Our People

The best way to gain an insight into the careers at BMT is to ask its professionals. Below are profiles from a few of our aspiring graduates, apprentices and senior staff.

Alex Aitken

Principal Naval Architect
Alex Aitken

Since joining BMT in 2001, I have fulfilled roles across in-service, new platform design and capability investigations within the Naval Architecture department.

Alex Aitken

Principal Naval Architect

I knew of BMT Defence Services prior to joining as a number of friends had joined the company straight from university; it was a great experience meeting with them at interview stage and discussing their experiences.

Since joining BMT in 2001, I have fulfilled roles across in-service, new platform design and capability investigations within the Naval Architecture department. I’ve held key positions on major projects, ran large teams and have particularly enjoy the variety of work undertaken. I have completed several assurance tasks, conducting material state surveys, inclining experiments and writing design guidance and regulatory documents. Most projects last a few months and it is rare for a project to last more than a couple of years. The company has seen big changes since I joined, and continues to evolve so the type of work undertaken is constantly changing, but I do enjoy the challenge.

Becky Hodge

Graduate Naval Engineer
Becky Hodge

I completed three BMT summer placements whilst studying for a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering.

Becky Hodge

Graduate Naval Engineer

During my summer placements at BMT, I was involved in some exciting projects, including working with the Auxiliary team to create basic designs of MARS and LSV tankers. The application process for the Summer Placement was a lot simpler than other companies I had explored. I wasn’t required to do numerous interviews or assessments, just one short application form and an interview. After completing my Summer Placement I was awarded with a bursary and offered a permanent position as a Graduate Naval Engineer.

Since joining BMT permanently, I joined the Auxiliary Team and have since been kept busy with various bid platform designs and A&A packages.

I really enjoy working on the big platform design projects as it is a large team effort creating a great atmosphere. The people at BMT are very friendly and supportive, which is great as your first year out of University can be quite daunting.

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Carrie Rossiter

Systems Engineer
Carrie Rossiter

I have been working at BMT for five years. In that time I have completed a BTEC National Diploma in engineering design, a HNC and HND in mechanical engineering and am currently studying for a BSc Hons in Engineering at Bristol UWE.

Carrie Rossiter

Systems Engineer

The day to day work at BMT can be quite hectic when juggling assignments and technical work, but the people here are great to work with and are always happy to help. It is a really rewarding job and all the work I do is interesting and enjoyable.

I have worked in different areas of the company focussing on land and maritime domains. The projects I have worked on include soldier systems, land vehicles, ships and even health and safety at work. I especially enjoy entering the Industry Powerboat Challenge held by QinetiQ, which sees a groups across the UK maritime industry competing for a trophy. I also help at the Imagineering show held at the Bath and West show ground every year and attend various school events to help promote engineering and BMT

I have also been very lucky to be given the opportunity to experience being at sea for the day during a training exercise. This was beneficial to my work back in the office and something I never imagined doing before I joined BMT.

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Dai Faulconbridge

Senior Principal Submarine Engineer
Dai Faulconbridge

I joined BMT as a Principal Engineer in 2009 and now work as Senior Principal Engineer in the Naval Engineering Submarines Team.

Dai Faulconbridge

Senior Principal Submarine Engineer

I completed a full career in the Royal Navy as a Submarine Marine Engineer Officer, serving latterly in engineering Staff Officer roles after a seagoing career in diesel and nuclear submarines. During my service leaver’s resettlement period I took advantage of the services provided by the Career Transition Partnership, to refine my thinking on a 2nd career and 'Life Outside'. I soon realised that the opportunities provided by BMT to work as a Bath-based Consulting Engineer would provide me with a wide variety of interesting and challenging technical work, a good quality of life and the new skills to do business in the commercial context. Little did I realise that I would soon be working across the full range of the submarine lifecycle from design to disposal, for a wide range of customers and previous colleagues in the Defence Equipment and Support. I now have wider engagement with the technical and engineering support aspects of submarines than I did in the latter stages of my service career! This has given me great job satisfaction, a busy life and the realisation that a 2nd career can develop very quickly with the agile approach used in industry.

I joined BMT as a Principal Engineer in 2009 and now work as Senior Principal Engineer in the Naval Engineering Submarines Team, with a primary role in managing delivery of the UK In-Service Submarines technical services. I also support business development and other submarine related work-streams in the UK and for overseas customers, whilst operating as part of the Senior Management Team. 

BMT is a great place to work, you receive support needed to do a good job within a strong team ethos. It is refreshing that people know when to help you to deliver and that they do so willingly, also that good work is well rewarded with recognition and responsibilities commensurate with your capabilities.

