The UK's Leading Defence Procurement and Supply Chain Event
It’s official. DPRTE, the UK’s leading defence procurement and supply chain event, is back for 2021.
Following the government’s roadmap for easing restrictions, the event will take place in an innovative hybrid format, both live in venue with elements streamed online.
Connecting buyers and suppliers across the defence acquisition supply chain, DPRTE will provide a wealth of skills development, networking, collaboration and product showcase opportunities for organisations that are actively working with the defence sector or that are exploring ways to work across the UK’s £20bn defence procurement marketplace and beyond.
You can now prepare to join the UK’s defence procurement community at DPRTE 2021.
New Speakers Announced
Jeremy Quin MP
Minister of State for Defence Procurement
Director General Commercial, DE&S
Motivational Speaker: Ollie Ollerton
Former UK Special Forces & Directing Staff (DS) SAS: Who Dares Wins
Jeremy Quin MP
Before entering politics, Jeremy worked in corporate finance for 25 years latterly as Managing Director of Deutsche Bank.
In 2008/9, he served on secondment as senior corporate finance adviser to HM Treasury, assisting them on the UK’s response to the financial crisis.
In July 2018, Jeremy accepted a role in the Government as a member of the Whips’ Office and was promoted to serve as a senior Whip (as “Comptroller of HM Household”) in July 2019.
In December 2019, Jeremy became Parliamentary Secretary in the Cabinet Office with responsibilities for the Government Commercial Function and other cross-Government programmes.
As Minister of State for Defence Procurement, Jeremy is responsible for the Defence Equipment Plan; relations with the defence industry; defence exports; defence science and technology; and defence estates and infrastructure.
Morag Stuart is Director General Commercial at Defence Equipment & Support (DE&S). Her previous roles include Transformation Director/Acquisition Transformation at MOD, and Director General Improvement at (DE&S) and Director of Commercial at MOD.
Jim is the interim Commercial Director, Submarine Delivery Agency (SDA), responsible for setting the commercial direction for the SDA and collaborative engagement of the extended Submarine Supply Chain. His role extends to directing Supplier Intelligence capability and supply chain risk management. His previous role was Commercial Director, Supply Chain, MOD, where he was responsible for the overall supplier and market interface, helping transform MOD’s supplier relationships and improving broader Industry engagement.
Prior to this, he was Transformation Director in the Cabinet Office Government Commercial Function, helping improve the capacity and capability of Commercial Specialists across Government, winning Best People Development Initiative at the CIPs Awards 2018. He’s had a 20-year Commercial career including Commercial Director at Network Rail, the UK's rail infrastructure provider, where his team procured and managed categories as diverse as ballast to business consultancy. For his transformation work at Network Rail, Jim won the CIPs Procurement and Supply Chain Professional of the Year Award in 2013.
Jim will be returning to the post of Commercial Director, Supply Chain before the event in June.
A naturally curious influencer who firmly believes in the benefits of having diversity of thought as well as a collaborative approach. Anita joined DASA from Home Office where she was responsible for increasing the UK’s resilience to Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosive (CBRNE) attacks. This included collaborating with a wide range of partners to ensure that the UK could effectively respond to CBRNE attacks. Prior to this, her experience within Cabinet Office included providing strategic leadership for the assessment of national security risks and setting policy to ensure scientific advice is used effectively during emergencies. Before moving into the National Security field, Anita started her career in social research working in the private sector.
As one of the first former UK Special Forces members to talk openly to the media and reveal their true identity, Matthew ‘Ollie’ Ollerton has an incredible story to tell. A former Special Forces operative with both the SAS and SBS, Ollie has undertaken operations in some of the most dangerous and remote locations on the planet and is one of the most highly trained fighters in the world.
After leaving school and joining the Royal Marine Commandos, Ollie’s exploits in Northern Ireland Iraq soon earned him recommendation for the SAS. After joining the Special Boat Service, he undertook high profile missions involving hostage rescue, counter narcotics and counter terrorism, amongst other things. Ollie then went on to use his expertise as a private bodyguard where he was responsible for employing and training a 2,000 strong Iraqi guard force, before heading to South-East Asia to command a three man team infiltrating child trafficking rings, a cause that is still close to his heart today.
Once Ollie returned to the UK in 2014 after 13 years overseas, he started developing a concept that would put these years of training and experience to best use and would benefit others. With this, BREAK-POINT was born; a leadership and development course aimed at the public and corporate sector also supporting veterans suffering the effects of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
Angela Owens OBE
Angela’s Army career spanned 30 years and included tours in the UK, Germany and NI during the ‘Troubles’. One of the very first mothers to re-join after the rules changed in the early 90s, Angela has always cared deeply about helping women progress with a passion for equality of opportunity. After leaving the Army in 2008, she joined PA Consulting, working in the Defence and Security Sector. In 2011, Angela founded Women in Defence UK, best known for its annual Awards, now in their 6th year, ground-breaking cross defence sector mentoring programme and its collaborative work with the MOD and industry on the Women in Defence Charter.
In addition to Women in Defence UK, Angela is a Senior Advisor to PA Consulting, member of the CMI Women’s Committee, a Vice Patron of the Royal Air Force Air Cadets Council, a Companion of the CMI and a judge for the CMI Management Book of the Year. She has recently reprised her early (Commonwealth Games and Combined Services) athletics career and enjoys sprinting in Masters competitions, albeit much more slowly than in the 1980s. She was appointed OBE in the New Years’ Honours List 2021 for her services to women who work in the Defence Sector. An exceptionally proud mother of a son and daughter, she is now an equally proud grandmother of two glorious granddaughters!
Dougal is responsible for the identification and development of large long term strategic projects for KBR Government Solutions with the intent of delivering a step change in the growth of the organisation. Additionally he has responsibility for strategy, communications and marketing across the region.
Dougal joined KBR as a graduate in 1998 initially working on the West Coast Mainline Upgrade Project before returning to Leatherhead to act as the Chief of Staff for the then Government Solutions CEO. He subsequently went on to work on a range of defence projects from the Heavy Equipment Transporter PFI through to Temporary Deployed Accommodation (TDA) in Iraq as well as being seconded into the Permanent Joint Headquarters, Northwood. Moving overseas Dougal was part of the successful Yas Island project management team delivering the first Abu Dhabi F1 grand prix before working in the oil and gas industry for a few years where his most recent role was as the head of the KBR Chennai office where he set up KBR’s new office and grew the team from 11 to 350.