Our Team

Shoal has established a reputation as problem solvers on a large scale.

Shoal is a systems engineering company that has attracted some remarkable people to work with us from a wide range of industries. Their talents and skills are reflected in the type and scope of work we do.

We are a team of dedicated, passionate, high-calibre individuals based in Australia and the United States. We work in multi-disciplinary teams to get quality results for our clients.

Corporate Leadership Team

Shaun Wilson

Founder & Head of Business Development

Shaun is Shoal’s Founder and Head of Business Development, working closely with clients to scope projects and new opportunities. He has led a range of technology initiatives including development of the first in-service Unmanned Aerial System for the Australian Army, early development of broadband communications capability for Antarctica using small satellites (Antarctic Broadband) , and practical implementation of model-based design approaches for large, complex military systems (since used for major defence programs). Growing ideas into businesses, Shaun has ‘spun out’ a number of businesses from Shoal, including a US-based quantum computing and data analytics firm, since acquired by Rigetti Computing. Also a practicing systems engineer, Shaun has particular expertise in modelling and simulation, and in conceptual design. His experience spans from aerospace and defence to mining, leisure sports and data analytics. Shaun sits on a range of company boards, holds multiple degrees, and is published in several technical fields.

Michael Waite

Chief Executive Officer

As Chief Executive Officer at Shoal, Michael provides the leadership, management and vision necessary to anticipate and meet our company’s needs, and effectively grow our organisation. He has a strong focus and commitment to company values and culture, motivating our team to deliver project outcomes effectively for our clients. Michael works closely with our corporate leadership team to make Shoal a leading-edge consultancy, where people are inspired to be their best. Also a senior systems engineer, Michael has firsthand experience in the project management of large, complex socio-technical projects. He has a Bachelor of Engineering (Mechatronics) and an Executive Masters in Complex Project Management.

Kevin Robinson

Chief Engineer

As Chief Engineer, Kevin leads the engineering and innovation capability at Shoal. He oversees the development of individual and team professional mastery in systems engineering and associated technical domains; ensuring the delivery of quality products for domestic and international clients. Kevin also provides leadership in innovation and research and development, ensuring we retain our competitive edge in systems engineering internationally. With a distinguished career in systems engineering, in Guided Weapons in both the UK’s Ministry of Defence and Australia’s Department of Defence, Kevin has made significant contributions to the development of advanced guided weapons through his modelling and analysis, research, and leadership of large international cross-discipline teams. He is also an active contributor to professional associations, including INCOSE where he was awarded for his leadership of the Model Based Conceptual Design Working Group and recognised through his International Symposium keynote 2016. Kevin has widely published and is a Chartered Engineer and has two MSc, one in Control Systems Design and one in Guided Weapons Systems Engineering.

Matthew Wylie

Acting Head of Programs

Matthew is Acting Head of Programs at Shoal, managing the resources and projects across our specialist teams; Asset Management Systems, Decision Support Analytics and Capability Design. He supports our team with the application and management of systems engineering approaches to solve complex reliability, maintenance, process safety, business process and risk problems for our clients. An experienced, senior systems engineer, Matthew has a wide range of systems engineering and project management experience. He has managed large scale, complex, systems engineering projects across all phases of the system lifecycle, for defence, automotive and electronics sectors. Matthew uses Model-Based Systems Engineering tools and methods, holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Mechatronics) and is an INCOSE Certified Systems Engineering Professional (CSEP).

Melissa Ciplys

Head of People and Culture

As Head of People and Culture at Shoal, Melissa is responsible for the recruitment, engagement and development of our people. As part of our leadership team, she works closely with our technical, program and corporate leads to undertake workforce planning, talent management and engagement activities. Melissa works closely with the team to implement Shoal’s Career Development Framework and to instil Shoal’s company values in everything we do. This strategic mindset is backed by extensive organisational development and human resources experience, contributing to business planning and decision making at the executive level. Melissa is a Registered Psychologist and internationally accredited Coach, with a passion for partnering with all stakeholders to enhance business outcomes through people.

Graeme Dunk

Head of Strategy

Graeme works closely with our leadership and business development teams, as Head of Strategy for Shoal. He seeks to align opportunity with our vision, to enable Shoal to grow and extend our knowledge and systems thinking expertise in complex problem solving to new clients and markets. Graeme has significant international experience as a business manager, project manager and business developer, working in Europe, the United Kingdom, Singapore, Pakistan and India. He holds Master’s Degrees in Strategic Studies and Maritime Defence Technology, a Bachelor of Science in Pure Mathematics, an Insignia Award in Technology from the City and Guilds of London Institute and a Diploma of Maritime Studies. He is currently undertaking a PhD on defence industrial sovereignty at the Australian National University.

Program Leads

Stephen Geer

Acting Program Lead - Capability Design for Defence

Stephen is an experienced, senior systems engineer, leading Shoal’s Capability Design team in supporting Defence and industry in early-stage definition of future capabilities. He combines experience in Defence and industry with the application of systems engineering and project management techniques to support our clients in defining and delivering large scale, complex projects and problems. Stephen has successfully led the technical development of major defence projects in the conceptual design, tendering, physical design and sustainment phases of the project lifecycle. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical), Graduate Certificate in Professional Engineering Practice, Diploma of Leadership and Management and is an INCOSE Systems Engineering Professional.

Chris French

Program Lead - Capability Design for Transport

Chris leads our Capability Design team, using the power of digital engineering to capture, analyse and communicate information to address the challenges of clients in the Transport sector, executing complex, capital intensive projects. He has extensive experience in the application of systems thinking on industry wide, critical projects, leading the technical development of major capabilities in both transport and defence sectors. As an INCOSE Certified Systems Engineering Chris graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering (Aerospace) with First Class Honours and a Bachelor of Science (Theoretical Physics).

Sam Randell

Program Lead - Decision Support Analytics

Sam is an experienced systems engineer, leading our Decision Support Analytics team to assist clients make complex decisions based on analytical models and methods. A core part of this capability is modelling, simulation and analysis of complex systems, where Sam brings experience working as a systems engineer, intelligence analyst and advisor in Australia, Germany and the UK. Sam has particular experience in guided aerospace weapons and vehicles and has successfully led multiple flight safety projects for our Defence clients. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Aerospace) with First Class Honours and a Bachelor of Science (Theoretical Physics).

Bradley Hocking

Program Lead - Asset Management Systems

Our Asset Management Systems Program Lead, Brad, combines his experience in systems engineering, asset management, reliability engineering and risk management to address the complexity of our clients’ approaches to managing their assets. He has successfully led the design, development, training and implementation of projects for both government and industry, and was previously in charge of our engineering training program. Brad holds First Class Honours in a Bachelor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and is a Certified Practitioner of the Society for Maintenance and Reliability Professionals.