Lindsay Murray is ADS’ new MBDA Secondee, replacing Arjan Panesar. He is part of MBDA’s Early Careers program, and is new to the defence sector follow a career change from the film, television, and broadcast industry.


Lindsay has experience in team management, and technical roles in Archive Film solutions, Documentary, Production and Commercial music, and Videography. Lindsay changed career path aged 25 when he taught himself A levels in Maths and Physics around work to aid with his growing interest in amplifier design. He was offered a place at Imperial College London studying Electrical and Electronic Engineering. During his second year at Imperial, he was offered a Summer Placement within Seekers at MBDA. This lead to him undertaking a Radar Course, and delivering a dissertation in MIMO Radar. Lindsay received a high First Class Honours, and Imperial College’s 1973 award.

Placements at MBDA

Lindsay was given the opportunity to work with information sensitive to both the company as well as national security, allowing him to produce scripts, demonstrations, work on pertinent reports, deliver mathematics, instructional outputs, and brief both internal and MOD experts.

Secondment opportunities at ADS

Commenting on the Secondment opportunities at ADS, Lindsay said:

“Working at ADS contextualises the crucial work myself and my colleagues undertake. ADS’s membership constitutes a significant number of SMEs, and this secondment will no doubt familiarise me with their current needs and concerns.

“A changing financial climate places exceptional pressure on our domestic SMEs, whose outputs and presence are pivotal for the defence economy. With regards to Security, as a secondee ADS has given me the opportunity to explore the cutting-edge of current Counter-Terror measures.

“It’s proving invaluable to gain a general grasp of the challenges facing the Space sector as present, in addition to the new cross-sector opportunities they allow for. In the Aerospace sector our post-COVID landscape is revealing disparate needs and concerns for the narrow-body suppliers and their wide-body counterparts. It will prove vital for ADS to support their membership from both perspectives, and to assess the differing requirements to help reunify sector policy as a whole.”

Interested in secondments?

JUST LAUNCHED – Join us for our latest ‘Lunch and Learn’ webinar on 1 November which will deep dive into secondments. We will hear from current ADS Secondee Lindsay Murray and previous Secondee Arjan Panesar from MBDA as they outline their experiences and discuss the wider pros and cons.
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