All of our courses are delivered by world-class, reputable, qualified, expert facilitators, who deliver practical, and useful learning solutions, in an interactive small group environment. All participants are provided with the INCOSE Systems Engineering Handbook Edition 4, comprehensive course notes, workshop workbook and supporting resources (e.g. pre/post course resources, learning aids, practice examinations for further study).

Certification Training International (CTI) was established in 2008 as a subsidiary of Project Performance International (PPI). CTI’s goal is to become the industry leader in providing preparation and certification training to the world’s systems engineering professionals. CTI currently offers public training in Australia, India, Spain, South Africa, the Netherlands, United Kingdom and the United States of America, while on-site training is available on six continents.

Course Facilitators

Course Facilitator


David Mason  

A systems engineer with more than three decades of experience in the aerospace industry specializing in systems integration and test of space qualified hardware. Mr. Mason’s career and education spans time spent in the United States Army, Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company and with Project Performance International. 

After serving ten years in the United States Army Communications Command with assignments beginning in Okinawa, Mr. Mason was promoted to Staff Sergeant as Commander of remote sites in Taiwan and Italy.

Mr. Mason’s career with the Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company began as an electrical technician and concluded as the Lead Engineer for design teams developing and testing assorted electro-optical space qualified instruments. His career included time spent at the renowned Advanced Technology Center where he focused his expertise on rapid development of assorted space-qualified hardware. His responsibilities spanned the product life cycle to include requirements analysis, design analysis, to leading engineering teams of assorted disciplines in the design, development, and verification testing of space qualified electro-optical instruments. He authored systems integration and verification plans and reports, designed thermal vacuum systems, and directed systems integration operations in class 100 cleanrooms.

Mr. Mason completed his career at Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company managing the Lean Six Sigma (LSS) team for a line of business. In this position he earned his certification as a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, facilitated more than twenty-five continuous improvement events, mentored more than a dozen practitioners to their green and black belt certifications, and co-facilitated training classes for LSS students.

Mr. Mason’s academic accomplishments include a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) with a focus on Production and Operations Management and a Master of Science in Business Administration (MSBA) majoring in Quantitative Business Methods.

David Mason’s education, training, and experience provides and excellent foundation in applying Systems Engineering and Lean Thinking in analyzing processes with the ultimate goal to deliver value to the customer by improving product and process efficiency.

Mr. Mason is an Expert System Engineer Professional (ESEP) and a Management Association Certified Manager. He also achieved qualification as a Certified Product Engineer, a Cost Account Manager, and a range of other employer-specific certifications.

A member of INCOSE since 1998, Mr. Mason is a Past-President of the INCOSE SFBA Chapter for 2009, when the Chapter earned the ‘INCOSE President’s Award’ for Most Improved Chapter. Since February 2008, he has served as the INCOSE Assistant Director for the Student Division.

Mr. Mason now focuses his efforts and considerable expertise on advancing the systems engineering skills of others. He remains a committed advocate of the benefits of systems engineering, with a passion for the discipline that is obvious at his speaking engagements and in delivering training. David Mason joined the Project Performance International/Certification Training International team in March 2012, as a Course Presenter.

David Mason joined the Project Performance International/Certification Training International team in March 2012, as a Course Presenter. He regularly delivers training throughout China with consistently high scores of between 7 and 10 out of 10.

Course Facilitator


Suja Joseph-Malherbe

With a career spanning defence, consumer electronics, and computer vision, Suja Joseph-Malherbe has realized the power of applying a systems perspective to the planning, management and execution of complex projects.

Her experience in such diverse industries and in numerous challenging projects has equipped her with deep understanding of situations requiring seamless and sustained organizational productivity in practically any field of endeavour. It has also sensitized her to the needs of those tasked with solving complex systems engineering challenges, an empathetic quality which comes to the fore in the calibre of systems engineering training and consulting provided by Project Performance International (PPI).

Whether she is managing technical resources, consulting with a client or developing and presenting material for training, Suja approaches every project with meticulous precision grounded in her early-career experiences of the processes, tools and standards demanded by complex systems development. It is an approach she developed during those initial projects at the CSIR in 2002, armed with her then recently earned BSc in Engineering from the University of Witwatersrand, and an ambition to make a meaningful contribution to the engineering profession.

At the CSIR she was responsible for developing behavioral models of systems in the MATLAB environment. She performed tasks ranging from the programming of device drivers (Coding in C in the Linux and Real-Time Linux™ environments), to GUI and UI development and building virtual worlds for computer simulations.

She also conducted integration, test and qualification activities to verify and validate systems being delivered, as well as authoring a number of system and development specifications, associated test procedures and support documentation.

