Meet the Team

SVGC Consulting Directors:

Dr Andrew Nixon
Dr Andrew Dixon

Focussed on continuously transforming the business to respond to the market, driving and delivering great outcomes to our clients, benefit to employees, value to shareholders and opportunities to partners and associates. 

Passionate about working collaboratively between small businesses, small with large and collaborative technology pull-through from academia into delivery.

Managing Director

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Dr Andrew Dixon

SVGC Staff Profiles

At SVGC we’re proud to be a small business formed of experienced, highly qualified people operating on a national platform. Our team collectively has vast knowledge of strategic planning, public sector decisions, innovative technologies, data science and agile working methodologies.

Get to know Dr Andrew Dixon, our Managing Director, who is passionate about working collaboratively between small and large businesses and utilising technology pull-through from academia into delivery. Our “national platform” includes Andrew’s roles chairing the Small Business Forum for the Institute for Collaborative Working and vice-chair of the TechUK Defence & Security SME forum. Andrew is also an external examiner for the Cranfield University Battlespace Technology course.

Andrew’s focus is on continuously transforming the business to respond to the market, driving and delivering great outcomes for our clients, partners and associates.

What are your ‘must haves’ to start the working day?

My day always starts with a few cups of tea and breakfast is definitely my most important meal of the day. Before the day gets going, I usually catch up with the latest events with Starship development in Boca Chica, Texas via the YouTube daily update. It's amazing to watch the evolution of the largest launch vehicle and orbital rocket ever made … and Elon Musk’s approach to keeping it simple; learn by doing is something I really relate to.

What’s your proudest work achievement to date?

That’s a tough one. I’m fortunate to have had a few. Helping to fundamentally shift the land platforms market through some policy changes whilst working in the MOD to create a more level playing field; delivering market engagement to improve procurement success through Niteworks across a range of projects; management of chunks of Skynet – future military satellite programmes both 20 years ago and now; working on the Nuclear Deterrent; and working with the Institute for Collaborative Working to promote small business collaborative engagements.

But I think my proudest work achievement is happening now with FCDO Services at Hanslope Park, where we are working in an innovation collaboration to enable the transfer of large volumes of digital public records to the National Archives – supporting democracy through transparency. Amazing!

What do you love most about what you do?

People have said to me in the past, that as a small consultancy we surely can’t make much difference. That couldn’t be more wrong. I love that we help the public sector to make the best decisions with the limited funds that it has available. They get better capability, and achieve more because of our intervention and support. The public sector making better decisions, more effectively and more efficiently leads to lives saved, taxpayer money protected and better services to the public. It’s a huge privilege to be providing the service that makes such a difference.

What does your typical working day look like?

Blimey. They can be long days. Running a small business like SVGC can be challenging, with many balls to juggle and such rapid turnaround on bids and proposals. I am fortunate to have an amazing team around me who make it happen.

I still deliver some of the fee-paying work myself, which is important to me to stay in touch with the ground truth of delivery, and maintain close working relationships with key clients.

My working days usually start quite early with a mixture of company business, client work, lots and lots of calls. We talk a lot with partner companies and clients to ensure we keep in touch with both delivery and opportunities.

When you hit a wall workwise, what do you do to help overcome the hurdle?

Change the subject and do something else for a while. If that doesn’t work, and it's late, I will often go to sleep and somehow have the answer in the morning. The odd round of golf helps too. I’m also a keen sailor and time-permitting, it's surprising how problems seem to get resolved when you’re sailing past the Needles!

Julia Campbell
Julia Campbell

Julia has 20 years of experience of commercial and managerial roles across the defence and security sector. Her role within SVGC is wide ranging involving: contract management; personnel development; recruitment; insurance and financial governance. She has previously held senior commercial roles in both Thales and QinetiQ.

Head of Commercial

Matt Bentley
Matt Bentley

Matt has over 25 years accounting and finance experience, from a number of top ten and smaller accounting firms in managerial audit and business advisory roles to moving into the commercial world and holding directorships in a start-up accountancy firm and also an ‘Umbrella’ payroll solution company. After four years carrying out short term contract roles across several industries, Matt joined SVGC in December 2020 at an exciting time in the group’s journey. Matt was invited to join the board in April 2021

Head of Finance

Chris Parry
Chris Parry

Non-Executive Director

SVGC Associates Directors:

Julia Campbell
Julia Campbell

Julia has 20 years of experience of commercial and managerial roles across the defence and security sector. Her role within SVGC is wide ranging involving: contract management; personnel development; recruitment; insurance and financial governance. She has previously held senior commercial roles in both Thales and QinetiQ.

