• Personal Profile

    Chartered Engineer (CEng)    -    UK Passport    -    Full Driving Licence    -    UK Security Cleared

    I am a proactive and self-motivated performer with excellent problem solving capability, wide ranging technical knowledge, and experience of working complex projects. I have a detailed understanding of Hardware, Software, Systems, and Test disciplines, and stay current with new and emerging technologies through regular research. I am a fast learner, am keen to excel, and enjoy the challenge of finding optimum solutions. I have experience of leadership, recruitment, development of staff, and Six Sigma process improvement. I successfully completed a three year Lockheed Martin Engineering Leadership Development Programme including study at Johns Hopkins University, USA leading to an Engineering and Management Masters Degree in 2009 and recently achieved Chartered Engineer (CEng) status with the UK Engineering Council.

  • Systems Engineering Team Lead - NATS Deployed SESAR

    Lockheed Martin, Whiteley        May 2015 - Present

    I am currently a Systems Engineering Team Leader at the NATS Corporate and Technical Centre working on one of the projects that together will ultimately replace the current operational UK Air Traffic Control system. I lead a team of Systems Engineers working collaboratively with the customer. I am responsible for Demand, Performance, Capacity, Resilience, Security, and Safety analysis that will drive requirements and system design for an Enterprise Service Bus technology based SESAR System Wide Information Management platform for the future UK Air Traffic Control system.

  • Qualifications

    CEng UK Engineering Council Chartered Engineer 2015
    Agile SCRUM Training 2014
    System Architecture Fundamentals Training 2014
    MSc Engineering & Management Masters Degree (Distinction)         2009
    PM101 Programme Management Training 2008
    Learning Tree ASP.NET Workshop 2007
    PM100 Team Leadership Training 2007
    LM21 Lean Process Green Belt Training 2006
    Texas Instruments MPEG4 DSP Conference 2004
    Microchip PIC18F ASM Workshop 2003
    BSc Computer Systems Engineering Degree (2.1) 2002
    Apple Knowledge Certification 2002
    HND Computer Systems Engineering 2001
    GNVQ Advanced Engineering 1999
    GCSEs including Electronics, Maths and Science 1997

  • R&D Chief Engineer - Airport Convergence

    Lockheed Martin, Whiteley        Mar 2015 - May 2015

    I was named as Chief Engineer in our Copenhagen Airport proposal, so took the opportunity to work with the Lockheed Martin Research and Development team to become more familiar with the systems that would be used if the proposal was successful. I worked with the Copenhagen Airport Chief Architect and Programme Manager to outline a sixty day start-up plan, establish engineering roles, and to select internal staff in anticipation of contract award. The Research and Development created a browser based Airport Operations Centre using AngularJS and Material Design. The server-side system was architected around micro-services, based on Django Python RESTful API services to access MongoDB NoSQL databases and real-time Apache Storm Analytics to provide actionable business intelligence. In this role I worked with the team to document, then evolve the Architecture. I also introduced Material Design for User Interface look and feel, and created several User Interface elements including navigation and notifications. This role also gave me experience with Mule Enterprise Service Bus and DevOps using a combination of Google Kubernetes and Docker.

  • Other Interests

    Family Adventures

    I enjoy woodland walks, building Lego, fixing toys, and other family adventures with my wife, two boys, and dog.

    Engineering Projects

    I always have at least one home engineering project on the go. Past projects include a Microcontroller based Solid State MP3 player (pre-IPOD), various websites (such as vickiluckphotography.co.uk and naturally-equine.co.uk), home networking, and NASCast an Android mobile application for streaming NAS films to a ChromeCast.

    Motor Sport

    I follow Formula One as a Lewis Hamilton supporter and have been to the British Grand Prix at Silverstone. I have been to the Goodwood Festival of Speed several times, and have done Off Road Rallying at Brands Hatch, and Karting at several tracks.

    Property Development

    I enjoy all aspects of DIY and undertake large home improvements to increase market value. A long term future goal of mine is to purchase land then design and build a house.

  • Software Team Leader - NATS New En Route Centre

    Lockheed Martin, Whiteley        Feb 2015 - Mar 2015

    A temporary assignment at the NATS Corporate and Technical Centre on the New En Route Centre (NERC) / London Area Control Centre (LACC) Air Traffic Control system as a Software Team Leader. My previous experience in this role was called upon to support the management team through a transition of staff to ensure that customer milestones were met and quality of deliverables were maintained. During this temporary assignment I worked with the Systems Engineering team and Programme Management to estimate and schedule a large future software build to introduce flight trajectory planning tools for use by Military Air Traffic Control. I also worked with the Quality Assurance team to automate metrics reporting, advised several new starters on the Safety and Quality, and re-introduced several best practices around using metrics for estimating, then tracking work progress.

