World class talent partnering with you

You will want to be safe in the knowledge that you are teaming with a world-class partner. With FDS you access our UK R&D and manufacturing base and hard to match expertise, experience, and excellence.

Our Success

The hallmark of our success is the value delivered to customers through our ability to deliver products, services and solutions with an understanding of the mission.

Our engagement at an early stage, by the unique team of experts we have built, incorporates an understanding of the customers’ considerations and limitations through the entire project scope. Our approach has helped clients to achieve cost savings, reductions in both schedule and technical risk and most importantly, enable the client to successfully achieve their objectives whether they be business or operational.

Our Team

With our global HQ and R&D centre of excellence at Fareham, near Portsmouth, our group’s capability covers assignments in more than 40 countries.

Claire Hemmings

Managing Director

A Board Level Executive with extensive knowledge in both corporate and small to medium businesses, working within Defence, Security sectors. Acknowledged as a natural leader with excellent communication skills who can manage change effectively, both in growing and flexing businesses when required. Ability to engage and create strong lasting client relationships whilst maintaining a first-class operational capability. A proven track record of on time delivery backed with 28 years’ experience in Supply Chain, Command, Operations and Programme Management.

Simon Bradley

Director of Engineering

A professional, highly skilled and commercially astute Engineer and Leader, with a Proven track record of high profile management and engineering roles, including Governance, Product Design, research and development and Test and Evaluation. A proven track record of delivering elegant solutions with a strong technical and customer focus in Defence, Automotive, Aerospace and maritime sectors. Managing governance and driving progressive change in processes, practices and behaviour

Neil Dixon

Head of Tactical Solutions

Neil joined Force development Services in 2016 with a focus on generating new business with Police and Law Enforcements clients. He brings 30 years of front-line experience served with the Metropolitan Police Service during which 18 years were spent with SCO19’s Specialist Firearms Command. having held a variety of operational and firearms instructor roles, he is able to bring significant value to our clients through his deep understanding of their mission objectives. Neil has a passion for ensuring those who put themselves in harm’s way to protect us are equipped with the best possible capabilities.

Jack Tuckwell

Engineering Services

Jack is a mechanical engineer who worked in the MOD from 2009-2013 before moving into an electromagnetic capability role at TÜVSÜD based in Fareham. Rising through the organisation, he managed the EMC test facility providing analysis and guidance on EMC solutions. Passionate about solving complex problems with simple solutions, Jack utilises his diverse engineering experience to support customers needs. Jack joined FDS ltd in May 2023 as the Engineering Solutions Development Manager. 

Paul Keating-Brown

Business Development Director

A former Royal Navy Officer with over 25 years experience in the global operational medical environment, with experience delivering healthcare at sea, on the ground and in the air. Paul brings credible experience in leading and managing, his passion for challenging the status quo and making effective change. As 1 of 100 Percy Hobart fellows, with commercial and procurement experience in UK Defence, he delivered a vision for modular medical capability that saw 2 prototype modules delivered into service in 15 months. Paul joined FDS in October 2023.

Our Story

Established in 2009 by former members of the UK Special Forces offering specialist tactical equipment, vehicle borne intervention systems and training. Acquired by Enspire Solutions with Claire Hemmings as Managing Director in 2014, to augment their specialist blast and ballistics proposition and introduce a broader portfolio of products, specialist services and solutions. In 2016, the company grew its portfolio and offerings to UK Police and CT teams supplying enhanced intervention shields and this has continued to grow year on year with FDS now supplying a large number of Police forces with their tactical ballistic solutions. In 2017 the group enhanced the aviation industry with analysis and subject matter expertise on blast and ballistic protection working on several projects with UK aviation sites. In the last few years the company has developed partnerships with UK police forces, supported tactical product R+D and are continuing to develop new capabilities offering users equipment and solutions to enhance performance.
In 2021 the new Tactical elevated platform Hydraulic VBIS was launched and is now in service globally. In addition to this, the Company has expanded its product range providing innovative modular solutions to UK defence and global customers. In Feb 2023 it won a major tender to provide Persistent Operational Deployment Systems (PODS) to the Navy PODS programme, being awarded a further contract in October 2023. FDS continue to work closely with the Royal Navy being awarded a tender in 2024 to provide Dismountable Ballistic Protection (DBP) to RN warships over the next 5 years.

FDS are an Engineering company with Integrity at the heart of its values, we are proud of protecting people and assets with user centric and bespoke engineering designed solutions.

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