About us

The Lava Group has been developing unique software and innovative technologies for the criminal justice market, in particular playing a vital role in maintaining control within the Prison Service, over 20 years.

In this time, we have gained valuable experience of integrating biometric technologies into access control and other security applications.

This specialist knowledge, coupled with our continual investment in R&D, has positioned us at the forefront of the industry.

Our innovative accomplishments include:

  • 1st in custodial sector to use biometrics to create independent audit trail

  • 1st in UK to record real time custody interactions at the cell

  • 1st in UK to provide biometric secure login to enable staff to access computers located in prisoner occupied areas

  • 1st to provide a Power over Ethernet custodial lock

Lava Group Values

Lava pride ourselves as technology innovators who employ highly skilled staff to help meet the needs of their customers..

We have spent some time recently formulating our company values and with much thought, we have cemented our main focus; THRIVE.

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  1. Teamwork

    Working together and using our individual skills and expertise enables us to achieve the best outcomes for our customers and for the company. Our people are individually brilliant but are also team players who collaborate with each other to be even better.

  2. Honesty

    Throughout everything we do we are honourable in our principles, intentions and actions. We are honest with our customers and open with each other. It is only with our integrity that we can work successfully as a team and earn the trust of our customers and our colleagues.

  3. Relationships

    These are what define us at Lava. Our customers, partners, suppliers and employees. Without these we have no business. We listen to them, we work closely with them, we respect them and we never take them for granted. Our people are empowered to make their own decisions and to be accountable for them.

  4. Innovation

    We are constantly investing in R&D to find new ideas, methods and solutions. We pride ourselves on solving problems where others have failed. Our company philosophy is based around our focus on innovation. “Fluid thinking, rock solid results”

  5. Vibrant

    Lava’s best performances come from our can do attitude. When there is a job to be done, we always find a way to deliver. We enjoy what we do and we love working with people who are energetic and who share our enthusiasm for life. We work hard but we enjoy ourselves. In our opinion the best people are those who can be the same people at work as they are at home.

  6. Excellence

    The reputation of our company is based on the quality of our products and our customer service. We are constantly striving to exceed expectations with everything we do. Excellence is the standard that we seek to achieve for every time and we are always determined to deliver. “…rock solid results”


Find out more about the Lava Group team

Gareth Morrison

Since his appointment as CEO of The Lava Group Gareth has driven forward a successful growth strategy which has seen the company diversify into new markets.

Led by his extensive experience of the security industry, The Lava Group won its largest ever contract to provide access control solutions for a new prison currently being constructed in Cork. The contract, worth over £500,000, sees The Lava Group installing Lock Controllers throughout the prison, enabling a one platform system to control access.

Gareth has overseen the launch of Lava Monitoring, a new company set up to design innovative reporting technology with a focus on life saving equipment. The first product, called Sentry, has been designed to combat the risk associated with vandals stealing and damaging equipment from waterfronts.

A partnership with the Connected Health Innovation Centre (CHIC) has helped The Lava Group to move into the health sector and R&D has already started on two major behavioural analysis projects.  

Gareth has recently been appointed on to the board of the Connected Health Innovation Centre (CHIC).

Edward Hanna
Technical Director

Edward is a founding member of Lava Group and the company's Technical Director. His skills as a systems architect and designer have underpinned some of our most innovative and successful products.

A gifted technologist, Edward inspires the team, setting standards and acting as technical mentor.

Edward brings a wide range of skills to Lava Group- he works with everything from software through to control electronics. A problem solver by nature, he continually finds practical solutions through the application of technology.

Edward graduated from the University of Ulster in Belfast with Higher National Diploma in Computer Studies and an MSc in Informatics. He has since co-authored several papers on Corrections Technology.

Annette Murray
Office Manager

A dedicated Office Manager with over 15 years’ experience who excels at using proven methods to successfully streamline office operations, ensuring that processes and governance are in place which safeguard the organisational effectiveness and efficiency of the Lava Office.

Annette has brought a broad range of management experience to the Lava Group with themes of financial management, customer service and project management running throughout.

As the key contact for human resources, finance, and accreditations, Annette coordinates and organises all administrative activities that facilitate the smooth day-to-day operations of the Lava office.

Annette is a Business graduate from Queen’s University, Belfast.