Intelligent Defence and Smart Power – innovation, capability, delivery, advancing the national interest
This round table is the culmination of a programme Cityforum has developed with the support of VCDS and the help of DCDC. The morning focuses on innovation, agility, information advantage and pace, and on the re-imagined ecosystem that will deliver them. Senior officials and officers join industry, academe and international experts for this vital discussion. The afternoon is devoted to an assessment of the national interest and how the UK should use both its soft and hard power to best effect. The day includes a major speech by the Vice Chief General Sir Gordon Messenger who follows on from a number of authoritative contributions by key non-defence experts whose participation Cityforum has been invited to secure.
Lt Gen (Retd) Dick Applegate
Lt Gen (Retd) Dick ApplegateFormerly Chief of Materiel (Land), Guest of Cityforum
Dick Applegate left the UK armed forces in 2010 in the rank of Lieutenant General. He is now Head of Strategy and New Business for Elbit Systems UK and also provides mentoring to a number of other international companies. In addition to his current directorships of three Elbit UK companies, he has been a Director of innovative companies in the novel materials and financial technology sectors (the latter as an investor); he has also advised the International Criminal Court in the Hague
After a range of command appointments and 7 years as an equipment capability director (spanning air, land, naval and special forces) his last appointment was as the first Chief of Materiel (Land) in the new Defence Equipment and Support organisation. Specific responsibilities included Defence’s logistics and support to operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, driving delivery of a plethora of urgent equipment solutions. In parallel, he was a member of the leadership board of the British Army for 3 years, first as Master General of the Ordnance and then as Quartermaster General. Among other initiatives, he was the originator of the MOD’s Lines of Development and Capability Concept Demonstrator processes. In his final year, he completed global, board-level attachments to Boeing, BAE Systems, G4S and DHL.
In addition to his UK honours, he is an Honorary French Foreign Legionnaire following combat command of Legionnaires in and around Sarajevo in 1995, and a holder of the US Legion of Merit (Officer Class). He is a Fellow of the City and Guilds of London Institute and Patron of the Heropreneurs charity, which helps ex-service personnel and their families to establish successful businesses. He is also a Corporate Ambassador for SSAFA, the UK armed forces’ charity.
Mr Tim Barber
Mr Tim BarberHead of KBR Advisory EMEA, KBR
Tim has worked in the Business Consulting arena for over 25 years, with UK, Australian and Saudi Arabian consultancy practices, following 7 years line management experience in logistics and operations.
He joined KBR in September 2017 to head up and build the advisory business in Defence and Government. This followed ten years with KPMG. His initial client work with KPMG was for the MOD, where he was led the delivery, of a complex transformation programme within Defence Acquisition. He also supported the development of the new operating model for Air Command following the Levene recommendations.
Mr Mark Barclay
Mr Mark BarclayCEO, UK Defence Solutions Centre
Mark has enjoyed an extensive career working within the Defence, Aerospace and Services sectors. In 1980 he started as an apprentice with Barr and Stroud (now Thales UK) and thereafter held several functional and leadership roles until joining their Executive Committee as Group Operations Director in 1996. From 2000 to 2004 he was Chief Executive Officer of Racal/Thales Telecom Services and thereafter relocated to Toulouse as Managing Director of Thales’s Aerospace Services Division.
Upon returning to the UK in late 2007 he led Thales’s Commercial and Military Aerospace business and went on to become Chief Operating Officer of Thales UK in early 2010. He soon joined Airbus as Senior Vice President. During his four years with the Company he was responsible for all wing design, development and production activities, whilst also overseeing a major A350 XWB supplier transformation programme.
He joined Cobham plc in Aug 2014 as Sector President of their Mission Systems business specialising in aerial refuelling, life support systems, and weapons carriage & release technologies.
Mark joined the UK Defence Solutions Centre as Chief Executive Officer in January 2018 and is based in Farnborough.
A BSC Hons graduate, Mark is also a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of the Institute of Engineers and a Fellow for Association of Programme Management. He is married with two daughters.
