A former Royal Navy Officer, Karl served as Submarine Warfare Officer on diesel and nuclear-powered submarine operations during the Cold War. This included two trips to the North Pole. Subsequently, he commanded the Trident submarine HMS Vanguard, for which he was made an OBE.
He is a graduate of the Joint Service Command and Staff Course and Kings’ College London Masters in Defence Studies. Following policy jobs ashore in Washington DC and the MOD at Whitehall, he joined the National Security Secretariat at the Cabinet Office where his portfolio included the nuclear deterrent. Franco-British and NATO Summit meetings were highlights of this period.
With his wealth of experience in this area, Karl joined MASS in 2014 and is now Head of Strategic Systems.
MASS’ mission to help customers evolve and advance their capabilities in software, cyber, data and ICT includes technical support for a mission critical element of the UK deterrent. Along with excellent networking and personal development opportunities, UK PONI provides our people with technical and policy context that’s essential for a ‘systems’ view of the company’s contribution to a wider programme.