About Us

For over 20 years we’ve been designing, manufacturing and successfully delivering specialist lighting solution for specialist markets.

This includes Light Years Ahead – providing lighting anti-ligature and vandal-resistant solutions for custodial and mental healthcare including MoJ approved luminaires.

Light by Design – providing surveys and lighting plans for commercial, industrial and agriculture.

Inprecon™ – Infection prevention and control using ultraviolet lighting technology.

Building on many decades of expertise, our vision is to be our customers’ first choice. .

Being part of Daro Group, we benefit from the wider support of the Group’s central resources such as strategic planning, sales & marketing, financial management, leadership and on-going investment.

Our core value is simple.  Our thinking and decisions are guided by the philosophy of you win, we win.

Our Vision - Daro Specialist Lighting

Combining our knowledge, agility and responsiveness and building on many decades of expertise, our vision is to be the customers’ first choice for specialist lighting solutions.

Our Mission - Daro Specialist Lighting

Investing in our valued resources, our mission is to provide consultation and support to deliver service and products that our customers trust.

Our Strategy - Daro Specialist Lighting

By combining the skills of our lighting experts and leveraging the investment of the wider Daro Group our customers have a trusted partner; now and for the future.

Meet The Team

Lee McCarthy - Daro Specialist Lighting

Lee McCarthy

Business Leader

Lee joined the Daro Group in 2020 and with 30 years in the industry he brings a wealth of knowledge in the design, manufacture and application of lighting. His role is to lead Daro Specialist Lighting and Light Years Ahead encompassing both product development and key account management.

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 - Daro Specialist Lighting

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 Daro as key account manager for the north region of the UK. He is manager for the north region of the UK. He is responsible for developing relationships with M&E consultants and specifiers.

Steve Shefford

Steve Shefford

Key Account Manager

Steve brings eight years’ experience in the lighting industry plus five years in project management – giving him an excellent grasp of design, from concept to delivery. Working in conjunction with Scott, he develops and maintains relationships with architects, consultants, specifiers and contractors for custodial and healthcare lighting.

Lisa Price

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 - Daro Specialist Lighting

Mervyn Douglas


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 - Daro Specialist Lighting

Karen Winter

Group Head of

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 - Daro Specialist Lighting

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

Group Head of 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.

Luke Bowman

Luke Bowman


Luke joined Daro in 2022 having worked in marketing and design for 12 years. He brings a wealth of industry experience from various sectors including branding, campaign and event planning. His responsibility is to progress the marketing strategy and maintain branding group-wide.

To discuss your lighting needs please contact us on 01787 881191, or email info@darospecialistlighting.co.uk