The DPRTE 2018 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 and supply chain strategy. Do not miss out on this unique opportunity to hear from a range of the most important speakers within defence procurement.
An agenda will be confirmed shortly – please check back regularly for updates
KEYNOTE SPEAKERS ANNOUNCED
Harriett Baldwin MP
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State and Minister for Defence Procurement
Harriett was elected as the Member of Parliament for West Worcestershire in May 2010, where she has lived since 2006. As a backbencher, she represented the UK on the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, sat on the Work and Pensions Select Committee, was Chair of the All-party Parliamentary Group for Russia and Vice-chair of the All-party Parliamentary Group for Occupational Pensions.
Harriett was appointed the Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy to Russia before joining the Government in February 2014 as Assistant Government Whip, then Lord Commissioner to HM Treasury. Following her re-election in 2015, Harriett became Economic Secretary to the Treasury (City Minister). In the July 2016 reshuffle, she was appointed Minister for Defence Procurement.
Prior to politics, she enjoyed a successful 20 year career in finance, specialising in currency markets for pension funds.
Harriett was born in Hertfordshire and spent her early childhood in Cyprus. She grew up in the village of Felsted in the heart of rural Essex, where her father was headmaster of the local school. Harriett read Modern Languages (French and Russian) at Oxford, receiving First Class Honours and obtained an MBA from McGill University in Canada. Harriett is married to Jim and between them they have two daughters and a son.
Chief Commercial Officer, UK Ministry of Defence
Andrew Forzani has worked in the commercial, procurement and supply chain profession for the whole of his career, working across sectors in health, international aid, infrastructure, construction and local government before joining MOD. During this time he has led, closed and managed a number of significant commercial deals, including property and infrastructure PFIs in health, education and Government.
He has led large commercial teams in private healthcare, the NHS and Local Government and most recently at the DWP, where he was the Chief Commercial Officer and head of the commercial profession. Andrew has also been a Crown Representative responsible for HM Government relationship with a number of suppliers in the IT and Property sectors.
Andrew joins MOD as the Chief Commercial Officer. This role includes the functional leadership for c1800 staff in commercial across MOD and the Defence Authority for commercial. In addition, all commercial teams outside of DE&S report into Andrew directly.
In this role Andrew is responsible for commercial policy, systems and procedures as well as training and accreditation programmes for commercial staff. Andrew also provides all Commercial Delegation to staff across the function.
Acting Chief Executive, Dstl
David has been with MOD for 25 years and has held previous appointments in a range of major project, programme and operational delivery leadership roles. He has wider responsibilities as the MOD Head of Profession for Portfolio, Programme and Project Management and the MOD champion for Sustainable Development.
David graduated from Portsmouth Polytechnic in 1986 with an honours degree in Applied Chemistry and was awarded his PhD in Physical Chemistry in 1990. He worked in the electronics industry for a year before joining the MOD as a Research Fellow and Lecturer at the Royal Naval Engineering College, Manadon, Plymouth. In 1994 David joined the MOD Fast Stream Development Scheme for scientists and engineers. He subsequently undertook postings in London covering business management, procurement, environmental policy and research management, before moving to Bristol in 1999