United Kingdom

In the United Kingdom the COSMIC organization is represented by Charles Symons and Chris Woodward.
CharlesSymons Charles is a Founder and Past President of COSMIC. He is now retired from full-time employment but continues to work actively with COSMIC as Chair of the Measurement Practices Committee which.develops and maintains the basic standards, guidelines, case studies, etc., that define and support the method.

Charles first graduated and worked in physics but has well over 50 years experience of the use of computing in the word of business and scientific systems. During his career he has worked for the UK Atomic Energy Authority, CERN (the European Organisation for Nuclear Research in Geneva, Switzerland), Philips in the UK and the Netherlands, Xerox, and latterly KPMG Management Consulting where he was a partner responsible for studies on business-oriented IT Strategies and on improving the performance of the IT function for major organizations around the world.

In the latter context he became interested in software size measurement and developed the MkII FP method of measuring software and its associated project estimating method, which were accepted as standards for use in UK Government IT. He was for several years the UK representative on the ISO Working Group that developed the ISO/IEC 14143/1 standard for Functional Size Measurement. This led to his helping to found COSMIC in 1998.

In the UK he manages a COSMIC Special Interest Group that meets bi-annually.”

You can contact Charles at charles.symons @ cosmic-sizing.org.

chris-woodward Chris is an independent consultant with over 40 years of experience in the information technology industry, majoring on IT management issues with particular emphases on management processes, including decision-making processes, organisation, governance, value and performance measurement, and risk.


  • IT-value and service-delivery assessment
  • Benchmarking IT services/practices
  • Outsource contract conformance.

ITIL Certified at the Management Level; CFPS

Considerable research into IT best practice, including governance, human resource management, IT procurement, project and programme management, advanced systems development, and human aspects of change.

IT measurement and benchmarking programmes. Performance and predictive models.

You can contact Chris at chris.woodward @ cosmic-sizing.org.