About Us

Retrofit Services

In the event of product failure, the need to reduce costly maintenance or to make energy savings you may wish to consider a retrofit of your gear trays over replacement. There are many reasons to choose this option not least the reduction in the number of escorts required, time on site to complete the work and damage limitation to existing structures.

LYA’s retrofit gear trays and housings are designed to be accommodated in the current architecture and comply to latest legislation. Customers consult on site at our dedicated manufacturing plant where products are made to meticulous standards and are built to last.

For more information please get in touch.

About Light Years Ahead

LYA became part of the wider Daro Group in 2017 and benefits from a range of resources and symbiotic relationships for the benefit of organisations that we work with.

Working with us you can be assured that we wholeheartedly listen to understand your exact needs. Having a deep understanding of your brief means we’re able to utilise our expertise to design, manufacture and deliver best-in-class products that match your budget.

Customer relationship is at the heart of everything we do. We guarantee 100% on-time delivery, every time. We’re able to achieve this by having robust supply chains and precise stock management via our dedicated manufacturing resource planning software (MRP). We aim to work to minimum lead times and can usually deliver within weeks of receiving an order.

Our Values

Our core values of continuous investment, innovation, quality assurance and pride in our levels of customer service mean that since 1997 we have built a reputation as a trusted UK partner to manufacture and deliver the best quality specialist lighting and systems available.

LYA provides personal and proactive technical support to all clients and provides mechanical and electrical engineering consultants and contractors, following each project from conception to design, manufacture and final completion.

Our clients include prisons, police stations, law courts and the mental healthcare sector nationally in the UK and beyond our borders globally.

Trusted UK Partner

Trusted since 1997 with a quality assurance and price that is of the highest level.

Technical Support

Personal and proactive technical support to all clients throughout the entire process.

Secure By Nature

LYA clients are wide ranging from prisons to mental healthcare in the UK and beyond.

Meet The Team

Lee McCarthy

Lee McCarthy

Technical lead and Key Accounts

Lee joined Daro Group in 2020 and with 30 years in the industry brings a wealth of knowledge in the design, manufacture and application of lighting. As technical lead and key account manager, Lee is responsible for Light Years Ahead, developing solutions for the custodial and mental health markets.

Jennifer Carter

Jennifer Carter

Senior Product Design Engineer

Jen has over ten years’ experience and a wealth of knowledge in designing products for the lighting market, specialising in bespoke products for specific project requirements. She is also responsible for new product development at LYA as we look to continuously improve our existing products and add to our extensive range.

Ian Bianchi

Ian Bianchi

Account Manager

Ian joined the group in 2001 and has experienced almost every aspect of the business, with particular expertise within the vacuum forming division. Since 2017 he has been the account manager for Light Years Ahead specialist anti-ligature and vandal resistant lighting.

Scott Blemmings

Scott Blemmings

Key Account Manager

Scott has been in the lighting industry since 2015 and joined LYA as key account manager for the north region of the UK. He is responsible for developing relationships with M&E consultants and specifiers.

Light Years Ahead - Part of Daro Specialist Lighting

Lisa Price

Project Manager

Lisa joined the lighting industry in 2014. Her product and sector knowledge along with her organisational skills are hugely valuable to the team and the successful delivery of our projects.

Supported By

Mervyn Douglas

Mervyn Douglas

Managing Director

Mervyn joined Daro in 2016 bringing 20 years’ experience in business and finance. His role is to lead the strategic direction of Daro, managing continuous investment in resources to enable people, businesses and the group to achieve their long-term objectives.

Sarah Pennock

Sarah Pennock

Group Head of Finance and Human Resources

Sarah is Group head of finance and human resources, overseeing the accounts and a qualified member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountant (CIMA). Since joining Daro in 2004 Sarah’s role has continuously developed to now encompass overseeing group IT, health & safety and property services as well as finance and human resources.

Karen Winter

Karen Winter

Head of Marketing

Karen joined the group in 2019 bringing over 30 years’ experience in sales and marketing. Her role is to develop marketing strategies across the group, lead the branding to create consistency whilst maintaining individuality.

Rachel Miles

Rachel Miles

Finance Assistant and Business Support

Rachel joined Daro in 2017. In addition to making our customers, suppliers and visitors feel very welcome she assists with the accounts and works closely with all of the business divisions where needed.

Dave Cheale

Dave Cheale

Compliance and Quality Assurance

Dave Joined Daro in 2017 as operations manager in Daro Connectivity. Prior to that he worked in a number of Telecom related companies for 35 years. He brings highly valuable experience in design & production engineering and leads compliance and quality assurance practices for the group.

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