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  • Meet the Board

  • David ‘Dibble’ Clark
    Chairman

    BACKGROUND

    Dibble is a co-founder of 3SDL. At just 17 Dibble gained his pilot’s licence and signed up for a 20 year commission in the Royal Air Force. 

    He initially trained as a pilot before graduating in 1985 as a combat ready Air Battle Manager and did a real smorgasbord of land-based tours and sea-borne deployments in the UK, Near East, and Central and South America. 

    Dibble spent a lot of time training and examining, both as controller and as a qualified weapons instructor (QWI). He quickly gained a life-long reputation for his ability to think differently! After leaving the RAF he became the UK MoD’s head of delegation to a number of international boards dealing with information systems. After a stint at the UK’s defence acquisition agency he was recruited by STASYS (now Lockheed Martin). 

    BACKGROUND

    Dibble is a co-founder of 3SDL. At just 17 Dibble gained his pilot’s licence and signed up for a 20 year commission in the Royal Air Force. 

    He initially trained as a pilot before graduating in 1985 as a combat ready Air Battle Manager and did a real smorgasbord of land-based tours and sea-borne deployments in the UK, Near East, and Central and South America. 

    Dibble spent a lot of time training and examining, both as controller and as a qualified weapons instructor (QWI). He quickly gained a life-long reputation for his ability to think differently! After leaving the RAF he became the UK MoD’s head of delegation to a number of international boards dealing with information systems. After a stint at the UK’s defence acquisition agency he was recruited by STASYS (now Lockheed Martin). 

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  • Matt May
    Managing Director

    BACKGROUND

    Matt is the Managing Director and co-founder of 3SDL Ltd. Matt is passionate about life-long training and education both for 3SDL staff and for our clients. 

    Although busy with running our growing company, Matt still makes time to keep his hand in with training and delivers courses all around the world.

    BACKGROUND

    Matt is the Managing Director and co-founder of 3SDL Ltd. Matt is passionate about life-long training and education both for 3SDL staff and for our clients. 

    Although busy with running our growing company, Matt still makes time to keep his hand in with training and delivers courses all around the world.

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  • Jon Prior
    Director

    BACKGROUND

    Jon is a co-founder of 3SDL. He spent 25 years working for UK and international armed forces, during this time he provided technical support to a diverse range of Data Link and Combat Identification programmes. 

    Much of this work centred around participating in and leading numerous data links trials/exercises in the UK, Europe and the US. 

    As a defence civilian employee, he was deployed to Italy during the Kosovo Crisis in 1999 as a member of the DERA team responsible for managing and monitoring allied multi-TDL networks during Op ALLIED FORCE. This unique opportunity gave him invaluable experience of the priorities and pressures of real-time data link operational network management.

    BACKGROUND

    Jon is a co-founder of 3SDL. He spent 25 years working for UK and international armed forces, during this time he provided technical support to a diverse range of Data Link and Combat Identification programmes. 

    Much of this work centred around participating in and leading numerous data links trials/exercises in the UK, Europe and the US. 

    As a defence civilian employee, he was deployed to Italy during the Kosovo Crisis in 1999 as a member of the DERA team responsible for managing and monitoring allied multi-TDL networks during Op ALLIED FORCE. This unique opportunity gave him invaluable experience of the priorities and pressures of real-time data link operational network management.

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  • Andrew 'Makkers' McAleer
    Director

    BACKGROUND

    Makkers joined our Board in November 2009. He started his RAF career as a Fighter Controller. In this role Makkers was involved in operational tours, interspersed with a number of management, operational and training roles in the homeland defence arena. 

    During the latter part of his RAF career he worked on various Command & Control and Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C2ISR) interoperability projects. He retired from the RAF in May 2008 and immediately set up his own consultancy business, AMc4i Ltd. After Makkers enjoyed working alongside our team supporting a UK MoD ISTAR project, AMc4i merged with 3SDL in November 2009.

    BACKGROUND

    Makkers joined our Board in November 2009. He started his RAF career as a Fighter Controller. In this role Makkers was involved in operational tours, interspersed with a number of management, operational and training roles in the homeland defence arena. 

    During the latter part of his RAF career he worked on various Command & Control and Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C2ISR) interoperability projects. He retired from the RAF in May 2008 and immediately set up his own consultancy business, AMc4i Ltd. After Makkers enjoyed working alongside our team supporting a UK MoD ISTAR project, AMc4i merged with 3SDL in November 2009.

