We take pride in ensuring that the knowledge and skills we share with you are state-of-the-art

Our size and the nature of our consultancy style offers a progressive approach to problem solving and project management, that larger agencies may struggle to offer. Our values are based on being a trusted advisor, driving the success of our clients. Our agile approach to project management ensures we are flexible, responsive and perfectly placed to serve a gap in your in-house knowledge and resources. This facilitates a more personal service, closer relationships and fast response to any issues or changes along the way.

Our structure allows individuals to grow, develop, learn and lead; creating a company culture that motivates the team and maintains a productive and enjoyable environment to work in. Our clients recognise how this, alongside the authentic blend of specialist skills and innovation, is what makes decisionLab different. Not only do our people have unique knowledge of trends and pioneering research in both our focus sectors, and the techniques we use, but they bring a diverse creativity to the table. Among them are former teachers, scientists, parents, aircraft geeks, photographers, biking fanatics, linguists, travellers, athletes and movie buffs.

A great group of people trying to help solve interesting problems that actually makes a difference.

OUR TEAM

Dave Buxton

David Buxton
Co-Founder & Managing Director

David co-founded decisionLab 2011 and is now a MD. Although the decision sciences landscape has evolved rapidly over this time, his mission remains the same: to help our clients grow their business through more effective decision making.

Prior to founding decisionLab, David was involved in Simulation Model Development, including researching innovative applications of Agent Based Modelling to practical applications. He’s also worked closely with The AnyLogic Company to advise and support the evolution of their leading technology. And he still retains his passion for Simulation as a decision support approach!
Outside of work David is keen on his sports – currently loving road biking, mountain biking and running. Although he also likes to think he can play a bit of golf, tennis and squash. Unfortunately, he’s recently found out he’s rubbish at surfing – something he finds quite upsetting! Dave drives a T5 camper which is definitely close to his heart!

Ian Griffiths

Ian Griffiths
Chief Executive Officer

Ian is Chief Strategist at decisionLab. As well as heading up the Asset Management Business Unit and the Aerospace, Defence and Security Business Unit, he is focusing on ways of helping the business develop, and getting stuck into technical work when time allows.

Ian likes cooking fiendishly complex recipes for 5 hours and devouring the results in 5 minutes, and he has just started training for a marathon.

Aanand Dave
Principal Technologist
Team Lead

He is currently a member of the decisionLab senior management team with a specific focus on operational management, and technical leadership of simulation projects.

Aanand has over a decade’s worth of experience in modelling and simulation. He has worked across a broad range of engineering disciplines from architecture to manufacturing, encompassing roles from data analytics to visualisation in both research and consulting companies. Alongside his professional work Aanand is also studying for a PhD in the area of industrial ecology at Cranfield’s School of Applied Sciences.

Alex Rogers
Data Science Consultant

Alex is a consultant within the Data Science team, having completed a summer internship with the company. Since being part of the team, she has developed an interest in creating machine learning pipelines and acquiring front-end development skills.

Outside of the office, Alex loves sport, travelling and her guinea pig Spicy.
Angela Russell

Angela Russell
Head of HR

Angela leads the HR function and is responsible for the planning and delivery of HR strategy.
Prior to joining decisionLab in 2013 Angela worked as a marketing professional in the areas of business to business communication and consumer experiential marketing, before transferring her skills to become qualified in Human Resource Management.

Angela is a keen gardener and takes opportunities to enjoy the culture and entertainment that London has to offer when she can tear herself away from watching far too many tv dramas.
Chris Smith-Clarke

Chris Smith-Clarke
Principal Data Scientist
Head of Data Science Team

Chris heads up the data science team, working across the full spectrum of data science, from requirements gathering and data exploration, through to building production ready machine learning pipelines and innovative applications of reinforcement learning. Chris helps ensure we extract maximum value from data and build robust and reliable predictive models.

Cristina Morariu
Senior Data Science Associate

Christina is a senior data scientist with >2 years’ experience in designing & deploying custom production-ready Machine Learning (ML) solutions.

She has led the deployment of full-stack ML projects both as lead developer and product owner. Christina is also a PhD candidate at the VISUS department of University of Stuttgart where she develops ML for automatic design. In her free time, she enjoys photography and illustration.

Deborah Lentle
Consultant

Debbie joined decisionLab as a graduate after studying Mathematics and Operational Research. Since joining the team, she has worked on a variety of exciting projects including modelling cyber threats, and asset operation and management.

In her spare time, she enjoys playing netball in a local league.

