At the tender age of 17 I passed my pilots licence and dodged joining the family
business by signing up for a 20 year commission in the Royal Air Force. I trained
initially as a pilot before graduating in 1985 as a combat ready Air Battle Manager
and doing a real smorgasbord of land-based tours and sea-borne deployments in the
UK, Near East, and Central and South America. I also spent a lot of time teaching
and examining, both as controller and as a qualified weapons instructor (QWI). Along
the way I somehow picked up a reputation for thinking ‘differently’ from other people!
Latterly, I 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 I was recruited by STASYS (now Lockheed Martin). In April 2005 Matt and I
met an old friend in a pub and remembered an idea we’d had some years earlier to
start a business together. Within weeks we had formed 3SDL. We now provide independent
acquisition support to our clients, and in doing so derive a lot of professional
satisfaction - and enough money to fund the odd night out down the pub with our
My specialist consultancy area is in the scoping and rationalisation of complex
defence and security projects and identifying solutions and pathways where others
might struggle. I also have a keen understanding of the relationships between procurement
and sustainment and have a proven track record of bringing diverse stakeholder groups
together for mutual benefit.
I’m divorced but have 3 great children whom I spend time with every week and live
close-by. I share my time between chairing our board, helping our team leaders develop
new business and helping my children to be successful so that they can keep me in
my old age. I think a lot about things, often seeing what others don’t see straight
away. But I believe that there is nothing we haven’t seen before, it just looks
different (or we have simply just forgotten how we did it the last time).
'Life is all about choices and responsibilities.'