A multi award winning highly versatile multidisciplinary Chief Operating Officer/Head of Projects/Principal Project Manager. He has an outstanding track record in the application of project management discipline and delivery of complex systems and technically demanding projects within the international Nuclear, Space (new & old) and Defence markets.
He is a resilient and motivated self starter, accountable taking a hands on approach while instilling “common sense engineering” to his team. He is versatile and has a demonstrable track record of adapting to new challenges and delivering successful strategies and projects across very different industry sectors. He can work at both big picture level and deep dive into the detail when required. His strong commercial awareness and excellent communication skills allows him to influence outcomes at all levels of organisations and transform challenging strategies/projects into success stories. The behaviors he instills in his teams are the “3Ps” Properly, Professional and with Pride.
Delivery – especially of technically complex systems
Application of excellent Project Management discipline on projects to value of £464 Million
Proposal writing to bid value of £70 Million
Multidisciplinary Engineering and Design management (Mechanical, RF, Electronic/Electrical/Software, Science, Civil)
Operations management, Sub contractor management, Procurement management, Commercial management, Quality management, Risk Management, Earned Value management, Manufacturing/Integration/Assembly and Test management.
Successful leader, combined with excellent interpersonal and communication skills
Highly structured approach to strategy, project design, implementation and review
Proven ability to increase value creation and reduce costs
Influential communicator, able to achieve commitment from all levels of the business
A team builder and mentor, able to manage and implement strategies and projects through others
Driver of P&L performance with both a long and short-term perspective
Creative problem solver providing uncomplicated solutions to complicated problems
Calm, analytical and persuasive ability to stabilise crisis situations and to generate robust corrective actions
May 2014 – Present Chief Operating Officer/Principal Project Manager/Head of Projects – Oxford Space Systems Harwell Space Cluster
Oxford Space Systems is an award-winning space technology business that's pioneering the development of a new generation of deployable antennas and structures for spacecraft that are lighter, less complex and lower cost than those in current commercial solutions. Founded in late 2013. Invited to join as first employee, managed all internal aspects of the business including process/system definition, setup and implementation including safety, quality, finance, project/programme management, engineering, manufacturing, assembly, test, product assurance, CADM, facilities and HR. Day to day running of the business from strategy, bid writing, grant application writing, project delivery through to growing, training and coaching the team from 4 members of staff through to the current 54 staff. Heads of function line management (Project management, Analysis, RF, Design, Mechanisms, Quality/PA) reported directly to COO. Responsible for defining and creating/managing the Oxford Space Systems Apprentice Scheme to fill the engineering talent vacuum. Member of the UK National Space technician standards group– this has led to an invitation to the 2019 royal garden party at Buckingham palace in recognition of being a key member of the UKSA space engineering trailblazer group defining apprenticeship standards. Identified the need for and designed/implemented/managed Oxford Space Systems new purpose built facility which houses Harwell campus’ largest cleanroom (300sqm.) this was delivered in time and £200k under budget with no snags. Member of the NSTF (National satellite test facility) users steering group committee. Royal academy of engineering MacRobert award finalist (recognition of outstanding UK innovation in engineering).
Building Oxford Space Systems from 4 staff to 48 staff in a “new space” environment while creating/maintaining a fun to work/positive yet professional culture
Deployable boom “AstroTube Max” development contract Project Manager
LuxSpace ESAIL deployable Filar antenna contract Project Manager
Airbus/ESA Deployable antenna panel contract Project Manager
Large Deployable Antenna structure and reflector surface development Project Manager
Deployable Cassegrain Space Antenna development Project Manager
Deployable 10 Metre log periodic Space Antenna Project Manager
LuxSpace ESAIL Solar panel Cup/Cone hold downs Project Manager
Specified, lead and project managed new purpose built Oxford Space Systems facilities (Zephyr building) (largest cleanroom (300sqm.) on Harwell site, offices for 60 staff and other lab space including composites processing).
Oxford Space Systems apprenticeship
February 2010 – May 2014 Senior Project Manager/interim MAIT manager– ABSL Space Products Culham Science Centre UK
ABSL Space Products was previously ABSL, AEA Technology Battery Systems and AEA Technology space. This world leading multi-project matrix structured business designs, builds and tests one off/small production runs of very high value, high reliability power systems, Calibration systems and Optical systems for use on space applications such as launch vehicles and satellites. Customers include NASA, ESA, Airbus, Thales, OHB, Smiths Aerospace, ISRO, KARI, Honeywell and General Dynamics.
Deployed as trouble shooter within the business. Senior Project Manager leading business move to new site whilst responsible for recovery of an under performing Sentinel 3 Satellite flight calibration system for the Sea and Land Surface Temperature Radiometer (Sentinel 3 SLSTR) project that was running 2 years late with inherited technical issues to Jena Optronik/Thales Alenia Space-Italy/ESA. Put in place risk management, baseline schedule, contract change controls, improved customer relationship by better managing expectations with realistic schedule and more frequent progress reporting.