Vice Admiral (Retd) Sir Jeremy Blackham
Vice Admiral (Retd) Sir Jeremy BlackhamAssociate, Cityforum
In a 41 year naval career Sir Jeremy had four sea commands - Beachampton, Ashanti, Nottingham and Ark Royal (when he commanded the first RN Task Group off Bosnia). Ashore he filled important staff appointments including Commandant of the Royal Navy Staff College, Director of Naval Plans, Director General Naval Personnel Strategy, Assistant Chief of Naval Staff, Deputy CINC Fleet and was the first Deputy Chief of Defence Staff (Capability), being a key player in the implementation of the Smart Acquisition Initiative, a major change programme.
Leaving the RN in 2002, he spent three years with EADS, as UK Country President, before becoming an independent consultant. He is Chairman of Sarnmere Consulting Ltd, of Atmaana plc, Deputy Chairman of CondorPM, and was Chair of the Blackheath Conservatoire of Music and the Arts from 2000-2007. He is a Non-Executive Director of Airbus Helicopters UK and advisor to several medium and small companies; he is a former member of CDS’s Strategic Advisory Panel. He was a Vice President, Trustee and Associate Fellow of RUSI between 1996 and 2008, Editor of The Naval Review from 2002 -2017 and is a frequent writer on defence, including acquisition, in many publications. He speaks and chairs regularly at conferences in UK and abroad, lectures in Public Management at Kings College London and is an external examiner at Kingston University. He holds a BA(Hons) degree in history and philosophy and a Masters degree in Classical Studies and is an active member of the Association of Business Mentors.
Professor Paul Cornish
Professor Paul CornishChief Strategist, Cityforum
Paul Cornish is Chief Strategist at Cityforum. He established the cyber security research programme at Chatham House and has held several appointments in cyber security research: Associate Director, Global Cyber Security Capacity Building Centre, University of Oxford, 2013-18; Principal Research Associate in the Department of Computer Science, University College London, 2015-17 and Professorial Fellow in Cyber Security at the Australian National University’s National Security College in 2017. He has participated in UK-China Track 1.5 discussions on cyber security since 2013, is a member of the Cyber Futures Council at the GLOBSEC Policy Institute, Bratislava and the Programme Committee of the European Cybersecurity Forum in Kraków, and is convenor of the Wilton Park Conference, Military Operations in Cyberspace, 5-7 September 2018. He writes and consults on cyber security and is editor of the Oxford Handbook of Cyber Security, to be published by Oxford University Press in 2018.
Professor Penny Endersby
Professor Penny EndersbyDivision Head, Cyber and Information Systems Division, DSTL
Penny grew up in London, and gained her first research experience as a WISE scholar in her sixth form at GEC. She read Natural Sciences at Newnham College Cambridge. She joined the Royal Armaments Research and Development Establishment – a Dstl predecessor-in 1993 after a short stint researching fuel cells with British Gas. She spent ten years as a researcher into novel armour systems, ending as the UK expert on electric and intelligent armours. She led Dstl’s Physics Department from 2009. As one of the youngest fellows of the Institute of Physics she served as a member of their governing council. In 2012 she transferred to lead the Information Management department, beginning the focus on cyber and C4ISR which led to her appointment as division head of Cyber and Information Systems Division in 2015. Penny holds a visiting professorship at Southampton University in Electronics and Computer Science. She is also honorary treasurer of Wiltshire Wildlife Trust, and a NED of Ploughshare Innovations Ltd.
Major General Angus Fay
Major General Angus FayAssistant Chief of Defence Staff (Logistic Operations), MoD
Angus Fay was commissioned into the Royal Corps of Transport in 1983 and served the majority of his early Regimental Duty in Hong Kong with the Brigade of Gurkhas in various regimental appointments. He completed two Combat Arms attachments (1 RRF & 1 RTR), and held appointments as a Platoon Commander at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and subsequently an initial staff appointment as Assistant Military Assistant to the Quartermaster General. Over the period, he deployed on operations to Northern Ireland and Bosnia (IFOR).
Following attendance on the Canadian Forces Command and Staff Course in Toronto, he returned to UK to take command of 28 Squadron, The Queen’s Own Gurkha Transport Regiment in 1997, deploying the unit to Bosnia (SFOR).
