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 the founder and Head of Business Development of Shoal Group Pty Ltd. During his career, Shaun 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).

Shaun led the ‘spin out’ from Shoal of QxBranch, a US-based quantum computing and data analytics firm that services finance, insurance, aerospace, and security customers worldwide, and the cyber-risk insurance firm Envelop in London.

Michael Waite

Chief Executive Officer

As Chief Executive Officer at Shoal, Michael provides the leadership, management and vision necessary to meet the company’s needs and to effectively grow the organisation.

Responsible for leading the organisation, with a strong focus on a commitment to company values and culture. A passionate leader, Michael works closely with the corporate leadership team to make Shoal a leading-edge consultancy, where people are inspired to be their best.

Michael is also a senior systems engineer with experience in the leadership and project management of large, complex socio-technical projects.

Kevin Robinson

Chief Engineer

Kevin Robinson is a Systems Engineer with a distinguished career in the field of Guided Weapons in both the UK’s Ministry of Defence and Australia’s Department of Defence. He has made significant contributions to the development of advanced guided weapons through modelling and analysis, research, and leadership of large cross discipline teams.

Kevin has joined Shoal as Chief Engineer, where he leads the development of application of the MBSE approaches to capability design across numerous domains, for a range of domestic and international clients. With a Masters degree in Control Systems Design as well as Guided Weapon Systems, Kevin is a well versed professional in an extremely technical field.

Christopher Sproston

Head of Programs

Christopher (Chris) Sproston is a Chartered Professional Engineer with demonstrable experience in applying Systems Engineering approaches to solve complex problems within both industry and defence sectors. During his career, Chris has performed a range of roles across the product/asset lifecycle, including: systems engineering; reliability engineering; maintenance management; process safety; risk management, and; business process improvement. Chris holds an honours degree in Mechanical Engineering from Loughborough University in the UK and is a member of Engineers Australia.

Melissa Ciplys

Head of People and Culture

Melissa is a Registered Psychologist and internationally accredited Coach with a passion for partnering with leaders to enhance business outcomes through people. With a strategic mindset, Melissa draws upon her extensive organisational development and human resources experience to contribute to business planning and decision making at the executive level. Melissa joined the Shoal team as a People and Culture Manager, where she will partner with the organisation to support resourcing and workforce planning, Talent Management and engagement.

Graeme Dunk

Head of Strategy

Graeme Dunk is an experienced business manager, project manager and business developer with significant international experience; including in Europe, United Kingdom, Singapore, Pakistan and India; with a wealth of experience in all facets of business. Graeme 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

Matthew Wylie

Capability Design for Defence

Matthew is a professional engineer with a wide range of systems engineering and project management experience. Matthew holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Mechatronics) and is an INCOSE Certified Systems Engineering Professional (CSEP). Matthew has led systems engineering projects and teams in the Defence, automotive and electronics industries; and has experience managing systems engineering projects in all phases of the systems lifecycle. Matthew is a senior systems engineer and leads Shoal’s Capability Design for Defence team.

Christopher French

Capability Design for Transport

Chris French is an INCOSE Certified Systems Engineering Professional Systems Engineer with extensive experience working on industry wide critical projects. He graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering (Aerospace) with First Class Honours and a Bachelor of Science (Theoretical Physics) from the University of Adelaide in 2008. Chris has focused on systems engineering since joining Shoal Engineering Pty Ltd in 2013, Chris has led the technical development of major capabilities, namely Land Combat Vehicle Systems (LAND 400), and was engineering lead on the Future Frigate (SEA5000) Systems Engineering effort through First Pass.

Sam Randell

Modelling, Simulation and Analysis

Sam is a professional engineer with qualifications and experience in aerospace engineering and theoretical physics. He is a graduate of Adelaide University and has worked across a range of industries (Defence, Aerospace and Finance) in Australia, Germany and the UK. Sam’s background also includes working as an intelligence analyst within the Australian Defence community. Sam is the Modelling, Simulation and Analysis Team Lead and has successfully led multiple range safety projects including the analysis of HIFIRE 5B and the development of the Digitally-Aided Range Safety – Artillery software toolkit.

Bradley Hocking

Asset Management Systems

Bradley Hocking is a professional engineer with experience in systems engineering, asset management, reliability engineering and risk management. He is an honours graduate of the University of Adelaide and a certified member of the Society for Maintenance and Reliability Professionals. Brad has successfully led the design, development, training and implementation of projects for both government and industry. He is the Program Lead of Shoal’s Asset Management Systems Program and previously led Shoal’s Training Program.


Joining the Team

Shoal is committed to providing an innovative, motivating, safe and fair environment where each member of our team is encouraged and provided with every opportunity to succeed.

In return we seek dedicated, professional team members who support the culture of Shoal.

Key behaviours & beliefs that underpin the Shoal culture include:

  • expectation of excellence;
  • mutual support and trust;
  • positivity and optimism;
  • investment in professional development;
  • open & frank environment;
  • seek out interesting work; and
  • self leadership & flexibility.

To learn more about employment opportunities at Shoal, send us an updated CV for consideration to [email protected]

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Culture & Development

Our corporate culture is one of continuous improvement and ‘benchmarking’ against international best practice.

Our corporate development program covers ongoing improvements in business systems and the professional development of all team members through peer review, professional supervision and mentoring, education and training. We participate in a range of professional and business conferences in Australia and overseas.

We are a major Skilling Australian’s Defence Industry Program funding recipient and have had two members graduate from the Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group sponsored Executive Masters of Business in Complex Project Management course at the Queensland University of Technology.

Shoal core staff have achieved either Certified Systems Engineering Professional or Associate Systems Engineering Professional qualification as part of the International Council on Systems Engineering Certification Program, and are members of the Systems Engineering Society of Australia.


Shoal is committed to providing consistent quality services to our clients that meet agreed needs and applicable statutory and regulatory requirements.

We do this through the application of good (ideally best) practice in systems engineering, technical project management and specialty discipline processes under our Quality Management System, and captured in our Quality Policy.

Our Quality Management System is the foundation of our Integrated Management System, providing a framework from which all corporate functions are derived, including the Engineering Management System, Project Management System, and corporate support functions.

Shoal has been externally audited and certified to be ISO9001:2015 Quality compliant  as a provider of systems engineering, complex systems design, aerospace analysis, project delivery, systems engineering training and related professional services. Learn more about ISO9001:2015 Quality.

Our enduring objective is to maintain and grow a sustainable business by investing in our people and providing a safe and enjoyable working environment. We are committed to the professional development of every staff member and delivering high quality, consistent outcomes for our clients. We aim to gain and maintain the confidence of our clients by understanding their needs and continuously improving our people, processes and tools.