1 June 2010
WDSL Naval advisor Announcement
It is with great pleasure that WDSL announces the appointment of Commander (Ret’d) Timothy Forer as WDSL’s Naval Advisor. Having read Modern History at Durham University, Tim Forer joined the Royal Navy in September 1984 as a Supply and Secretariat Officer. He served in a variety of seagoing and staff appointments including in the Ministry of Defence. His seagoing appointments included the Type 42 destroyers HMS GLOUCESTER, HMS MANCHESTER and HMS CARDIFF as well in the Hong Kong patrol ship HMS PEACOCK. Whilst serving he was selected by the Navy to train as a Barrister and was called to the Bar in October 1993. He took a particular interest in International Maritime Law and the Law of Armed Conflict and undertook postgraduate research into these areas at Cambridge University. He left the Royal Navy in 2001 to pursue a legal career in private practice and continues to advise a number of maritime companies as clients. Tim brings a wealth of experience to WDSL and we are most proud to welcome him to WDSL

8 December 2009
WDSL Teams with London Institute of Mathematical Sciences
WDSL has announced a partnership with the London Institute of Mathematical Sciences (LIMS) to develop its Threat Analysis capabilities and to extend assistance to Government’s, Aviation and Shipping in the application of Network Theory in today’s conflict zones, National Security, criminal analysis, and Maritime Security environments. LIMS supports those branches of science which admit a theoretical description rather than being solely phenomenological or mechanistic, and is supported by US Government agency, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). The WDSL partnership is led by Dr Thomas Fink of the University of Cambridge, and Dr Guido Caldarelli of the University of Rome. In recent times, Network Theory has developed into a model that can now make sense of any series of apparently random and unconnected events or networks. A collection of data for a number of events can be analysed and interpreted within a Network Theory Model to draw a variety of Mathematically Proven conclusions, which can relate to locations, timings, social connections, numerical results and even to give an idea of future events. Weighted networks and dynamics on networks are radically more complex than classical networks (graphs), and are capable of exhibiting a wide range of behavior in response to small variations of their weights and gates (update rules).  This system can be applied to a number of areas including Social Networks, Defence, Maritime Security, and National Security.

10 October 2009
WDSL Appoints Director of Miltary and Government Affairs
WDSL are delighted to announce the appointment of Air Vice-Marshal David R Hawkins-Leth CB LVO MBE DL as Director of Military and Government Affairs to support and develop WDSL’s defence and political interests in UK, Commonwealth and European markets, and ultimately to become a focal point for the management of WDSL representative offices overseas, and the co-ordination of WDSL’s global agent network. David is a graduate of the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and of the NATO Defence College, Rome. He served in the Royal Air Force in operational command, and other command and staff appointments in the UK, Europe (Germany), served in the USA, the Middle East and the Far East. His final appointment, in the rank of Air Vice-Marshal, was as Director-General of RAF Security worldwide and Commandant-General of the Royal Air Force Regiment. For five years he was Yeoman Usher of the Black Rod in the House of Lords within the Palace of Westminster. In this appointment his duties were wide-ranging and included the organisation of high profile major Parliamentary events, overseeing security and controlling budgets. He is a Companion of the Order of the Bath, a Lieutenant of The Royal Victorian Order, a Member of the Order of the British Empire, an Extra Gentleman Usher to Her Majesty The Queen, a Deputy Lieutenant of Greater London and a Freeman of the City of London. David has been a Fellow of the Institute of Management, a Fellow of the Institute of Training and Development, and a Member of the Institute of Directors.

20 September 2009
WDSL develops B787 and B767 Interior Design and Vendor Selection Capability
The baseline capabilities of the 787 have led a significant number of airlines and lease companies to select this aircraft. However, many have found the ‘catalogue’ approach via the AD & S to options selection and the limited number of offerable vendors problematic and commercially frustrating. We can provide a wealth of experience in regard to this aircraft, which can be applied to the established process of developing your specific airplane configuration with the aircraft OEM, to ensure that the evaluation, definition and implementation of a required LOPA provides an optimised cabin interior configuration. We can ensure that the available selectable options are assessed, validated and selected per the aircraft configuration implementation schedule, with equipment and commodity OEM incentive and synergy packages identified, negotiated and executed. We can also provide the project management capability, via the direct liaison and management of aircraft OEM customer engineering focal(s), to ensure that the options selection process, together with the Exhibit A Supplemental Agreement (SA3) and aircraft implementation milestones are completed to the greater advantage of the customer within agreed timescales. Where required, we can lead or assist with the branding concept development, definition and execution for your 21st century aircraft. WDSL extend this capability to support 767 and 757 interior reconfigurations.
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10 March 2009
Richard Hopkins has joined the WDSL team
Richard Hopkins has worked in Aerospace and Defence industry for over 38 years starting his career in the Royal Air Force Richard serving in the UK, Germany, Falkland Islands, Cyprus and Lebanon supporting both fixed and rotary wing aircraft. Since leaving the RAF in 1985 he has worked with Smiths Industries Aerospace and Defence Systems on aircraft fuel management systems. Moving to Thorn EMI Defence Systems in missile fusing and then with Woodward Aircraft Controls as General Manager responsible for all engineering and commercial activities required for the manufacture and servicing of aircraft engine controls. Richard then worked with Bristow Helicopters where he was responsible for developing the market for avionic and helicopter safety systems. Richard has a Private Pilots License and in his leisure time he has built and enjoys flying his CH601 two seat light aircraft. “We are so proud that Richard has joined WDSL. With his rich array of professional achievement in aerospace and defence, and his broad range of personal interests, WDSL will be enriched by his presence”, says Carl Hunter, Managing Director of Wylam Defence Systems Limited.

11 January 2009
WDSL supporting Hamilton Hall the leading UK provider of A&D asset management software
WDSL the global aerospace and defence service provider has been asked to support the expansion of Hamilton Hall Limited, a leading UK designer and provider of intelligent maintenance, inventory and logistic management software applications providing total asset visibility for the aerospace and defence markets. Hamilton Hall supplies the LEO Integrated Logistics Support and Maintenance Management software solution. They have many well known global customers such as BAE Systems, MBDA and General Dynamics using the LEO software to manage the maintenance and logistics support of defence assets. LEO uses UK Ministry of Defence approved technology and is utilized by a broad array of UK Naval , Ground, and Air Force based applications. LEO commercial customers include AMEC Defence, BAE Systems, General Dynamics Canada, Marshall Specialist Vehicles, MBDA, Pall Corporation, Siemens. Carl hunter, Managing Director , Wylam Defence Systems Limited , says, “We are delighted to be joining the Hamilton Hall Aerospace and Defence team, and look to assisting Hamilton Hall to develop both military and commercial aerospace customers with them”.

Notes to editors

1. WDSL is a London-based global aerospace and defence service provider, specializing in business development, marketing and sales support.

2. WDSL offers the most comprehensive support to OEM’s, MRO’s, Airline Engineering, Aviation start-up’s and established aviation businesses seeking growth into international markets.

3. WDSL services are provided as a substitute for costly investment in fixed infrastructure in overseas markets, utilizing its international network which has a world class pedigree and of 17 years standing.

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