Meet the Team

The team below is the engine behind K Sharp.  All have fundamental skills in research and an appetite for technology innovation, but everyone has their own specialisms and key areas of knowledge which provides a broad range of viewpoints to tackling research.


Managing Director

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Barry Kirby has over 15 years in the Defence and Aerospace domain, primarily as a Human Factors practitioner, delivering both in research and practical output.  His skills in HF Research, HMI design and specification, simulation and trials are perfectly accompanied by Project Management, Strategic Thinking and Domain Knowledge.

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Human Factors Practitioner, Systems Thinker and Pragmatic Common Sense.


Research Director

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Amanda Kirby’s experience working on Command and Intelligence Systems (CIS) have been utilised in both defence and commercial projects, having graduated in Command and Control Engineering. Her expertise in the Intelligence Systems domain, and the application of technology to improve exploitation of data have been the bedrock of some of our Research Programmes

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Information Exploitation Expert and Blue Sky Thinker.


Executive Assistant

Jo Wilson looks after the day to day running of the offices and keeping the rest of the team in order.

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Psychology Researcher


Jamie-Lee Birch has a first class honours degree in Psychology from the University of Gloucestershire.  Since graduating, she has worked with the Police and Probation services, curriculum leader in Gloucestershire College before joining K Sharp.