Staff appointments have included: SO2 J4 Plans in the Permanent Joint Headquarters (UK), with responsibility for support to operations in Bosnia, Kosovo, FYROM, E. Timor and Sierra Leone; and, SO2 RLC Officers in the Army Personnel Centre. On promotion to Lieutenant Colonel, he was posted to the United States Army Command and General Staff College as the British Exchange Instructor, gaining a Service Masters Degree (MMAS) while there. Subsequently, he took command of 10 Transport Regiment, The Queen’s Own Gurkha Logistic Regiment, 2004-06 and, following selection for promotion to Colonel in 2005, he was posted back to the Permanent Joint Headquarters (UK) as Deputy Assistant Chief Of Staff J4, dealing predominantly with operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Promoted to Brigadier in December 2007, he attended the Higher Command and Staff Course and subsequently took command of 101 Logistic Brigade in April 2008, deploying the Brigade to Afghanistan in the Joint Force Support role in 2009-10. Thereafter, he was appointed Head of Defence Operational Capability in the MOD, 2011-12, predominantly responsible for providing Defence Ministers and Service Chiefs of Staff with independent and impartial assessment of capability risk and assurance associated with operations. He assumed the post as Head of Defence Support Chain Operations and Movements in January 2013, focussing mainly on redeployment from Afghanistan. Selected for promotion to Major General in May 2014, he assumed the post of Assistant Chief of the Defence Staff for Logistic Operations in November 2014.
Major General Fay is a Colonel Commandant of the Royal Logistic Corps and is Colonel of The Queen’s Own Gurkha Logistic Regiment. He is also a Trustee of the Gurkha Welfare Trust, President of Army Basketball and Admiral of the Royal Logistic Corps Sailing Association. He is married to Carol with whom he has 3 children.
Mr Charles Forte
Mr Charles ForteCIO, MoD
Charles Forte was appointed Chief Information Officer for the Ministry of Defence in January 2018. He is the primary advisor to the Defence Board on Information and Digital and is responsible for strategy and policy on the operation, interoperability and protection of all MOD ICT, including cyber security and resilience; the promotion of new ways of working and information technology-enabled innovation; and the delivery of Information Systems and Services.
Prior to joining the Ministry of Defence, Charles gained 36 years industry experience from leading IT globally as Deputy Group Global CIO at BP, as CEO of Global IT Services at Prudential and as Interim CIO at ThamesWater. He has worked as an independent consultant helping businesses create and deliver change to transform their ability to exploit technology and to build internal capability enabling sustainable and lasting value from IT and business operations.
He has significant experience in leading business innovation, driving business change programs and designing and leading IT delivery at very large scale in complex, multi-stakeholder business environments.
The Rt Hon Mark Francois
The Rt Hon Mark FrancoisMember of Defence Committee, House of Commons
Mark was born in Islington in 1965 and moved to Basildon in Essex with his parents in 1971. He now lives in his constituency in Rayleigh.
He attended Bristol University and King’s College, London, where he read history and war studies respectively. He served as an infantry officer in the Territorial Army, including with the local Royal Anglian Regiment, in the 1980s.
Prior to becoming an MP, he worked in banking and as a self-employed consultant. His political career began in local government, when he was elected to Basildon District Council in 1991. He served as the Vice-Chairman of the Housing Committee from 1992 to 1995.
He was first elected to Parliament as the MP for Rayleigh in June 2001. From 2002 to 2004, he served in the Opposition Whips’ office with departmental responsibility for home affairs, health and education. From 2004 to 2005 he was Shadow Economic Secretary to the Treasury and became Shadow Paymaster General in 2005. In 2007, he was appointed the Shadow Minister for Europe and became a member of the Shadow Cabinet in 2009.
In 2010, he was appointed the Vice Chamberlain of Her Majesty’s Household: a senior position in the Government Whips’ Office. He was also appointed to the Privy Council.
In September 2012, he was appointed Minister of State for Defence Personnel, Welfare and Veterans at the Ministry of Defence and then promoted to Minister of State for the Armed Forces in October 2013.
