Meet the Team

Management & Engineering Team

Simon Lambert

Black Dog has been operating since 2005 and was formed by Simon Lambert who has developed his engineering and management skills serving in the British Special Forces and with commercial blue chip companies.

With over 30 years’ experience of military communications engineering in difficult and hostile environments across the world Simon then continued his career in the commercial sector, holding engineering management positions in large Defence and Telecommunication Equipment companies as well as starting two successful start-up enterprises.

Simon has gained valuable experience with contracting companies delivering services in emerging unstable economies and countries that Black Dog now specialises in.

Simon holds an MBA in Technology Management, is a Chartered Manager within the Chartered Management Institute and a Chartered Engineer within the Institution of Engineering and Technology.

John Lockert

John is the Engineering Manager for Black Dog and has over 30 years’ military and commercial experience in Communications and Engineering Management. John has developed his skills to provide customers with expert advice and bespoke solutions tailored to their technical demands.

Having worked in the Defence, Government and Commercial fields, John has experience providing solutions that range from design of a new local radio network right through to a complete country wide strategic telecommunications infrastructure.

John has also managed a successful start-up company and understands the customer focused philosophy necessary to succeed.

With wide ranging contacts, commercial experience and technical expertise John adds another dimension to Black Dog and with a management team that can boast over 50 successful years in telecoms we present a proven capability and history at our customers' disposal.

Chris Johnson

Chris is responsible for all IT infrastructure, projects and app’ development for Black Dog. Chris graduated from Dundee University with a degree in Computer Science and since gained over 12 years’ experience developing software of all types, including large dynamic websites and e-learning frameworks. Having been programming for 16 years, Chris has experience in advanced programming techniques and specialises in C# and browser based technologies.

Chris takes responsibility for all technical aspects of the app’ development and support projects such as robustness and functionality of the software. He also scopes the requirements and maintenance of the hardware used to deliver software. To date thousands of daily users have benefited from his creativity and support. By leading the specialist technical team at Black Dog Chris ensures that customers are constantly served with their relevant product/s and support.

Middle East Team

Ian Wilce

Ian is one of the prime Black Dog consultants drawing on over 35 years of commercial & military experience in Telecommunications and Service Delivery Management. Ian’s skills have been established working for, and consulting to, major communications companies and high profile programs for the British MOD, US DOD and the Canadian DND.

The highlights of an exemplary military career include service with British Airborne Forces and UK Special Forces. Experience on high pressure and fast tempo operations across the globe helped develop a skillset that enables Ian to operate successfully for Black Dog in hostile or difficult environments.

Ian is able to draw on a diverse background in communications that includes consulting for multiple Oil & Gas companies operating in North Africa and supporting technology equipment vendors across the Middle East.

Ian has managed successful service support companies in both the United Kingdom and North America, and has held service delivery management positions responsible for the EMEA region.

Dave Amos

Dave Amos is one of the prime Black Dog engineering consultants drawing on over 35 years of commercial & military experience in Telecommunications and Service Delivery Management. Dave’s skills have been established working for, and consulting to, major telecommunications communications companies, like Harris, Fujitsu and Tellabs. He has held senior positions in EMEA wide service delivery management, systems engineering roles directly supporting the UK MoD and supervisory QA for a commercial cell installer.

Dave is able to draw on a diverse background in communications, especially maintenance, in many environments across the world which includes consulting for Oil & Gas companies in Algeria, technology equipment vendors in Iraq and Afghanistan and a cell network provider in New Zealand.

Dave served in the UK Special Forces and has extensive experience operating and managing communications assets on high pressure and fast tempo operations that enable him to operate successfully for Black Dog in hostile or difficult environments.

Samir Labdi

Samir is in-country Program Manager for Black Dog. Samir brings twenty-seven years of hands-on professional experience with broad and deep competency in field and engineering management within the industries of Aerospace, Electronic Manufacturing, and Telecommunication. In addition, Samir is conversant of the Middle East culture and Arabic language.

Samir has a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from University of Houston, Texas, USA.

Africa Team

Simon Strickland

Simon is one of the ‘spearhead’ consultants for Black Dog who possesses an entrepreneurial and self-starter attitude coupled with over 30 years of military and commercial experience as a Communications and Operational Support specialist working in hostile environments. Simon is known for his professional approach that ensures operational and financial targets are achieved on projects ranging from the technically intricate to physically demanding. He has a firm understanding and experience of the issues involved in managing complex logistical and technical operations in difficult areas such as Mogadishu, Libya, Iraq and Afghanistan.

Simon’s specialty is the start-up and establishment of projects which enables companies to be up and running in the shortest possible time with the minimum inconvenience and cost to their task. Understanding the need to be culturally sensitive, Simon works closely with local nationals to mediate between the Black Dog client company and the successful implementation of the operation/project on the ground.

Mick Proud

Mick is a Field Service Representative working for Black Dog. He has over 30 years’ experience of military and commercial ICT systems. Mick has a background in military radio systems with over 20 years’ experience of HF/VHF & Satcom, including six years with UK Special Forces and a further six years supporting coalition forces in Iraq.

Mick also brings with him a wider understanding of ICT Infrastructure and networking having worked as a network engineer in a fast paced and demanding public sector organisation, providing network access for over 4000 users across many different locations.

Mick is a dedicated and conscientious professional who possesses excellent communication skills. Used to working under real pressure in a variety of operational environments he makes a real difference in any situation.

Steve Giroux

Steve is one the Field Service Representatives working for Black Dog. He is a proactive and dynamic professional with a unique combination of skills and capabilities acquired during a diverse and rewarding 20 year career in the military and security sector.

Steve is an expert in the installation, operation and maintenance of complex digital VHF/HF and satellite communications systems with clearance to handle confidential and sensitive data. He also specialises in planning and executing security operations in hostile environments such as Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya, with the ability to respond promptly and appropriately to any situations that arise.

Steve possesses excellent interpersonal and communication skills used to great effect in building rapport with colleagues, international counterparts and senior management alike. He is a motivational and inspirational leader capable of training and developing junior personnel to enable them to fulfil their potential whilst ensuring that they make a positive contribution to the team.


Our Consultants are personally vetted and recommended individuals with a proven record in their particular field.  Where necessary skilled team creators form project teams that are populated with complementary and relevant skill sets.

Black Dog team members have a long history in the military of selecting particular individuals and personalities to satisfy a given objective. With the benefit of years of experience in leadership roles in the commercial sector the management team are also uniquely positioned to recognise valuable qualities in other exceptional individuals that make them ideally suited to fulfil key technical roles in difficult environments. The ability to work alone or as a member of a team in high pressure environments requires more than a good technical CV.

Whilst most off our Consultants are ex-military Special Forces the Black Dog team also recognises that there are people with non-SF or non-military backgrounds who do have the personal qualities required.  If you would like to be considered for Black Dog contracts as a Consultant then please follow the links on this site to register your interest.