Events  •  15 Jan 2020  •  5 min read

Open Optima networking event on 26 February

We’re kicking off a new networking series for Systems Engineers.
The first FREE event will be held on Wednesday, 26 February 2020 at the University of West England (UWE)
Exhibition & Conference  Centre in Filton, North-Bristol.

The theme of the first event is IR35 and the UK’s energy fusion project.

About this event

Join us for an informal evening of networking with fellow professionals, seminars and discussions with our guest speakers on hot topics like IR35 and Fusion Energy and to meet some of our team members from Optima Systems Consultancy. Our trusted recruitment partner, OD Talent Solutions will also join us to run an Recruitment Clinic for anyone who would like advice (CVs, applying for roles or interviewing) and for Hiring Managers who may want to get some free insight on the labour market and how to approach recruiting. They will also be available to discuss employment opportunities and solutions Optima offers for both contractors and those looking for their next permanent role.

Date and time:

Wednesday, 26th February 2020 from 5.30pm.


17:30 – 18:00  Arrival & refreshments
18:00 – 18:30  IR35 – what is it and how will it affect you
18:30 – 19:00 STEP – the next step in Nuclear Fusion
19:00 – 19:15  Break for networking/discussions
19:15 – 19:45  Optima Connections
19:45 – 20:00  Open discussion and drinks
20:00 Close


D Block Foyer and adjacent Theatre
University of the West of England Frenchay Campus
Coldharbour Lane, Bristol BS16 1QY


The event is free; to secure your place please register on Eventbrite.

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More on the topics and guest speakers

IR35 – are you ready?

Robert Sharp, CEO of Orca Pay Group will host a seminar and discussion to prepare you and your supply chain for the IR35 Off-Payroll Reform in the Private Sector, how to assess IR35 Fairly, what are your responsibilities and how to best position your business to keep it’s most important commodity, its talent.

Rob has over 15 years’ experience in all things payroll, IR35, IR35 Off-Payroll Reform in both the Public and Private Sectors. Robert has been at the helm of helping HMRC write contractor policies and have direct links into Government, HMRC and The Home Office. He has also been responsible for a number of firsts within the industry, the latest being the first payroll money back guarantee to his clients and contractors.

STEP – the next step in Nuclear Fusion

Neill Young, Facility Chief Engineer & Design Authority for Fusion Technology Facilities (UKEA)

Neill is Lead Systems Engineer for STEP, the flagship project developing a conceptual fusion power plant design and providing a platform for the realistic prospect of constructing a commercially viable power plant by 2040. The Spherical Tokamak for Energy Production (STEP) is the UK Atomic Energy Authority’s (UKAEA) programme to develop the next generation of fusion energy. Optima Systems Consultancy is supporting the STEP programme to implement a Systems Engineering approach to developing a fusion energy generation system that can deliver energy to the grid within 20 yrs. This is the UKAEA’s contribution to flexible, sustainable and carbon neutral energy production for the future and will maintain UK Plc’s position at the forefront of fusion technology.

Optima Connections

Organisations are the most complex systems we create. At the core of any organisation are the people therefore business performance is driven by the efficient and effective integration of its people with the processes, tools and information aligned to its vision and culture.

Our business was built on the values and principles of mutual respect and the overarching support of our people – wherever they are working. We have taken these human-centred values and principles to create a framework, Optima Connections, to improve business performance by linking

  • our Generic Business Model (GBM®) to help identify potential improvements
  • and our OPTIMAL development approach to simplify the integrate people, processes, tools and information, aligned with an organisation’s vision and culture.

Combined with our collaborative delivery approach, this framework enables us to quickly embed performance improvements in a people-focused way that benefits both the organisation and the people.