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Linwave Technology Limited was formed in early 2003 following a management buy out of Celeritek UK Ltd. Our design team is highly qualified and has in excess of 150 man years combined experience covering all major market sectors.

Our production team is similarly qualified and is equipped with a modern test facility.

The company size allows flexible, responsive approaches to customer requirements ensuring a final product that exceeds our customers’ requirements and expectations.

In 2014 Linwave achieved the prestigious SC21 award – a change programme designed to accelerate the competitiveness of the aerospace and defence industry by raising the performance of its supply chains.

View our capabilities overview brochure here.


Christopher M Carr – CEO
Chris Carr is also a Director of Microwave Marketing, a microwave component and sub system supplier. Chris brings a wealth of commercial and marketing experience to Linwave. Chris was previously employed by EEV in Lincoln as Production Manager; prior to that by Marconi Electronic Devices and GEC Plessey Semiconductors in microwave production management positions.

Ian Duke – Managing Director 
Ian Duke joined Linwave in August 2009 as Operations Manager and joined the board in December 2010 as Operations Director. Ian was previously employed by e2v Technologies in a variety of design, manufacturing and management roles, culminating in a position as Automotive Group Business Manager. Ian has a HND in Electronic Engineering and a Masters degree in Manufacturing Management and Technology.

Aftab Khan – Sales and Marketing Director
Aftab joined Linwave as the Sales and Marketing Director in 2013. Aftab has several years’ of global experience in the RF and Microwave field as a Sales Manager and RF Applications Engineer at companies such as Pascall Electronics and Mini Circuits. He holds an MSc in RF Communications Engineering from the University of Bradford.

Neil Sparling – Technical Director
Neil joined Linwave in April 2012. Qualified as a BEng in Electrical and Electronic engineering, Neil brings a wealth of Project management and Microwave technology innovation to the business,  built up over a wide ranging career operating in diverse markets across the globe.  He has spent significant time on design of components and systems for Microwave applications in Defence Radar, EW and sensing, Marine and commercial applications most recently as Programes Director at a world leading EW specialist.

Ben Skipper – Finance Director
Ben joined Linwave in 2008 as part of the operations team, and transferred to running the finance department in 2010, and subsequently joined the board as Finance Director in October 2015. He is a chartered accountant with the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and holds a BSc in business management from the University of Sheffield Hallam.


Paul A Tyson – Chief Development Engineer
Paul Tyson was previously employed by Celeritek UK as a senior member of their technical staff. Paul was employed by Mitel Semiconductor as a Principal Development engineer and Product Development Manager for the Automotive Sensors Division from 1995 to 2000. From 1987 to 1995 Paul was employed by Marconi Electronic Devices and GEC Plessey Semiconductors in various military microwave design and development engineering roles. Paul has an engineering degree from Loughborough University and is a Chartered Engineer and Member of the IET.