Catriona is the MoD Chair in Naval Architecture in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and started at UCL in April 2017 after spending over 20 years in industry. She is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Naval Architects (RINA) and a Chartered Engineer. Catriona graduated from Southampton University with a BEng(Hons) in Ship Science and subsequently undertook post graduate study obtaining an MSc in Maritime Engineering Science also at Southampton. In 1996 she joined BMT Defence Services working on ship and submarine design, and through life support projects with some specialisation in vessel structures. She later became Head of Naval Architecture then Technical Director, responsible for quality, delivery of technical skills and capability, training and directing the company Research and Development programme.
Surface platforms are the essential vehicle by which a nation can achieve its goals at sea and, therefore, represent the physical embodiment of wider naval strategy. The obvious consequence for shipbuilding is to maintain a symbiotic relationship with developments in naval strategy in order to produce long term solutions to gaps in capability. Concepts of future operations and doctrine will all influence the role and design of OPVs in the coming years and will form the basis for this panel discussion let by experts from both the end user and vendor perspective.
This panel discussion will cover:
· What will be the key changes to naval strategy in the next 10 years that will have the greatest impact to OPV shipbuilding?
· In what ways can the efficiency of the design process be improved by both end users and industry?
· How will concepts of the future maritime operating environment manifest in patrol vessel designs by 2030?