She bolstered her engineering qualification in 2012 by researching and proposing recommendations for the performance of an image-based target-tracking algorithm in 2-D discrete space for military use. She completed her studies, even while working at the CSIR, and obtained an M.Ing in Electronic Engineering from the University of Johannesburg.

As a Senior Engineer at the CSIR, she worked in the field of power and power management systems for mobile applications, investigating effects of usage and environmental conditions on the performance of a custom Li-ion smart battery pack designed and developed for use by dismounted soldiers. Her engineering skill and expertise enabled her team to successfully deliver integrated power management solutions for the mission-critical operating environment.

Training and human resources development feature strongly throughout her career. Still at the CSIR, she held the Parliamentary Grant Theme Manager appointment for her business unit’s competence area. Her objectives? To build and strengthen the CSIR’s Science, Engineering and Technology base, to develop new knowledge, and to apply this knowledge by investing the Parliamentary Grant in equipment, human capital development and projects.

As a Senior Systems Engineer at Garmin Southern Africa, Suja led the management of software releases for a series of first-of-their-kind adventure and fitness products. Her core activities included testing, deployment and support of the software releases.

Her involvement in INCOSE South Africa reflects her passion for the industry. She has served this professional body for systems engineers as Membership Officer, as Western Cape Branch Coordinator, as President-Elect, and currently as President of the organization. Her term of office ends 31 December 2018. She also functioned as a member of the INCOSE International board of directors, as Chair of the Ways and Means Committee from July 2014 to December 2016.

In 2012, she worked for four months as Editor of PPI’s Systems Engineering Newsletter, SyEN, promoting worldwide awareness and interest in the industry.

Suja lives in the lovely Cape Winelands of South Africa with her husband, Daniël, their son, Jeevan, daughter Aasha, and their friendly snow-white German Shepherd dog, Dyan.

Course Facilitator

Paul Davies

Paul supposedly retired in early 2014, but soon realised he needed to give something back to the systems engineering community and help mentor the next generation of practitioners. An experienced systems engineer with thirty years in the defence and aerospace industry, six years in the nuclear industry, and a couple of years in rail, he has a wealth of diverse experience to call on. With a sound track record in delivering successful projects in the face of challenging customers, project managers and operational environments, Paul is a recognised authority on systems engineering.

A Cambridge graduate mathematician by training, Paul fell into systems engineering quite by accident. This started by building a solid background of engineering knowledge and physical processes underpinned by mathematical modelling and algorithm development. Later he concentrated his interest in simulation, performance analysis, verification & validation, and requirements definition. By the age of 30 Paul had been given responsibility for several multi-million- dollar engineering projects. He has since gained enormous experience in all phases of project life cycles, specialising in early-stage requirements elicitation, interface and risk management, and in stakeholder acceptance. In addition to applying systems engineering to high-tech projects, Paul has held functional management roles: in process improvement, in assessing individual and team competence, and in coaching and mentoring.

Before his retirement, Paul held the position of Discipline Manager for Systems Engineering at Network Rail Infrastructure Projects in the UK. He was primarily responsible for promoting improvements in process and standards, and in practitioner competence and training in all aspects of systems engineering, a relatively new concept to the rail industry. Prior to this, he worked for Thales UK for over 25 years, predominantly in electronic warfare and command and control systems. Subsequent to his project responsibilities, Paul managed the business unit innovations process and the supervision of University research, including the establishment of business cases and planning technology transfer. In parallel, he was a member of the corporate Systems Engineering Council, delivering continuous improvement in SE process and methods, and relevant training.

Paul has been a Visiting Professor at Loughborough University and a Visiting Fellow at Bristol University, and also a member of the conseil d’administration of the prestigious Institut Supérieur de l’Aeronautiqe et de l’Espace in Toulouse. He has acted as industrial supervisor for a number of PhD, Engineering Doctorate and Masters students at five universities in the United Kingdom.
He is a Past President of the INCOSE UK Chapter, in which role he founded its sponsoring Advisory Board and compiled its first entry into the INCOSE Chapters Awards, immediately winning a Gold Circle Award at the first attempt, and subsequently the President’s Award for Outstanding Chapter. At international level, he has undertaken leadership roles on the Requirements Working Group and the SE Management Technical Committee, and as Outreach Director. He also acted as Master of Ceremonies at three INCOSE International Symposia. Paul’s efforts for INCOSE were recognised by his being given the Founders’ Award in 2015. Through an INCOSE UK initiative, he became a Chartered Engineer in 2012 through the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET), becoming one of the first fifty engineers to do so specifically in systems engineering. 