Mark was appointed Minister of State for Communities and Resilience and Minister for Portsmouth in May 2015, a role which he held until July 2016.
Following the appointment of the Rt Hon Theresa May MP as Prime Minister, Mark was tasked by the Prime Minister to carry out a study regarding the future recruitment of regulars and reserves into the Armed Forces which was published in September 2017.
Mark was elected to the House of Commons Defence Select Committee in September 2017.
He enjoys reading, hill walking and history (particularly military history).
Mr Fraser Hamilton
Mr Fraser HamiltonVP for Global Alliances, Boxarr
Serving as BOXARR's Vice President for Global Alliances, Fraser manages BOXARR's executive engagement with the Ministries of Defence in key operating countries including the UK and Australia, and supports BOXARR North America's engagement with the US DOD. Fraser is also responsible for empowering the company's global network of Alliance Partners; from the 'Big-4' advisories to specialist consulting firms, along with a number of international defence primes. Fraser has been integral in developing BOXARR-based 'complex systems management' solutions in defence; working with clients and advisories to develop solution concepts for coherence across value-chain resilience, programme performance optimisation, force design, and decision support.
Mr Rob Joyce
Mr Rob JoyceSenior Advisor for Cybersecurity Strategy, National Security Agency
Mr. Rob Joyce is the Senior Advisor for Cybersecurity Strategy to the Director of the National Security Agency (NSA). Rob has worked at NSA for over 28 years, holding various leadership positions within both focus areas of NSA: the Cybersecurity and Signals Intelligence missions.
His previous assignment was Special Assistant to the President and Cybersecurity Coordinator at the White House where he led the development of national and international cybersecurity strategy and policy for the United States and oversaw implementation of those policies.
From 2013 to 2017, Rob served as the Chief of Tailored Access Operations (TAO), the NSA's mission element that provided tools and expertise in computer network exploitation to deliver foreign intelligence. Prior to becoming the Chief of TAO, Rob served as the Deputy Director of the Information Assurance Directorate (IAD) at NSA, where he led efforts to harden, protect and defend the Nation's most critical National Security systems.
Ms Bridget Kendall
Ms Bridget KendallMaster of Peterhouse Cambridge University & Former Diplomatic Correspondent, BBC
Bridget Kendall is the first female Master of Peterhouse, Cambridge University’s oldest College.
During a distinguished career at the BBC, she served as Diplomatic Correspondent, Washington correspondent and Moscow correspondent, covering the collapse of Communism in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe. She speaks fluent Russian, has twice interviewed President Putin.
Among her awards are the James Cameron Award for distinguished journalism and an MBE from Her Majesty the Queen in the 1994 New Year's Honours list.
She also presents a weekly discussion programme, The Forum, for BBC radio. Her book, based on a landmark BBC radio series, The Cold War: A New Oral History of Life Between East and West came out in July 2017.
Dr Lucy Mason
Dr Lucy MasonHead, Defence & Security Accelerator
General Sir Gordon Messenger
General Sir Gordon MessengerVice Chief of Defence Staff, MoD
General Messenger joined the Royal Marines in 1983. After a range of junior officer appointments, predominantly in regimental service and including a 1 year Mountain Leader course, he attended the Canadian Staff College in 1994. Two staff jobs followed, in the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) and HQ Royal Marines, before he was appointed as Chief of Staff to 3 Commando Brigade in 1999; a tour that included an operational deployment to Kosovo.
He commanded 40 Commando from 2001 to 2003, which included operational deployments to Afghanistan and Op TELIC 1, the invasion of Iraq, in Mar 2003. After a sabbatical in Geneva, he joined Joint Force Headquarters as Chief of Staff in 2004; a job that saw him on various operations worldwide, including the tsunami relief effort, the civilian evacuation from Lebanon and command of the Op HERRICK Prelim Ops deployment in Southern Afghanistan in 2005.
After attending the Higher Command and Staff Course, he briefly acted as Director Force Development in MOD Main Building before being appointed to the position of Director Joint Commitments (Military) in Sep 2007, coordinating military policy for all overseas operations. After selection for Brigade command, he then commanded 3 Commando Brigade for their operational tour to Helmand Province in Sep 2008, followed by promotion and a tour as the Chief of Defence Staff’s Strategic Communication Officer.