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  • David Creed-Newton
    Non-Executive Director

    BACKGROUND

    David started working with our Board in early 2010. He facilitated 3SDL business strategy meetings and mentored our Board and management team. David’s business acumen stems from his vast experience in successful companies. He enjoyed a 30 year career in a multinational aluminium company, and then became the General Manager of a telecommunications test equipment provider.

    BACKGROUND

    David started working with our Board in early 2010. He facilitated 3SDL business strategy meetings and mentored our Board and management team. David’s business acumen stems from his vast experience in successful companies. He enjoyed a 30 year career in a multinational aluminium company, and then became the General Manager of a telecommunications test equipment provider.

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  • Meet some of our experts

  • Mike Smith
    Cyber Security Technical Lead

    BACKGROUND

    Mike is a graduate of the UK’s Defence Academy with a background in specifying, integrating and testing systems across the Defence and Security sectors. 

    A member of the CESG Listed Advisor Scheme (CLAS) and a chartered engineer, Mike has focused his career on providing clear cyber advice and solutions which meet customer needs, often against tight timelines.

    BACKGROUND

    Mike is a graduate of the UK’s Defence Academy with a background in specifying, integrating and testing systems across the Defence and Security sectors. 

    A member of the CESG Listed Advisor Scheme (CLAS) and a chartered engineer, Mike has focused his career on providing clear cyber advice and solutions which meet customer needs, often against tight timelines.

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  • Dave Knight
    C2 and Battlespace Management Sector Lead

    BACKGROUND

    Dave spent much of his 30 year RAF career developing and delivering training culminating in him being the Chief of Staff at the RAF School of Air Battle Management. Dave is passionate about training and gets a huge kick from leading individuals and teams through often seemingly complex processes to achieve success.

    BACKGROUND

    Dave spent much of his 30 year RAF career developing and delivering training culminating in him being the Chief of Staff at the RAF School of Air Battle Management. Dave is passionate about training and gets a huge kick from leading individuals and teams through often seemingly complex processes to achieve success.

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  • Andrew 'Mewesy' Mewes
    Airborne ISR and Remote Sensing Sector Lead

    BACKGROUND

    Mewesy amassed over 3500 hours flying both operational and training aircraft, during his 26 year RAF career. As an Offensive Support Jaguar Pilot, with 2000 hours, he has flown on exercises in Alaska, Canada, France, Norway, Germany, Denmark, Italy, and Oman. 

    He flew on Operations in Iraq, Op Provide Comfort and Op Resonate North, and Bosnia on Op Deny Flight. He has also served on three separate occasions, in various liaison positions for NATO and the UK Special Forces, in Afghanistan.

    BACKGROUND

    Mewesy amassed over 3500 hours flying both operational and training aircraft, during his 26 year RAF career. As an Offensive Support Jaguar Pilot, with 2000 hours, he has flown on exercises in Alaska, Canada, France, Norway, Germany, Denmark, Italy, and Oman. 

    He flew on Operations in Iraq, Op Provide Comfort and Op Resonate North, and Bosnia on Op Deny Flight. He has also served on three separate occasions, in various liaison positions for NATO and the UK Special Forces, in Afghanistan.

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  • Jonathan Burton
    Defence Communications Technical Lead

    BACKGROUND

    JB was as a development engineer for Norsk Hydro until he was accepted on the MOD graduate engineer and science scheme. 

    His early MOD career involved technical and project management posts working on Jaguar Avionics, Typhoon manufacturing and Artillery shell and rocket development. Latterly in his MOD career, he moved into TDL IPT with responsibility for the integration of Link 16 and VMF into Tornado GR4 and Harrier GR9 as well as supporting the JDN Backbone programme. 

    He joined 3SDL in February 2008 and provides technical support to a range of UK and European TDL, ISR, Communications and Electronic Warfare programmes. 

    BACKGROUND

    JB was as a development engineer for Norsk Hydro until he was accepted on the MOD graduate engineer and science scheme. 

    His early MOD career involved technical and project management posts working on Jaguar Avionics, Typhoon manufacturing and Artillery shell and rocket development. Latterly in his MOD career, he moved into TDL IPT with responsibility for the integration of Link 16 and VMF into Tornado GR4 and Harrier GR9 as well as supporting the JDN Backbone programme. 