Head of Commercial

Matt Bentley
Matt Bentley

Matt has over 25 years accounting and finance experience, from a number of top ten and smaller accounting firms in managerial audit and business advisory roles to moving into the commercial world and holding directorships in a start-up accountancy firm and also an ‘Umbrella’ payroll solution company. After four years carrying out short term contract roles across several industries, Matt joined SVGC in December 2020 at an exciting time in the group’s journey. Matt was invited to join the board in April 2021

Head of Finance

Victoria Hatwell
Victoria Hatwell

Systems Engineering. Victoria is experienced in working across the Defence industry focusing predominantly on through-life Requirements and Capability Management & acceptance. Victoria is actively involved in academic outreach programmes, building approachable, unique and innovative working relationships between industry and education.

Senior Consultant, Systems Engineering

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Victoria Hatwell

SVGC Staff Profiles

At SVGC we’re proud to be a small business formed of experienced, highly qualified people operating on a national platform.

Our team collectively has vast knowledge of strategic planning, public sector decisions, innovative technologies, data science and agile working methodologies. Get to know Victoria, who is a Senior Consultant in Systems Engineering and also one of our Directors of SVGC Associates.

Victoria is experienced in working across the Defence industry focusing predominantly on through-life Requirements and Capability Management & acceptance. Victoria is actively involved in academic outreach programmes; building approachable, unique and innovative working relationships between industry and education.

What are your ‘must haves’ to start the working day?

I always walk my twelve-year old dog, Crumble – we used to run together when he was younger, but now we both just wander! After the dog walk, with a flask of tea, I’m ready to get down to work.

What’s your proudest work achievement to date?

Getting to this point in my career and knowing that I contribute on a level that makes a real difference to the customers is very satisfying, but what I think I’m most proud of is the STEM work. I spend half a day a month working with schools as part of STEM outreach - encouraging children to learn about science through getting their hands dirty – literally! – making a mess and learning more about the subjects through doing fun activities. I’m really proud of this contribution, in giving back to education and I think I get more of it than any of the students do!

Also, I think that there can be a tendency to constantly focus on what we didn’t tick off the list each day, but sometimes, what we can be most proud of in a day is perhaps something that seems small – like just getting through a day of back to back meetings. I always feel better helping others to get up to speed (for example, helping a new starter). There is so much variation in the work that we do, working on different programmes, and often, someone new may just need a couple of hours to get up to speed and then we can both get on with the project work.

What do you love most about what you do?

I get to work with and speak to some incredible people – particularly our military based clients – they have amazing stories. When working with them, I feel that we’re forced to come out of the bubble where we sit writing the requirements - and into the world in which these are used, and appreciate the vital work that so many of them do.

The people that I get to work with and the level at which they operate really helps put the importance of the work we do into perspective and reminds me why what we do matters. And I love knowing that I can help these people keep doing these essential jobs.

What does your typical working day look like?

It’s that old – but true – cliché, that every day is different, and that’s especially true as I work on different programmes. In my two roles as a Systems Engineer and Director of SVGC Associates this allows me to develop a better understanding of the business side, and then in the following hour I can be digging down into the technical elements of Capability Management. I love this variety and feel as if my mind is happily buzzing on most days.

When you hit a wall, what do you do to help overcome it?

If I’ve just written some notes and I’m trying to take them in, I rewrite my notes in a fun coloured pen. Colour helps me organise my brain a little bit – because my brain reads it differently when it’s in a different colour (bright green or pink as my brain thinks it's fun stuff to do!) – I’d really recommend this trick if you get stuck!

If that doesn’t work, and I don’t have meetings, then I go for a walk with Crumble (the dog!) and if I’m still stuck, I’m lucky to have friendly colleagues that I can ring to get another perspective.

SVGC Digital Directors:

Dr Andrew Nixon
Dr Andrew Dixon

Focussed on continuously transforming the business to respond to the market, driving and delivering great outcomes to our clients, benefit to employees, value to shareholders and opportunities to partners and associates. 

