Simon Fleisher, MBA, MEng, CPEng, FEngNZ, CEng, FIMechE – Principal Mechanical Engineer

Simon joined Gibbs and Cox (Australia) as a Principal Mechanical Engineer in January 2021. Prior to joining Gibbs & Cox, he held senior roles as a General Manager and Non-Executive Director in New Zealand and the UK in defence, public transport, emergency management and the electricity supply industry. He is a Marine Engineer by background and served over 20 years in the Royal Navy and the Royal New Zealand Navy in a variety of operational, acquisition, sustainment and staff roles before joining Meridian Energy as a Programme Manager for wind farm and hydro-electric development and construction. His RN career included roles as the Marine Engineering Officer of a Type 23 Frigate and supporting the Type 45 Destroyer programme (aviation facilities and ship survivability). In the RNZN, his credits include Project Protector, the ANZAC Platform System Upgrade and development work on the RNZN future tanker (now HMNZS AOTEAROA). Subsequent roles after leaving the RNZN included Project Management, General Management, Emergency Management and Non-Executive Director positions with Energy For Industry, Wellington Cable Car, Wellington City Council and The Lines Company. In 2019, he joined Strategic Sourcing Consultancy as a consultant working for the NZDF on the Future Maritime Support Construct and the ANZAC Frigate Systems Upgrade programmes. Simon holds an MBA from Victoria University of Wellington and is a graduate of the NZDF Joint Staff Course. He is a Chartered Professional Engineer and a Fellow of Engineering New Zealand and the UK-based Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

Andrew Osborne, IEng, MSOE, MBES – Integrated Logistic Support Engineer

Andrew joined Gibbs and Cox Australia as a Principal Engineer in Integrated Logistic Support in December 2019.  Andrew has developed a deep level of understanding through his 11 years working in the Integrated Logistic Support environment during both the build phase and in-service support of UK RN warships. He gained experience of dataset management and integration of the Logistic Support Analysis Record (LSAR), Reliability Centered Maintenance (RCM), Initial Provisioning (IP) and the associated technical manuals in S1000d format.  His work included the management of design change and obsolescence into datasets, as well as the co-ordination and delivery of ships maintenance and their associated technical documentation contained within the Interactive Electronic Technical Publications (IETP).  Andrew gained an HNC in Mechanical Engineering from Oxford Brookes University whilst serving in the Royal Air Force in 2001.

Peter Blackwood, Eur Eng, CEng, MIMarEST – Director Technical Advisory  

Peter joined Gibbs and Cox (Australia) as a Principal Naval Architect in February 2020.  He has wide ranging experience in the maritime industry, in defence and commercial shipping. Peter has developed deep specialism in ship stability, structures and survivability.  Peter’s expertise was founded through working on a variety of projects in a commercial consultancy firm gathering and creating technical evidence for large ship design and upgrade programs, expert witnessing, and litigation.  Latterly in his career, Peter developed defence experience through managing a Survivability team, and has had senior management responsibility in the defence industry across survivability, air and maritime structural assessment and management, and artificial ageing and evaluation of stores.  Peter gained his Master’s Degree (with merit) in Naval Architecture from the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland.

David Smith, CEng, MRINA, RCNC – Director Nuclear Submarines

David joined Gibbs and Cox Australia in February 2020 as a Principal Systems Engineer.  With 22 years’ experience working for the UK Ministry of Defence in the Maritime Domain, David has held a variety of roles in Surface Ship, Submarine and Nuclear Propulsion Project Teams throughout project lifecycle phases. He has extensive Systems, Safety and Nuclear engineering experience acquired from a combination of roles ranging from technical practitioner level through to senior management level.  David’s unique expertise makes him a versatile and capable engineering professional.  He holds a BEng (Honours) in Marine Technology from the University of Plymouth and an MSc in Naval Architecture from University College London (UCL). He was awarded Chartered Engineer status by RINA in 2010.