Meet The Team

Our team of exceptional Systems Engineers and Consultants is drawn together by a compelling need to comprehensively understand the bigger picture.

We collaborate within our team to enrich delivery to our clients because we understand that several heads are better than one. We’re independent with no hidden affiliations, so you get our unbiased view.

Our reputation is built on meticulous analysis, agile response and technical expertise. And as a people business we know that relationships are vital to the success of an enterprise. So if you’d like to get to know us better, either as a client or a colleague, please get in touch.

Managing Director

Chris Lamb

Chris is an expert Systems Thinking Consultant who is highly experienced in decision making and leading teams in stressful environments across many industry sectors. Chris… Read More

Chris is an expert Systems Thinking Consultant who is highly experienced in decision making and leading teams in stressful environments across many industry sectors. Chris is highly 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 Systems Consultancy, Chris was an 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.

Technical Director

Dr. David Bamford

David Bamford is a versatile Systems Thinking consultant and manager with fifteen years of experience within Defence, Aerospace and Academia. David uses his broad experience… Read More

David Bamford 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.

Engineering Director

Dr. Kevin Howard

Kevin Howard is a highly motivated and pragmatic enterprise thinker applying Systems Engineering principles to all levels of technical business from Engineering Director and Vice… Read More

Kevin Howard is a highly motivated and pragmatic enterprise thinker applying Systems Engineering principles 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 $bn 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 UniversityAdvanced Vehicle Systems Thinking for Cranfield University.

Director

Lloyd Pryce

Lloyd Pryce is a skilled Principal Systems Thinking Consultant & Project Manager with over sixteen years experience in the defence & security sectors. He’s a qualified… Read More

Lloyd Pryce is a skilled Principal Systems Thinking Consultant & Project Manager with over sixteen years experience in the defence & security sectors. He’s a qualified 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 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 then transitioned into engineering consulting in 2005 and has since supported a wide variety of complex programmes across industry and MoD.

Lloyd 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.