Dom Weldon
Principal Software Engineer
Head of Production Team

Dom Weldon is a Principal Software Engineer and Head of decisionLab’s Production Team. Dom’s team works with data scientists and consultants to develop models and turn them into production ready tools.

Dom came to decisionLab from his PhD studies in Computational Geography at King’s College London, his initial degree and masters are from the University of Cambridge, in Natural Sciences and Geographical Research. Dom loves all things code, and is most recently exploring the world of Rust.

Gordon Squire
Senior Consultant

Gordon is an experienced Data Scientist. His experience includes machine learning applied to Asset Fault Forecasting, Asset Investment Optimisation, and Simulation for operational improvement.

Gordon is a keen cyclist, traveller and aspiring mountaineer.

James Adamson
Senior Consultant

James is an experienced operational research consultant and mathematical modeler, specialising in mathematical optimisation and agent-based and discrete-event simulation.

Application have included asset management, investment optimisation and scheduling, predicting cyber-attacks, and simulating operation and maintenance processes of assets. James has led projects for some of our major clients, including Babcock International, Canals & River Trust, dstl, and South-East Water. Within these he has designed and implemented models as well as integrated them into usable software tools.

Kelvin Yeung
Consultant

Kelvin is a consultant with an extensive background in Rail. He worked on major rail infrastructure projects as a system, track and simulation engineer.

He has experience in applying advanced modelling techniques for Rail Operations and Planning and led the rail depots internal flow projects.
In his spare time, Kelvin likes to play a bit of piano, a bit of tennis, a bit of volleyball, a bit of basketball, a bit of gardening, a bit of everything really…

Mike Chester
Principal Associate

Mike was previously decisionLab’s Chief Data Scientist, and now operates as an associate consultant. Mike has 20 years’ experience across Rolls-Royce, BAE Systems, Qatar Airways and the RAF.

He is a Chartered Engineer (MRAeS) Project Management Professional (PMI), and certified Product Manager; specialised in maintenance, supply chain management, prognostics development and product development. He is highly focused to lever good systems engineering techniques to support innovation in new data driven solutions. He is expert at Decision Science, and Analytical Engineering. He has an MPhil, Systems Analysis of Geophysical Systems, Swansea University 2015; BEng (Hons), Aeronautical Engineering, Glyndwr University, 2007.

Panagiotis Samartzis
Senior Data Scientist

Panagiotis employs Machine Learning as well as Optimisation techniques to solve operational problems in a variety of sectors, such as Utilities, Water, Aerospace and others.

He holds a Diploma (M.Eng. equivalent) in Mechanical Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens as well as an M.Sc. in Operational Research from Lancaster University.
He particularly enjoys the friendly yet professional atmosphere of decisionLab, and if he is not travelling or meeting out with friends in his spare time, he is reading a book or watching a movie.

Peter Riley
Consultant

Peter is a simulation modeler with a background in Mathematics and has experience with a range of BI tools. He has worked on projects across various industries, including pharmaceutical, food, and defence.

In his spare time, Peter can be found playing the trombone or losing money (but gaining knowledge) on pub quiz machines.

Polina Encheva
Office Coordinator

Polina wishes to identify as a cerebral social scientist one day and is now part of the Business Support Team at decisionLab. She is helping for the smooth running of our London office, and also contributes to some of the business development activities across departments.

Sumitra Sri Bhashyam
Principal Technologist
Team Lead

As a decision analyst, she has academic and professional experience in supporting decision making with conflicting objectives and multiple stakeholders, and large and difficult to quantify uncertainties.

Before joining decisionLab, Sumitra worked at Evidera where she designed and implemented stated patient preference surveys to support the assessment of the benefits and risks of drugs and devices. She worked the London School of Economics’ Health and Social Care department, where she participated on the development and implementation of an MCDA – based decision support system to allocate resources to LMIC. She also worked for Decision Consulting Limited designing and devel oping methods for key government agencies and taught on various courses in Management Science at the LSE for several years. Sumitra obtained her PhD from the LSE, investigating modelling terrorist decision making for counter – terrorism purposes using MCDA and system dynamics.
In her spare time, she is photographer, with keen penchant for astro – photography when the British weather will allow it!
Vitor Lemos

Vitor Lemos
OR Modeller
Senior Associate

Vitor is our Simulation Modeller, who has experience in applying advanced modelling techniques to capture business process so that valuable intelligence can be ascertained.

Vitor is passionate about travelling and surfing.