Our People

Our people have a wealth of relevant experience

Vedette people bring a broad range of consulting, analytical and research experience.

Many of our staff and associated have had successful first careers in military service, senior government roles, industry, academia and top-flight consulting.

Together, we are able to combine what is possible with what we know will work.

What unites us all is our shared enthusiasm and deep commitment to the defence and security domain – and to helping our clients make informed decisions and effective change.

Every client faces different issues and Vedette offers bespoke teams to deliver a tailored approach and solution.

Our five directors lead our different consulting streams.

Core Team

Dick Hemsley

Director

Dick Hemsley

Director

Will Buckley

Delivery Director

Will Buckley

Delivery Director

Willem Buckley is a former Army Colonel with a track record in operations, planning and training, policy and defence relations in UK and multinational operational staffs  as well as in the UK MOD. A capable team leader and member, with a flair for getting the best out of people, he is a culturally sensitive consensus-builder. Since retirement in September 2014, as a civilian consultant he has specialised in full cycle training and after action review, also acting as a staff coach and mentor.

Mark Mangham

Business Development Director

Mark Mangham

Business Development Director

Mark Mangham is an experienced strategic consultant in the security and technology sectors.  A former Army Officer in the Royal Green Jackets, he has extensive joint multinational operational experience, has trained senior coalition leaders for contingency operations, and led requirements for C2 and Cyber in the UK. He has 8 years experience in the US and UK IT/telecoms industry in UK and Europe, the Middle East, South America and Asia.

Adam Crawford

Director

Adam Crawford

Director

Matt Bassford

Director Strategic Consultancy

Matt Bassford

Director Strategic Consultancy

Matt Bassford has substantial experience in both public and private sectors including strategy consulting; design, delivery and evaluation of major programmes; and economic analysis.  His primary areas of domain expertise are defence policy, industry and markets, acquisition, and technology.  Matt has an international track record of working with clients and partners in the UK, Europe, the Middle East and South America. In his previous role, Matt was a senior director in the Falkland Islands Government with responsibility for air and maritime transport; government procurement; telecoms; strategic infrastructure; and outsourced services.   Prior to that, he directed the European defence and security practice of the RAND Corporation. Matt has a PhD in analytical science and an MBA from Imperial College London

Pat Parker

Managing Consultant

Pat Parker

Managing Consultant

Pat moved into Defence Consultancy as a Vedette Associate Partner in 2015 following a 17 year RAF career which encompassed an unusual breadth of Air C2 roles and (latterly) Air Safety management and assurance.  Defence project work has built on both these threads whilst also broadening into the Communications and Information Systems domain for Joint and Air MOD customers. Additionally, support to the UK JFACHQ as an Observer/Battlestaff Coach during planning and execution of operational exercises has allowed  contribution to evolution in the application of Air C2 in the Joint environment. Transition to full-time employment with Vedette in early 2017 has augmented this activity with business support alongside retention of a Reserve Service commitment linked to Air Safety.

Some of our 90 Associate Partners

Mike St John-Green

Mike St John-Green is cyber security subject matter expert with extensive leadership experience in both the private and public sector. His current focus is the relationship between safety and security in industrial control systems and cyber-physical systems of smart cities.

Andrew Sudlow

Andrew Sudlow is an experienced consultant who served as an Air Commodore as the Director of Flying Training, Deputy Commander of the RAF’s Fast Jet Group as well as capability acquisition roles in the MOD. His primary focus since 2012 has been as an independent consultant supporting  training transformation, programme management and organisational change.

John Thomas

John Thomas is an experienced managing director who uses his years of leadership experience to work with a large or SME organisation to deliver significant business leadership.  His key interests are in the fields of C4ISR and change management.

David Reindorp

Dr David Reindorp is a respected thought-leader who has commanded warships on operations, designed innovative international security strategies and led substantive change to government policy and plans.  His key interests are strategy and decision making, and identifying ‘new strategic normals’ and their impact on theory and practice.