Expert commentators

Mark WestProfessor Mark West

Expert in cyber and information security

Mark heads Roke’s Information Security practice. He plays a central role in Roke’s partnership with the Cyber Security Challenge and the University of Southampton’s Cyber Security Academy. He specialises in Internet standardisation as well as EU and UK/US collaborative research programmes, also providing consultancy to commercial, defence, national security and Open Government Data projects.


Owing to Mark’s knowledge of Internet protocols and architecture, he has been chosen as technical authority on many diverse projects for the UK Government, where he has been responsible for the design and evaluation of secure systems.


Mark has more than 25 years of experience as a software engineer.

Dean ThomasDean Thomas

Expert in intelligent sensors and autonomous systems


Specialising in acoustics, vibration and signal processing, Dean has 30 years of experience behind him. In his current role, he is responsible for leading Roke’s technology in Intelligent Sensors and Unmanned Systems. He provides technical consultancy on sensor systems, specifically on acoustics and audio signal processing.


Dean has a strong background in academic research with many publications to his name, completing his PhD in active structural acoustic control for aircraft at the University of Southampton, where he remained as research fellow. Before moving into the commercial sector, he was lecturer in mechanical engineering at the University of Sussex, and still continues to cultivate close collaborative links with a number of universities including Oxford’s Computer Science department and the University of York’s Electronic Engineering department.  



Pete LockhartProfessor Pete Lockhart

Commercial director

Pete has over 33 years of experience in information systems, communication, and security research.  His career has covered a broad range of sensing, communication and internet research and to date he has filed over 40 patent applications. He has also developed complex high integrity industrial control systems with robust and verifiable systems architectures.  


As Director of Roke’s Commercial Business Unit, Pete leads the development of automotive autonomy, industrial inspection and cyber security for the private sector. Pete is also Visiting Professor and a member of the advisory committee for Electronic and Computer Science at the University of Southampton. He was instrumental in Roke winning the 2012 BQF Innovation Excellence award and also received a Jury Commendation for innovation management from the British Qualify Foundation. He is an industry advisor to both the Royal Holloway and Oxford Centre for Doctoral Training and has recently helped win a Royal Academy of Engineering Chair for Cyber Security for the University of Southampton.


Mark ColemanMark Coleman

Research and development expert 

With over 25 years of engineering consultancy and technology development experience, Mark applies a broad range of technical and leadership skills across commercial, defence and national security domains.


He is a Chartered Engineer (CEng) with a BEng in Electronic Engineering from The University of Southampton, and is also a member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (MIET). In his current role as Senior Consultant Engineer at Roke, Mark combines his strong background in radio communications with a proven track record of successful design authority and leadership roles. This includes the Dstl Dismounted Close Combat Sensors programme for enabling navigation and situational awareness in GPS-denied environments, and the development of an award-winning wireless audio streaming device for hearing aids.  


Chris SquierChris Squier

Defence director

Combining commercial and defence experience, Chris is responsible for leading Roke’s defence business unit. Prior to joining Roke Chris was the Client Partner for Defence in BT Business and Public Sector, where he was responsible for growth across Defence clients, including the MOD and major defence companies. 

Underpinning this, Chris built up 20 years of experience in the Army including an MA in Defence Studies from Kings College London.  His career spanned leadership on a variety of operations and policy, programming and commitments roles in MOD Head Office. He commanded 4th Regiment Royal Artillery and was later promoted to Colonel, assuming the appointment of Assistant Head of Joint Warfare in the MOD and was selected for the Higher Command and Staff Course.