Ryan will bring his experience in defence sector psychology, Human Factors consulting, and cyber research to lead projects for K Sharp’s growing UK-wide client-base.
The Northumbria University graduate joins the Llanelli-based Human Factors specialists following a successful stint working in cyber research for both the defence and security sectors.
At K Sharp, Ryan’s role will involve leading research projects and consulting clients on how best in incorporate ‘the human’ into their product, procedure, and/or service.
Despite only being a few weeks into the job, Ryan is already applying his skills as a psychologist to the (physical) defence sector and is working with the team to problem solve complex human-system and human-computer interactions within the field.
Speaking about his role to date, Ryan says:
“So far, it's been a really great experience. The team have been so friendly and supportive, I've settled in well, and managed to really hit the ground running, picking up lots of interesting projects on the way.
“I've really been able to fully immerse myself into all aspects of defence and apply the tools I have as a scientist and psychologist to a very fast-paced, high-stress environment where unique human experiences and demands occur.
“No two days are the same here at K Sharp, and that is definitely reflected in our project schedule over the next 12 months.”
Over the coming 12 months Ryan will be working on a range of interesting and varied client projects – including forecasting how the future of UK defence could look when supported with technology, designing and developing optic-based sensor materials for human performance in high altitudes, and understanding what physically and psychologically 'makes a soldier'.
Ryan will also continue his past research on visually induced dizziness, and the impacts of equality, diversity and inclusion can have on cyber security. Committed to continuous learning and development, Ryan is also studying for his PhD at Cardiff University’s School of Psychology. He will soon be submitting his thesis on establishing novel technology-based tools for the assessment and rehabilitation of the neuro-vestibular disorder, Persistent Postural-Perceptual Dizziness, before focusing on gaining chartered status in Ergonomics and Human Factors.
Speaking of K Sharp’s latest appointment, MD and Co-Founder, Barry Kirby adds:
“Ryan is a fantastic asset to our business and has really hit the ground running. In addition, he is also building brilliant relationships with Cardiff University which could see a whole new opportunity for engaging with students and practitioners alike."