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Doug McDonald

Senior Software Developer
Doug McDonald

I joined BMT in 2011 when looking to advance my career and take on a new challenge.

Doug McDonald

Senior Software Developer

 It was clear from the outset that I had made an excellent choice with BMT. I have a background in Computer Science and over the years have experienced many different technical and office environments. The quality and standards within BMT are admirable and matched closely with the pride I personally take in my work, whilst the office dynamic remains relaxed and good humoured.

Over the last five years, I have seen our department almost double in size and over that time I have been involved in many internal and external projects. I was nominated for ‘Most Promising Newcomer’ and also promoted from Software Developer to Senior Software Developer.

Working in a challenging yet supportive environment is key to my professional development. There is a fantastic work ethic at BMT and working with so many talented developers in a collaborative workplace is really enjoyable, as well as being part of a company which recognises and encourages innovation and performance.

Now I have taken on a more senior role, I am responsible for identifying the projects, technologies and areas our department focuses on whilst growing and mentoring our team. Being respected and trusted to improve and develop the processes and people within the team is so important and ticks all the boxes in terms of personal and career development I was looking for when joining BMT.

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David Morris

Naval Architect
David Morris

After graduating from University College London with a masters degree in Naval Architecture, I joined BMT as a Graduate Naval Architect in 2011.

David Morris

Naval Architect

The application process for BMT was much simpler than other companies offering graduate schemes. Since working here I have been involved in a wide range of projects including submarine structures, decommissioning and surface ship stability. I have thoroughly enjoyed the level of responsibility and freedom given to me.

A highlight of my time at BMT was being given the opportunity to travel to India on the BMT Giveback Project working on a charity project to design and build a sewage network in a local village. As part of this mission I worked with eight volunteers, who came from various BMT subsidiary companies around the world. I don't think you can ask for more variety than that!

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Ian Langley

Senior Naval Engineer
Ian Langley

I applied for a Naval Engineer graduate position after finding the role on the BMT Group careers website and have since worked my way up to become Senior Naval Engineer.

Ian Langley

Senior Naval Engineer

Following the simple application process, by the time I had completed my interview I felt certain I would fit in with the ethos of the company.

On joining BMT, I was assigned a mentor to help me achieve chartered engineer status. We also meet regularly to discuss my development.

One of the best things about working for BMT is the variety of the work that we do. We work on a broad range of projects which usually involve a mixture of challenging academic work combined with real engineering problem solving.

Ian Parker

Submarine Business Development Manager
Ian Parker

I joined BMT following a successful and rewarding career as a Nuclear Submariner in the Royal Navy which spanned over 30 years.

Ian Parker

Submarine Business Development Manager

Choosing to work with BMT allowed me to stay involved in submarine design and offered an opportunity to develop new business and commercial skills within an expanding and ambitious company. BMT has offered me the chance to explore a variety of roles including those with consultant engineering skills.

I hold the position as Submarine Business Development Manager developing business opportunities within the submarine domain. This is currently focussed on a strategy for growth across UK and international defence markets. As a Senior Manager within the Naval Engineering team, I have led a number of technical projects in support of the UK in-service and future submarine programmes. This includes the transition of the Astute Submarine into operational service, the life extension of the Vanguard Submarine, provision of technical assurance to the Successor project for ship and platform systems and supporting overseas customers with conventional submarine designs and technical assurance. One of the perks for me of working for BMT Defence Services is the opportunity to travel. Since joining the company, I have been exposed to new cultures and business practices, which has been a hugely rewarding experience.

BMT made the transition to civilian life very easy for me; it offered a great working environment with plenty of support to help understand new processes that now enables me to operate effectively in a commercial environment. Being part of an expanding business with active involvement in a wide variety of projects has fulfilled exactly what I was looking for. There is a good blend of project management, resource management and technical delivery in the daily workload, the challenges are many, but the rewards are high.

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Jacob Collins

Marine Engineer
Jacob Collins

I joined BMT in January 2013 after working for Babcock Marine where I was involved in a number of V-Class Submarine projects.

Jacob Collins

Marine Engineer

I was pleased to be offered a position at BMT as it provided the opportunity to diversify my engineering skills and be part of a versatile and growing company.

I am currently a Marine Engineer, working primarily in submarine design and support. Since joining the company I have been fortunate to be involved in the design of a new concept submarine working on the mechanical engineering design.

BMT allows me to work on a variety of projects such as support of the MARS tanker design, developing models of the electrical architecture of RN ships, support to the Vanguard Class submarine Life Extension project and on-going support of the Successor future submarine design.

