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Tess Butler
Tess ButlerCEO
Tess has worked in Military Simulation, Training and Education for 20 years. A graduate of Russian & Soviet Studies, she first worked with the Royal Navy before becoming a fixture at a tank-park for a year trying to work out which media would enhance the training of arc-welding the bits of FV432s and her beloved motorbike. After a decade of trying to crack the code of MoD Requirements Documents as a Bid Manager and Business Development experiment, she became head of Joint Capability Business Development at CAE UK and worked on the central strategy board. 5 more years of working with more than 25 different militaries set her up nicely for a sojourn to the deserts of the Middle East where she worked independently as a Military Consultant to industry.
Tess headed back to the UK with 15 years of Military Training and Simulation (MS&T) experience to make posh jam….a year later she was hired as PR Director of Bohemia Interactive Simulations. 2015 led to expansion of the Ruddy Nice client base and the setting up of DSET. Running awesome and relevant events for the military, industry and academia in MS&T are her ongoing passions.
Tess’ hobbies include extreme basket weaving, running after an ever-active child and reading the small print on websites.
Louise Hart
Louise HartMarketing Director
Louise is a designer turned marketing expert with an emphasis on strategy and the power of social media to connect up the dots. She is passionate about making her client’s businesses thrive in the digital world and always pushing boundaries with creativity.
Louise has formulated strategic marketing plans to successfully grow brand awareness, increasing visibility for clients in their relevant market, generating excitement about products and services and making connections to meet the clients’ BD goals.
She also has a strong design background and vast experience working with B2B clients, which was honed whilst working for global design consultancy Atkins Ltd. Louise has delivered marketing strategies for interior design businesses within an international design consultancy. Her design project portfolio includes education projects such as multiple refurbishment schemes for the University of Exeter and defence projects such as the latest RAF Marham facilities and F-35 simulation spaces.
Creativity is something that drives Louise and is woven throughout everything she does. She is fanatical about healthy living and anything that enriches daily life. You will usually find her trying out different fitness or outdoor sports such as yoga, CrossFit or surfing and blogging about it.
Abbie Pierce
Abbie PierceProgramme Director
Veteran / Ally / Mischievous Wordsmithary / Always up to Something.

After serving 15 years in the Royal Navy as a medic, the Defence sector will now benefit from her skills in programme direction, project management, operations, networking and event delivery.
Abbie is also firmly situated in the Veterans arena. Offering her time and knowledge to projects that seek to support and enhance the lives of all who leave the Service as they embark on a life after the military. Community Manager for the Trusted eXchange Network (TX-Net), Co-Founder of Leavers Link Virtual Networking and SW Veterans Advisory and Pensions Committee Member. She then spends her free time blogging and published a fiction novel during the first pandemic lockdown. Devon is her happy place, always has been.

Mark Mears
Mark MearsSimulation and Training Officer
Mark completed 24 years Colour Service in the British Army serving in the 1st Battalion The Royal Hampshire Regiment for 11 years and then the Small Arms School Corps. During his service Mark spent 7 years at the AFV Gunnery School Lulworth initially as a Schools Instructor and, on completion of his service time, Mark held the position of the Infantry Wing Sergeant Major. Mark saw the introduction into service of the Warrior IFV and its associated training devices and Small Arms Training Systems.
Mark entered into the Defence Industry in June of 2003 and started his career installing and training the Military and Law Enforcement customers on Simulated weapons training systems for Firearms Training Systems Ltd and progressed to becoming a Training Support Officer support the Tri-Service community
In 2007 Mark moved to New Zealand. During his time there, Mark was an employee of the New Zealand Defence Force and managed the Weapons Training Simulation System and trained the New Zealand Military on this equipment
In 2010 Mark returned to the UK became the Sales Manager for Military Virtual Systems business area covering the UK Europe for Thales Training and Simulation and Meggitt Training Systems. In September of 2016 Mark became the Managing Director of Meggitt Training Systems Limited who run the Contractual Logistics Support contract to support the UK MoD’s Dismounted Close Combat Trainer
Marks interests include, unsurprisingly, shooting, fishing and taking time out to ride his motorcycle.
Marion Bagshaw
Marion BagshawEducation Officer
After graduating in 1999, Marion spent 2 years in Japan teaching English as a foreign language in a small country town. After returning to England she completed Teacher Training in Oxford, she married and then moved to London and began her teaching career.
Marion has worked as a mentor for Newly Qualified Teachers to enhance their teaching methods as well as finding their own voice and style whilst presenting. As a European Modern Languages graduate, Marion not only enjoys the challenge of learning new languages but also the challenge of supporting others to work to the best of their ability.
After 15 years in the teaching profession, Marion has made the decision to use her organisational skills to support the Ruddy Nice Team and embark on matching Interns into the Aerospace Industry.

When not working at her desk, Marion is very keen on fitness and has benefitted from the Lockdown situation to improve her physical and mental health. A keen gardener, cook and countryside rambler in the summer months will find Marion pottering outdoors. Come winter you’ll be hard chased to catch Marion on the ski slopes in Austria.

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Kate Warner
Kate WarnerEditor-In-Chief
Kate has been helping her clients win more work for more than 15 years. She has diverse experience across a range of industries, including more than five years in military simulation.
Kate is our resident wordsmith. She helps our clients craft and communicate winning value propositions. She is an accomplished copywriter and proposal writer, and renowned for her easy-to-work-with style.
As an Australian, Kate is a bit of a dag. Albeit, an articulate dag. She loves letting her hair down when the occasion arises, and isn’t afraid to be herself at work. We love her, and we’re sure you’ll love her too!