Alan joins us this week as a Systems Engineer in our Mission Systems division.
Alan joined the RAF in 1979 as an Air Electronics Operator. On completion of training and a Nimrod MR1 conversion course at St Mawgan, he joined 42(TB) Squadron in April 1982, flying the first Nimrod sorties of Operation Corporate out of Ascension Island. Following conversion to the Nimrod MR2, he completed further tours at St Mawgan and also on 206 Squadron at Kinloss, where he flew on Sharp Guard operations. Alan was on the founding team of the Nimrod Electronic Warfare Scheme, and supported the Sentry Electronic Warfare Scheme whilst on a ground tour as a Sentry EW mission Briefer at Waddington where he was involved in Deny Flight Operations. He completed a ground tour as a Platform Analyst in EWOSE (now AWC) at Wyton. During his two ground tours, Alan gained a BEng in Electronic Engineering and an MSc in Industrial Computing.
On leaving the RAF after 22 years, Alan joined Thales where he captured the Nimrod and Sentry Mission Support System requirements for development of the Nimrod MRA 4 Mission Planning Tool. He moved to Munich on the NH90 NATO Frigate Helicopter project and was responsible for the EW suite carrying out requirement analysis, integration ground and flight trials. He returned to the UK as the Digital Map Lead Systems Engineer on the Merlin MSCP, where he developed the map product requirements, supported development of the Radar Use cases and created the CONOPs for the ISAR Radar. Alan later returned to Germany as Lead Systems Engineer on the South Korean Helicopter Program, EW integration rig development and installation. He developed the CONOPS for the KHP EW Suite and trained South Koreans on EW integration in South Korea. On completion of the KHP role he became the Lead System Engineer on the German CH53G EW system upgrade and the A400M EW system with Cassidian/Airbus. After leaving Airbus, Alan became the Software Quality Assurance Engineer for the PC-21 Mission system software and the PC-24 Utility Management System (UMS) at Pilatus Aircraft Ltd in Switzerland.
Having spent the majority of the last 17 years overseas, Alan is looking forward to enjoying time in the UK with his eldest son, although he will visit Germany and Switzerland where his partner and youngest son work and live. He hopes he will have time to spend on his garden and plans to do a bit of kayaking, hill walking, cycling and actually making use of his indoor rowing machine.