Working for BMT has been instantly engaging while continuing to challenge me, pushing the boundaries of my knowledge and technical ability. I am very happy with the level of support from the company and the investment in my own personal development.

Johanna Probert

Marketing Manager
Johanna Probert

My role at BMT is interesting and challenging, and I feel lucky to be working in a supportive environment that encourages innovation.

Johanna Probert

Marketing Manager

After graduating from the University of Bath with a degree in Management and German, I joined an engineering firm as a Marketing Communications graduate. I’ve always had an interest in engineering, and wanting to further my career prospects I applied for a position at BMT. The job role was a perfect fit; located within a beautiful city and working in an exciting marketplace with plenty of career progression and training opportunities.

There have been many career highlights whilst working at BMT. I’ve dealt with communication campaigns for high profile contract wins, generated brand campaigns for exciting new initiatives and delivered multifaceted exhibition stand presences, all while supporting the internal communications and culture of the company. Understanding the Defence domain can be quite challenging; the language, politics, traditions, restrictions takes a while to fully comprehend. My role at BMT is interesting and challenging, and I feel lucky to be working in a supportive environment that encourages innovation.

Kate Walsh

Graduate Naval Architect
Kate Walsh

I originally undertook a ‘Year in Industry’ placement at BMT while studying for my Marine and Composites Technology degree.

Kate Walsh

Graduate Naval Architect

After my placement year, I joined BMT as a Graduate Naval Architect working in the Technical Assurance team. The Graduate Scheme has allowed me to work within different teams and on different projects within Naval Architecture department.

I found the application process extremely straight forward, I simply sent an application form and awaited further instructions. After a technical and HR interview I was relived to find out there were no dreaded timed online tests. I found the process more personable as it revolves around the candidate and how they might fit into BMT.

At University I was never given the opportunity to board a ship, since joining BMT I have been on numerous ship surveys and visits which I find extremely enjoyable and helpful. I have also been lucky enough to visit three countries in one year - with further visits planned!

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Lewis Griffiths

Graduate Naval Architect
Lewis Griffiths

After graduating with a Master’s degree in Naval Architecture and Small Craft Engineering, I joined as a Graduate Naval Architect.

Lewis Griffiths

Graduate Naval Architect

The application process for BMT was direct and straightforward. I was pleased to be dealing with people rather than automated responses. It was also refreshing not having to jump through layers of recruitment assessments before being invited to meet potential colleagues.

I started in the structures team, working on various projects designing equipment support structures and developing internal tools.

Working in the design teams for both the MARS and LSV projects have been a real highlight of my time so far at BMT, along with the recent internal R&D I have been working on. 

Lucy Santini

Naval Architect
Lucy Santini

I joined BMT for a summer placement after my 3rd year of Ship Science at the University of Southampton.

Lucy Santini

Naval Architect

My growing interest with naval vessels, and specifically submarines, instantly drew me towards BMT due to their leadership in the industry.

Fundamental submarine concept design is not taught in detail on any undergraduate courses, so I was pleased to be placed within BMT’s Naval Architecture Submarine Team. As part of my placement I attended BMT’s submarine design course, covering a broad spectrum within concept design, powering and propulsion, platform systems and combat systems whilst studying alongside graduate starters, MOD staff and ex-Royal Navy submariners.

My main project over the first summer was  developing a submarine control plane design tool. Although initially challenging, I had many resources available to me that meant I quickly gained the knowledge needed to progress the tool further and make a valuable contribution to the work at BMT.

Richard Vowels

Senior 3D Modeller & Animator
Richard Vowels

I joined BMT in April 2013 to help develop new innovative user interface designs and 3D visualisations with the Information Systems and Marketing teams.

Richard Vowels

Senior 3D Modeller & Animator

I have always had a passion for art and design and knew it was something I was going to do as a career. I started using 3D modelling software on my Art Foundation course, specialising in it more on my subsequent degree. After university I worked for a variety of media and graphics companies including Abbey Road Studios where I designed DVD’s,  Sky television where I worked on title sequences and set design and as a freelancer I designed and helped produce the current BBC Casualty titles.

My first project at BMT involved creating an interactive application to showcase our platform designs. Using a Windows Kinect device we were able to allow people interact with 3D models of our designs using hand gestures. To our surprise, the success of the Kinect application saw myself and Gareth Williams of the IS team win the Peter Dowling award for innovation.

The application was an impressive piece of work and we had to overcome a vast number of technical challenges, so it was great to get recognition. We are now working on more virtual reality and augmented reality applications, building on the lessons learned from that first project.

BMT, and the IS team in particular, is a creative place to work where new ideas are always welcomed.

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