quality monitoring system and will help to bring to the market new product developments in Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) Quality of Service solutions for applications in the geolocation industry.

Sales & Sales Support

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Chris Roberts, Business Manager

Chris began his career in telecoms in 1982 at BT and moved to Mercury in 1988. Between 1990 & 2001 whilst at Newbridge Networks, Chris held positions in a number of deparments including hardware and software support, professional services and marketing. Chris was instumental is setting up Newbridge's Professional Services organisation including partner identification and acquisition. Whilst at Chronos, Chris has overseen geographical expansion and successfully brought new products and services to market.

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Steve Newcombe, MSc. MIET, Account Manager UK

Steve joined Chronos as an Account Manager in April 2006, although his connection with Microsemi and its constituents goes back to 1999. Steve's involvement in telecommunications began in 1984 as an antenna design engineer, progressing into engineering management and culminating in Director status of a leading UK antenna manufacturing and installation business. He moved into the Sales environment in 1999 selling Microsemi (formerly Datum) time and timing synchronisation solutions for enterprises and telecomms carriers.

Steve holds a Master of Science Degree and is a Member of the IET.

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Steve Wells, Account Manager

Steve joined from Chronos’ major supply partner Microsemi Inc, a leading timing and synchronisation manufacturer based in the USA,  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.  Prior to this Steve was a network design engineer for Cable & Wireless responsible for core network sites and leading new design projects.   He started his career in the Royal Signals where he spent seven years installing, maintaining and operating all types of telecommunications equipment and information systems.

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Gregg Watson, Account Manager - Scandinavia

Gregg joined Chronos in 2008 as Account Manager for our successful Scandinavian market.  Formerly section manager with Tesco responsible for the online shopping department for Liverpool, he brings extensive customer relationship and managerial skills. 

Gregg holds a BSc (Hons) in Applied Computer Technology from Liverpool John Moore’s University.

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Ian Cotts, Account Manager

Ian Cotts is Account Manager for GNSS, Government & Enterprise products and solutions at Chronos Technology with over 20 years sales experience. Joining the company in 2011, Ian works in the UK, European and Scandinavian markets and has experience in the areas of transportation, air traffic, military, financial and civil infrastructure. Having a commercial background in the GNSS timing market, Ian was previously Sales Engineer at Time & Frequency Solutions for five years and comes from a background in the electronic component sales market.

Duncan Smith, International Business Manager

Duncan joined Chronos in 2014 from Exalt Communications where he was Regional Sales Director responsible for the global channel and winning new business in the mobile network sector.  Prior to this he was Regional Sales Director with Dragonwave building new business in point-to-point microwave markets within the EMEA region.  Previous to this he owned a consultancy specialising in sales management and account management performance in markets which included wireless in-building and wide area mobile telecom networks.  Duncan was Regional Director for broadband with Alcatel-Lucent (Newbridge Networks) in 2000 where he formed and managed a team to launch into the broadband radio markets in Western Europe.  Prior to this he had a technical apprenticeship with BT rising to manager level and subsequently moved to Ericsson where he sold major voice switches to UK fixed and mobile network operators.

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Richard Elsmore, Sales Support Engineer

Richard is part of the Chronos’ Sales Support Department.  With over 10 years’ experience in dealing with IT related issues, Richard assists the business development of sync technology as we roll out projects involving PTP and our own SyncWatch.

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Louise Davies, Marketing & Pre-Sales Manager

Louise is responsible for PR, marketing communications and pre-sales activities and joined Chronos in July 2001.

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Beverley Coleman, Order Processing & Credit Manager

Beverley joined Chronos in 2001 as Credit Manager, taking on the additional area of Order Processing in 2004.

Formerly with Microlease as Credit Control Manager,  she has over 20 years experience in credit control.

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Gean Jones, Internal Sales Co-ordinator

Gean joined Chronos in 2006 and works with the sales team. She is responsible for the preparation of customer quotations, suppliers’ pricing and leadtimes.

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Amanda Cox, Internal Sales Co-Ordinator

Amanda joined Chronos in 2002 and works with the sales team. She is responsible for the preparation of customer quotations, suppliers’ pricing and leadtimes. Amanda is also an Internal Quality Auditor.

Operations & Customer Support

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John Lyons, BSc, MSc, Engineering & Projects Manager

John started his telecommunications career in 1978 as an apprentice telecommunications engineer for Plessey.  He has practical experience on 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.

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Andrew Hancock, Customer Support Manager

Andrew heads up our Customer Support Team and has gained a wealth of technical experience since joining Chronos in 2001.  Andrew manages the Chronos support team responsible for the 24x365 helpdesk and man on site module replacement services offered to customers as part of the Chronos Spares Support Plan (SSP).

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Darren Share, Customer Support Engineer

Darren is part of our Customer Support Team.  Darren brings six years of IT technology experience and provides technical assistance to our customers and helps maintain the reputation this important Team.

Professional Services & Product Development

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Chris Farrow, BSc (Hons), AMInstP, MIET, Technical Manager

Chris is responsible for all technical services including Synchronisation MasterClass Training, Sync Audit and network planning consultancy, customer demonstrations and SyncWatch product development.  Chris participates in the ITU Study Group 15 Question 13 (Synchronisation) and regularly presents synchronisation papers at international conferences such as WSTS and ITSF.  Chris joined Chronos from Marconi’s UK Technical Assistance Centre in Liverpool in January 2006. During his time at Marconi, Chris gained 17 years experience working in all aspects of telecommunications and was responsible for the field trial, rollout and support of enhanced synchronisation products and services within Marconi’s "System X" Switching and SDH/DWDM products.

Chris holds an Honours degree in Physics & Electronics from UMIST – University of Manchester, Institute of Science & Technology.

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Ian Smith, Product 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.