    Operations Team Leader - Ministry of Justice

    Lockheed Martin, London          Jan 2015 - Feb 2015

    A temporary secondment to the Lockheed Martin Buckingham Palace Road office as the Operational Engineering Team Leader supporting the Operations Manager and Chief Engineer through the first deployment phase to transition the Ministry of Justice IT to a managed service tower model. During this temporary secondment I established daily business rhythms and facilitated stand-up meetings to report status and update the team on priorities.

    Systems Engineering Team Lead - Metropolitan Police

    Lockheed Martin, Whiteley        Aug 2014 - Jan 2015

    Working at the Lockheed Martin Whiteley office as a Systems Engineering Team Leader though the start-up phase of the of the Metropolitan Police Command and Control Futures programme which will replace the legacy Command and Control system. I provided leadership to a team of 5 Systems Engineers, guidance to the Software Engineering team, and was also responsible for system design as an individual. I scoped the initial Systems Engineering schedule through to operational deployment, and defined, then controlled a budget of approximately £800K. In this role I developed internal team schedules to meet customer expectations, identified dependencies on other teams and resources, and planned meetings with stakeholders to ensure our schedule was maintained. I worked with the customer to understand, and then document all of the Metropolitan Police connecting systems and how each will interface through a new Enterprise Service Bus to the replacement Command and Control system. I designed Enterprise Service Bus logic to translate messages between legacy system protocol and data field structure to the new Command and Control system. I designed a legacy system interface simulator to be used for testing, training, and transition. I produced a Performance Design Analysis Report to define, decompose, and apportion Service Level Agreement requirements. I also designed the internal Enterprise Service Bus monitoring and reporting logic used to track performance against the SLA performance requirements. I decomposed customer requirements to be specific, testable, and bound, then wrote test success criteria for each. I worked with the training team to identify their needs for the interface simulator and worked with the transition team to define a high level plan to support live system shadowing followed by operational switchover. I introduced the Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect tool for SysML which formed the baseline for all system architecture and design and was reviewed with the customer on a weekly basis.

    Systems Engineer - MOD Marshall Proposal

    Lockheed Martin, Whiteley        Sep 2013 - Aug 2014

    Working at the Lockheed Martin Whiteley office as a Systems Engineer on the MOD Marshall (formally Joint Military Air Traffic Systems) proposal to provide 22 years of air traffic management capability for MOD UK, overseas, and deployed operations. This year long assignment gave me great exposure to the companys most talented senior Engineering staff, and enabled me to re-focus as a Systems Engineer following my stint in software leadership. In this role I was responsible for designing and documenting all Tactical and Deployed elements of our proposed solution. I decomposed customer requirements, created partner Statements of Work, and defined a Bill of Materials of £2.7M with approximately £400K of scheduled labour. Several elements of my Tactical and Deployed solutions exploited new and advancing technologies such as LED based lighting for landing aircraft on temporary deployed landing strips to reduce size and weight while extending expected life in harsh transportation and operating conditions. For selection of Custom Off The Shelf products and service providers I conducted detailed market research and appraisal of data using an established internal Lockheed Martin trade study process which involved evaluation criteria scoring for capability, recurring costs, non-recurring costs, flexibility, risk, and transition. I worked to ensure that my solutions meet or exceeded all MOD customer requirements as well as all relevant ISO, BS, ICAO, DEF-STAN, and NATO STANAG standards. All solutions had to meet overall CO2 and environmental impact requirements which involved me performing research, calculations, and documenting impact. Where possible the most environmentally kind and most sustainable solutions were selected. All of my solutions vastly reduced transportation weight and power consumption compared to the legacy solutions. I introduced the Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect tool for MODAF which formed the baseline for all system architecture and design.

    Software Team Leader - NATS New En Route Centre

    Lockheed Martin, Whiteley        Sep 2009 - Aug 2013

    Working at the NATS Corporate and Technical Centre on the New En Route Centre (NERC) / London Area Control Centre (LACC) Air Traffic Control system as a Software Team Leader. Responsible for 24 staff (4 remote, in Washington DC) with an annual labour budget of £3.2M per year, tasks included planning, scheduling, technical risk management, technical performance, task prioritisation, workload balancing, and weekly status reporting to the customer using Earned Value Management. In this role I developed internal team schedules to ensure that the team would meet customer expectations, identified and tracked dependencies on other teams and resources, planned procurement of necessary equipment, and scheduled lab slots and meetings with stakeholders etc., and when necessary negotiated schedules with the Programme office and the NATS customer. I conducted recruitment interviews using a consistent set of questions with associated scoring and evaluation, presented training to peers, and developed staff through mentoring and coaching. I hosted two annual intern placements and 2 apprentices within my team. I implemented several lean process improvements to introduce and exploit new and advancing technologies including the Subversion configuration management tool, and the Enterprise Architect tool for UML. I also created a Java based team scheduler and status tracking desktop application based around an Open Source Gantt chart component, and an associated PHP and JQuery webserver based dashboard for reporting automated metrics and Earned Value graphs generated by the desktop application. I also wrote requirements and designed a Java based tool for automating regression test analysis and report generation for one of our Interns to implement as a University project. As Team Leader I was responsible for the quality of all customer deliverables including design documentation, software, test documentation and evidence, and user manuals. Where possible I personally inspected or moderated all inspections for deliverable artefacts. Rework and refactoring was used to drive up quality and reduce technical debt. As Team Leader I also maintained existing and wrote new Desktop Level Processes for the team to follow as part of our CMMI Level 5 Continuous Process Improvement.

