CEO of Commercial Strategies Limited, and former MOD Commercial Director
Le 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.
10.35 - 10.55
The audience will gain an appreciation of the MOD’s refreshed approach to industrial engagement as we seek to drive real change through effective partnering, adopting an inclusive approach, and simplifying and speeding up our processes. The key note will incorporate:
The Strategic Partnering Programme, MOD working together with our Strategic Suppliers to improve delivery for the military customer
The refreshed Defence Suppliers Forum enabling MOD and industry to jointly realise our vision for the future of the UK defence sector
The department’s commitment to improving our procurement processes, making it simpler and quicker to work with MOD
Our newly published SME Action Plan, its key themes and our commitment to the SME agenda
Commercial Director, Supply Chain , Ministry of Defence
Jim is Commercial Director, Supply Chain, at the Ministry of Defence responsible for the overall supplier and market interface. He leads a Supplier Management team and is responsible for delivering and embedding a new Strategic Supplier Management approach across Defence and transforming supplier relationships. 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, wining 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.
10.55 - 11.15
During this session, Dr Mason will cover:
An overview of innovation in defence and introducing the Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA)
Lucy joined the Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) in March 2017 and is responsible for providing leadership and direction to the Accelerator. Lucy will be driving its success by building strong relationships between defence and security departments within the UK Government, industry, academia and other partners.
Launched in December 2016, DASA finds and exploits game-changing ideas providing competitive advantage to our front line forces. The service funds and fast tracks their development into tangible solutions solving some of the most challenging defence and security problems whilst generating economic value for the UK.
Hosted by Dstl, it provides innovation as a service to departments across Government; DASA allows them to rapidly access innovation and new capabilities to address their defence and security needs.
Since joining the civil service in 2009 Lucy has held roles in the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills, Government Office for Science, Cabinet Office, Department for Health, and the Home Office.
Lucy joined DASA from the Home Office where she led the science and technology, and private sector engagement work strands for the review of the Government’s counter-terrorism strategy. Lucy has expertise in security and policing and her interest in technology and innovation, digital ethics and identity, social and behavioural science, and horizon scanning give her the perfect background for this role.
Lucy was Home Office lead on the Internet of Things (IoT) and a Board member for the PETRAS IoT Research Hub, and was formerly Deputy Head of Foresight in the Government Office for Science.
Prior to joining the civil service Lucy was Risk and Business Continuity Manager for Thames Valley Police and staff officer to the Chief Constable.
Lucy has a doctorate in Archaeological Science from Oxford University.
Commercial Director , Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO)
Jacqueline Rock is the Commercial Director for the Defence Infrastructure Organisation within the Ministry of Defence.
She joined in December 2017 to lead the team through significant transformation and management of a >400 defence infrastructure and construction contract portfolio with a value of £3bn.
Jacqueline joins the Government Commercial Function after 30 years in the Financial Services industry where her last position held was the International Chief Procurement Office for Bank of America Merrill Lynch.
Tracy Buckingham joined the Ministry of Defence in 1985. Her early career was spent working closely with the Royal Navy on a variety of issues, including managing the impact on Naval operations of commercial activities in UK waters. In 1994 she became Assistant Private Secretary to MOD’s Permanent Under Secretary, working closely with the Department’s most senior civilian and military officers and gaining a sound knowledge of both internal MOD structures and functions and wider Government and Parliamentary business. After nearly 4 years as APS/PUS, Tracy moved on to work with a number of teams tasked with developing and implementing new ways of working in the MOD, including the ‘Policy for People’, which became one of the key strands of the 1998 Strategic Defence Review; and new performance management and corporate governance regimes based on use of the Balanced Scorecard. In 2003 she joined the operationally focused Counter Terrorism and UK Operations Directorate where she was responsible for military operations in support of UK’s civil emergency services, and in 2006 she moved to the Defence Equipment and Support organisation where she helped to set up the Future Submarines Project.
Tracy joined the Defence and Security Organisation (DSO) in 2011 as Assistant Director responsible for North America, Australia and New Zealand. She became Deputy Head of Operations within DSO in 2014, and is currently acting as interim Deputy Director Operations and Head of Security Exports.
Best known for his role as Chief Instructor on hit show, ‘SAS: Who Dares Wins’ (Channel 4), Ant Middleton has become a much-loved and admired master of survival and endurance on- and off-screen, spurred by his formidable career in the UK’s elite forces, including the Marines, 9 Parachute Squadron and SBS.
Having achieved the ‘Holy Trinity’ of the UK’s Elite Forces (P Company, Commando Course, UK Special Forces Selection), Ant’s career took a different direction when he left the SAS and embarked on a career in security looking after VIPs, before operating as a security expert in South Africa and various other countries for West African governments.
His impressive body of work, including training presidential security teams and running SAS style corporate events, eventually led him to embark on a career in television, which continues to flourish.
With an insatiable appetite for adventure, 2017 saw Ant front the incredibly well received Mutiny (Channel 4), a show that re-enacted Captain William Bligh’s infamous 3,500 nautical mile voyage in a small vessel (the ship’s open launch) following his crew’s mutiny, an event commonly known as the ‘Mutiny on the Bounty’.
Ant has also fronted Channel 4’s survivalist programme Escape, centred on placing skilled engineers in precarious situations; the teams must use their skills to escape their predicament and get to safety.