From 2010 to 2012 he served as Chief of Staff (Operations) at the Permanent Joint Headquarters, responsible for the conduct and capability of UK overseas operations. On promotion to 3* in Jan 13, he assumed the position of Deputy Commander of NATO’s Allied Land Command in Izmir, Turkey before becoming the Deputy Chief of Defence Staff (Military Strategy and Operations) in the MOD in Jul 14. General Messenger was appointed as Vice Chief of the Defence Staff in May 16 following promotion to 4*.
General Mitch Mitchell
General Mitch MitchellDirector, DCDC
Ms Madeleine Moon
Ms Madeleine MoonMember of Defence Select Committee, House of Commons
MP for Bridgend since 2005, Madeleine sat on the Environment Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee from 2005 to 2007. Then serving as Parliamentary Private Secretary in the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and Energy and Climate Change Departments between 2007 and 2010.
Madeleine joined the Defence Select Committee in 2009 and is Chair of the Arctic Sub-Committee. She was elected to the UK Delegation to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly in 2010.
Madeleine is also Chairs the Labour Backbench Defence Group. As well Co-Chairing the APPG on Reserves and Cadets, Madeleine Chairs the APPG on MND, Parkinson’s, Kidneys and Suicide and Self Harm Prevention.
Ms Carole Nakhle
Ms Carole NakhleEnergy Research Fellow Surrey Energy Economics Centre and CEO, Crystol Energy
Mr Stephen Phipson
Mr Stephen PhipsonChief Executive, EEF
Stephen Phipson is the Chief Executive of EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation. EEF is the representative voice of UK manufacturing, with offices in London, Brussels, every English region and Wales.
Stephen previously held the position of Head of the Defence and Security Organisation within the Department for International trade delivering support to UK defence and security businesses seeking to export and develop joint ventures and partnerships overseas, as well as to overseas defence and security businesses seeking to invest in the UK. Prior to this Stephen held the position of Director for Security Industry Engagement within the Office for Security and Counter Terrorism at the Home Office where he was the Senior Responsible Owner within Government for the UK security industry and had responsibility for securing a new generation of G2G security agreements with priority overseas partner nations.
In addition to senior roles within the UK Government, Stephen has spent 35 years in Industry and has held senior roles within the Electronics, Defence and Security industries. He was Chief Executive of Stadium Group plc and prior to this spent 15 years with Smiths Group plc latterly as President of Smiths Detection, one of the world’s leading threat detection businesses, exporting to more than 100 Government agencies around the World. This followed several years as Group Managing Director of Smiths Interconnect, manufacturing electronics subsystems and components for the Global Defence, Communications and Security markets. Stephen has also held senior management positions with Radiall, Philips and Plessey. Stephen served as the inaugural Chairman of RISC, VP Security for ADS and Chairman of the Security Commission of ASD.
Mr Tim Ripley
Mr Tim RipleyCorrespondent, Janes Defence Weekly & Sunday Times
Tim Ripley has reported on defence and conflicts extensively over the past 30 years. His work has appeared in The Sunday Times, The Daily Telegraph, The Scotsman, Jane’s Defence Weekly andJane’s Intelligence Review, among other publications. He has travelled extensively across the Middle East, the Balkans and Eastern Europe, reporting on conflicts in these regions. Most recently he has covered the Russian interventions in Crimea, Ukraine and Syria, using both “traditional” journalism and new digital/open source intelligence (OSINT) reporting methods.
Tim Ripley is a familiar ‘face’ and ‘voice’ in the British and international media. He regularly talks to UK and international media about a variety of defence, security and terrorism issues. Recent appearances include: CNN, Fox News, CBC, Al Jazerra, BBC One O’clock News, Radio Four Today Programme, News 24, BBC World Service, BBC Local Radio network and the Reuters News Agency.
Tim Ripley is a prolific author of books on military and defence subjects. Recent titles have covered modern conflicts, historical subjects and military technology. His most recent book, Operation Aleppo: Russia’s War in Syria, describes the Russian military campaign in Syria from 2015-2017 was published in April 2018 (available, via www.amazon.co.uk).
