My role involves writing, developing and delivering systems and software engineering training courses. I want people to use the training courses as a way of not just increasing knowledge of engineering, but also developing an understanding of why engineering is structured like it is, and the fact that it is evolving. It’s also as an opportunity to share problems and come up with common solutions. The best way to achieve this is to make the courses interactive and really bring the subject alive.
I have around 25 years of systems engineering experience to bring to the classroom. 12 of those were spent working as a systems engineer within Thales on a variety of projects, including satellite communication systems, mission support systems, and process improvement.
Having worked in a variety of environments, I’ve got a wide range of experience in many different sectors and roles, from commercial through to safety critical systems, university research, software development and technically managing large complex projects. This breath of knowledge and experience allows me to train with both authority and humility. I thoroughly understand and appreciate the ideas and principles being taught, but at the same time I understand the practical day-to-day problems involved when trying to implement them.
I love motorsport, and I have done all my life – particularly the Grand Prix. I try to keep fit in my spare time I enjoy running and cycling around the lanes of Somerset and occasionally testing myself in various athletic events such as cycling time trials, 10k road races and the very odd half marathon (too painful!).
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