    He joined 3SDL in February 2008 and provides technical support to a range of UK and European TDL, ISR, Communications and Electronic Warfare programmes. 

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  • Robert Kerby
    ISR Concepts, Services and Solutions Sector Lead

    BACKGROUND

    Robert has a rare mix of military and commercial experience. He has worked in industry for 11 years, mainly in Defence and Security project & stakeholder management and also in the delivery of services including training and consultancy. 

    He is currently leading engagement in the UK focussing on lessons identified during the procurement and operation of Urgent Operational Requirement (UOR) UAS and their future use. He is also involved in a number of other Coalition-focussed ISR projects.

    A serving member of the Reserve Forces, Robert’s primary focus has been in the field of imagery intelligence, including strategic satellite analysis and development of tactical Full Motion Video analysis from a variety of UAS. 

    He has operated with numerous exploitation applications and platforms including Desert Hawk 3, T-Hawk, ScanEagle, Hermes 450, MQ-1 Predator, MQ-9 Reaper and the CORTEZ network (including fixed camera systems and aerostats). His UK-based role has included work at the Defence Intelligence Fusion Centre (DIFC) and at the Tactical Imagery Intelligence Wing (TIW).

    BACKGROUND

    Robert has a rare mix of military and commercial experience. He has worked in industry for 11 years, mainly in Defence and Security project & stakeholder management and also in the delivery of services including training and consultancy. 

    He is currently leading engagement in the UK focussing on lessons identified during the procurement and operation of Urgent Operational Requirement (UOR) UAS and their future use. He is also involved in a number of other Coalition-focussed ISR projects.

    A serving member of the Reserve Forces, Robert’s primary focus has been in the field of imagery intelligence, including strategic satellite analysis and development of tactical Full Motion Video analysis from a variety of UAS. 

    He has operated with numerous exploitation applications and platforms including Desert Hawk 3, T-Hawk, ScanEagle, Hermes 450, MQ-1 Predator, MQ-9 Reaper and the CORTEZ network (including fixed camera systems and aerostats). His UK-based role has included work at the Defence Intelligence Fusion Centre (DIFC) and at the Tactical Imagery Intelligence Wing (TIW).

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  • Meet our Support Team

  • Natalie Trussler
    Office Manager and PA to our MD Matt May

    BACKGROUND

    Natalie has over 10 years of fast paced, high end administrative experience and is highly skilled in all aspects of administration, marketing and office management. 

    BACKGROUND

    Natalie has over 10 years of fast paced, high end administrative experience and is highly skilled in all aspects of administration, marketing and office management. 

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  • Jenni Collins
    Finance Manager

    BACKGROUND

    Jenni is a qualified ACCA accountant, and has worked in accounts for over 10 years. She started her career working in practice for a local firm of accountants, gaining a broad spectrum of experience, later moving into industry. 

    BACKGROUND

    Jenni is a qualified ACCA accountant, and has worked in accounts for over 10 years. She started her career working in practice for a local firm of accountants, gaining a broad spectrum of experience, later moving into industry. 

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  • Chris Walker
    IT Manager

    BACKGROUND

    Chris joined our team in 2010 as a full-time IT Junior working towards his HND for IT Practitioners. Chris graduated from the Worcester Technology College with his full HND in 2013. 

    BACKGROUND

    Chris joined our team in 2010 as a full-time IT Junior working towards his HND for IT Practitioners. Chris graduated from the Worcester Technology College with his full HND in 2013. 

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  • Jacqui May
    Finance Assistant

    BACKGROUND

    Jacqui graduated from Swansea University and worked in Administration and Conference Organisation for nearly 20 years’ before learning book-keeping in order to join 3SDL at its formation in 2005. 

    BACKGROUND

    Jacqui graduated from Swansea University and worked in Administration and Conference Organisation for nearly 20 years’ before learning book-keeping in order to join 3SDL at its formation in 2005. 

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  • Charity Whittam
    Administration Assistant

    BACKGROUND

    Charity is a recent addition to our growing team. Charity has over 6 years’ experience in customer service and administration. Before joining us in late 2014, Charity worked in the Hospitality Industry progressing to Team Leader in a large restaurant chain.

    BACKGROUND

    Charity is a recent addition to our growing team. Charity has over 6 years’ experience in customer service and administration. Before joining us in late 2014, Charity worked in the Hospitality Industry progressing to Team Leader in a large restaurant chain.

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