Ian is a Chartered Engineer (CEng MIET) and internationally-accredited Systems Engineering Expert (ESEP) who has successfully delivered a number of complex technical programmes and major organisational change initiatives.  


Ian has experience in a variety of key leadership roles spanning domains as diverse as aerospace, automotive diagnostics, revenue collection and military communications.  His past roles include leading multi-disciplinary engineering departments of up to 350 staff at Engineering Director, System Design Authority, System Architect, Chief Engineer, Head of Capability, Head of Discipline, Product Manager and Engineering Department Head. His key capabilities include:


  • Independent Technical Review and Project Leadership Support

  • Technical Capability and Competence Assessment

  • INCOSE Certification Training and Mentoring

  • Complex System Analysis, Specification and Architectural Design

  • Solution Integration, Verification and Validation Testing

  • Engineering Learning & Development Solutions

  • Engineering Process Definition, Tailoring and Optimisation

With this wealth of experience, and an extensive network of colleagues, Ian can provide support to companies both large and small on a variety of topics across the full lifecycle: from bids and proposals, product architecting, design reviews, test and acceptance and associated best practice ways-of-working.



Ian’s most recent role was as Head of the Engineering Practice in a specialist Learning and Development Consultancy who has both designed and delivered training courses across the globe.  Courses cover principles and methods across all lifecycle activities, from Stakeholder Need elicitation through to Verification, Validation and Support.


Classroom-based courses are experiential in nature, adopting best practice 70:20:10 approach to course design. Delegates learn through realistic case studies, dialogue with peers and most importantly by making mistakes in a benign controlled environment. This experience is invaluable when they return to the workplace.


But learning and development is not just about “training courses”.  For more senior roles regular mentoring and coaching may be a better solution than course attendance, targeting individual needs based upon their accrued knowledge and experience.


To support this, Ian often pairs L&D interventions with an initial Technical Competence Assessment, which can be used to provide a base against which targeted learning improvements can be measured.

INCOSE Certification // 02


The International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) is the leading professional body promoting Systems Engineering excellence and Systems Thinking worldwide.  In 2004, INCOSE introduced the first in a series of professional accreditation examinations for those practicing systems engineering. This accreditation has now been taken up by over 2000 engineers worldwide.


Ian is a member of the elite 9-person elected committee which defines the INCOSE examination and assessment criteria for Systems Engineers worldwide.  As such he is in a unique position to support companies and candidates considering Certification as a path for professional development.  He regularly provides guidance and INCOSE Certification Boot Camps around the globe.


Ian is also currently the Professional Development Director for the UK Chapter of INCOSE. In 2010 he led the organisation's drive for adoption of Professional Registration of Systems Engineers.  Systems Engineers in the UK can now become Chartered Engineers by joining INCOSE UK. 


Under Ian’s leadership, INCOSE has recently launched the Systems Engineering Certification programme in the UK, promoting the accreditation of Systems Engineers through INCOSE’s worldwide certification programme. 


If your organisation is interested in using Professional Registration or INCOSE Certification as a mechanism to develop your engineers, feel free to contact Ian about different approaches to selection and development of candidates in your organisation


if you are particularly interested in INCOSE Certification, Charterhouse Systems offers four distinct ways to approach this accreditation.



Ian is an internationally recognised expert in technical competence assessment, especially for Systems Engineers, and is currently editor of the INCOSE Systems Engineering competency framework..  


Ian first introduced a Technical Competence Framework, based upon an early version of the INCOSE Competencies Framework in 2006.  He used this approach to assess engineers of all disciplines (not just systems engineers) and has subsequently used developments of the framework to assess over 400 engineers across many different business and roles.


Often organisations invest heavily to set-up an “assessment framework”, and may even perform an initial assessment of their staff, but they often fail to capitalise on this initial investment - becoming lost in the complexity of the framework they have produced (and its cost implications).  


An effective competence assessment approach recognises the organisational value of competence development and that the assessment itself is only a starting point.  Results can be used to baseline organisational capability, but more importantly have to be used to target improvements against business and individual strategic business competence needs.   This ensures limited training budgets are applied where and when they matter to the business


To be truly effective, competence assessment demands a "round trip" philosophy, whereby individuals are re-assessed after proposed learning interventions from their initial assessment have been completed.  This promotes a measurable value-driven approach to improvement both for individuals and organisations.