Sirius has been established by four highly experienced practitioners with a track record in leading, delivering and overseeing defence related tasks:
David and Carl were the owner-Directors of Polaris Consulting Limited, a highly successful consultancy which traded from 2001 to 2017. When Polaris was acquired by TP Group, both of them became Partners in its Consultancy and Project Services (CaPS) division. Jo Llewellyn was Chief Technical Officer for Polaris, and became Practice Lead for Systems Engineering within CaPS when it was acquired by TP Group. Tom Baldwin formerly worked for Polaris Consulting and most recently worked for NATO Allied Command Transformation (ACT) in the Operational Analysis / Analysis of Alternatives Branch.
David Bangert has accumulated more than 25 years’ experience in the leadership, management and execution of Government projects. He has an up-to-date understanding of HMT guidance on Business Case development, and has spent the past 10 years leading the approvals for, and development of the Value for Money (VfM) cases, for some of the largest and highest profile Government projects, in the range of £’00Ms to £10Bn+. David has expertise in Operational Research and has used this to develop analysis programmes to support the assessment of VfM for nuclear and defence projects. He has particular expertise in the design and facilitation of structured workshops to develop benefits, opportunities and costs (financial and non-financial), combining qualitative and quantitative techniques to drive cost-benefit and cost-effectiveness analysis. David has led innovative research projects, successfully delivered studies into future energy security, defence inflation, recycling and re-use and rapid manufacturing techniques for UK Government and industry, and has delivered successful outcomes for Head Office, DE&S, ISS, Dstl and the Defence Industry. In December 2020 David was awarded a military history doctorate from the University of Portsmouth.
Dave Hedley is an accomplished principal consultant with over 35 years’ experience in the successful management and delivery of technical projects to government and industry organisations. Since 2000 he has provided cost focussed analysis, project and business case support to a broad range of clients in the defence and industry sectors including leading several cost modelling studies addressing the through life aspects of system ownership from conception to disposal and including the capture and management of project risks and opportunities and the characterisation and realisation tracking of benefits. He has worked closely with the MoD Cost Assurance and Analysis Service (CAAS) on many studies, is a committee member of the Society for Cost Analysis and Forecasting and a long-time contributor to the Team Defence Information Supportability Modelling and Analysis Working Group. He has expertise in the design, implementation and use of modelling solutions to support the capture of benefits, risks, opportunities and costs (financial and non-financial), combining qualitative and quantitative techniques to drive cost-benefit and cost-effectiveness analyses, complemented by a comprehensive understanding of the verification and validation of models.
Mikey Rogers is an expert in statistics, mathematical modelling and stochastic processes, along with understanding risk and uncertainty and how uncertainty complicates decision-making processes. He has experience in simulating real-life phenomena in code, including Monte Carlo simulation. He is a recent graduate analyst who has experience conducting both data analysis and mathematical modelling to solve problems. He possesses a range of analytical and statistical skills, which are complemented by his analytical software skills.
Matt Harrison has over 20 years’ experience in leading operational research and systems analysis activities, predominantly conducted on behalf of UK Government. Matt has worked on a wide range of projects and has a solid understanding of the need for, and benefits of analytical and technical support throughout the capability lifecycle. Matt has particular expertise in combining quantitative and qualitative analyses to provide evidence and insights in support of complex decisions, often made under high degrees of uncertainty and with the need to balance different stakeholder requirements and perspectives. In particular, Matt has wide experience of applying structured engagement to conduct benefits analysis, define requirements, assess alternatives and to understand, model and predict system behaviours and outcomes in the context of potential future situations. Whilst at UK MOD, Matt worked extensively on both research and acquisition projects, typically in the Air/C4ISR domain; he is experienced in generating evidence for MOD Business Cases and is familiar with current Government Approvals guidance and processes. Matt enjoys working in culturally diverse teams and has frequently collaborated with international partners; his experience includes 18 months at the NATO Joint Force Command in Naples and a number of years as the UK Technical Lead for international activities related to future combat air.
Katie Bramwell is an experienced operational analyst who has delivered multiple analysis projects in support of capability development and defence acquisition. Katie has a Master of Mathematics with first class honours and is experienced in OA techniques including wargaming, simulation, statistical / data analysis, option analysis and Tactical Reconstruction (TACREC). Her strong analytical skills have been applied across Maritime, Air, Land and Information domains for stakeholders up to 4* level for both the Ministry of Defence and NATO. In her previous role at the Maritime Warfare Centre, Katie established and led a TACREC team, providing timely and relevant geospatial analytical outputs to the front line to enable training and tactical development.
Colin Kendall is a highly experienced Operational Analyst and Algorithm Developer with a long track record of impactful delivery in support of government and industry programmes. He has knowledge and experience of a wide array of soft and hard OA skills and analytical approaches. Colin has led and delivered multiple projects across the C4ISR, Land battlespace, counter terrorism, and nuclear deterrence domains. He has a particular interest in simulation modelling which he has used to design and deliver models for as diverse a purpose as IED detection, satellite communications capacities and vehicle fleet management.