Who we are

Optima Systems Consultancy was founded to provide independent Systems Thinking and Management Consultancy to the Defence, Aerospace, Communications and Information Systems, Transport and Utilities sectors.

Since its foundation OptimaSC has continued to grow rapidly and we have a wide range of experienced consultants and experts available to support your organisation.

Our teams specialise in providing training, support and guidance to embed a Systems approach in your business whilst we work with you to ensure continuity of programmes. This can support a transitional capability for business during change and growth periods where numbers or skills of existing staff are not adequate. It provides an embedded change agent that can work with you to both shape and deliver sustainable programmes.

Optima has a team of SC and DV cleared consultants with substantial experience in:

  • Defence sector (covering Maritime, Land, Air, C4ISTAR and Weapons domains)
  • Communications and Information Systems
  • Civil Aerospace
  • Transport
  • Utilities

Our client base includes government departments, major industrial prime contractors and specialist technical consultancies.

How we work?

We recognise the challenges involved in developing today's complex systems and understand the benefits that a structured Systems Thinking approach can bring. We will work with you to break down this complexity, identifying and tackling the underlying problems in a structured way and managing the technical and programmatic challenges facing your project.

As a privately owned company, we are able to offer truly independent, impartial and unbiased advice, helping you to take pragmatic decisions to develop a balanced system and enabling your success.

We specialise in deploying small expert teams to boost your Systems Thinking and Management teams and are typically called upon to:

  • Define the Systems Thinking approach
  • Provide Systems Thinking best practice
  • Lead System Architecting activities, Trade off studies and Requirements development
  • Provide independent and trusted Assessment and Assurance for acquisition and investment
  • Plan and conduct of Trials and Acceptance activities
  • Provide subject matter experts that are unavailable within your organisation
  • Tackle governance and stakeholder management issues
  • Lead Enterprise Change

Meet the directors

Chris Lamb, Managing Director

Chris LambChris is an experienced Systems Thinking Consultant and Manager who is highly experienced in decision making and leading teams in stressful environments across many industry sectors. Chris is effective at a strategic level, developing technical and management approaches, establishing thought leadership and intellectual property, creating and training teams, and growing the engineering capability. Chris is recognised by clients for his achievements and professionalism and is well known at a national level in the Systems Thinking profession through his many activities with INCOSE.

Prior to founding Optima SC, Chris was Engineering Director and Principal Consultant, where he both developed the engineering capability of the business as well as providing a wide variety of technical consultancy.

In his earlier career, Chris was Underwater Sensors Engineering Manager and Systems Design Authority at BAE SYSTEMS Submarines where he led the sonar engineering team for Astute class submarines and managed the development of an integrated multi array sonar suite, Sonar 2076, for Trafalgar class submarines.

Dr. David Bamford, Technical Director

David BamfordDavid is a versatile Systems Thinking consultant and manager with fifteen years of experience within Defence, Aerospace and Academia. David uses his broad experience and strong technical background to quickly grasp the technical and managerial challenges facing a project and make the right decisions.

David uses his strong interpersonal skills to engage with stakeholders, lead technical discussions and developing balanced solutions. He builds trust with all parties by consistently doing what is right for the project and is able to lead negotiations and brings all parties together to address the key issues.

Prior to joining Optima, David was a Senior Consultant, where he performed a variety of technical, managerial and business roles. David has lead the development and testing of new systems as Chief Engineer for the Green-Wake project, been the Lead Technical Assessor for a £1,250M Cat A MOD project, managed a portfolio of research projects and supported the technical development and testing of many systems and sub-systems.

Dr. Kevin Howard, Engineering Director

Kevin Howard Kevin is a highly motivated and pragmatic enterprise thinker applying System Engineering principals to all levels of technical business from Engineering Director and Vice President to Chief Engineer and detail design. He has been Chief Engineer and Design Authority on a range of technologies include radars, sensor data fusion systems, armoured fighting vehicles, ICT system, mmW communications and networking systems. He has hands on experience in the development of multi-spectral sensors, software intensive systems, land platforms and space based radars. His PhD in optimising complex systems derives from this experience and underpins his systems thinking today.

Kevin has led developments of multi $B programmes on behalf of the DE&S, has led complex technology developments in multi-national collaborative programmes and has successfully realised enterprise change in a number of defence and civil businesses. He teaches Enterprise Engineering at Bristol University, Advanced Vehicle Systems Thinking for Cranfield University.

Lloyd Pryce, Director

Lloyd Pryce Lloyd is a Chartered Engineer and holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) Degree in Electronic & Electrical Engineering from the University of Birmingham and an MSc in Systems Thinking from the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom. He is a skilled Principal Systems Thinking Consultant & Project Manager with over sixteen years experience in the defence & security sectors. He started his career with Marconi Radar, now BAE Systems Insyte, developing signal processing software for naval radar systems before moving into Systems Thinking & Engineering Management. He transitioned into engineering consulting in 2005 and has since supported a wide variety of complex programmes across industry and MOD.

He has provided engineering and management support to a range of Defence Equipment & Support (DE&S) teams and industry suppliers. These have included programmes delivering: armoured fighting vehicles, communications systems, sensor systems, complex weapons, cyber security systems and submarine combat systems. He is an experienced Project Manager and led a multi-disciplined industry team delivering the System of Systems Approach (SOSA) support contract to DE&S as part of an industry consortium, as well as providing consultancy to tasks within Maritime, Land and Air domains.

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