Passionate about working collaboratively between small businesses, small with large and collaborative technology pull-through from academia into delivery.

Managing Director

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Dr Andrew Dixon

SVGC Staff Profiles

At SVGC we’re proud to be a small business formed of experienced, highly qualified people operating on a national platform. Our team collectively has vast knowledge of strategic planning, public sector decisions, innovative technologies, data science and agile working methodologies.

Get to know Dr Andrew Dixon, our Managing Director, who is passionate about working collaboratively between small and large businesses and utilising technology pull-through from academia into delivery. Our “national platform” includes Andrew’s roles chairing the Small Business Forum for the Institute for Collaborative Working and vice-chair of the TechUK Defence & Security SME forum. Andrew is also an external examiner for the Cranfield University Battlespace Technology course.

Andrew’s focus is on continuously transforming the business to respond to the market, driving and delivering great outcomes for our clients, partners and associates.

What are your ‘must haves’ to start the working day?

My day always starts with a few cups of tea and breakfast is definitely my most important meal of the day. Before the day gets going, I usually catch up with the latest events with Starship development in Boca Chica, Texas via the YouTube daily update. It's amazing to watch the evolution of the largest launch vehicle and orbital rocket ever made … and Elon Musk’s approach to keeping it simple; learn by doing is something I really relate to.

What’s your proudest work achievement to date?

That’s a tough one. I’m fortunate to have had a few. Helping to fundamentally shift the land platforms market through some policy changes whilst working in the MOD to create a more level playing field; delivering market engagement to improve procurement success through Niteworks across a range of projects; management of chunks of Skynet – future military satellite programmes both 20 years ago and now; working on the Nuclear Deterrent; and working with the Institute for Collaborative Working to promote small business collaborative engagements.

But I think my proudest work achievement is happening now with FCDO Services at Hanslope Park, where we are working in an innovation collaboration to enable the transfer of large volumes of digital public records to the National Archives – supporting democracy through transparency. Amazing!

What do you love most about what you do?

People have said to me in the past, that as a small consultancy we surely can’t make much difference. That couldn’t be more wrong. I love that we help the public sector to make the best decisions with the limited funds that it has available. They get better capability, and achieve more because of our intervention and support. The public sector making better decisions, more effectively and more efficiently leads to lives saved, taxpayer money protected and better services to the public. It’s a huge privilege to be providing the service that makes such a difference.

What does your typical working day look like?

Blimey. They can be long days. Running a small business like SVGC can be challenging, with many balls to juggle and such rapid turnaround on bids and proposals. I am fortunate to have an amazing team around me who make it happen.

I still deliver some of the fee-paying work myself, which is important to me to stay in touch with the ground truth of delivery, and maintain close working relationships with key clients.

My working days usually start quite early with a mixture of company business, client work, lots and lots of calls. We talk a lot with partner companies and clients to ensure we keep in touch with both delivery and opportunities.

When you hit a wall workwise, what do you do to help overcome the hurdle?

Change the subject and do something else for a while. If that doesn’t work, and it's late, I will often go to sleep and somehow have the answer in the morning. The odd round of golf helps too. I’m also a keen sailor and time-permitting, it's surprising how problems seem to get resolved when you’re sailing past the Needles!

Julia Campbell
Julia Campbell

Julia has 20 years of experience of commercial and managerial roles across the defence and security sector. Her role within SVGC is wide ranging involving: contract management; personnel development; recruitment; insurance and financial governance. She has previously held senior commercial roles in both Thales and QinetiQ.

Head of Commercial

Matt Bentley
Matt Bentley

Matt has over 25 years accounting and finance experience, from a number of top ten and smaller accounting firms in managerial audit and business advisory roles to moving into the commercial world and holding directorships in a start-up accountancy firm and also an ‘Umbrella’ payroll solution company. After four years carrying out short term contract roles across several industries, Matt joined SVGC in December 2020 at an exciting time in the group’s journey. Matt was invited to join the board in April 2021

Head of Finance

Chris Parry
Tony Klein

Non-Executive Director

Core Team:

Paul Stanley
Paul Stanley

Paul is involved in most of SVGC’s activities from business development to drafting bids, delivering tasks and ensuring that SVGC complies with the requirements of its ISO certifications.

