5 October 2021
Knowledge Transfer Zones
DPRTE 2021 will host six Knowledge Transfer Zones designed specifically to enhance the knowledge and skills of all attendees, both buyers and suppliers, who are engaged within the defence acquisition supply chain. Each interactive zone will feature a range of educational sessions, allowing attendees to learn and share ideas in relation to the following key themes:
Eddie is BiP Solutions’ Principal Procurement Consultant and working alongside the Client Services team, he frequently assists public sector organisations with clarification and interpretation of EU Directives and a wide variety of legislative issues. For the last 21 years Eddie has lectured regularly on procurement policy and processes at conferences and events, both on behalf of BiP and for a variety of other organisations. He also provides in-house training on the tendering process to personnel in both the public and private sectors.
Gerry Cantwell is the Chief Technology Officer of UKCloudX. Gerry has spent his entire career in the Intelligence, Security, Defence and Law Enforcement environments across HMG working with senior customers, Board Members and partners, both at home and overseas.
Most recently he was CIO at the National Crime Agency for 3 years, prior to that was Dir. of ISS (MOD) and prior to that spent 25 years at GCHQ in Cheltenham, latterly as Head of IA Services.
As Director ISS in MOD, Gerry led the transformation of MOD’s IT supply chain through the DCNS programme, and started the transformation of ISS into a SIAM and Towers based construct. He was responsible for IT operations in 1,200 locations across the globe, both in the business and battlespace. He managed the delivery of 486 parallel projects ranging from HF systems, to microwave comms, to satcomm, to desktops, to gateways, to deployed radios, to application hosting, to cyber and crypto security.
At NCA, Gerry put in place the first Information and Technology Strategies to underpin NCA’s overall transformation agenda. He then mobilised a delivery programme and reduced operating costs by 22%, enabled greater mobility of the NCA workforce through provision of software VPN enabled laptops, smartphones, wi-fi, VTC, underpinned reduction of physical estates by 30%, gained complete GDPR compliance, modernised the applications estate and gripped the management of data across the Agency.
Gerry has put in place and re-negotiated some of the biggest contracts in HMG, led UK and 5 Eyes peer groups at CIO/CTO level.
Hetti is the CEO of Ploughshare Innovations, the organisation responsible for the commercialisation of Ministry of Defence innovations. It ensures UK Government technology is put to good use, maximises taxpayer-funded research, and delivers wider benefits to society and the economy.
Prior to Ploughshare, Hetti has had a career spanning British Airways, Centrica, BT and Vodafone, leading financial, commercial and transformational change, often enabled by leading edge technology.
Over the last 10 years, she has brought her expertise and collaborative leadership skills into the telecommunications industry, being responsible for delivering the commercial model for Openreach on its establishment, and latterly for the transformation of the Vodafone UK Enterprise business, which works with many of the large UK businesses including public sector such as MOD.
Hetti is committed to leadership for good, as well as good leadership. She is a speaker and facilitator with Windsor Leadership, and Chair of the Board at Refuge UK.
With a 30-year career spanning multiple sectors and major complex projects, Jeremy leads Costain’s social value approach and believes the reason we deliver infrastructure projects is to make a positive change to people’s lives. Focussing on social value brings a positive impact on the wellbeing of society.
As social value becomes a focus for UK government policy, Costain’s experience in maximising social value, combined with research led best practice, is underpinned by innovative digital technology which enables, systemised tracking and management of social value data to support clients, stakeholders and communities to maximise social outcomes.
Jeremy helps clients understand how to maximise the social value delivered through their assets, at every stage from conception to operation and maintenance. He has a leading role in the collaborative work across the Thames Tideway project, developing shared values and behaviours aligned with a shared vision of ‘re-connecting London with the River Thames’ and playing a significant role in creating a culture that exceeded the legacy targets on the project.
Jeremy is an Associate Practitioner of Social Value International (SVI), has a MSc with distinction in Business Innovation and International Technology Management from the University of London is a Chartered Engineer, and Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personal and Development.