Air Vice-Marshal Rocky Rochelle
Air Vice-Marshal Rocky RochelleChief of Staff Capability & Force Development, RAF
Air Vice-Marshal ‘Rocky’ Rochelle joined the Royal Air Force in May 1986 as a direct entrant Navigator. Following initial officer and basic training Rocky converted to the Tornado GR1, beginning frontline flying with IX(B) Squadron at Royal Air Force Bruggen in 1989.
After a successful 2 ½ years, which included Operation GRANBY, Rocky was in the first tranche of first tourists to be selected to the Tornado Qualified Weapons Instructor (QWI) Course. On completion he returned to IX(B) Sqn for another 18 months prior to posting to 617 Squadron at Royal Air Force Lossiemouth. He was then posted to XV Sqn for 2 years where he became the lead Instructor of the QWI Course and left on promotion in 1998 to take up a Flight Commander role on 14 Squadron at Royal Air Force Bruggen. This tour included many months on operations in the desert and included further active duty, during the Kosovo Campaign, flying long duration sorties through Europe from the home operating base. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross during this operation.
On completion of his tour in August 2000, Rocky was posted into the Ministry of Defence, Whitehall, for the first time, to work on a number of weapon acquisition programmes including the RAF’s new cruise missile Storm Shadow. On completion of this tour in 2002, he was promoted to Wing Commander and attended the Advanced Staff Course at the Joint Services Command and Staff College, Shrivenham, where he sat for an MA in Defence Studies. He returned to the Ministry in 2003 where he joined the Directorate for Air Resources and Plans, working for the Finance Director, in the role of Staff Officer for all Ground Attack issues.
In August 2005, Rocky returned to Royal Air Force Lossiemouth to take command of 617 Squadron (The Dambusters). He completed two operational tours of duty in the Gulf during his command tour, including the General Petraeus’ surge period in the summer of 2007. As a result, he was awarded the OBE in January 2008.
At the end of his command tour he was promoted to Group Captain and returned (for the 3rd time) to the MOD in the post of Assistant Head of Equipment Capability.
He assumed command of Royal Air Force Marham in December 2009 having amassed more than 5 years on operations and three challenging tours in the Ministry. He thoroughly enjoyed the demands of a challenging command tour at Marham which included the Tornado Force simultaneously delivering on operations in Afghanistan and Libya. Additionally, this included ensuring the delivery of 3000 mile roundtrip operations from RAF Marham to Libya and back for an 8 month period.
On completion of his command at Marham, Rocky attended the Higher Command and Staff Course at Shrivenham before returning to Head Office for the 4th time in June 2013, in the rank of Air Commodore, as the new Head of Centre Managed Programmes, initially in charge of both the Complex Weapons programme and as Head of the Carrier Enabled Power Projection.
In Mar 2015, upon completion of this tour he relished the challenge of using his operational credentials and capability planning experience in the appointment of ACOS for Capability Development in Headquarters Air Command.
Rocky was subsequently advanced to Air Vice-Marshal in April 2017 and assumed the appointment of Chief of Staff Capability.
Mr David Suratgar
Mr David SuratgarChairman, BMCE Bank International
Mr Martin Taylor
Mr Martin TaylorChief Operating Officer, BAE Systems Air
Martin Taylor was born in Woking, Surrey in 1959. In 1981 he joined British Aerospace Military Aircraft Division as an Aerodynamicist, having completed a BSc in Aeronautical Engineering at Salford University.
Martin started work on the Harrier and Hawk programmes and worked across the domain of aerodynamic disciplines before being promoted to Chief Aerodynamicist in 1990. In 1992 he was promoted to Head of Aerodynamic Technologies for British Aerospace Military Aircraft Division with overall aerodynamics accountability for the full range of military aircraft. In 1994 he was promoted to Head of Project for the Harrier programme with accountability for delivery of support to the demands of all Harrier customers. In 1997 Martin moved to Fort Worth, Texas, as the BAE Systems Programme Director on the Joint Strike Fighter Programme (now known as F35). As a key member of the Lockheed Martin Team, Martin remained with the programme through the successful delivery onto contract of the initial System Development programme.
