Our people

Meet our management team.
Suzanne Harrison

Suzanne Harrison
Director

Suzanne leads the transformation and growth of BAE Systems CORDA to meet the growing demands of our customers with a vision that we will be their leading provider of analysis, modelling and consultancy services. Suzanne started her career as an analyst at CORDA, with much of her early career being in support of NATO. This included analysis support to the frontline with deployments to Bosnia and Kosovo, and three years as the Operational Analyst at the NATO Joint Force Command in Naples, Italy. Suzanne has 20 years of experience in the defence industry and is a Fellow of the Operational Research Society.
Michael Hill

Michael Hill
Head of Service Delivery (Air)
 

Michael is responsible for the delivery of decision support consultancy for customers in the Air sector, both internally to BAE Systems and externally. Since joining CORDA in 2011, Michael has held a number of roles including leading our adjacent markets account, support UK Government customers outside the defence sector. Prior to joining CORDA, Michael delivered operational research for the MOD in support of major procurement programmes and urgent operational requirements.
Ben Coulson

Ben Coulson
Head of Service Delivery (Land, Maritime and Strategic Sectors)

Ben brings decision support services to customers across the Maritime, Land and Joint domains. As well as supporting programmes across BAE Systems, Ben deals with MOD customers including Navy Command HQ (NCHQ), the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl), and the Maritime Warfare Centre (MWC). Ben has a wealth of cross-domain experience delivering analysis in roles throughout the MOD and industry. He has helped customers understand and solve problems as diverse as how to sustain skills within the MOD’s Whole Force Approach, how to develop resilient operational support solutions, and providing evidence for major procurement decisions.
Rachel Purkess

Rachel Purkess
Head of Service Delivery (Transport)

Rachel oversees our decision-support services for CORDA’s customers in the Transport sector. Since joining CORDA in 2014, Rachel has worked on a wide range of projects across the transport, security and defence sectors. In recent years, she has worked with customers in Dstl, the Department for Transport, and the wider transport sector, supporting decision-making on a range of national security, environmental, and operational issues.
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Judith Rawle
ASC Programme Director

Judith leads the Analysis for Science & Technology Research in Defence (ASTRID) framework and the Analysis Support Construct (ASC) for the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD). This involves managing the key interfaces with Dstl, defence and security stakeholders across the UK government, and the UK analysis community; leading the CORDA Programme Management Offices; to ensure delivery of high quality analysis to the MOD and other central government departments. Judith has over 35 years of experience providing analysis across the defence sector and is a Fellow of the Operational Research Society.