A founding member of Commerce Decisions, Peter is an internationally-respected expert in the delivery of complex procurement. He is responsible for developing our renowned methodologies that deliver best practice and assure the best possible outcomes on strategic projects. Peter provides direct support to our clients in the management of their procurement processes, developing end-to-end down-selection and evaluation approaches. Leading on the development of our consultancy and training services, Peter influences and shapes new techniques and thought leadership, building upon our reputation as complex procurement innovators.
After a degree in Aeromechanical Systems Engineering, Peter completed a PhD in the aerodynamics of insect flight at the Defence College of Management and Technology, Shrivenham in 2008. He joined Dstl to conduct modelling relating to time-sensitive targeting.
He has since worked across a range of areas, mainly related to unmanned air vehicles both large and small, collaborating across UK industry and academia and with international partners.
He was seconded to MOD's Operations Directorate to conduct counter-IED analysis during the closing days of Op HERRICK (Afghanistan), and more recently spent 18 months at the Maritime Warfare Centre working on issues related to the introduction of the Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carriers and the UK's return to a Carrier Strike capability.
Since the end of 2019 Peter has been a regional Innovation Partner for the Defence and Security Accelerator, working across the UK's South East to support DASA's mission of finding and funding exploitable innovation to support UK defence and security quickly and effectively.
Phil joined the Defence Cyber Protection Partnership in November 2017, having previously spent five years as a Computer Security Analyst in Joint Forces Command. Before that he spent ten years developing and supporting applications originally written in the early Windows era. He gained a BSc with the Open University in 2013, is on a local Sea Cadet Management Team and an Ally with the MOD’s LGBT+ Committee.
Phil regularly provides advice and support to both public and private sector clients, handling a wide variety of procurement and tendering-related questions and challenges.
Phil has delivered presentations on procurement regulation, policy and processes at numerous public sector tendering and training events covering a diverse range of procurement-related topics, on behalf of both BiP Solutions and other organisations including the Scottish Government, the Supplier Development Programme and the Higher Education Procurement Academy.
During a two-year secondment to the Scottish Government’s procurement policy team Phil supported the transposition of the new procurement legislation, created and delivered a comprehensive training programme on the legislative changes and also delivered support to the Government’s Single Point of Enquiry and their European Structural Funds Team.
Before joining PASS, Phil spent three years as Interoperability Manager for the UK Government’s Supply2.gov.uk service. During this time he worked with public sector organisations to increase the number of opportunities available to SMEs through the portal, and with business support organisations and trade associations to help the SME community take advantage of this resource.
More recently, Phil has delivered a wide variety of procurement projects both in the UK and internationally, including providing UK defence exporters with a comprehensive guide to supplying the Japanese Ministry of Defence and wider defence sector (a Foreign and Commonwealth Office project); and delivery of a tailored procurement function to a UK contracting authority (including knowledge transfer, handbook and ongoing procurement support). He is currently writing a Foundation Course on public procurement for the Caribbean region.
Ragnar Gaundal Stein
§ Manager Business Development, Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace
§ Project Manager, Norwegian Defence Material Agency
§ Company Commander, Signals Battalion, Norwegian Army
§ Project Coordinator, Army Staff, Norwegian Army
§ Assistant G6, Nordic Baltic Transition Support Unit, Afghanistan
§ Master’s degree, Management and Organisational Science, University of Tromsø
§ Signals Captain Career Course, US Army Cyber Centre of Excellence
§ Project Management, SKEMA Business School
§ Bachelor’s degree, The Norwegian Military Academy
Scott is a Senior Business Development Manager for the Defence Contracts International service at BiP Solutions. For over eight years, he has been helping SMEs and Prime Contractors grow and build their share of the public sector and defence marketplaces and move them onto the next level. Prior to this he spent over 10 years in the Armed Forces, so has a good understanding of the end user