In 2003 Martin returned to the UK and was made the Programme Director for the BAE Systems contribution to the Eurofighter Typhoon programme and successfully secured the acceptance of the first aircraft in Europe and the order for the second production tranche of Typhoon aircraft. In 2005 Martin then moved into setting up the Combat Air Support business within BAE Systems and established the first Typhoon Availability service for the UK RAF. This has now combined a business capability which provides support for Tornado and Typhoon for both the UK RAF, and the Royal Saudi Air Force.
In 2014 Martin was appointed as Managing Director for Combat Air with responsibility for BAE Systems’ interests in Tornado and Typhoon programmes.
In 2018 Martin was appointed as Chief Operating Officer – Air, responsible for Engineering, Manufacturing, Maintenance and Project Management across the Air Sector and the deployment of the long term strategy for the Air Sector.
Martin is a Board member of the Advanced Electronics Company, a Saudi based electronics business.
Martin is a keen golfer, and President of the BAE Systems Warton Golf Society. He is currently active in trying to reduce his golf handicap, with little success.
Martin is the father of two boys, Christopher and Sam, and is married to Karen.
Sir Colin Terry
Sir Colin TerryChairman, Boxarr
Serving as Chairman of the Board of Directors, Sir Colin is a passionate advocate of BOXARR's value contribution to helping organisations effectively manage complexity and inter-dependency. Sir Colin has served as Chairman of the Military Safety Advisory Committee MoD Whitehall; Chairman of Meggitt PLC as a FTSE100; Group Managing Director of Inflite Engineering Services; President of the Royal Aeronautical Society; and Chairman of The Engineering Council UK. Educated at Imperial College London, Sir Colin joined the Royal Air Force in 1961 and served to retirement in 1999. During his service, Sir Colin rose to rank of Air Marshal (3 Star), and served as Chief Engineer RAF; Director-General of Support Management; Chief of Staff and then Air Officer Commander in Chief at RAF Logistics Command, and on the RAF Board as the Air Member for Logistics. Sir Colin is Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire, Companion of the Order of the Bath, and Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering.
Mr Francis Tusa
Mr Francis TusaEditor, Defence Analysis
Francis Tusa has been a leading defence journalist and analyst for nearly 30 years. Having started working at the Royal United Services Institute for Defence Studies in 1987, and there setting up the Middle East Defence programme, he has subsequently worked for a wide range of written and broadcast outlets including Sky News, CNN, the Guardian, and many BBC channels. Within the defence media, he worked as UK and then European Editor for Armed Forces Journal International, and has written Janes, Flight International, Defense News and Aviation Week and Space Technology, as well as numerous Asian/Middle East defence magazines. He set up his newsletter, Defence Analysis, in 1998, and it has become a unique resource for defence data, intelligence and analysis, providing unrivalled information on defence budgets, industrial budgets and politics, and global defence markets. Another first was setting up Military Logistics International, the first – and only - magazine devoted to defence support/logistics.
Mr Phil Williams
Mr Phil WilliamsManaging Director, Team Defence Information
Thursday 12th July 20182018-07-12 09:00:00 2018-07-12 17:00:00 Europe/London Intelligent Defence and Smart Power Intelligent Defence and Smart Power – innovation, capability, delivery, advancing the national interest This round table is the culmination of a programme Cityforum has developed with the support of VCDS and the help of DCDC. The morning focuses on innovation, agility, information advantage and pace, and on the re-imagined ecosystem that will deliver them. Senior officials and officers join industry, academe and international experts for this vital discussion. The afternoon is devoted to an assessment of the national interest and how the UK should use both its soft and hard power to best effect. The day includes a major speech by the Vice Chief General Sir Gordon Messenger who follows on from a number of authoritative contributions by key non-defence experts whose participation Cityforum has been invited to secure. Royal College of Defence Studies, Upper Belgrave Street, London, UK
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Defence analysts and contractors, officials from relevant government departments and agencies, and companies wishing to engage in the changing climate for defence, both in terms of acquisition and power projection.