The DPRTE 2017 Live Keynote Arena will host a range of the leading and most influential speakers from across the defence procurement and supply chain marketplace.
Attendees will have an invaluable opportunity to hear directly from those personnel who are actively engaged in both setting and delivering the direction of the UK’s defence procurement strategy.
Do not miss out on this unique opportunity to hear from a range of the most important speakers within defence procurement.
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Our Speakers Include:
Former Commercial Director, Ministry of Defence
Les Mosco has led the commercial function at MOD and the Scottish Office, Network Rail, Amerada Hess Oil & Gas, NatWest Bank and held other senior positions in the public and private sector. Now an independent, he is a Non-Executive Director at Transport for Greater Manchester, a Trustee/Director at 2 charities, and an Advisor/Consultant to a variety of clients including the Bank of England, the National Audit Office, PA Consulting and BiP.
Director General Commercial at Defence Equipment & Support (DE&S)
Nick Elliott is the new Director General Commercial in Defence Equipment & Support. A civil and military engineer by profession, he worked in a variety of operational and MOD roles during a 20 year career in the Army. He has now returned to Defence from a subsequent career in the transport and infrastructure sectors. Specialising in the delivery of major projects, he helped to set up the delivery organisation for the surface element of Crossrail and as a Regional Director in the Network Rail (NR) infrastructure Projects organisation, he led a project business which successfully delivered a multi-billion pound portfolio of capital projects across the south of England. During this time his business was recognised with a number of awards including Major Project of the Year at the National Rail Awards and Client of the Year from the Institute of Civil Engineers for the introduction of innovative new collaborative contracts. More latterly as Managing Director of NR’s National Supply Chain organisation he led the company’s national procurement and logistics business delivering a portfolio of high value and high volume products and services across the rail industry. During this time he sat on the Council of the joint government/industry Rail Supply Group and he is a member of the Engineer and Logistic Staff Corps, a reserve organisation of business leaders who provide advice and support to Defence.
A keen sportsman, he has now reached the age of enthusiastic support rather than active participation although he still manages the odd game of tennis and gets out on the rugby pitch to referee once in a while.
Head of Commercial Army, Ministry of Defence
Fiona was appointed as Head of Commercial for the Army in 2014 when the Front Line Commands were each allocated a Senior Civil Servant to head up their Commercial teams. These appointments recognised the changing role of the FLCs under the delegated model and the need for strategic commercial advice. Before then Fiona has been the Hd Commercial in the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) but the role was one of three which transferred to Capita when appointed as the DIO Strategic Business Partner.
Prior to joining DIO Fiona was the Commercial lead in the DE&S Material Strategy Team moving into there from a role in DE&S Combat Air in which she led work on the transformation of the fast jet commercial arrangements working jointly with BAES. Fiona has also been the Head of Commercial for ISS which preceded a 2 year career break when she lived in the US. Prior to that Fiona had a 2 year stint in a Head Office policy role where she led the Armed Forces Bill Implementation Team. Before that she led what was then the RAF Strike Command Commercial Team at High Wycombe moving there from the MoD Main Building Redevelopment PFI project. Fiona started her Commercial career in the Defence Procurement Agency, as it was back then, which saw her working predominantly on some of the MoD’s early PFI projects.
Professor Trevor Taylor Professorial Research Fellow, Defence, Industries and Society, The Royal United Services Institute (RUSI)
Professor Trevor Taylor
Professorial Research Fellow, Defence, Industries and Society, The Royal United Services Institute (RUSI)
Trevor Taylor is Professorial Research Fellow in Defence Management at RUSI, where he heads up a research programme in Defence, Industries and Society, and is a member of the Acquisition Focus group which publishes regularly in RUSI Defence Systems.
In addition, he is professor emeritus at Cranfield University, where he still teaches, and where he was head of the Department of Defence Management and Security Analysis from 1997-2009. He also works regularly for the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, where he is an adjunct faculty member.
His career has linked the academic sphere with that of governmental and industrial professionals in defence, and he speaks and writes regularly at conferences on defence acquisition and management. A joint author of a book on UK defence industry, he was for six years an elected Council Member of the former Defence Manufacturers’ Association.
He was previously Professor of International Relations at Staffordshire University and from 1990-93 was head of the International Security Programme at the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House) in London.
Director, Cross Government, National Audit Office
Joshua Reddaway is the National Audit Office’s Director for Gross Government & Commercial. He leads its Commercial and Contracting community of practice and heads a team focusing on the Cabinet Office and efforts to improve commercial capability across government. He joined the NAO in 2002, trained as a Chartered Accountant, and specialised in value for money audit of government. His most recent reports include: Open book accounting and supply chain assurance, Transforming Contract Management, Privatisation of Royal Mail, and The role of major contractors in the delivery of public services. His previous publications include reports on the government’s shareholdings in banks, PFI and PPPs, property, housing and regeneration. He studied Social Anthropology at Cambridge, Economics at Birkbeck, and did his MBA at Cass Business School.
Acting Head of the Defence and Security Accelerator
As the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory’s (Dstl) Division Head for Defence and Security Analysis since April 2015, Rob is responsible for delivering approximately £100m of research and analysis per year, including MOD’s innovative research programme into disruptive capabilities emerging from the fields of quantum physics and synthetic biology.
As Head of the Dstl Division responsible for setting up and running the Defence and Security Accelerator, Rob was also appointed as Acting Head of the Accelerator in December 2016, until someone is recruited into the role.
Rob has over 24 years of experience of research for the UK Ministry of Defence and has been a Fellow of the Operational Research Society for 11 years. After an engineering degree in Aeronautics & Astronautics, he worked in Dstl’s predecessor organisations to assess and improve the effectiveness of aircraft, ships, communications and surveillance systems, informing the UK Government’s decisions to invest in the Joint Strike Fighter and Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carrier, unmanned combat air vehicles, and defensive aids for aircraft.
Rob then spent six years leading the analysis of alternative strategies, planning assumptions and force structures for the MOD, including for UK Strategic Defence and Security Reviews, the 2011 Defence Reform Review; and on secondment for the US DOD’s 2009 Quadrennial Defense Review.
From 2011 to 2014, Rob led an initiative for the MOD Permanent Secretary to improve the use of analysis and evidence across the MOD.