5 May 2022
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:
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.
John has over 10 years’ experience working across industries ‘improving peoples’ lives’ by unlocking their potential.
A social value and research specialist, John empowers stakeholders and wider communities to collectively identify and deliver solutions to local challenges. He is keen to demonstrate that social research can be used alongside well-developed business development and project management skills to ensure social value is embedded into policy objectives and the whole life cycle of major programmes.
As social value increases in importance for UK government policy, Costain’s experience in stakeholder engagement, research led best practice, and innovative digital technology (which enables systemised tracking and management of social value data) allows us to maximise social value in partnership with our clients and supply chains.
John is an Assured Social Value Practitioner with Social Value UK (SVUK) and has an MA Social Policy with Distinction from Liverpool Hope University and LLB Law with Politics from the University of Chester. John’s research interests are in the maximisation of social value on major infrastructure projects, and he is a member of Social Value UK, the Social Policy Association, and the Social Research Association.
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
Sam McCloskey Bsc, MSc, FEI
Recently appointed to lead the sustainability and climate resilience offering at global engineering consultancy, Tetra Tech Europe, Sam advises a wide variety of public sector, utilities and energy on how to build their assets in a greener and more sustainable way.
She has spent 17 years in consultancy with the last 10 years leading a collaborative, industry focused, sustainable energy research centre - CASE.
As Director at CASE, she secured Invest NI and EU funding to support industry-led, collaborative research at Queen’s University Belfast, Ulster University and the Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute for pioneering projects in energy systems, bioenergy, and marine renewables. As a member of the MATRIX Sustainable Energy Horizon Panel, Sam has also helped shape policymaking for sustainable energy to strengthen Northern Ireland’s economy.
Sam can call upon broad ranging experience of managing energy, sustainability and resource efficiency projects across a number of industry sectors, from local to pan-European projects, and with a strong focus on strategic oversight.