CFMS makes senior appointment to support strategic programmes

CFMS makes senior appointment to support strategic programmes

19 March 2020 - The Bristol-based Centre for Modelling & Simulation (CFMS), a not-for-profit specialist in digital engineering capability, has today announced a new senior appointment to support the delivery of a number of strategic projects.

Dr James Osborne, who joins CFMS as Technology Programmes Manager, will work closely with the organisation’s Chief Technology Officer (CTO), Ian Risk, to oversee both commercial and funded projects – as well as CFMS-specific activity for the new centre for Digital Engineering Technology & Innovation (DETI) project. A systems engineer by trade, Dr Osborne has spent much of his career working in the space industry, most recently with the global, mobile satellite communications company, Inmarsat. In 2018, he led a multi-disciplinary research team as part of an international joint venture which researched, developed and demonstrated novel technologies for future satellite communication systems. 

Following more than 20 years in the space industry, Dr Osborne went on to work as the Head of Systems Engineering for SVGC Ltd, which provides government and industry support for Through Life Capability Management and Generic Capability Management. 

Prof Ian Risk, CTO at CFMS, said: “We are delighted to welcome Dr Osborne to the team. Not only is he a talented engineer but has a range of business experiences that will be vital in establishing DETI and supporting the growth of CFMS through an expanding collaborative research portfolio. James’ knowledge and career history aligns perfectly to these needs and makes him perfectly placed to support us at this critical time.”

Dr Osborne added: “CFMS is a growing organisation that is recognised for its proven technical expertise and knowledge, offering the opportunity to focus on exciting projects such as DETI. I am looking forward to working with the team and driving forward its growth in digital engineering capability.”

Dr Osborne was a Research Assistant at the University of Southampton’s Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics after graduating from the university with a first-class honours degree in Aeronautics and Astronautics with Materials Science.

CFMS is a key strategic partner in the DETI programme, which is being led by the National Composites Centre (NCC), both of which are based at the Bristol & Bath Science Park in Bristol. 

DETI is a research, innovation and skills initiative that will develop and accelerate digital engineering across multiple industry sectors – to benefit future generations of engineers and engineering products and to help tackle global challenges. Supporting the region’s Local Industrial Strategy, the West of England Combined Authority (WECA) recently announced a £5 million investment in DETI to match-fund £5 million from West of England industry and academic partners. 


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About CFMS

The Centre for Modelling & Simulation (CFMS) is a not-for-profit specialist in digital engineering capability. As a trusted and neutral provider, our vision is to be the recognised, independent, digital test bed for the design of high value engineering products and processes.

Facilitating a greater understanding of how a product will perform throughout its lifecycle, our digital test bed forms the foundation for Through-Life Engineering Services, creating a virtual replica of systems and processes used for investigation of options and opportunities, in advance of physical development.

Through four core service lines and activities, we enable our customers to accelerate design and manufacturing productivity and competitiveness for their products, processes and services;

      Integrated system architectures that can deliver improved performance

      Greater insight into the performance of products or processes in service

      More informed decision making based on simulated or real-world data

      Cost effective access to state-of the art computational infrastructure

For further information about how CFMS can help your organisation, visit, call 0117 906 1100 or email


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