Improbable Defence leadership

Joe Robinson

Chief Executive Officer

Joe leads our global defence and national security business. He’s focused on ensuring that all the work we do contributes meaningfully to the national security of our nations and their allies in the face of increasing global competition and evolving threats.

He brings a profound strategic understanding of these challenges, having served for a decade in the armed forces, commanding at various levels and deploying on multiple operations. He has previously held roles advising governments on technology adoption, and joined Improbable from the University of Oxford where he studied and lectured about foreign policy and global strategic trends.

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Joe Robinson

Mike Raker

Chief Technology Officer

Mike’s a systems engineer by training and temperament. He’s responsible for designing and delivering practical engineering initiatives that will help improve mission outcomes for our defence and national security users. 20 years at Leidos, with roles spanning Vice President and Director of Software, gave Mike extensive practical experience of how best to employ the latest scientific, engineering and technical innovations to overcome real-world challenges. He spearheaded the establishment and growth of numerous US and international software factories, and led all aspects of technology development, R&D and programme delivery.

The skills and experience Mike has accumulated, combined with expertise in venture capital, are proving invaluable to Improbable, our partners and the organisations we serve.

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Mike Raker

Libby Penn

VP Operations

Libby’s no stranger to fast-growing technology companies like ours. For nearly 20 years, she’s been helping organisations across a variety of sectors fulfil their potential.

At Improbable, she’s responsible for building high-performing teams, ensuring that we’re operating as effectively and efficiently as possible, and allowing the culture we’re so proud of to flourish as we grow. That means there’s hardly an element of the defence business she’s not involved in. From organisational structure, workforce planning and talent to legal and security, communications and marketing, Libby makes sure that we’re all set up, equipped and fully motivated to deliver on our shared commitment: to help defence and national security organisations understand and overcome the challenges they face.

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Libby Penn

Professor Jordan Giddings

Chief Scientist

Jordan addresses complex challenges at the intersection of government, industry and academia. He’s currently leading Improbable’s innovation initiatives across defence and national resilience, responsible for ensuring that our teams and technologies are informed by the latest, most reliable research across disciplines ranging from AI and machine learning to data science and autonomy.

Jordan holds a PhD in Particle Physics, and is a Fellow of the IET and the Institute of Physics. He is a non Executive Director of the UK Met Office, and has worked with the British government in a number of roles including Head of Defence Capability Assessment and Deputy CSA for both Transport and National Security – roles that have given him a profound understanding of the strategic needs of government and the trends in academic and industrial research.

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Professor Jordan Giddings

Jason Kennedy

VP Engineering

15 years of defence experience underscore Jason’s job of grappling with some of today’s toughest engineering tasks. Having previously worked in the US on mission-critical flight systems – such as on the C-130, F-35, Firebird and Orion spacecraft – he’s spent the latter part of his career focused on enhancing human performance in both the US and UK through the use of high-fidelity military simulation and, most recently, multi-domain synthetic environments.

An adaptable leader skilled at driving growth, product innovation and team development, Jason leads our engineering teams’ efforts to deliver increasingly complex, effective and scientifically relevant synthetic environments for training, planning, decision support and network development.

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Jason Kennedy

Stephen Rose

Director of Product

Steve has spent his career applying the latest advances in computer science to a range of real-world problems. He worked with McLaren Formula 1 Racing and McLaren Automotive for five years, building advanced simulation and strategy platforms. He then became a founding member of Applied Technologies, a startup delivering simulation, digital twin, decision support and IoT capabilities into a variety of industries ranging from smart cities and aviation to energy and healthcare.

He joined Improbable’s defence business in early 2019. His focus is on making sure that the tools and technologies we provide generate maximum value for our customers by being usable, scalable, secure and reliable.

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Stephen Rose

Matt Chuter

Commercial Director

Matt joined us at a critical inflexion point as Improbable’s defence business matured from start-up to scale-up. He’s no stranger to challenging, dynamic environments thanks to a career across defence, aerospace and government, involving projects as varied as UK Tornado, armoured vehicle protection, training and simulation and civil nuclear commissioning.

Having worked with defence suppliers large and small, and with a deep understanding of the wider defence mission, Matt brings a range of perspectives to defence and defence procurement – what works, what doesn't and how to improve it to deliver greater value to the customer.

Matt Chuter

James East

Customer Team Director

Back in 2016, when Improbable first started exploring how its innovations in games technology could promote national security and resilience, James was one of the very first to join us.

His time working in the global bond markets at Goldman Sachs had honed his commercial instincts, and six years in the British Army had given him a profound understanding of the defence and national security mission – as well as a deep personal commitment to it.

Banking and soldiering may seem poles apart, but both set great store by those same qualities that characterise the relationships that James builds with the organisations we serve: reliability, openness, integrity and trust. These combine to drive him in delivering a standard of excellence that remains sharply focused on the real-world challenges our users face.

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James East

Rob Solly

Director of Research Partnerships

Rob has spent 30 years helping policy makers and practitioners across the UK and the US protect their countries. He specialises in the application of modelling and simulation to the development of solutions to emergent 21st century issues.

As a Fellow of the Operational Research Society and a Dstl Senior Fellow, Rob’s analysis underpinned four UK and US defence reviews and the acquisition and design of numerous systems including the F-35 and Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carriers.

Rob also brings experience as a policymaker and a leader of innovation and technology, having led the Defence And Security Accelerator and two Divisions in Dstl. Today, Rob leads Improbable’s R&D into technologies that will help shape our future capabilities – and those of our users.

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Rob Solly

Richard Moseley

Director of Programme Management

From discovery to deployment, Richard's responsible for ensuring that we deliver on our promises. This means understanding precisely what our customers need and ensuring the smooth interoperation of our engineering teams and partner organisations to meet those needs.

Richard’s wide-ranging career spans project, programme, and operations management as well as business unit leadership across the defence sector. Combined, these make him adept at applying the most efficient, effective commercial software development practices to the unchanging priorities of the defence and national security community, where the importance of qualities like speed, agility, security and reliability is widely understood.

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Richard Moseley

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