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David Bangert

David was one of the co-founders of Polaris in 2001 and has accumulated more than 20 years’ experience in the delivery of technical consultancy to the UK Government (including the MOD, Home Office and Civil Aviation Authority (CAA)), UK industry and the US Department of Defense (DoD).

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Carl Dalton

Carl has over 30 years of experience in providing management and technical consultancy to governments and industry. Carl has worked for a variety of government organisations and leading contractors in Europe, North America, the Far East and Australia.

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Jane Drysdale

Jane has worked for Polaris since 2004 and is the Company’s General Manager.  She has a background in Operational Analysis, and joined Polaris after working for several years in MOD Main Building, undertaking Capability Audits and Investigations.  Before that she delivered research studies for Dstl and other customers, and has over 20 years experience of the UK Defence market.

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John Shimell

John joined Polaris in 2013 as a principal consultant. He has been engaged in and project managing several Operational Analysis and Cost Analysis projects for Defence industry customers.  Prior to joining Polaris John spent many years working in Business operations, Transformation and IT in the Business Intelligence arena.

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Nicola Jinman

Nicola possesses more than 20 years’ experience working in Space Telecoms and Defence environments. Nicola has accumulated a wealth of experience in Project Finance and Commercial Manager positions and has provided her Financial and Commercial expertise in both global Supply Chain and global Sales domains, in both the UK and abroad.

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Martin Seasman

Martin joined Polaris in 2015 after a successful 15-year career in the Ministry of Defence. He has extensive experience in a variety of project delivery and senior leadership roles, in areas including Submarines, Nuclear projects, Cost Analysis, Business Cases and Approvals, and Project Management – most recently leading all MOD Cost Assurance and Analysis Services work related to the Submarines domain.

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Andy Nye

Andy joined Polaris in the Summer of 2013. Andy has strong skills in building WLC models, spreadsheet model design and use (including VBA), development process and V&V. Andy has a Master’s degree in Mathematics with Statistics.

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Laura Law

Laura has been part of the Polaris team since 2003.  As a Principal Consultant she has been engaged in, and project managed, a variety of projects in the areas of Requirements Analysis, Operational Analysis, Cost Analysis and Bid Management Support for a variety of MoD and Defence industry customers, and within the Emergency Management Sector.

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Alyck Spraggins

Alyck joined Polaris in January 2012 with a BSc in Criminology and Criminal Justice. Alyck has strong skills, following CAAS, Aqua Book and Defence Economics best practice, in building WLC models, spreadsheet model design and use, development process and V&V. Alyck has experience in cost analysis in Defence projects across all domains, air, land, sea and joint.

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Peter Blessington

Peter joined Polaris in 2011 on a part time basis, to assist in managing the Associate Consultants business.  He has over 40 years experience of defence procurement having worked both within the MoD and Industry, during which time he developed a deep understanding of requirements from both supplier and customer perspectives.

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Mark Bate

Mark joined Polaris in 2015 to run our Bristol office, and has a successful track record in the delivery of technical consultancy to clients in the public and private sector spanning over 18 years. His experience includes the delivery of projects and programmes to clients in the UK and overseas; provision of technical consultancy; and business unit responsibility for the delivery of a multi-million pound portfolio of projects to the UK defence sector.

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Carlin McCormack

Carlin joined Polaris in 2015. He has a strong track record of successful delivery across 8 years in multiple Defence domains, including providing consultancy on cost modelling, risk and programme management.

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Alan Kelly

Alan joined Polaris in August 2014 and heads up our Resourcing Division.  He is an experienced Recruiter who holds responsibility for all of our day to day recruitment activities.  Along with managing all permanent opportunities at Polaris, Alan works closely with our network of Associates by way of matching their specific expertise to niche requirements on both Consultancy tasks and opportunities arising out of specialist Frameworks that we support with various customers.

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Ryan Watson

Ryan has been with Polaris since 2015 and is an analyst for the company with a BA(Hons) in War and Security Studies from the University of Hull. With a background in International Politics and Strategic Studies, Ryan was hired as a graduate and has since worked on a number of tasks, particularly in Operational Research and Analysis. He has provided support to tasks for a range of customers and the company itself, covering a wide range of subjects and approaches.

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 Fergus Backhouse

Fergus joined Polaris in 2018, bringing 10 years’ experience in project controls and project management from both the public and private sectors. Working on some of the largest and most complex programmes in defence, Fergus has developed deep expertise across the project controls disciplines, and is a specialist in planning, scheduling and the establishment of earned value management systems.



Jo Llewellyn

Jo has over 15 years’ experience providing systems engineering consultancy to defence with specific expertise and achievement in technical delivery of projects within the C4ISTAR domain. She has experience at the business and system design level, including planning and oversight of complex work programmes undertaken by multi-disciplinary and consortium based development teams.

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David Simmonds

A graduate, with a degree in Civil Engineering, and a former RN Warfare Officer, specialising in above water and anti-air warfare, David has spent 20 years in Operational Analysis, undertaking tasks for a variety of clients including MOD Centre, Defence Equipment and Support, DSTL, Price Waterhouse Coopers and Lockheed Martin.



James Doherty

James graduated with a BA (Hons) in Business and Management. A capable data analyst with accomplished skills in the Microsoft Office suite in particular Excel and Project. James joined Polaris at the end of August 2016 after spending 18 months working on the MCOCs programme at Army Headquarters, Andover. James provided support to the programme as a data analyst exploiting the cost models at his disposal to prepare reports to Joint Helicopter Command and for the Army Training Review.



Nick Rose

Nick joined Polaris in October 2016 with four years’ experience of Defence modelling and analysis. He has a mix of OA and cost modelling experience, with a strong background in spreadsheet model development (scoping, design, implementation, and V&V). He has experience of WLC modelling in the maritime domain, and qualitative studies and modelling of energy and logistics.



Helen Richardson

Having joined Polaris in December 2016, Helen is at the heart of our Consultancy business with the responsibility for managing and coordinating team activities and ensuring compliance to all relevant standards.  She has wide experience within Project Management and Project Office Support.  With over 20+ years of experience in the Data Storage IT industry, gaining qualifications in Purchasing (CIPS) and Project Management (APMP).



Mike Tulip

Mike joined Polaris in 2017, as a Managing Consultant and has 20 years’ experience in defence analysis and consultancy. He has a proven track record in growing and sustaining new analytical business areas, and delivering large analysis contracts.

In particular, he won and led the Analysis Support Construct (ASC), a multi-million-pound framework contract set up by the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) to service the demand for analysis across all UK defence & security domains.



 Andy Pugh

Andy has significant experience providing technical support on UK and overseas projects, mainly in the defence sector. In defence, he has implemented his cost analysis and risk management knowledge across a variety of domains and on several high profile projects. Andy is a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, which recognises his industry experience and leadership.
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Harjinder Jolly

Harjinder has worked on space systems and advanced technologies, in a technical capacity, for nearly three decades. A trained physicist, he brings a wealth of experience, gained in academia, industry and the government, to Polaris Consulting.


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