Paul has recently been selected by the INCOSE Certification Program Office to review ASEP/CSEP applications. In this volunteering role, Paul has taken on responsibilities to review, recommend for approval or seek further clarification on applications submitted. The review process remains strictly confidential at all times.
Paul has conducted training courses and workshops in requirements, interface management, verification and validation, systems engineering management, competency assessment, and SE return on investment, with very positive feedback. He has been in constant demand for the presentation of courses and tutorials at many INCOSE events, both in the UK and internationally, winning several Best Paper and Presentation Awards. He has presented and coached in French and Spanish as well as English. With such a good alignment of aims, SE outlook, and commitment to excellence, Paul was delighted to join the Project Performance International/Certification Training International team in July 2017, as a Course Presenter.
Paul lives in Warwickshire, England, with his wife Carole. They have two adult children and two granddaughters. He counts among his interests chess, keeping fit, pub quizzes, and of course, family.

Principal Consultant and Course Facilitator

Michael Gainford  

Michael Gainford is a Principal Consultant with Project Performance International, contributing in both the training and consulting roles to the success of PPI’s and CTI’s clients. Michael comes to PPI/CTI with decades of experience in systems engineering, product and process development, programme management, and business change management, applied in complex international projects, including safety-critical situations. During his career Michael, has worked across all the major life cycle phases, for example research & technology, concept definition, product development, legacy product replacement and in-service support.

Michael holds a degree in Engineering, and has applied systems engineering principles in a range of application domains: fixed wing and rotary wing aircraft, spacecraft on board systems, gas turbines, banking systems, automotive, railway systems, and energy systems.

During Michael’s extensive career at Rolls-Royce, where he held a number of senior managerial positions including Head of Control Systems Preliminary Design, he completed an MSc degree in Project Management at the University of Manchester, to complement his engineering education.

Prior to joining Project Performance International and Certification Training International, Michael was a systems engineering consultant for the Energy Systems Catapult, a UK body that accelerates the realisation of CO2 reduction solutions. Whilst in that position he initiated the formation of the INCOSE UK Energy Systems Interest Group, and was elected as Group Chair. As Head of Systems Engineering for Altran UK Ltd., he was instrumental in the company’s success in achieving CMMI Level 3. He also carried out training and coaching roles for a number of high profile UK-based organisations.

Michael participated in the development of an international standard and developed a strong interest in process definition. He has particular interests in product platform strategies, organisational capability models, and the synergies between project management and systems engineering. Michael’s papers on “Non-linear vibrations in a drive train when coupled to constant torque and constant power loads” and “The meaning of Validation in the SIRT process model” were published in AIAA 89-2922, July 1989 and ERA 92-0809, April 1993 respectively.

Michael is an active member of INCOSE (the International Council on Systems Engineering), and has achieved the status of ESEP (Expert Systems Engineering Practitioner). He is also a past employer representative to the INCOSE UK Advisory Board.

Affiliations and memberships include:

  • Chartered Engineer (CEng)
  • Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society (FRAeS)
  • Expert Systems Engineering Professional (ESEP) –
  • International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE)
  • Member of INCOSE (MINCOSE).

Michael speaks French and German, both at conversational levels.


Principal Consultant and Course Facilitator

Clive Tudge    

Clive Tudge is a professional Chartered Engineer with considerable national and international experience in senior project management and engineering management positions in both Industry and government. His current position as Principal Consultant and Course Presenter with Project Performance International means his expertise and experience are accessible to those seeking to further their knowledge in the critically important systems engineering domain.

After obtaining his College Diploma at the College of Electronics attached to the U.K. Ministry of Defence, Clive qualified to become a Member of the Institution of Electrical Engineers (IEE), now known as the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).

During his career, Clive has established and operated numerous successful software development companies, completing software-intensive projects on time, within budget and meeting prescribed requirements. His work has placed him with government agencies and industrial companies alike, including Queensland Rail, Brisbane City Council, QANTAS, Ansett Technologies, Airservices Australia and the Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO). In 2009, the DMO recognised Clive’s contribution with a Certificate of Appreciation for his role as Project Chief Engineer in a major defence communications development project.

Clive was assigned the task of managing the development of a flight data processing system for use in the Australian air traffic control (ATC) environment. He has a passion for flying; in fact, flying has been a recurring theme in Clive’s illustrious career so far. Prior to his arrival in Australia, he held a number of senior Project Director positions in the aviation sector, enabling him to work on such aircraft as the Tornado, Jaguar and Hawk.

In Germany, Clive was engaged as Senior Project Director on a unique Fly-By-Wire flight control system for the Typhoon Eurofighter project. Additionally, he served as Project Manager for several subsystems of the European Tiger Helicopter.