    Software Engineer - NATS New En Route Centre

    Lockheed Martin, Whiteley        Sep 2005 - Sep 2009

    Working at the NATS Corporate and Technical Centre on the New En Route Centre (NERC) / London Area Control Centre (LACC) Air Traffic Control system as a Software Engineer. Initially worked as a C Software Engineer on the Record and Replay Mass Storage Retrieval System (MSRS) subsystem investigating, and then fixing software bugs targeted by the NATS customer. Then delivered a report to my NATS customer to detail research findings that led to a 37% data archive speed improvement in the MSRS enabling the existing system to run for another 5 years with increasing traffic levels. Moved to the Record And Replay (RAP) team as an Ada83 Software Engineer to investigate, and fix software bugs targeted by the NATS customer, as well as designing, implementing, and testing new functionality through Change Requests. I then took an opportunity to move to the Workstation Display Manager (WDM) team as an Ada83 and C Software Engineer on the most visible and complex part of the system which comprises the Man Machine Interface and associated logic. In this role I investigated, and fixed software bugs targeted by the NATS customer, as well as designing, implementing, and testing new functionality though Change Requests. All fixes and change request solutions were thoroughly tested at several levels before release to the operational system. For each change I documented a design, made the code change, tested within the software development environment, and then passed through formal Configuration Management to the formal Test team. For each change I would write and perform Unit and Coverage Testing to exercise functions in isolation within a software test harness using test stubs and injected values to ensure the code performed as expected, satisfied the design, and that every line of code and decision point could be reached. Also for each change I would write and perform Sub-System Build Testing to validate that the solution meets the needs of the customer and design, and then I would write and perform Sub-System Acceptance Testing to verify that all of the requirements had been met in full. All of this testing was performed within the software team before delivering the change to the formal Test team. All design, code, and test artefacts were peer reviewed at each stage. Alongside WDM Software Engineering work I took on the additional responsibility of being the WDM Local Configuration Management.

    Research and Development Software Engineer

    Wood & Douglas Ltd, Tadley        Jul 2002 - Sep 2005

    After completing my Computer Systems Engineering BSc Degree I started fulltime employment as a Research and Development Software Engineer working on a range of Radio Frequency products. The radio electronics were configured, controlled and monitored by Microchip PIC Microcontrollers running firmware written in embedded C by me. I also produced Microsoft Windows C++ Graphical User Interface applications for setup, control, monitoring, and automated test of the radio products. This position involved being part of the Research and Development design team through from initial concept, through rapid prototyping, to creating final production code and supporting through test. The following products contain firmware developed by me:

    Down Converter:

    An intelligent antenna mast mounted Radio Frequency Down Converter to convert from frequencies in the 2.4GHz L-Band microwave frequency range down to VHF to reduce loss in cables and allow use of standard tuners.

    Digital Video for Moving Objects:

    A complete product family including a video encoder / transmitter unit, a receiver / video decoder unit, an IP data adaptor, a battery powered portable receiver with in-built LCD screen, a pre-set profile switcher, and a Microsoft Windows Graphical User Interface application.

    Dräger PSS Merlin:

    The Dräger PSS Merlin is a telemetry system used by US Fire Fighters to monitor status and communicate it to the Entry Control Board to increase safety while firefighting. A bidirectional data link remotely monitors Manual distress signal, Automatic distress signal (triggered by lack of movement), Oxygen cylinder pressure, Oxygen Time to whistle, and Elapsed time spent in the fire for each Fire Fighter, and allows the Incident Commander to issue an individual or team evacuation signal from the Entry Control Board.

    Computer Engineer

    PC World, Southampton            Oct 1999 - Mar 2002

    To support my University studies I worked as a part-time Computer Engineer at the Southampton PC World superstore. My role was mostly fault diagnosis and repair of customer computers, but also included installation and testing of hardware upgrades, and health checks which comprised running various tests, clean-up of unused files, and performance tuning of the operating system. In this role I also provided telephone support to customers to remotely find solutions to both hardware and software problems.

    Computer Engineer

    Roma Electronics, Warsash        Jun 1997 - Sep 1999

    As a senior school pupil, and then college student I worked Saturday mornings at a small privately owned computer shop to grow my computer knowledge. In this role I assembled new computers from pre-ordered parts to meet customer required specifications, installed the Microsoft Windows operating system, tested using benchmarking software, and then configured with a range of software applications. I also learnt how to fault find and fix computer software, hardware, and peripherals problems and have built and maintained my own PCs ever since.