Sentinel 3A Satellite power system for European Space Agency via prime contractor TAS-I (Thales Alenia Space – Italy) - Kick off, design, manufacture, assembly, test, through to delivery of unit to prime
Sentinel 3B Satellite power system for European Space Agency via prime contractor TAS-I (Thales Alenia Space – Italy) - Kick off, design, manufacture, assembly, test, through to delivery of unit to prime
Sentinel 1A Satellite power system for European Space Agency via prime contractor TAS-I (Thales Alenia Space – Italy) - Kick off, design, manufacture, assembly, test, through to delivery of unit to prime
Sentinel 1B Satellite power system for European Space Agency via prime contractor TAS-I (Thales Alenia Space – Italy) - Kick off, design, manufacture, assembly, test, through to delivery of unit to prime
AstroTerra Satellite power system for prime contractor Astrium France) - Kick off, design, manufacture, assembly, test, through to delivery of unit to prime
Kazakhstan (KRS) Satellite power system for prime contractor Astrium France) - Kick off, design, manufacture, assembly, test, through to delivery of unit to prime
GokTurk Satellite power system for prime contractor TAS-F (Thales Alenia France) - Kick off, design, manufacture, assembly, test, through to delivery of unit to prime
Sentinel 3A Satellite flight calibration system for the Sea and Land Surface Temperature Radiometer (Sentinel 3 SLSTR) calibration system for Jena Optronik project that was running 2 years late with inherited technical issues to Thales Alenia Space-Italy/ESA.
Sentinel 3B Satellite flight calibration system for the Sea and Land Surface Temperature Radiometer (Sentinel 3 SLSTR) calibration system for Jena Optronik project that was running 2 years late with inherited technical issues to Thales Alenia Space-Italy/ESA.
ABSL Business move planning
Led and restructured the MAIT (Manufacturing, Assembly, Integration and Test) department as interim MAIT manger.
April 2009 – January 2010 Senior Project Manager – Scott Technology Ltd New Zealand
Scott Technology Ltd designs and manufactures automation and process machinery that is sold worldwide. Joined as a Senior Project Manager, managing X-ray and Primal machine design, manufacture, install and on site commissioning whilst managing R+D robotics project. Delivered Primal machine successfully with final profit at 35% (baseline 25%) previous similar machines had all made significant loss. Implemented new processes including Sales to PM handover, statement of work writing, non conformance system, design review stage gate process, risk and issue management system. These systems have been implemented across all Scott Technology business units nationwide. Before leaving New Zealand Scott Technology Directors requested that I applied for the Operations Director role.
$2M X-ray primal machine (X-rays lamb carcass and robotically cuts carcass into three prime sections) for Takapau project, silver fern farms – from Kick off, design, manufacture, assembly, test to on site build and commissioning
$1M development project for automated/robotic removal of Banjo section of Beef carcass – from Kickoff, Optioneering for Teys Australia Beenleigh Pty Ltd
November 2008 – Mar 2009 travelled through New Zealand’s North and South Islands with fiancée
September 2006 – October 2008 Principal Project Manager - Atomic Weapons Establishment Aldermaston and Burghfield
Joined as Project manager (CAM) then promoted through
Senior Project manager (ICAM)
Principal project manager
AWE is the Ministry of Defence facility responsible for the research, development, manufacture, assembly and maintenance of the United Kingdom’s Nuclear Deterrent. Joined the company as a Control Account Manager (Project Manager) responsible for specific specialist leading edge equipment (£25 Million) on project Hydrus (New Hydrodynamics test facility), promoted to the position of Integrated Control Account Manager (Senior Project Manager) responsible for all facility equipment (total value £150 Million) then promoted to Deputy Project Manager on a new build facility with a total value of £464 Million with a team of over 150 Engineers/Scientists and management staff. Within this role he had direct leadership of 4 project managers (each with a budget of between £4 Million - £95Million), and support functions such as Planners, Project controls, Risk and Quality. Successfully delivered the equipment design solution for this project to support Ministry of Defence “FEL gate 2” milestone within very challenging time constraints; this required optioneering, concept design and feasible design phases to be completed. Implemented effective requirements control, agreed scope and baseline definition of very complex Scientific/Engineering activities with scientific/Engineering community, managed and mentored “inexperienced in delivery” team of project managers, engineers and scientists. He was seconded to project Mensa (New Nuclear war head production facility) as the AWE Control Account Manager for MPET (Mensa Process Equipment Team) managing a team of approx. 15 Sub contract Engineers, this was a very challenging appointment as the MPET deliverables were in their infancy and out of phase with the advancing building deliverables. Successfully delivered requirement capture, detail scheduling baseline, risk/issue register, optioneering through to feasible solution, process throughput analysis for all Mensa process equipment.
AWE new Nuclear build project HYDRUS CAM for £45 Million (experimental capability equipment), ICAM for £150Million (all scientific and engineering equipment within facility, Project manager for £464 Million (Whole project including structure and all equipment) for project Hydrus
ICAM for project MENSA – FEL1/FEL2/FEL3 Design/Feasibility study/Optioneering
June 2006 – August 2006 career break to gain private pilot license (waiting on security clearance for AWE)
October 2001- May 2006 Operations Manager - ABSL Space Products Culham Science Centre UK
Joined as Project Manager, then promoted through
Project Manager team leader
As operations manager position where he was responsible for 30 Staff and the running of the business. Grew ABSL Space Products business by 10% over 8 month period by recruiting new additions to management and technical teams and implemented effective project management/MAIT systems.