Experienced in all aspects of procurement from requirements definition and analysis through to operational support, Clive has been entrusted with roles ranging from software engineer through to Project Chief Engineer and Project Director on very large, complex projects.

Clive’s key skill areas include project management, systems process evaluation, risk management, system engineering design and acceptance, systems engineering education, airworthiness analysis, communications systems, engineering change management, flight testing, network management systems, Interactive Voice Response (IVR) systems, and billing systems.

In the communications and IT&T arena, Clive has enjoyed roles from Software Development Manager through to Company Director and Marketing and Sales Director. His performance in marketing, business analysis and requirements analysis as well as development, implementation and operational support has been invaluable.

From 2004, the Boeing company benefited from Clive’s considerable training expertise when he spent three years supporting the company, delivering systems engineering training.

With PPI, Clive has delivered on-site project improvement related training to Airbus (UK), Airservices Australia, Ansaldo (Australia), Austal (Australia), Australian Submarine Corporation (ASC) (Australia), Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group (CASG) (Australia), Cassidian Optronics (South Africa), Cubic Transportation (Australia), Defence Materiel Organisation (Australia), Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (Australia), Dubai Air Navigation Services (UAE), Elbit Systems of America (USA), Epson Edge (Canada), European Organisation for Astronomical Research in the Southern Hemisphere (ESO) (Germany), INDRA (UK), International Atomic Energy Agency (Austria), Itron Inc., (USA), Lockheed Martin (UK), Macquarie Generation (Australia), Punch Powertrain (the Netherlands), QinetiQ (Australia), Saab Grintek (South Africa), Sandia National Laboratories (USA), Schneider Electric (Australia), Tait Communications (Australia, New Zealand), and ZF Automotive (USA) amongst other clients. Clive has presented project-related training to companies spanning five continents.

Clive has also been recognised with a ‘Project of the Year’ award from a Project Management professional society in Australia.

Clive is a Freeman of the Honorable Company of Air Pilots, a UK based organisation sponsoring and encouraging action and activities designed to ensure that aircraft are piloted and navigated safely.

His interests include boating, golf and flying, particularly competition aerobatics, for which he was awarded Queensland Sportsman Aerobatic Champion in 2008. He is fluent in German, French and English.

Course Facilitator, Director 


René King 

Miss René King is a Senior Engineer at Project Performance International (PPI). René has a BSc in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Witwatersrand, South Africa.

During her undergraduate career, René received the Dean’s award for notable performance in mechanics and mathematics. During her undergraduate degree, René spent her 3rd year and 4th year summer break completing vocational work at Steinmüller Bilfinger. She divided her time at Steinmüller between in-office engineering activity and on-site manufacturing. During her office internship she worked on boiler design and developed software for the design of high pressure pipe flanges. During the manufacturing segment of her vocational work, she shadowed the plant manager in conducting high pressure production operations. Her given tasks included working closely with boiler makers in constructing high pressure pipes from design charts and learning about industrial machinery used in heat treating steel pipes. 

René taught Mechatronics to postgraduate diploma students during 2017. Her work involved updating course material, lecturing and developing exam papers for part-time students. The role required in-depth knowledge of precision mechanical engineering, electronics and computer systems. Course content was centred on controller design with a smaller element of modeling and simulation in SimuLink.

René has received a bursary for a Master of Science (MSc) in Systems Engineering from Transnet. As part of her degree, she completed courses in Requirements Analysis, Systems Integration, Verification and Validation and Architectural Design. Her thesis topic encompasses evaluation of operational capacity for a freight railway network. This topic required a large amount of synthesis as this is a brown-field area of research.

René joined PPI as a full-time in employee in 2017. Since then she has worked alongside PPI Managing Director, Robert Halligan in developing course material and designing workshop systems for courses such as Project Risk and Opportunity Management 3-Day course (PROM3D) and Engineering Successful Infrastructure systems 5- Day course (ESIS5D). René is also the PPI Project Lead for the joint INCOSE-PPI collaboration to develop the next generation Systems Engineering Tools Database (SETDB).

Outside of her work and studies, René enjoys playing piano and guitar and is learning photography and video editing. René is passionate about self-development and leadership. Her ideal holiday would be reading a book out in the nature, and meeting new people.

Support Staff

 Helen Hele

Office Manager

 René King

Managing Director & Course Facilitator

Victoria Huang

Professional Development Manager – China

Interpreter (English to Mandarin) 中文翻译

Karen Deveson

Venue and In-house travel coordinator

John O’Kelly

Business Development Assistant

Rebeca Carneiro

Marketing Assistant

Nick Linn

Production Lead