Head of Analysis and Quality

Paige Bunker
Paige Bunker

As our Junior Data Scientist, Paige is passionate about data science and how powerfully it can be used to solved intricate problems. She also has a real love for coding; “I could create new scripts and debug them all day!”

Data Scientist

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Paige Bunker

SVGC Staff Profiles

At SVGC we’re proud to be a small business formed of experienced, highly qualified people operating on a national platform.

Our team collectively has vast knowledge of strategic planning, public sector decisions, innovative technologies, data science and agile working methodologies. Get to know our newest recruit Paige Bunker, Junior Data Scientist.

What are your ‘must haves’ to start the working day?

Definitely a cup of tea and something toasted with marmite & butter. I also like to read the news & twitter to wake myself up and catch up with the world.

What’s your proudest work achievement to date?

A data science algorithm I built for my previous employer was officially published internally. The algorithm was used to determine representative customer use types for more realistic product analytics and testing. It had a big impact and was used for multiple programmes, saving millions of $ in testing.

I also presented at the SWE Europe International Conference. This required me to really push myself out of my comfort zone and present to a large audience from multiple companies.

What do you love most about what you do?

I love seeing the effect data science has on real world problems and how powerful and useful it can be in so many applications.

I also found a love for coding over the last few years, I could create new scripts and debug them all day. The combination of continually learning new functions & libraries and trying to make them work with the data science algorithms and analysis is a great challenge.

Overall I love problem solving, data science provides the method but coding is also part of creating the solution.

What does your typical working day look like?

I start the day by going through any unread emails, then I’ll either go straight into picking up a critical task I was working on the previous day or I’ll check my ‘to do’ list. I generally like to pick tasks depending on how many continuous hours of free time I have (without meetings/calls) as once I get stuck into a more complicated task I like to keep focus on it until I complete it or reach a good stopping point.

When you hit a wall, what do you do to help overcome it?

It always depends on the type of problem. If it’s a code that I can’t debug, sometimes it’s best to leave it and come back with fresh eyes the next day. When it’s a problem that is project direction specific I’ll always reach out to others for their thoughts. Sometimes the issue can be solved through research, so I’ll spend some time scouring the internet for alternative options and people with similar problems to my own.

Duncan Harrison
Duncan Harrison

Business & Security Manager for SVGC looking after the day-to-day running of the business. With a breadth and depth of knowledge across all aspects of his role – including some financial aspects – utilising his skills from his 25 years in the Army, prior to joining SVGC in October 2012.

Business Manager

Richard Bryson
Ian Stephenson

Ian is a highly experienced software and solutions architect with over 20 years working in the defence industry He has a diverse set of skills and experience taken from commercial product development and military research. Ian is leading our technical approach to developing and delivering digital transformation solutions.

Software and Solution Architect

Richard Bryson
Richard Bryson

As Head of New Business, Richard enjoys the challenge of key account planning and business development. Richard believes that winning bids and delivering value – alone and in partnership –  is all the better when you’ve shaped the opportunity from the outset.

Head of New Business

Kate Breed
Kate Breed

Kate has breadth and depth of experience from over 13 years working for and with public sector organisations as well as commercial entities, charities, supply chain and industry bodies.  As well as the ability to accrue expertise quickly; a proactive, pragmatic approach to problem-solving and scientific (systematic) training, she recently spent three years consulting for a systems engineering firm and gained a good foundation in ISO standards such as 15288. Kate is also a Parish Councillor and Chair of Trustees for a homelessness advocacy charity.

Project Manager

Mark Milligan
Mark Milligan

Mark is the ringmaster to achieve assured delivery based on sound and efficient use of P3M. He is motivated by helping to make complex transformations achievable. 

Head of Delivery

Erlend Frayling
Erlend Frayling

Knowledge Transfer Associate

Tom Brockway
Tom Brockway

With a wealth of experience from Programme and Project delivery across the Public and Private sectors, Tom is the Programme Manager for Digital Transformation; Key Account Manager for a proportion of SVGC’s client base and the Knowledge Transfer Partnership Company Supervisor with the University of Glasgow. His spare time is spent running half marathons, landscape and architectural photography, cooking and travelling.

Programme Manager, Digital Transformation