Successfully lead a project “review and recovery” on a business critical military communications equipment project with a value of £50 Million which was underperforming using a team of 20 highly qualified engineers by establishing separate teams to validate technical/contractual compliance and develop solutions, undertook root cause analysis to identify key issues, established rigorous test methodology to validate design against specification, introduced joint working arrangements with customer, implemented new configuration control system, recommended change in management structure, processes and establishment of new quality systems.
As Project Manager Team Leader managed a portfolio of projects and was awarded master sub contractor by EADS Astrium on all EADS Astrium projects while margin for all projects significantly (10 – 30%) ahead of budget and ahead of schedule.
Cryosat Satellite power system for European Space Agency via prime contractor EADS Astrium awarded Master subcontractor Kick off, design, manufacture, assembly, test, through to delivery of unit to prime
TerraSAR-X Satellite power system for European Space Agency via prime contractor EADS Astrium awarded Master subcontractor Kick off, design, manufacture, assembly, test, through to delivery of unit to prime
GOCE Satellite power system for European Space Agency via prime contractor EADS Astrium awarded Master subcontractor Kick off, design, manufacture, assembly, test, through to delivery of unit to prime
Aeolus Satellite power system for European Space Agency via prime contractor EADS Astrium awarded Master subcontractor Kick off, design, manufacture, assembly, test, through to delivery of unit to prime
GSTBv2 Satellite (first of the Galileo European GPS spacecraft) power system for European Space Agency via prime contractor Surrey Satellite Technology Limited –Kick off, design, manufacture, assembly, test through to delivery of unit to prime
£50 Million Bowman military communications power system project recovery
1991 – October 2001 Project Manager – UKAEA, AEA Technology Telerobotics/Vision Engineering Harwell Laboratory UK/Culham Laboratory UK
Joined as multidiscipline Design Engineer, then promoted through
This multi project business designs, builds and tests one off turn-key solutions integrating novel radiation tolerant remote viewing systems with Telerobotics predominantly for the nuclear decommissioning business, but also supplied novel solutions to medical, defence and broadcast markets integrating electronics, optics and mechanisms. Joined as a multidiscipline Design Engineer then promoted through positions Manufacturing Manager, Project Engineer and to Project Manager. Duties included electronic/mechanical CAD, Design office management, sub-contractor management, on site commissioning, customer training.
Turned inherited £3M project from £190k loss forecast – to £200k profit by developing effective customer management regime, Implemented effective engineering change control systems along with effective claims management procedures.
Awarded AEA Technology 1999 Engineering Innovation award for decreasing costs by 40% (goal of 10%) on standard product as part of larger project by implementing Design for Manufacture analysis to identify cost opportunities, identification and audit of potential vendors while establishing vendor communication channels to ensure effective feedback and problem resolution.
1987 – 1991 Mechanical Engineering Apprentice - United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority Harwell Laboratory UK
Gained Instrument maker grade
Attained the best apprentice of the year award for practical and academic application in 1991
UKAEA Best apprentice of the Year 1991
AEA Technology 1999 Engineering innovation award
EADS Astrium Master subcontractor 2004 for Cryosat
EADS Astrium Master subcontractor 2004 for Terrasar-X
EADS Astrium Master subcontractor 2004 for Goce
British Engineering Excellence Award 2016 – Start-up of the year & Grand Prix winner
Royal academy of engineering MacRobert award finalist (recognition of outstanding UK innovation in engineering)
Royal garden party (Buckingham palace) attendee 2019 for being a STEM ambassador and active member of the space engineering trailblazer group setting future level 3 to level 5 apprenticeship standards
Education and Qualifications
1987-1993 Newbury College of Further Education
BTEC Higher National Certificate, Mechanical and Production Engineering
BTEC Level 4 Mathematics
BTEC Level 3 Electronics
BTEC Level 3 Microelectronic systems
2001 Member of the Association of Project Management (MAPM)
2002 Southampton University
Spacecraft Systems Engineering
2020 Fellow of the Association of Project Management (FAPM)
Ongoing Career Development includes
Many and varied courses including Jacobs management training academy. Other external training covering; Programme, Project Leadership, Quality, Team leadership, Directing safely, GDPR, Export.
Winter 2019 Interviewed in Association of Project Management Project magazine “Reaching for the stars”
Jan 2020 Interviewed in Business and Innovation magazine “Apprentices fly high at Oxford Space Systems”
2019 Deployable membrane structure for an antenna
SC/DV security cleared
Living with wife and son. In excellent health, full driving licence
I enjoy snowboarding, skiing, mountain biking, clay pigeon shooting, live music, being outdoors with my family and am looking forward to using my private pilot licence (PPL) flying aerobatics again in the future.
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