UCL Centre for Systems Engineering


Industrial Advisory Board

The main role of the Industrial Advisory Board (IAB) is to advise the department on how well the content in the education and training activities of the Centre matches with the expectations and needs of industry. The activity of the IAB is intended to assist in ensuring the relevance and increasing the effectiveness of the Centre's work including its research portfolio.

The IAB is composed of both industrial and academic members. The industrial members represent a range of sectors and include the current chair of the UK Chapter of the International Council on Systems Engineering.

Industry Member

Short bio

Ian AlstonIan is Head of Engineering Process Improvement at Leonardo where he is responsible for the definition and improvement of the Engineering Capability of the company and embedding a Systems Thinking culture. Ian is also a Chief Technical Specialist in Systems Engineering and in addition to sharing his knowledge within Leonardo is a member of the INCOSE UK Advisory Board and has often supported INCOSE UK working groups (such as Academic, Organisational Capability, Human Centric Systems Engineering & Agile SE). Ian develops and delivers training courses on engineering capability / methods and jointly delivers the Leonardo 6-day Engineering For Complex Systems course with staff from UCL.
Paulo BiancoPaulo manages Global Research & Technology Cooperation at Airbus Defence and Space and has 20 years of involvement in the space sector. Paulo has experience in Systems Engineering and Project Management roles across the full lifecycle. Paulo has a MSc degree in thermal power from Cranfield University and a Laurea degree in aerospace engineering from Politecnico di Torino.
Will GibbyWill is the Technical Director for MAATS Tech Ltd, a marine engineering consultancy experienced in special ship design for newbuild or conversion of specialist offshore vessels in subsea construction, diving, cable laying and flexible and rigid pipe laying. Will is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. Will is an alumnus of the UCL Centre for Systems Engineering.
Kuldeep GharatyaKuldeep Gharatya is Head of Technical Strategy, Systems Performance & Innovation at London Underground. Assuming this role in 2014, he leads the Systems Group comprising of Systems Engineering, Project Engineering, Telecommunication, Command & Control Systems, System Performance Engineering and more recently the TfL Technology Innovation initiative. Kuldeep is accountable for the delivery of the London Underground Engineering Strategy and is an advocate for innovation. Kuldeep is an alumnus of the UCL Centre for Systems Engineering.
Alan HardingAlan is the Head of Information Systems Engineering with the BAE Systems - Air business in the UK, a Chartered Engineer, and a Fellow of the IET. He is a past-President of INCOSE, and co-chair of the INCOSE systems of systems working group. He is a systems engineer with over thirty three years’ experience. Alan is a BAE Systems Global Engineering Fellow. Alan's specialist interest areas include systems-of-systems, competency development, sustainability, and diversity/inclusion.
Ivan MacTaggartIvan is Head of Systems Engineering & Design Capability at MBDA UK ltd. Ivan is a past President (2016 -18) of the UK Chapter of the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE). Ivan specialises in development and delivery of Engineering Capability, Systems Engineering and Lifecycle Management with over 25 years' experience across a range of industries. Ivan is also a member of the IET and the Engineering Council's Quality Assurance Committee.
Graham CookmanGraham is an expert in defining and delivering complex systems and leads PA Consulting's System Thinking and Engineering capability. He is a Fellow of the IET and a Chartered Engineer. He is responsible for PA's ST&E Academy, partnered with University College London, to deliver PA's development programme designed to equip engineers to deliver the most complex systems. He has a background in delivering engineering programmes in defence and transport industries, including as technical director of VT shipbuilding and as head of engineering for Virgin Hyperloop One.
Mike WilkinsonMike works as Chief Technologist at BAE Systems Maritime. Previously, he was Technical Director of Niteworks, a broad MOD/Industry partnership focused on the collaborative solution of systems problems in Defence. He is a past President of the INCOSE UK Chapter, is co-chair of the INCOSE UK Chapter's Architecture Working Group and chair of the INCOSE International Architecture Working Group. During his time with Atkins, he was a Technical Director in the Defence Business Unit and was Chair of the Atkins Systems Technical Network.
Ross McMurranRoss is Senior Manager for Systems Engineering at Jaguar Land Rover responsible for defining Systems Engineering Processes and driving their application across Product Engineering. Ross has previously been responsible for complex system delivery areas in JLR including Infotainment and Electrified Propulsion Controls. Ross holds a PhD in Engineering from the University of Warwick, is a member of the INCOSE UK Advisory Board and a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology.
Kirsty Akroyd-WallisKirsty is the 2018-2020 President of the UK Chapter of the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE). With over 20 years' experience in Systems Engineering, primarily in Aerospace and Defence, she is the international Technical Expert in Systems Methods and Tools, and  the Head of Systems Engineering for the MBDA group of organisations. In addition Kirsty is an assessor for both the INCOSE UK Professional Registration Programme and the global INCOSE Certified Systems Engineering Professional programme.